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Macabre Mobile is the perfect Halloween machine

We presented you the Jaguar of scream queen Yvonne DeCarlo a while ago. Do fear - it’s not alone. And its sister vehicle comes with an equally spooky/sensual/silly (delete if not applicable) lady, too. Meet Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. For those not familiar with the genre: she’s a horror movie host who made her own movie, too. Click here to see more (do we need to warn you?).

Back to the car, dubbed the Macabre Mobile: a 1958 Thunderbird once more customized by master craftsman George Barris. Yep – the man who also did Yvonne’s Jag. And he took it to the same theme once more. With chromed cobwebs, bats, eyeballs and skulls definitely a car that would do well with Halloween. There’s a chain-link steering wheel and a hood ornament that would turn Rene Lalique in his grave, while upholstery comes in leopard skin motif. The thing was even turned into a scale model. Interestingly, the real thing started life as a hardtop and was turned into a convertible T-bird by Barris. Not one but two are said to have been built, with the last of the two auctioned last year (it made 29,700 dollars) – the other one is supposedly still owned by the Mistress herself. Be careful out there.

(Text Jeroen Booij, picture courtesy New World Pictures)

Friday, 31 October 2014

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For sale in Spain seven years ago?

28000 E.

A shiny 1966 Mercedes Benz 250 SEC, photographed on a quiet spanish village square on July 2, 2007... A spanish gentleman - named 'Silvi' is trying our blog entrance to offer this car for sale. We have tried to explain this before, but when mr. Silvi would use this 'entrada' he can opt for using Spanish or Italian, German, French, English or Dutch... So far not very complicated, but how can we explain to mr. Silvi that using seven year old photos isn't the best way to advertise a car..?

Carroceria 111, Añ0 66, Perfecto estado, Inyeccion, Techo solar, Spain.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Buried IMFAP prototype discovered

One and only IMFAP discovered

A few days ago Francisco Carríon received photos of an old car described as "A bitza, probably made after the war with parts of many other cars, and virtually buried". And yes indeed, this is the impression every observer would have at first glance. However not Francisco! This is a unique car, a prototype of a very rare spanish marque produced in the 1950s. Despite its flimsy appearance, the Imfap was developed entirely by Natalio Orcajo, an experienced engineer who even created his own brand, "Nacional G", in the early 1940s.

The buried car is the last Imfap manufactured, the "Mini Break Practico" (period photo 2), which was fitted with a 700 cc air cooled two cylinder engine designed by Horcajo which is miraculously still in place (photo 3). The fragile original body is almost useless and the little factory wheels have been changed for bigger ones, but the essential parts are there. We understand the owner has been advised about the rarity of his pile of rust, and the car has been stored in a closed garage. There are many microcar collectors trying to buy and restore the Imfap... but for the moment the owner refuses to sell it. For more info about these picturesque cars please check this link.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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Bob's four-decade TR3 love affair

A four-decade TR3 love affair

When Bob Le Brocq replaced his first car, a second-hand Morris Minor, back in 1971, he chose a sporty 1956 Triumph TR3. Not an unusual choice in the days when old sports cars could be picked up easily for little money. Although he loved the car instantly, he couldn't have predicted that he would still be driving it more than 40 years later.
 Although he sold the car in 1979, it was barely used by the new owner, who offered it back to Bob in 2010. He couldn't resist a reunion with his old Triumph, and has spent the last three years rebuilding the car back to excellent condition. Although things have moved on rather a lot in the intervening decades, Bob is just as passionate about his Triumph as he was when he first saw it all those years ago.
 You can read the full story of Bob's tumultuous ownership and restoration of the car in the November issue of The Automobile, which is out now.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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