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A Friday Twin Mystery

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Identifying US built cars of the forties is not our strong point. And this picture forms a double challenge. With two identical nearly new cars , presented to us by an elegant lady in new winter coat (see her slim ankle reflecting in the door's paintwork) and het little or twin(?) sister sort of shy on the side.
Ah sorry, we're talking twins without showing!  Well just click here to see the double twin and let us know.

Photo courtesy: Quinn Dombrowski

Friday, 28 October 2016

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"Motorpit" in France

"Motorpit" in France

While driving cross country in the Indre department on a recent trip to France, we noticed 2 aband0ned Peugeot cars. On closer inspection we found a 403 pick up and a later 404, both showing signs of a tough life. Much to our surprise, we also came upon the "motorpit" of this field workshop, complete with some spanners and other rusty tools!
The same weekend, I bought an old magneto at a local swap meet. Back home, while cleaning, I found out that it was a Robert Bosch magneto, type P 22 h2. I'd like to know how old it is and what kind of engines used this magneto type , as it doesn't resemble the motor cycle magnetos I had before.

text and photos: Luc Rijckaert

Thursday, 27 October 2016

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Don't beer and drive, right? (update: Seddon Mark 7P )

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Drinking and driving is absolutely forbidden. And that's a good thing of course. But what if your job is to drive a big Bass & Co Pale Ale bottle. You are still not allowed to drink but answering the question 'did you get in contact with beer' might get you in trouble.
Luckily this car is used in a parade and so a police stop is not very likely. But more important, we have no idea what car was in the parade registered under the 'name' TOM888. Can you identify the beertruck without talking with a double tongue?

Photo courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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Back to back: Stingray or Miura

Back to back: Stingray or Miura
Let’s try and forget all about money, prejudice and prestige for a little while. Imagine you’d missed out about the classic car craze of the last decades, but do remember one thing: that bright blue Corvette Stingray on the sleeve of your favourite Beach Boys album. The car belonged to Dennis Wilson – no doubt the coolest of the boys - who reputedly raced it during the night on the streets of LA. A similar car is now available from Coys Classic & Sports Car sale in Ally Pally this weekend. From the last day of the year in 1965 up until 2011, this Stingray was owned by one and the same man (not Wilson). And thus comes with stacked history files and great provenance. You’ll just have to love it.

Is there anything better? There might be, when your favourite album was this. Rod Stewart was (is?) a pretty cool guy, too, who also owned a string of sports cars. One of them was this Lamborghini Miura, which also comes with its original records by Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd. of London. It’s a P400S, but the current owner decided to uprate it to SV-spec, including front and rear clam modifications, suspension upgrades and rear lights. Why anyone would do that is our guess, but Coys writes: “Importantly, the car’s bulkhead, engine, and chassis all bare correct numbers for the original S and they are original to the car.” Oh – its estimate is over ten times higher than that of the Corvette. Worth it? You decide.

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures courtesy Coys of Kensington)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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