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Back to back: Wankel Spider or 850 Spider?
When you’re in for a European classic while being over in the US, you may like to know that Lucky Collector Car Auctions is selling off a whole lot of them on the 26th in Tacoma, Washington. The obvious ones are MGs and Volvos, Mercedeses and Porsches, but more remarkable for their appearance in Trump-land are for example a Citroen GS, an ID 19 and a Traction Avant, a Sunbeam Minx, two Lancias F...
The traveling policeman and his trusty Morris

This is certainly not the best quality photograph we've seen here. But since every picture comes with a story, we think it definitely is worth sharing here. In fact the story of this particular image is rather intriguing. Peter Huson sent it over to us and added the following: "In May 1955 a member of the B.S.A. Police and his wife drove their Morris Oxford Station wagon from Salisbury (UK - ...

Pebble Beach 2017 - today is the day
Today the Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance takes place in Monterey. We can't say much about the cars on display other than the official announcements, let alone winners, so let's have a look at last year's event with this great little video. Excellent to freshen up your mind and get you in the mood! Enjoy....
Tough to crack car puzzle #165
If the phrase ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’ goes, then we’d like to add to it ‘All classic cars are equal but some classics are more equal than others’. And, boy, does it go for this little thing of sheer beauty! Dare we say that this motorized jewel, hand built from aluminium, glass, fabric, rubber and steel, presents the automotive world at its ver...
Is that Pebble Beach, baby?
We’ve had some fun with these ‘guess the places’ last winter (here, here and here). And you were remarkably quick in deciphering those locations. Now, why not carry on during the summer? Over to the picture above then. We’re not totally sure but we think today’s Friday Lady and her exotic set of wheels could well be located at Pebble Beach at this very photograph. And doesn’t that fit ...
Pack your swimsuit and go
We like the idea for this book ‘Pack die badehose ein’ – (Pack the swimsuit), showing a plethora of photographs of families travelling in their good old four-wheelers to seek the sun. It’s a German book and thus concentrates on German people on German holidays (often to southern Europe), very often in German cars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. But the idea is of course the same everywhere....
The Barcelona microcar mystery
An interesting message from reader Luis Pallás. He wrote: "In an antique flea market I found a set of six photographs of a microcar taken in Barcelona at around 1953. In photo 1 you can see a view of the vehicle with a license plate that did not correspond to any legal in Spain in those years, but with the letters MTR. That could perhaps refer to the constructor? Photo 2 shows the car seen...
Back to back: ’52 Ferrari or ’52 Siata?
Another head scratcher from where the action takes place this week: Monterey. RM Sotheby’s have taken over a mouth watering selection of cars to sell this Friday, of which we just pick two. And, like you are used from us, they have lots in common. Both Italian cabriolets of 1952 on Calfornia black plates in two-tone hues, these certainly are desirable cars with bodies by Italian coachbuilders. ...
Was this 1946 Cadillac really a movie star?
We received a question from Mister De Backer recently and this time it’s not so much about a car on its own, as well as about a film that supposedly featured it. To start with the thing itself: it’s a 1946 Cadillac 62 Convertible of which we have more information. The remarkable words from a clipping: “The convertible in the photographs is the same car. Its original colour was gunmetal...
Car Week 2017: the full programme
'Pebble Beach' is only a week away now, but as you may know the prominent Concours d’Elegance is not the only event in the Monterey area at around this time. In fact  the action has already started at Laguna Seca raceway this weekend and Monterey will be brimming with classic cars the whole of next week. So let’s have a look at what else is there to see and do. At your service! Tuesday,...
Tough to crack car puzzle #164: Trippel SK-10 (SE 107)
Not quite so many answers as we were expecting on last week’s TTCCP (Huh? Tough To Crack Car Puzzle, of course!). Timo Laitinen knew what the duo was about but his answer (‘Trippel’) was perhaps somewhat short. We are used to more from you Timo! Another regular is John Elema, who came up with this: “Trippel SK10 1952. Hans Trippel, who made amphibious cars since 1932, showed SK10 at the 19...
Up to a new decade!
You may have noticed that – very slowly but equally surely – we are adding 1970s cars to our articles. Until some time ago, we mostly focussed on the 1950s and 1960s with PostWarClassics. The years closest to that of our sister website PreWarCar if you like. But as time moves on, even the 1970s are now way behind us. And we have noticed that cars from the era are starting to become more and mo...
Back to back: Bora or Khamsin?
Both of them wear the trident logo and both of them came to life in what has to be one of the more uncertain periods of Maserati’s lifespan. Oh – and both of them come in fashionable brown, are named after desert winds and are offered for sale by Bonhams Auctioneers next weekend (full catalogue here). Which of the two do you prefer though? To start with the Giugiaro designed Bora: this is a 1...
What’s this unique piece of Americana worth?
We’d told you about Worldwide Auctioneer’s Pacific Grove sale before (here) but somehow missed out on this Corvette. It’s a 1958 car unlike any other. And it’s another creation by the late King of Kustomizers George Barris. In this case one that was built as a promotional vehicle in the mid-1960s for Accessories International, who’d supposedly bought the Corvette when new. For inspiratio...
The best motor museum we haven’t been to?
Well, well. We spent the last two weeks in sunny Spain and enjoyed every minute of it. Interestingly, we haven’t seen a single classic car in all those days. No flashy convertibles driven by well-to-do-tourists and no bumped 1960s pick-ups driven by local fishermen. Not one, not even Citroen Meharis or Mini Mokes. Just ordinary rentals and quite a few Range Rovers with Arab signs on their ...
Caption it: driver and navigator
It’s 1966. It's a beautiful day. We see a Renault R8 Gordini. And we see two men, ready to take on a challenge of some sort. Or are they? Both wear good looking racing suits, helmets, driving shoes. So what are they waiting for? You tell us. We say: caption it!...
Tough to crack car puzzle #164
Well, well, what have we got here? That’s not one, but two mystery motors. That, however, does not necessarily say that it was made in larger numbers. This was an early attempt in becoming a motor manufacturer by the man behind the project. And although this one wasn’t very successful, some of his later ventures did become the success he’d hoped for. And not just cars, but also parts of them...
Remembering Marilyn – in a Land Rover
There are not many roads that a Land Rover cannot reach, right? The sea is an exception, though. Despite that, Land Rovers are frequently seen and photographed on the beach or at the seaside. It’s just scenic, isn’t it? Just be aware of the dangers of the sea. We like this early Land Rover beach scene. And, you will have noticed, with that most famous of 1950s film stars in it: Marilyn M...
The dangers of the Nurburgring
Next weekend, the Oldtimer Grand Prix will take place at the infamous Nurburgring track hidden in a German forest. It’s an event that’s heralded by public, press and entrants, with an audience of some 60,000 and a starting field with Cobras, Ferraris, Elans and Thunderbirds and anything from Formula Vee’s to Formula Ones. Starting grids full of excitement. As we should all know by now, the ...
Land Rovers in action - in 1964
Honestly, we have always been slightly afraid of car clubs. Or perhaps more of car club members. There are some truly frightening people among them. And you meet them at car club meetings. They won't rest before they've made you clear that certain nuts and bolts really shouldn't be on a car. Your car. Or they are very eager to show you picture books of their own car's restoration. Sometimes a bit...

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