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There is no doubt that one of the most daring of silent film projects is Fritz Lang's epic 'Metropolis'. One reader writes: "As I have viewed the film over the years, the question of the make and model of the white limousine, used by Freder in the movie, has never been answered." Indeed, the big chauffeur driven landaulette - clearly modified for the movie - remains a Metropolis mystery of the first kind.
The still shown above comes from our friends of the Internet Movie Cars Database and they have dug up another one, too. Their readers suggest anything from Mercedes to Hispano-Suiza, De-Dion Bouton to Bugatti and from Panhard and Adler to Farman. Martin Koerber of the Deutsche Kinemathek - considered the world's leading expert on the film Metropolis - states that even he has no clue about the automobile used for the film. Urban legend has that Fritz Lang used the car to arrive at the opening of Metropolis in Berlin at the Palast am Zoo movie theater on January 10, 1927, but no photographs to prove this appear to be known. What do you think?
(Picture courtesy www.imdb.org)
Beaulieu is on our mind! Only a few days away from totally unexpected treasures. And only a few days away from unexpectedely selling that heap of parts. You'll never know what happens and one thing is sure, whatever you think of Beaulieu, it's never a bore. Like the nearby sea Beaulieu gives, Beaulieu takes...
So what have we got here? A prototype of a Lotus Super Seven van? Well not quite, although we're not sure what the designer/engineer had in mind when he started of with his 1936 MG TA in the sixties. Seller Bonhams describes the MG TA Special tongue in cheek as a 'breadvan'. One thing is sure, when you get EPG32 on the road again, you won't go unnoticed. And Beaulieu 2014 will stay in your memory forever. See you this weekend!
(photo courtesy Bonhams)
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