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Muscular by name - and nature

Muscular by name

The Americans had already given their sports cars some cool names in the sixties; in the early seventies they came up with versions of them which made other countries sportsters sound like gloomy lorries. Road Runner, Super Bee, Trans Am for non-plus-ultra versions of big muscle machines. Or GTO ‘The Judge’ and Mustang ‘Boss’ to rule out even these.

Worldwide auctioneers will have several of these on offer in the 8th yearly Auburn sale, this week. There are Pontiacs GTO ‘The Judge’ in both convertible as coupe guise of which the first is believed to be the very first and the last the very last of it kind. While this black-on-black Mustang Boss 351 maybe be slightly less powerful (330bhp no less) but is least as desirable. We also adore this ‘1970½’ Firebird Trans Am with smashing blue interior and this flawless Chevelle SS with ‘hood and deck stripes’. There’s no need to go to the gym. These cars, with their great names, give you plenty of muscle.

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures courtesy Worldwide Auctions)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

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About car puzzle #116: Škoda Winnetou

About car puzzle #116: Škoda Winnetou

Got you there. Several of you thought the mystery car of last week was Devin’s D-type. It surely shares styling characteristics and has a link to it, too, as some say the car was developed from a Devin body. We don't know, but that’s where the link ends. And if you’d read our hints you could have known. We wrote: “The country it originates from went through an important period of political liberalization just after it was launched.” – we were talking about the Prague Spring here. We also said it was named after a great American fictional character, pointing you towards this chap. Ladies and gentlemen: may we introduce to you the 1967 Škoda Winnetou. One of few right answers came from ‘Andrew’, who wrote: “The car is the Škoda Winnetou. It was shown at Geneva car show in 1967 as a prototype based on Škoda’s 1000 MBX. Rear lights were from the VW Beetle. It was originally red, with laminated body. The top speed was said to be 126 km/h.” We also understand the car was last seen in The Netherlands in the 1980s, after which any trace of it ends. Perhaps one of you knows more about that? For now: Congratulations to Andrew. Please drop us a line and we’ll make sure you will receive the infamous PostWarCar T-shirt at your address. See you next week!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

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Killed off Comuta

Killed off Comuta

The issue of fossil fuel – or more precisely its predicted dry-out of resources – has given engineers headaches ever since it came into discussion. It lead to a huge amount of concept cars, too. The boom of these followed after the 1973 and 1978 oil crises, but there were more. The Ford Comuta, seen here, is just one of them. Designed and developed alongside the GT40 at Ford UK in the mid-1960s, the tiny Comuta was meant as a ‘non-polluting car for urban and suburban motoring’. Power came from four 12-Volt batteries which supposedly gave it a 40 mph top speed and 40 miles range.

Pretty clever little thing, eh? Despite being really small we think it was pretty good looking, too. Also: Ford didn’t forget the marketing side of things, either, photographing two of them along a barge of their own make. Plus with some fashionable girls like the one above, and even with Twiggy for heaven’s sake, who was at the prime of her career at the time. So what went wrong here? Conspiracy theories in the box below, please.

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures courtesy Ford UK) 

Friday, 28 August 2015

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'How I shrunk the Batmobile'

Micro Batmobile discovery

One of the most famous film cars ever are the many "Batmobiles" which have been constructed since the 1950s to our days for every Batman movie or TV- series. The 1960s car, based on a Ford Mustang, was one of the most mytical and most reproduced batmobiles, and is even known as "the original Batmobile". Probably this attractive car inspired the creator of the microcar pictured above. Nothing is known about its origins, except that it recently appeared in a northern Spain workshop, so we may assume it was created here, presumably in the mid 1960s. On closer inspection we found that the steering is fully operational, it has a moveable trunk lid and inside are the remains of a traction system and rear brakes. So without a shadow of doubt this little machine was drivable at some point. Later its mechanical parts were stripped, and this Batmobile spent its last days on a carousel, as indicated by the heavy bases to which it is connected. And despite everything, this subcompact microcar - restored and with a proper period engine - probably would be the sensation of any microcar meeting... or the dream car for a junior Batman aficionado.

(Text and photos Francisco Carríon)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

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