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A new life to my 1929 Chrysler Imperial Le Mans Roadster

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The 1929 Chrysler Imperial Le Mans roadster series 75. They call her "The Breeze" (click main photo for current condition). She's a former stockcar restored in Australia in 1976 (photos 5,6,7) and once more in The Netherlands in 2007 (photos 1-4 ). Now she 'new' and roaring again and doing 95 miles/hour.

editor: Well Mr. Legrand, let's hope you don't try this 95 mph on a daily basis. Er... the Breeze is an old lady, no matter how goodlooking she is.
Anyway, we just love to see Before & After photos.
So don't be shy and upload 'your work' through this page

      
Thursday, 18 September 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

The 24-pot Zandvoort Revival Challenge

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Due to an unhappy decision of the Zandvoort Circuit management the Zandvoort Vintage Revival is in the same weekend as the DTM, a championship for souped-up post-2010 saloons. Revival organiser DVSCC however has picked up the challenge and will use the weekend to learn the hamburger kids about real race cars. A fabulous field of 69 articipating  sports and racing cars from six countries. Most interesting it will be to see the dinosour battle between the Bugatti Type 54 and Volpi V16 (Cadillac). Will the mighty Molsheim Eight hold up against the brute force of Detroit's V16?

 Last minute entries are welcome here.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Avions Voisin mystery Drophead & Dealer Sign

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Slightly similar to the Voisin Drophead coupe sold at Bonhams recent Beaulieu sale. Yet the one on this photo sent by Vincent Juvenelle seems more elaborate. After counting the bonnet louvres we concluded that the car is probably based on a C14 chassis. Vincent who only recently found the photo wonders who could be the coachbuilder. Now that we're talking Voisin, you may be able to help your editor learning more about the heavy bronze Avions Voisin (Issy-Seine) dealer (?) shield recently found by him. Size is about 25 cm in diameter, weight around 2 kilos. The seller told it once was in the showroom of a (Voisin) car deaeler in Coimbra, Portugal. Anybody who can add some information to that?
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

The fate of the South American cars

The fate of the South American cars

The pictures accompanying this article were taken one month ago, but  these american cars have not been moved for many years. Still this can´t be considered as a "barn find"the . The owner is a classic car dealer and they are parked in the cellar of a storehouse where also other cars in much better conditions can be found. So, what is  the case? Ten years ago the european classic car market was flooded with pre-war cars imported from South American countries such as Argentina and Uruguay. The business appeared easy, as these vehicles were bought cheap there -always below $3000- shipped, and  then sold here for 6.000 euros or more.

All these cars were easily recognisable: American cars from the mid 1920s to mid 1930s with right hand drive and many non original headlights, tops, colours, wheels... everything due to a past life of hard work which was probably daily till the moment of the sale to the european dealer. Not in every case the cars were in so bad conditions, but when the market seemed to accept almost everything years ago, many heavily modified cars came in reasonable quantities to europe, and then the crisis came... and many remained unsold till present days. How many Ford, Chevrolet, Willys, Durant, Rugby, and other popular american cars are hiding in Europe?? And there will be market for them  some day?  (photos & text Francisco Carrion)
 
    
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