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Fine, finer and finest cars at Hershey

Fine cars at Hershey.

Complicated yet clever marketing, to start a new auction company and organise a first auction in worldfamous Hershey, but in a totally different segment of the calender. Not early October, but June 11. They show guts these guys and they aim high. Top cars, top photography must proove their ambition. Here just two fine examples of what The Finest Automobile Auctions has in mind for the future.

 When you read about the history of certain cars, it encourages deeper research and you end up better informed - not only about the car but about the people and the times that surround it.
The 1927 Bugatti Type 38A Grand Sport is just such a car and is being offered for sale at The Elegance At Hershey auction held on Saturday June 11 by The Finest Automobile Auctions.
The car's first owner was L.G.Bachelier who co-founded the Bugatti Owners' Club in UK  and owned a total of nine Bugattis in his lifetime.  The description records all the car's owners and what they did to the car, but the current owner has  spent much time and money on a meticulous restoration  with its supercharged 8 cylinder Type 35A engine  and Art Deco inspired Grand Sport boat tail body.  People were stunned when the car was sold in 1991 for $91,000 - these days we are more used to seeing what buyers will pay for such fine cars, but to somebody who wants a comfortable sporting grand touring Bugatti with excellent road manners, it's worth every penny.
The 1929 Type 40A Roadster went to the US after the war and was discovered in southern California when an old house was demolished in Chavez Ravine for the development of the baseball park for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This model has 4 cylinders and no supercharger but with the elegant Jean Bugatti designed body,  it pleased the Parisian aristocrat Alastair Marmaduke Gresham Leveson-Gower who drove it to Paris with Louis Chiron as co-driver!
We love learning the stories that are woven into the history of old cars and future generations will enjoy doing the same as each new driver adds his/her own fresh adventures.

Text Robin Batchelor; pictures courtesy The Finest Automobile Auctions.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Mystery Firetruck in Kathmandu, Nepal (Upd.: Morros Commercial, or Fiat?)

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Christopher Haas stumbled over a seemingly deserted firestation at the Durbar square in Katmandu. It almost looks like an official firestation with the hoses packed on the side left and right. Yet we can assure you that Kathmandu has modern firetrucks as well. Next question of course is what machinery we're looking at.  The big Dennis on the left is a Big Four? Or a G-type? The car on the right is a bit harder to ID. The radiator at least looks like Fiat 514-ish. But we're sure that you may come up with better suggestions.

(photos Mystery firetruck_dennis-800Christopher Haas)
Monday, 30 May 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Cars you wouldn't expect at the ACD Museum

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ACD museum_showroom-800What kind of cars would you expect to find in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum? Right...! A line up of dozens of A, C & D automobiles. But Catherinus van Zwol who recently visited the museum took the trouble sending a few unexpected cars. Cars like a 1913 IMP V-twin cyclecar, that was built in...  - you either know or will never guess - in Auburn as well!  But even more unexpected is the super rare 1911 Metallurgique, built in Belgium. The odd wheel geometry is an effect of the wide angle Iphone camera, not to bizarre Belgian engineering. When you are travelling this summer keep your eyes and camera at hand. And tell us about the automotive surprises that you find. 1911 metallurgique-800
Rolls-800 let us know!

Update: Bruno Costers sends this very nice series of photos he made at the same museum. Worth to spend some tiem on!  
Sunday, 29 May 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #421

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Literally a rara avis in this part of the world the mystery car must have felt itself at home in Egypt, a country which consists for the major part of desert. The make established its fame in one of these gruesome rallies crossing several of these and much more. In this case it is easy to tell too much, if we haven't done so already … So tell us make, year and model and all other details you dig up during your search in just 100 words or better less. Be sure to send in before Monday, May 30th in order to have a chance to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt. Even better to check the Rules under 'Read more' first. Enjoy your weekend!

(source of photo to be revealed next saturday in conjunction with results)
Saturday, 28 May 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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