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Doctor’s orders: classic cars to tour Vienna
Soaking up the festive feel should be well possible in Vienna, with Christmas markets and stalls everywhere throughout the city. There’s more to do and see, though. Doctor Jackob Barnea has plenty of big boy's (and big girl's) toys at his ‘Oldtimertreff’ in Vienna. The doctor started purchasing and restoring classic cars during his time as a Medical student and by the end of the 1980s ...
World’s most unsuitable vehicle for snow – on snow
We found it! The world’s most unsuitable vehicle for driving on snow, doing just that. This, ladies and gents, is an early Lamborghini LP400 Countach (perhaps even a prototype? - connoisseurs come in!) in what looks like an unforeseen Italian blizzard. Was it being test driven, leaving Sant’Agatha without checking the weather? Lamborghini’s birthplace is situated in the Po-Valley right in be...
About Tough to crack car puzzle #173: 1969 Jerrari
Last week saw some stormy news from Italy: Lamborghini unveiled their ‘Super Sports Utility Vehicle’ - the Urus. They have some kind of heritage with the crazy Cheetah, LM001 and LM002 which all preceded the Urus, but the new Rambo Lambo remains a bit of shock. Ferrari may be the next in line, although they do not have the legacy of a four-wheel-drive. Or do they? Last week’s puzzle c...
Olds, we miss you
Cars come and cars go, it has always been the same. With only a tiny majority of newborn marques surviving, the street scenes around the globe are becoming more of the same every day. Even relatively big European players with excellent provenance such as Saab, Rover and Lancia cannot survive. Or Packard, Plymouth, AMC and Studebaker in the US. And last but not least: Oldsmobile It’s 17 years ag...
Are you meeting anyone this winter?
Some people lock up their classic cars during the winter, others enjoy them most when temperatures drop and chances of overheating engines are reduced to the minimum. Or are they? It depends, of course, on which side of the globe you are. In what we call winter, it can be pretty hot elsewhere. Above and below are some images from recent classic car meetings. On one side there was the Lotus ...
Sleigh riding: caption it!
Told you yesterday that the Dutch like their winter sports. Ice skating in particular, but when there’s no ice yet on our canals and channels, lakes and locks, we enjoy sleigh riding. What, no hills in that flattest of countries you thought? Well, we will find a solution to propel our sleighs! A poor Ford Popular in this case, seen here on the boulevard of Scheveningen in the early 1950s. This i...
Rallying the former sea and the canals of Holland
You may know that the PostWarClassics head quarters are based in The Netherlands. And you may also know that we Dutch have something with water. Waterways, canals, dykes, rivers. There’s water everywhere here. And when the temperature gets below the 0 degrees mark, Dutchmen go wild on skating. It’s the case at the moment. We cannot yet skate but we are covered in snow and everyone is talking a...
XK Jags, but not as we know them!
Gstaad, the Swiss mountain village where it is impossible to find a cup of coffee for under 10 euros, used to house a Ferrari auction in the most prestigious of the village’s hotels: the Palace. We ordered a couple of wines there one day during the auction, and still wake up every now and then seeing that bill right in front of us. Anyhow: that most atmospheric of sales is gone now for som...
Tough to crack car puzzle #173
Ha! We quite like the car seen here. Was it ever serious? Perhaps not, but fact is that it was its time ahead. Really far ahead we dare to believe, combining two concepts into one that we would now call a niche. Or perhaps not even a niche anymore. In fact the actual concept of this car was very much into the news this week. We’re not telling you how and why, as we’re sure you’ll be able to...
Was Fiat’s Samantha named after the Samantha of Ford fame?
Cars named after girls are nothing new. Apart from marque names such as Monica and Lola, there have been plenty of model names too. Alfa Giulietta, Reliant Robin, Citroen Dyane, Lotus Elise, Lancia Aurelia, Skoda Felicia, Borgward Isabella, Morris Marina, Mazda Carol and no doubt many, many more (feel free to add to the list). Of some we know the actual lady who they are named after. Mercede...
