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Morris Minor Convertible lingering on Crete

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Our long time visitors for sure will remember Rutger Booy who was our indispensible editor for many years. Nowadays Rutger is taking a bit more time for himself, for his charming wife and of course for his eternal MGA - since 45 years in his ownership. So you won't be surprised that he has a keen eyes for anything (British) on wheels. Last week he spent at the Greek island Crete and spotted this caged Morris Minor. Let's hope this abandoned Morris Minor Convertible will be saved. Rutger had no chance to talk with the owner as the place seemed deserted, so he only hopes that the sweet little convertible will be saved. Little chance that thieves will get near with the not very inviting 'killer dog' sign (how to use google translate in a way to get this sign translated?) .  

Now if you are on holiday this summer and spot a classic, let us know. When it is really interesting, we'll post it on our homepage and get you one of our new PostWarClassic T-shirts.

Monday, 30 May 2016

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Your first 4 wheel memories.

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We all have that first memory of driving a car. Any car! For one it was 'dad's car', to another a 'borrowed', a rented, or even a classic car, for others just an old scrapyard saved banger.

Well, at a classic car event in The Netherlands we saw this little boy making a decent memory for when he is older. It was an electric wine barrel. Wine barrel_special-470He is probably too young to drink the wine but certainly old enough to enjoy the cask. And that is what he did. He was making good show with his ride. Well all the grown-ups are just standing there and keeping their hands warm. 
wine barrel_special_frond-800The car was equipped with some nice headlights, a real fuel tank and a license plate. What else do you need?!

We are interested to learn about your own driving experiene. Did you borrow or build one as a child. Did you drive a soapbox special, a wine cask or what was it ? 

(photos & text Laurens Klein)

Sunday, 29 May 2016

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About Tough to Crack car puzzle #134: Bossaert Citroën DS 19 GT Coupe

About Tough to Crack car puzzle #134: Bossaert Citroën DS 19 GT Coupe

Yes, you knew last week’s puzzle car. You knew it well and that lead to an avalanche of answers, which made choosing a winner not particularly easy. To start with: the car is the Bossaert Citroën DS 19 GT Coupe, which was offered between 1960 and 1965, designed by Pietro Frua and supposedly built in a quantity of 12 or 13 (although Frua said 18…). Many of you came up with the same (technical) details: Hector Bossaert ran a garage called Gété near Lille, North France. The car was shortened by 42cm and lowered 7 cm, with raked windscreen and plastic rear screen. Bossaert tweaked the standard engine, improving it to 97 hp thanks to double Zenith carburettors, altered manifold and exhaust system. Many of you also quoted the 29,000 francs price – twice that of a standard car. So far so good. But who gave the most rewarding additional information? ‘Vintage’ wrote: “The rear lights should all be familiar to you as they have been seen before in a previous quiz found here : About tough to crack puzzle number 100: 1960 Studebaker Italia Coupe by Frua, which just happens to be very similar to the Wolseley 16/60 rear lights, which all stem from the Austin A40 Farina. Farina no less not Frua, which leads to the Morris 1100, which are once again very similar to the lights found on a period silver cloud or a big jag Mk X of the same time. The Jag incidentally would have cost about the same as the Citroen coupe about 29,000 Fr…” Well, thank you! While Yannick Garcia is adamant the rear light come from Carello, also adding “Only two have survived (one to restore). Very short, these cars were "vivid" to drive and many perished due to accident.” Several of you also mentioned the existence of a convertible version, which has supposedly disappeared. Herve Smagghe writes he has two pictures of that car and we’d love to see them Herve! Hugo Modderman thinks slightly different, though, adding: “Two convertibles were built of which one resides in The Netherlands!” But it is Don Siemers who wins. He knew that the first car was completed in the summer of 1960 – just too late for the 47th Paris Auto Show. And so the debut was hosted by the Monthlery race track the following spring, while the motor show debut had to wait to the 1961 Geneva show and that of Paris, where two cars with minor variations in the quarter windows were seen.” Congratulations Don!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

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Mille Miglia Madness ( update: 1953 O.S.C.A. MT4 1100 2AD )

Mille Miglia Madness

If you’d ever drive the Mille Miglia – what car would you choose? While the choice is abundant with stashes of exiting cars eligible, an ‘Etceterini’ would be the best, wouldn’t it? Imagine driving those twisty Italian b-roads passing sleepy villages, which for a change are anything but sleepy when you do so in your pretty loud Siata or Zanussi. There are spectators everywhere, trying to get a glimpse of that mad parade of brightly coloured toys, and the police doesn’t stop you when you floor the throttle. Au contraire actually. Okay, there are quite a few pace cars, mechanics cars, journalists cars, photographers bikes and other motors just having a look, but the event still oozes an atmosphere unlike any other. Oh – and there are some tough girls having a go, too, like the ones seen here, who seem to be enjoying themselves in their - er - you tell us! But whatever it is - that's the spirit ladies!

(Words Jeroen Booij, picture courtesy Picture Beast) 

Friday, 27 May 2016

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