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The exceptionally rare vehicle appearing in the picture is a racing roadster Fiat Graziani MM 1953, whose history is documented back to the builder Antonio Graziani from Mantova, Italy. The coachbuilder Antonio Graziani only built three such racing Roadster masterpieces, all of them in the color pastel yellow. One car was destroyed early by accident. Another one was exported in the 60s to Detroit, USA. The car shown in the picture was restored in the 90s in Italy and driven by Antonio Graziani’s son until its export to Switzerland in 2005. Is there anyone out there, who knows something about the vehicle exported to Detroit? Reply requested.
Das im Bild dargestellte Fahrzeug ist ein Rennroadster FIAT Graziani MM Jahrgang 1953, welcher mit Historie zurück bis zum Erbauer Antonio Graziani aus Mantova Italien dokumentiert ist. Der Karossier Antonio Graziani hat 3 Stück dieses Rennroadsters, alle in der Farbe pastell-gelb hergestellt. Ein Exemplar wurde schon früh durch einen Unfall zerstört. Ein weiteres Exemplar wurde in den 60er Jahren nach Detroit USA exportiert. Das im Bild dargestellte Exemplar wurde in den 90er Jahren in Italien restauriert und vom Sohn Graziani gefahren bis zum Export in die Schweiz 2005. Wer weiss etwas über das Fahrzeug, welches nach Detroit exportiert wurde? Bitte um Rückantwort.
Yes 'Tough to Crack' # 123 is as easy as counting from one to three. You're looking at a twin carb RR engine. Easy does it. But what car is it in? As you have come to learn from us... nothing is what it seems, and thus to help you we added a second picture. So it should be easy for you to see. It was intended to be very succesful, but after 3 prototypes the program was "killed". The car can be seen for all participants - well that is to stay for those who stay close to the map - during the upcoming 100 Miles of Amsterdam on Sunday, December 20th.
Know all about it? Do let us know. Answers in the box below before Monday November 30 and you may become the winner of this week's post-war puzzle, which would earn you the infamous PostWarClassic T-shirt. Do check the Rules under 'Read More' first. Results and source of photo will be published next Saturday, December 5.
Today’s Friday lady is chosen with a reason. Yes, she’s looking somewhat sorry for herself. But then ending up in a puddle on your way to the Sunday Roast may not have been what she expected of the day, back in the early 1950s. Did the car let her down? We wouldn’t be surprised. But help was at hand. At least somebody must have been brave enough to wade through the water in order to make that photograph, but then he or she may have worn footwear of a very different kind.
Back to the reason for using this particular shot. It’s the car. Very British, oh dear yes, as with its razor edge styling it mimicked Rolls-Royces and Bentleys of its day. Some say those cars were outdated by the time this miniature version by Triumph came out, but at least it was distinctive. But the clue is in the name: Mayflower. Yes, this creature was named after that archetype of intrepid ships, which formed the backbone of this weekend's festivities. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
(Words Jeroen Booij, picture courtesy RAF High Garrett)
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