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The days are getting shorter, shorter, the wheather uglier and we try you with an ultimately sunny picture. It's only the fur sided coat of the lady that reminds us of winter. The photo appeared in a french magazine sometime in the early fifties, but alas this won't bring you a lot of information aside that the car was registered in France. Yes, like often we took out the obvious badge and coachbuilder details. Still we think it is not that hard, so we will be tough on details about the car which has an american basis. We especially will pay attention to knowledge and trivia not readily available on the internet.
So take your time before sending in. Check your old books, magazines, brochures and other information you may have at hand. You even may know what the wherabouts of this fine coupe are, that is to say if it is a survivor. So if you like to win - only the best answer will - be sure to mention Make, Model, Year, Coachbuilder plus additonal details not exceeding 100 words. Post your answer under Comments before Monday , December 9. Outcoem of the quiz wil be published Saturday, December 14. Winner should notify us and provide us with shirt-size and mail address through info&prewarcar.com (exchange & for @).
Now that it's December it won't be long before programs, magazines and webzines come up with best-of lists, top 20s and star polls - a guaranteed success. But they are also a pretty lame waist of column inches as all the usual suspects fly by like they did the year before. In the classic car scene it's Jaguar's E-type that's heralded ad nauseum. I can't see it anymore. Or it has to be from its dark side: as the vehicle of choice in a cult movie that is so bad that it nears perfection.
Danger Diabolik (1968) combines all the classic cult ingredients: a leather masked hero; a scantily clad blonde; villains in faux battle dress; lots and lots of speeded up footage on mediterranean b-roads; a black E-type plunging over a cliff and a white one entering a hidden cave by a remote controlled land slide, giving access to what looks to be a hiding place designed by the inventor of the lava lamp. Only seeing is believing. I guess it should end up seriously high in any cult movie Top 10.
(Text Jeroen Booij)
All the contemporary photographers that I work with tell me one thing. It's that you should never, repeat: never, photograph a car on anything other than a road. No wood grounds, no gravel, no rocks, not even the manicured lawn of a golf course. Do I agree? No. In fact I couldn't disagree more. My favorite picture location cannot be far enough from the beaten track; whether it's for a Land Rover or MG; a Ford or Porsche. And so Nash hits the spot with this fantastic shot to advertise their 1951 Ambassador. Never mind this is a huge 1.6 ton car with virtually no ground clearance and springs as soft as feather pillows. How they ever got it there remains a mystery. As it's doubtful whether there's even a lake or river close by for these sturdy fishermen with their outdoor gear. Don't bother. It just makes me think of that song. And that movie. Call me a romantic, I don't care. Thank god I'm a country boy.
(words Jeroen Booij)
Editor: possibly just a bit more apt for the job is the '48 Chrysler Town & Country as offered in Dragone's Winter Auction coming Saturday
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