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Tough to crack car puzzle #155
Although it makes things more difficult in choosing a winner; we like it when your answers to our bi-weekly car puzzle come in large quantities. And we highly expect this may be the case with this entry. A rare car, yes, but you’ll know this swoopy sweety, won't you. Hints? The headwear seen here shouts this car’s origins from the rooftops of, say, the Notre Dame. The car’s base should be ea...
Mother’s Day 2017: what women want
Don’t forget your good old mother this Sunday – it will be Mother’s Day. You can bring her flowers or chocolates, but why not take her out for a ride? It’s Spring, the sun may well be shining and we’re sure you’ll find a fitting destination. What car to choose? Well did you know several manufacturers tried to make women-specific cars back in the golden age of motoring? There was t...
The Aleppo car collector revisited
 Remember the story of Syrian classic car collector Mohammad Mohiedine Anis? (click here if not). Photographer Joseph Eid looked him up again in Aleppo for press agency AFP, to see what was left of the man’s collection and his faith in the world. Now......
The Beetle burdened with history
      

Last week, a most remarkable car made it to the hallowed pages of Ebay, only to disappear very soon after. It was a Volkswagen Beetle, offered for sale for $525,000. Excuse us? Yes, really. But then this was not your average Beetle. In fact this was an....

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Back to back: Brit convertible or French decouvrable?
Spring is here officially today, so let’s drop the top and sniff up the scent of daffodils and hyacinths now that we should. Brightwells offers us some good chances for just that during their Classic & Vintage auction in Bicester on April 5 – full catalogue here. We fell for......
Jowett mystery solved - partly, at least
This inferior photograph, from the classifieds-pages of an old motoring magazine, has been haunting us for years. All we knew was that the car was supposedly a Jowett Special, photographed in the 1950s in Groningen, The Netherlands. When we noticed a new book by Jowett historian Edmund Nankivell on Jowett Specials, it was the time to ask him about the photograph. Did he know the car? He did! And t...
World’s coolest hearse seats the whole family
If Sunday is a day of recollections, then this impressive baroque motor car will be fit for today. It’s an ultra-rare hearse (or corbillard) by French carrosserie Georjon and was based on a 1952 Citroen 11CV. We spotted it last Summer and were truly impressed, even alone if it was for its sheer size – some three metres tall, two meters wide and 6 metres long. And then all those decorati...
About Tough to Crack puzzle #154: Willys Interlagos
We expected tons of answers on last week’s car puzzle, but we only got four! The car we showed to you, was of course closely related to the Alpine A108, but it wasn’t that. This was a licence-built version from Brazil by Willys-Overland and Christened Willys Interlagos. Both Larry A. Lewis as Timo Laitinen knew, but didn’t add much more than just that to their answers. Fried Stol knew, too, ...
Yosemite Park’s thrills and tragedies
You have probably seen photographs of cars driving right through the giant sequoia trees at Yosemite Park before. The worldwide web is full of them and that’s not so strange. We think we’d stop to make a photograph of our own four-wheeler going right through a tree like this if we came across one. Especially when you are driving a shiny red Porsche 356 together with your lovely girlfriend! Thi...
It’s not just about cars
If you like your cars to be British, you are likely to enjoy a breakfast with bacon, beans and black pudding every now and then. Chances are high you will also like tweed jackets and fair isle sweaters, prefer Churchill over Roosevelt, drink tea at just about any occasion and say sorry when you haven’t done anything wrong. If that’s so, friends, you are the person to visit ‘British Cars &...
Meet another great Chinese car collector!
Last month we introduced you to Chinese classic car collector Luo Wenyou - sympathetic story here - now, we proudly present you to another great Chinese collector: Mister Bai. Our China contributor got in touch with him: "During my participation in the 4C Rally in 2015 I met mr. Bai, a Chinese car collector, famous in China because he owns a number of rare Chinese cars.Mr. Bai invited me for...
Crossing US-Mexican borders PanAm style
October 2017 may seem about as far away as the moon right now, but we wanted to take a look at it never the less. The Carrera Panamericana revival, held that month, will celebrate its 30th anniversary by then and we’re pretty sure it will be much debated by the time. Anything to do with the ‘PanAm’ is after all Mexico’s best known export product in the classic car world, not in the l...
And soon, there will be light
It may be dull and grey at the moment (it is here), but spring is approaching rapidly now, and it won’t take long before the sun will beat you in your wake up ritual. There will be light. Speaking of which, this French Alfa TZ1 is well equipped with lights, much needed in the rally sport it was entered in during the mid-1960s. We understand it is restored now, used for historic rallying every no...
Tough to crack car puzzle #154
Have you heard the news? Renault has finally unveiled the production version of their new Alpine A110 at Geneva this week. Retrostyling is not dead after all, or so it seems. So what have we got here? It surely is a stablemate to the car mentioned above, but perhaps not as you know it. We’d like to know more about it from you, though, and won’t give any more clues as we are positive plenty of ...
Girls and gull-wings at Geneva
With the Geneva Motor Show in full swing this weekend, you may have come across photographs of exotic cars with lovely girls standing next to them in the last couple of days. But finding back photographs of old Geneva shows with prom queens proves not as easy as you may think. Oh yes, there are plenty of 1970s and 1980s shots available, a few of a decade earlier too. But putting lady models next t...
Swedish yard hides hundreds of classics
The world wide web is full of stuff that's long gone. But this is not the case with the place seen in the video above, uploaded by 'Abandoned Nordic'. The yard in question is situated between Oslo and Gothenborg and is still in use as a parts supplier to Swedes who try to keep their cars on the road. The snow, the slow pace and the ominous music give it a very gloomy atmosphere. A must-see!(Vi...
Brown is the new red
There was a time, it was the end of the 1980s, when Italian cars needed to be red. When you had something exotic in your garage and needed quick money, you gave it a fast paint job in shiny Ferrari-red and you were able to shift it for silly money. Until the bubble lasted, that was. Today, we appear to be in a bubble of another kind. But fortunately it’s not just red what we see. Gooding and Com...
Rome in 1949 - in full Technicolor
We came across this lovely full colour film footage of Rome, taken in the summer of 1949, and wanted to share it with you here.Peaceful, isn't it? There aren't even Vespas on the roads. And then those traffic controllers in their beautiful suits! Do you recognize some of the cars on those Roman roads?(Video courtesy Getty Images / Roma Ieri Oggi) ...
Car art gone good: Beetle Sphere
This piece of art, by Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor is a couple of years old, but we hadn’t come across it before. It is made of a 1953 VW Beetle which appears to have been turned into a ball, just like a snowball made in your own hands. Noor used polyester and aluminium to get to this result. And it’s not on its own. Click here for more of Noor’s spherical and cubical Beetles. We absolutely...
Back to back – Austin or Morris Tourer?
You’re either an Austin man or a Morris man, right? But Brightwells may make it hard to choose between the two. Among many others, they have a very accessible Morris Minor Tourer on offer in their Leominster sale next Wednesday. It’s a 1962 car, which comes with no MOT and at least two variations of Almond Green. But the estimate is low at £3- £4,000. Like it? Hang on. For the more adventuro...

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