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Spotted by Hans Cornelisse in Uruguay, this sad originally US-built(?) sedan. Probably with many conversions since it left the production line in the early fifties. The radiator grill looks like a friday night special. The headlights seem smaller than whatever was there before. Judging the two tone color scheme the wings have been transplanted from another car or at least have benefitted from a partial respray in a distant past. All in all not exactly like the fine british phrasing "the restoration has settled nicely".
Just before his 85th birthday, Mr Pierre Dellière passed away on Easter morning. As an honoury member of the ‘Circle Pégase’ Pierre was a collector with an incredible knowledge and a big heart for our shared hobby. He was not only one of the founders of ‘Ecurie des Trapadelles’, he also stood at the cradle of the “Musee Automobile de Province”.
A short vignette:
At the end of the war in Indo China (1953) Pierre bought a little scooter just as he was deployed back home. He asked his superiors if he could possibly travel back… over land from Saigon to Paris. Permission was granted and Pierre and his Vespa took on a 3-month journey while covering a good 10.000 miles. You can imagine his adventures! Because of lack of visa and/or free passes to cover the borders of various countries he incidentally had to enjoy a compulsory stay for a few days in a 'government hotel', but arrived bursting with energy in Paris.
Mr Pierre Dellière will be missed dearly.
(message by Michel Marteling translated by PWC)
This picture, said to be made in the San Fransisco area at around 1971, shows more 1950s and 1960s American iron than you will find in just about any classic car showroom. A quick counting reveals over 60 cars, but many more are hidden behind others. Question is: what’s there? We recognize a few models – how about the ’57 Chevrolet in the reflection of the window? But we’re also sure there will be some of you who can point out many more. So here’s our take on an Easter egg hunt: who can decipher the make and model designation of, say, 10 of the cars in this impressive Californian pile of forgotten dreams? Happy hunting!
(text: Jeroen Booij, picture through Mike Hurndall)
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