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An Autovia Prototype Mystery? (update: Brough Superior?)

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Tony Clark, who runs the website motoringart, recently obtained an original drawing of a saloon he didn’t recognize. And neither do we. At first guess it looks like the rare Autovia (click main pic), but there are also some arguments against it. First, the drawing was made by artist Will Nickels (1902-1977) and published in The Motor on the 3rd October 1934. This is two years before Autovia started production in 1936, with some prototypes already being tested in 1935. And second, all of them were powered by the Riley V8. This drawing looks to be a straight six. Could this be a prototype Autovia? Perhaps someone can check that particular copy of The Motor (established 1903) and tell us what it is?

Thursday, 27 March 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Short note from Chickasha

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Larry Riches visited last weekend's pre-war swap meet in Chickasha, one of the better kept secrets of the US classic car comunity. Possibly because it's hard to get there when you don't live in the US. And even when you live there - unless your house is in Chickasha - it's a looooong trip. To have an idea, the trip Hershey to Chickashee is something like 1350 miles. Great if you just have traded your mule for a Beetle, but otherwise. 

Larry reports: "I was there, great weather. I thought the attendance was a little smaller than previous years, good selection of model T's for sale and usual spread of parts, one possible London Brighton car a 1902 Dykes car, wasn't all original, was fitted with curved dash Oldsmobile front and rear axles, so dating may have been a problem. About 20-25 Ford model T's for sale in various conditions, quite a few visitors from the UK, this was a brief report." Larry has a special interest in Model T's as he is preparing for the Ford Model T run for prostate cancer in May so we forgive him for being short.  

For those who don't want to miss the Chickasha pre-war swap meet 2015, the dates are set.
 
  
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Lancia Epsilon for a good cause

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One of the -many- highlights of the Techno Classica in Essen will be the Coys Auction on Saturday, March 29. Among the 60+ cars to be offered we found a true gem... a 1912 Lancia 'Epsilon', Versione Corsa. It's the 20/30 HP 4-litre, 4-cylinder model of which 312 chassis were built, yet only 2 are thought to remain today. One, a limousine, is displayed in the Schlumpf Museum, but this one was built as a racing car, and probably one of the 1913 Targa Florio team cars. It spent many years in storage in the Lancia factory museum and was sold in the late 1970's to Lancia historian Oscar Capellano, who restored it to its original specification. Oscar Capellano passed away last year and his daughter decided to donate the proceeds of the world's oldest functioning Lancia to a good cause, a project called 'Progetto Gnekko', a nature park in Chivasso, Italy, where handicapped children can learn to appreciate wildlife. We only hope that Coys will give this unique Lancia a prominent position on their stand at Techno Classica, so that as many people as possible will have a good view of this early racing car.

(Photos courtesy Coys)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Connecticut to Essen per Kelsey Motorette

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This week  'Essen' will be the buzz word as there it is where the action is. Twelve halls and several outdoor courts filled with maybe a thousand classics. Plus parts, automobilia, clubs, dealers, a big classic auction by Coys and more. A first stop after entering and after passing BMW Tradition is Germany's largest classic car dealer Thiesen who traditionally is 'camping' in Hall 10, while Fusco Automobile and Altena Classic & Rally Service are very nearby. For those interested in more high-end classics Hall 6 the first next stop. Here we find our friends of Hyman Ltd who are the only american dealer taking the trouble to cross the big pond. This year presenting a 1911 Kelsey Motorette, built in Connecticut USA. It's not the first time a Kelsey is outside the USA as we understand they were exported to Europe and even Japan back then. At the stand of Bruno Vendiese and Jack Braam Ruben you will find at least a Bugatti T57 Ventoux. Another Bugatti T57 is de Atalante Cabriolet conversion presented by Coupe from MadridClassic Motorcars Holland will roll in a 1931 Bentley Speed Six. Christoph Grohe finally will try to satisfy the German oriented customers by bringing  a very rare 1930 straight eight Röhr convertible Limousine.

Monday, 24 March 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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