Whatever happened to this Allard?
Last week, we had a discussion about scrapyards. Old fashioned scrappies, like you don’t find much anymore nowadays. And then suddenly we recalled that great old yard in Lincolnshire that we passed by coincidentally one dark and cold winter day back in the mid-1990s. Did the beams of our headlights really strike over a rusty old A35 there? They did. We slammed the brakes and chose reverse. That...
The million dollar car that gave us the Karmann-Ghia
A year ago the Chrysler Museum in Michigan closed its doors. And so we now wonder: perhaps this car might be of interest to the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg instead. Yes, it famously was this car, which gave them the idea of the 1955 Karmann-Ghia. Meet the 1952 Chrysler D'elegance by Ghia. The VW may be a scaled down version, but you'll see that the similarities are striking. To quote the ...
Original ‘Brockbanks’ need finishing touch
Everyone who likes rummaging through old British motoring magazine issues will know the cartoons by Canada-born Russell Brockbank (1913-1979), who always hit the nail on the head when it came to matters motoring. Every fan will have it’s own favourites with lots to choose from as Brockbanks oeuvre was anything but little. It was a bit of a surprise, however, to see three original large Br...
The cars of the future?
Last time we showed you what could well be the only musical made by the motoring industry (click here). This time we found another brilliant piece of American future technology in moving images, showing three concept cars of three different manufacturers as early as 1948. First there is the Davis three-wheeler, seating four and with the possibility to turn on a stamp. Well, just about. The voice-...
A reader's Garden Find of the Year
After we asked you for your favourite barn/shed/garden find of 2017, Peter Skofic came up with his favourite. As a matter of fact it was a car he found himself at Korcula island in Croatia (told you before that southern European islands are good for finds...). That's a Fiat 500A 'Topolino' and while there is not much left of its mechanicals, the body appears to be still solid albeit somewhat...
About Tough to crack car puzzle #172: Maserati Sebring ‘Bompani’
Last week’s car puzzle proved to be an easy one, which resulted once more in lots of answers. We quote here one of your anwers (Robbie Marenzi’s), giving all the right information about the Maserati in question: “1964 Maserati Series I Sebring "Bompani" by Carrozzeria Marchesi & Sala, official Maserati workshop in Modena since 1960. Run by Francesco Marchesi and Lino Sala, former partners of...
Hey big spender, spend a little time (and money) with me
Following yesterday’s write-up, we found another appropriate Friday Lady. She’s admiring the looks of one of very few built Ferrari 410 Superamericas in the pretty ‘coupé aerodinamica’ variant. That would surely have been a good investment, with sales prices for ‘ordinary’ Superamericas having shot up from roughly 500,000 Dollars in 2006 to none of them selling for under 4 million Dol...
Classic cars are the top asset in ‘Luxury Investment Index’
We continue to be astonished by the number of people who think classic cars are for investment rather than fun. Latest vexation is a report by Knight Frank. They are, as they call it themselves ‘a human element in the world of property that is too easily overlooked.’ With ‘411 offices in 59 countries and more than 14,000 people’ they certainly seem humanitarian. But advising on prope...
What's the Barn/Shed/Garden Find of the Year?
Pessimists keep on saying that it must now really nearly be over. And that the end of classic cars being found in barns, sheds and lock-ups, front gardens and old garages must surely be near. But it doesn’t seem to be the case for this perhaps most romantic of subjects in the classic car scene. Books have been written on the subject, some magazines thrive on them and there are now several websit...
Back to back: Monteverdi or Aston Martin?
Plan some Christmas shopping? Bonhams has two sales in the next couple of days, and both of them take place in London, with Liberty, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason all very close-by. The wife will love you, but tell her to bring her own credit card. You'll need yours. First there is the New Bond Street sale on the 2nd of December. New Bond Street and Bond Street in London’s Westminster are now ...

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