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How this stunning SW once was an embarrassment
Snow may be a little thin on the ground where you live (all that did fall here has been melted) but not in Finland. Our friends from Automobilisti magazine report about a stunning local Jeep Wagoneer in their latest issue. And the photographs accompanying the article make you feel for a snow fight or a long forest walk with your snow boots on. They write: “Regular Jeep sales started in 195...
Colour correctors
Just another note on the RM Sothebys sale, that took place in Arizona two days ago. We did tell you about the Tucker Torpedo that got hammered down there on Thursday. And it did make strong money, despite not having its original paint colour as well as its original interior. Looking at what else was on offer in Arizona, we noticed that some more cars had remarkable repaints. This 300 SL may have b...
About though to crack car puzzle #150: Mikasa Touring
Well done readers. Many of you recognized our last mystery motor as the Mikasa Touring, built in Yokohama from 1957 until 1961 by Okamura Manufacturing – which were big in… office furniture. We like our answers informative and not copied from the world wide web, and some of managed to surprise us while little is known about the vehicle in question. Fried Stol wrote: “Those rims are definitel...
Not your average Amphicar
It's perhaps not exactly the time of year for a swim, but we did not want to keep you from this picture. A lovely (Friday) lady and an American licenced Amphicar - it's as good as it gets. But have a closer look to see that it can even get better. This is not your average Amphicar. Note the exposed door hinges, the extravagant tail fins and the wraparound windscreen. This may well be a prototype? ...
Tucker auctioned for the 2nd time since 1950
It’s not very often that a Tucker Torpedo makes it to the market, so let’s have a closer look now that it happens. 51 of them were built; 47 survive, with the car in question being number 44. When new in 1948, it was painted green with a green wool interior and not sold until the infamous auction of the Tucker Corporation assets in 1950. Buyer was a mister Rifkin of Schaumberg, Illinois,...
The ultimate anti-hero
Under the chapter ‘Movies and motors’ we found this press shot of David Tomlinson in the files. He’s seen here as headmaster-turned-salesman/racer Peter Thorndyke behind the wheel of the Thorndyke Special. In a characteristic pose also, as the man who is doing his utter best to beat the underdog – but miserably failing to do so. We’ve always had a soft spot for underdogs here, but w...
Childhood fantasies in reality
One benefit of our trip to the town of Scheveningen at New Year’s Eve, was the chance of a visit at the Louwman Museum in The Hague only about 5 miles away from our Hotel. But unfortunately, we only had one and a half hour to hurry through the exhibition. What luck that I already visited the collection two years ago. The Museum is housed in an attractive three-floor building with a more th...
Got the Blue Monday blues?
You’ve heard it before. A mathematical formula measuring bad weather, debts and lack of motivation comes up with the third Monday of January as Blue Monday: The most depressing day of the year. Pseudoscience? Humbug? It seems that even the inventor of Blue Monday himself, Cliff Arnall, now has enough of it, as he’s come up with this website. But still, there may be a source of truth in ...
Interludes at Interclassics
Just three images that struck us at Interclassics in Maastricht. First our old friend Dietmar Gotz had put one of his tractors in the spot light. You've probably seen his Miura with 'Sexiest car in the world' sticker on its front bumper (it was parked next to it) many times before yet; this time it stood in the tractor's shadow. Some yards further down, dealer Classic Park, had another Lambo...
Tough to crack car puzzle #150
Hoorah! The first puzzle car of 2017, and the 150th since we started this series of car crackers. So, what have we got here? That's up to you. We have blurred out the number plate of today's puzzle car and there is a good reason for that, too. There was no name on it, but still the letters would immediately direct you to the direction of this car. We're not giving it away. Yes, it can be found on ...
Šerlišský’s snowy Škoda
You were amazingly fast to crack the location of our Friday Lady two weeks ago. That pretty young thing with her Duetto was photographed in Sestriere indeed. Well done. It made us look even harder for the whereabouts of today’s image. A gem of an image, if you ask us. The girl, her hair and dress, the location plus the car - a Škoda 110 R Coupe – all seem unquestionably Czech. Not to mention ...
Big Vic back in his old Porker
Got nothing at hand and long for some good old motor sport sensation? The Autosport International Show, opening tomorrow at the NEC in Birmingham may be just the ticket. They come up with a celebration of 50 years of Rallycross at their Live Action Arena, with 10 classic racers doing their thing. Among them the Porsche 911R which won the first ever Rallycross race at Lydden Circuit in 1967, as see...
A walk in the woods
You may not be the person for new year’s intentions, but we decided to have more walks. Preferably in the woods nearby. Great idea, as it is not just good for you, but also because you never know what to find. We stumbled upon a Renault 4CV two years ago and a Citroen DS some 150 meters from home last spring.And then there’s the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 that was unearthed in a Massachusetts...
2017 will bring even more Ferraris
Okay, we know show and concours-people are suckers for Ferraris. But come on. Haven’t we seen enough of them in the last few years? We haven’t, say the organizers of several events. ‘Pebble Beach’ just announced that Ferrari One-off Speciales (sic) and Ferrari Major Race Winners will form two special classes for this year’s prestigious event. They add themselves: “The mos...
Do restorations still pay in 2017?
Going by the estimates of Coys’ Interclassics Sale in Maastricht next weekend, they do. Just have a look at the two Healey Hundreds that Coys will hammer off. First of them is a restoration job in the shape of a very early 1953 BN1-model. It comes with matching numbers and in much-coveted Healey Blue with blue inside. But it is as rotten as a pear. Estimate: 25- to 30,000 euros. That’s one. Se...
Haulin’ Chevys since ‘56
You may have seen this intriguing shot before. It all of a sudden appeared last year, when the complete combination of cars was offered for sale. What we see is a 1950 Chevrolet cab with a 1949 Whitehead and Kales hauler. What’s more: it’s fully loaded with four Chevys on it: all of them 1956 cars. Two of them are four-doors; one is a four-door hardtop; the last a two-door. Location: Wilson, N...
Postwar X-mas Puzzle 2016: the results!
Thank you very much for all the New Year wishes. Judging from your comments you had as much fun solving the puzzle, as we had putting it together. It wasn’t too difficult, as almost all of the responses were correct. We asked for only the names of the marques that were named after an historical figure, but many also gave us the model names. For those few with incorrect answers this is what you s...
BB’s RR – what’s its story?
Earlier in this first week of 2017 we saw some of the ‘Best Cars in the World’, also known as Rolls-Royces. And today’s Friday Lady is no exception. Yes, that is Brigitte Bardot on a snowy Alp road in one such machine (who needs a flying lady with her behind the wheel?). Bardot has of course been photographed with more exotic machinery than can be seen at your average motor show. But the Rol...
On Sir Donald’s driveway
Ouch! We forgot that yesterday saw 50 years since the death of Donald Campbell, who set more world land and water speed records than Evel Knievel broke bones. You’ll find a little tribute film here, while daughter Gina Campbell gave a little personal tribute yesterday at the death scene in Coniston - see here. We dug up this picture, shot on a sunny day in Spring 1966. That’s the driveway of ...
Will this be this year's Mille Miglia’s most unlikely entry?
Coys’ Autosport sale, next weekend in Birmingham, features an eclectic mix of motorsports vehicles, many of which are eligible for historic racing and rallying. We can see ourselves rallying this Alfa or this Ford or how about a rather unlikely but original Group B rally car? Unlikeliest of them all, however, has to be the 1952 Alfa-Romeo 1900 M ‘Matta’ that Coys flags off as ‘Mille Miglia...

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