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Tough to crack car puzzle #161
This rare sports car originates from a country that should not be underestimated in the history of European car production. They had several motor manufacturers of fame there, and the one which constructed the car seen here certainly was on the top of their innovativeness by the time this creature came out. It was based on a – revolutionary – passenger car, but was clearly meant for motor spor...
'College cuties' and spritely Sprites

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Not one Friday lady this week, but twelve of them! What’s more: moving image of them, taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s in New York during The National College Queens Safe Driving Rodeo and Exhibition. Enjoy!...
Mumbai says goodbye to Padmini taxis
We told you about the sudden disappearance of Mexico City’s VW Beetle taxis not too long ago; now a very similar story reached us from India. Under the title ‘Mumbai Padmini taxis quietly fading into obscurity’ the disappearance of Mumbai’s infamous taxis is told through some lovely images. Made by PAL (Premier Automobiles Limited), the Padmini was a Fiat 1100 under a licence. And one was ...
American Pop Art and Cars in Germany
Two exhibitions combining Pop Art and classic cars are organized in Germany this summer. The first one is in Singen, where ‘Pop Art & Cars – James Francis Gill’ puts the spotlight on the American painter Gill, who’s career stretches five decades. The exhibition takes place in the MAC museum until early November. What to expect? Think Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and John Lenno...
Mystery hubcap – but on which Bugatti? UPDATE: Type 46!
French auctioneer Stanislas Machoïr is selling off a collection of automobilia and parts (plus some cars) which used to belong to the ‘grand garage’ de Alexis Dreye in Cambrai. “A garage frozen in time”, writes the auctioneer. Until the late 1970s Alfa-Romeos, Mercedeses and DKWs were sold and maintained here, but the garage now only offers place to a coachbuilder plus an antique shop. M...
Back to back: Big Bristol vs baby-saloons
Who doesn’t like a two for the price of one offer? In this case it is even perhaps two for the price of a half one, as the Bristol seen above is incomplete but still estimated to make more than the two small four-door saloons together… All three of them will be sold at Brightwells Bicester sale this Saturday. The Bristol is a 401 of 1951 with its signature Superleggera bodywork. Perfectly und...
Who knows more about Heisig’s microcar?
He may not have won our last car puzzle due to a slight information overload, but at least Ace Zenek’s researches led to something else interesting. He wrote: “While researching the Glasspar, I came across this photo of Alfred Heisig and his car. The photograph is from the Middletown Journal of May 1952. I know nothing else about it, but I thought it might possibly make for a good PreWarClas...
About tough to crack puzzle #160: Glasspar G2 Roadster
Apart from three of you, trying to crack last week’s car puzzle, you had it right. It was not a TVR, not an early Nash Healy and also not the 1953 Bohman Special, although that last car did make it to the movie we were referring to: Johnny Dark. Ace Zenek perhaps gave the best answer, identifying the original builder of this specific car (Mike Ricker), the radiator grille he’d sourced (Nash) a...
First female in space remains heroic
June 16 will always be a bit of a special day for ladies: it was on this day in 1963 that, aboard the Vostok 6 spaceship, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. And not for a short spell either. She returned to earth after 48 orbits and 71 hours, which was more than all the U.S. astronauts combined at the time. On June 19 the Vostok 6 reentered the atmos...
Information wanted on coachbuilt Fiat
Our friends at Marreyt Classics stumbled upon something interesting recently. It’s a barchetta built on a widened Fiat 508C basis, which they are restoring at the moment. Now, the car’s chassis may date from pre-war days; the body is a 1950s creation, made in Brussels. But it remains surrounded with some mystery: “We have been told that it was designed by Umberto De Mola, a coachbuilde...
Salon Privé 2017: Ferrari only
Some events are more prestigious than others and there’s not much doubt that Salon Privé is on the top of priority lists for anyone who likes expensive classic cars. Phrases such as crème de la crème turn up regularly here. This does throw up its limitations for entrants, though. Like last year's winning car, Ferraris are always welcome, though. The organisers of the British Concours d’Eleg...
Back to back: Thunderbird or Corniche?
On the 18th of this month, French auctioneer Osenat will be holding their yearly classic car sale at their headquarters, right opposite the tourist office of Fontainebleau at just 70 kilometres from central Paris. And we have picked out two grand open top limousines. These cars are worlds apart. But they also have more in common than you may expect from the people’s car that a Ford claims to be ...
Prototype 2CV - in moving image
This is fascinating film footage. Said to be of 1949-vintage, we see a Citroen 2CV prototype that is clearly earlier than that being unveiled. The simplicity of it all is explained in moving image. And then the signature trick of carrying a basket of eggs is demonstrated to a few onlookers. It's just lovely. We had never seen this before, but 2CV adapts may well know it?...
Tough to crack car puzzle #160
Hey! Today is not Friday, is it? No, it’s not. We’ve had our regular Friday Lady yesterday. But look again, there’s a car behind the girl. And it’s not a very well known one. Or is it? This car was remarkable for one thing in particular and even so remarkable for just that, that it made it not just to the motoring press but even to major newspapers at the time. What’s more: the very exam...
70 Years of TVR. Bye-bye to Blackpool
Rumours about TVR coming back from the brink continue to flow in. We would certainly not be surprised. But while the amount of TVR’s near death experiences is impressive, with owners coming and going, one thing stood the test most of the time: the factory itself at one of the UK’s more remarkable seaside resorts: Blackpool. The place that appears to be made entirely from casinos, roller coaste...
Mystery motor: the Douglas C47 truck
What you see here is a great form of recycling. If old frying oil can be turned into petrol and household waste into toys, why not turn old aeroplanes into cars? This truck is believed to be just that. Said to have been made from a crashed Douglas C-47 in Australia, the fantastic vehicle was seen recently at a show in Victoria county and photographed by Nathan Tasca. We’d love to learn a little ...
A40 Farina: the next big thing?
Remember yesterday’s Powerful Peanut? Well, it was a car that started a craze in the early 2000s. A35s became the stars of the Goodwood Revival and they have sky rocketed since. And we don’t think we need to tell you something similar happened to the good old Mini and its Cooper ‘S’ siblings. In a few years time these cars have become so valuable that the original fanbase now hardly can af...
Caption it: The Flying Peanut
You may have seen this image before. It’s a prize winning photograph by John Lakey, who probably shot more pictures at Goodwood than anyone else. We were curious about the background of the image but couldn’t find much. What went wrong with the unfortunate A35 wearing number 4 during the 2014 Goodwood Revival? The car used to be known as ‘The Powerful Peanut’ and made its entrance to a maj...
How about this place for a concours?
Concourses are the craze, and they continue to be organized everywhere, ranging from century old traditional events to brand new ones. The inaugural Concours of South Africa took place last year at Sun City – a lavish holiday resort in a game reserve, but controversial to some, who described it as ‘a fantasy island in the midst of hell’. You may remember the 1985 song. But since re-corporati...
Who is doing next year’s Giro di Sicilia?
There have been quite a few dashes through Italy in the last couple of months: the historic Targa Florio (April), Mille Miglia (May), Via Flaminia (May), oh and the Giro d’Italia (May). So what do we have left now that June has arrived? Well, you may have forgotten about the Giro di Sicilia: a classic car rally, spanning four days and just about all of the coastal roads on the isle of Sicil...

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