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We know that most of you love a good replica, especially when it's made of the good type of resin. So we thought why not present to you the very best of show in this category at Amelia Island. No it's not a Volkswagen or anything near what's hiding underneath. It's up to you to decide what would give a nice fit under this shiny skin. Yet to keep your creativity alive, we decide here and now there is no Delahaye or Delage gear available. We love to hear your opinions and ideas...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Average cars in a perfect barn

Usual cars in perfect barn

Like an impressionist painting. In fact these elaborate walls beg for finds with more pedigree... The two 1930s cars are sort of middle of the road. The first one is a second series (1934-1937) Fiat Balilla four door berlina, the other is a 1933 Dodge that at some point was cut to create some sort of pick up. Both cars have been discovered recently in the basement of an old abandoned building with stone made walls and timber roof... and yes, perhaps this is which makes the discovery more interesting. The cars were found in northern Spain by a young photographer who has the habit - or hobby if you prefer - to visit old abandoned places. He didn´t plan to enter this vintage house -well known for him- but the last time he passed he was surprised: the garage doors had been opened for the first time after many years. Inside, he casually found perfect material to play with his camera: Old cars -apparently parked there since the 1960s- perfect 'claire obscure', plus dust, rust and 'pretty' waste everywhere. All the ingredients which a proper "find" should have.

(text Francisco Carrion)
Monday, 23 March 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Reims or Rust

Reims or Bust.What is it about auto jumble's that makes you want to drive a very long day to an industrial estate in the depths of France?
It's the smell and feel of rusty old parts, that butterfly feeling you get when you find that elusive part to complete a restoration or to start another. We also want to be the first to find those parts and to be the next owner. If you throw nostalgia, good company, food, drink and France into the pot, you have the perfect recipe for a vintage enthusiast's weekend away.

Four of us made the trip this year to Le Salon Champenois du Véhicule de Collection, in Reims. It's a grand auto jumble in the car-park of the Parc des Expositions, combined with an exhibition in the main halls made up of local classic car clubs, organisations and event promoters. This year's celebrated manufacturer was MG; with a rather comedy circus theme that seemed to be throughout the exhibition halls. Some clubs and organisations had really gone to town to make you feel like 'The circus' had come to town, whereas, others had 'just made do' having raided the local 'time warp' department store of their stock of 1970's mannequin's and had given up after the red wine started to flow during build up.

But it was the auto jumble we were interest in. All of us looking for different parts. Bob needed a gearbox for his Robinson cyclecar, Andy, was looking for pedal-cars and Marchal lamps, Graham, belt drive rims and me, anything Cyclecar, motorcycle or early bicycle. But dealing with French auto jumblers is like playing poker with a blind clairvoyant. Firstly, nothing is priced, secondly, there is a sliding rule of pricing depending on if they've met you before or if you're not French. This seems to also fluctuate as the day goes on, once the red wine is opened and they have that sinking feeling that they may have to take it all home again. If they still have what you are looking for by this time, then this is the time to go in for the kill. But joking aside, the whole experience is another reason we love auto jumbles.

After two days of hunting, Bob found his gearbox for the Robinson, Andy found three lovely 1930's pedal-cars and a sack full of Marchal lamps, Graham found some belt drive rims for his OTAV Cyclecar and me? Three engines, a gearbox, a front axle, a steering wheel and two 1890's bicycles. A splendid weekend had by all, but next year; I'm going back ready to haggle with red wine and foie gras. 

(Text and images by Tim Gunn and Jean-Jacques Cherdo)
Sunday, 22 March 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About Quiz #390 1935 Steyr 530 'Karl Rob' Limousine

About car puzzle #390
Told you so: many readers had last week’s mystery motor parked somewhere in their memories. We had plenty of good answers, although the majority of these were rather dull. Come on guys, we like some more information then just a make, model and year! It was indeed a Steyr and plenty of you recognized it as such. But we saw all kinds of model designations come by, from Type 125 to Type 630 and anything in between. The one and only right type was the 530 of 1935, built in that year and 1936 only with six-cylinder engines. 

The outrageous special body on this specific example was commissioned by painter Karl Rob, of whom we couldn’t find more. We weren’t on our own as just about none extras on the artist landed in our post box. Pity, as this was what we were hoping for. Fortunately there was jury member Stuart Penketh who said the picture was taken at Saint Michaels Church Gateway in Vienna and believes that this car led to the Type 630 6-seater limousines, used as taxis in Vienna until the end of the fifties. Thank you.

But it was Thomas Billicsich who came with the best answer. He wrote: “This Steyr 530 was presented in the Allgemeine Automobil Zeitung of August 1935 and the car was commissioned by Karl Rob, painter and publisher. Before this vehicle he commisioned a sports car and a limousine on similar Steyr 30 S chassis. History says that this car was later used by nazi Gauleiter Eigruber in Oberdonau." Reader Moritz added to that: “In a newspaper advert for the Steyr 30, Karl Rob was called the ‘Cabriolet-Poet’. Thanks to all, and congratulations to Thomas!

(Words and archive pictures Jeroen Booij)
Saturday, 21 March 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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