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Back to back: ’52 Ferrari or ’52 Siata?

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.

First of the two is a Ferrari 342 America by Vignale, the first of just six built with this one the only one bodied by Vignale and seldomly seen in public. This car was delivered to its first owner on 14 January 1953: Odofranco Wild of Switzerland, who was a respected Ferrari client ‘as well as an avid purchaser of other unusual coachbuilt European cars’. The car came over to the US in the late 1950s or early 1960s and ended up in sunny California by several owners, one of them who repainted it in metallic silver. In 2007 the current owners (yes, more of them) came in sight and undertook a mayor restoration, repainting it metallic green and white, with a matching interior and engine-turned dashboard. Since then, it covered just 210 miles. Estimated to sell at $2,250,000 - $3,000,000 it certainly won’t be cheap.

Over to our next candidate then: a Siata 208S Speciale with Stabilimenti Farina body. This car was based upon a brand new 1951 Ford sedan that was sent over to Siata works in mid-1952. Remarkably, Siata built a new chassis for it, though, while Farina clad it with a typical understated convertible body before returning it to New York in late 1952. It is believed to be Farina’s very last coachbuilding job. In fact, some believe that the car may actually have been finished by Bertone… The car was built for Ford dealer and racer Jimmy Mulgrew of Ohio but ended up in Alfred Momo’s showroom in New York in 1955. A string of owners followed until 1988, when the car needed restoration. That took, however, until 2005! The aluminium body was rebuilt by a German specialist. It’s a splendid car with some great tales attached to it. It’s no Ferrari, though, which results in a price estimate of exactly 10 times as little as the 342 America above: $225,000 - $300,000. Now. We know what we’d go for, how about you?

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures RM Sotheby’s)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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Was this 1946 Cadillac really a movie star?

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 grey, but the reflected water and sky in the photograph plus the age of the transparency (made in 1946) gave the car a blue-ish cast. The harbour view, however, was so typical of the period that the editors decided to use it in spite of the improbable combination of red leather and blue lacquer.”

Now, in the first place the colour seems clearly grey to us. And apart from that we have never had a dislike over the combination of blue and red, but that’s not what this is all about. Mister De Backer is convinced this particular Cadillac made it to a movie, but has no further clues to that. We’ve checked the extensive files of the Internet Movie Car Database, which have a massive 694 (!) 62 Series Cadillac Convertibles on file that made it to a movie in some way or another, but a quick look from our side didn’t come up with this one. We’re positive somebody out here will be able to help him out with that. So there we go: over to you, dear reader.

(Words editor, pictures via De Backer)


Monday, 14 August 2017

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Car Week 2017: the full programme

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, August 15. Concours on the Avenue at Carmel-by-the-Sea. Worldwide Auctioneers opens up for viewing at Pacific Grove golf course. Classic Motorsports Kick-Off Car Show and Cruise-In at Lighthouse Avenue. Automobilia Monterey opens up at the Seaside of Monterey.

Wednesday, August 16. Carmel Mission Courtyard at Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prancing Ponies Car Show on Dolores Street. Bonhams auctions opens up at Quail Lodge golf club. Mecum Auction opens up at Del Monte Golf Course. Gooding & Co auctions open up at Pebble Beach golf course. Russo & Steele Auctions open up on the Waterfront by Fisherman’s Wharf. RM Sotheby’s auctions open up at the Portola Hotel & Spa. McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center. The Little Car Show at Lighthouse Avenue. The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic arrives at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Thursday, August 17. Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance stops at Ocean Avenue. Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca raceway. Automotive displays open up at Pebble Beach golf course. Pebble Beach RetroAuto at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum at The Inn at Spanish Bay.

Friday, August 18. Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion at Corral de Tierra County Club. Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Legends of the Autobahn at the Nicklaus Club. Exotics on Cannery Row at Cannery Row. Pacific Grove Rotary Concours Auto Rally at Lighthouse Avenue.

Saturday, August 19. Twentieth Anniversary of The Barnyard Ferrari Event at the Barnyard Shopping Village. Concorso Italiano at the Black Horse Golf Course. Concours d’LeMons at Seaside City Hall

Sunday, August 20. 67th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at the Lodge at Pebble Beach golf course, Automotive Fine Arts Society at the 18th Fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf course.

Are you there and spot something that needs sharing? Drop us a line here and it may well make it to a nice little article later this week! 

(Words editor, pictures NewsPress agency)


Sunday, 13 August 2017

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Tough to crack car puzzle #164: Trippel SK-10 (SE 107)

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 1952 Geneva Salon. It had a Zündapp engine, positioned at rear. For servicing the top rear end of the body could be removed. From 1952/54 production was in France at the old Rosengart works, but with a different body frontend and name, Marathon Corsaire, and Panhard engine. Other ventures Trippel was connected with were Condor, Germany and Troll from Norway. Production of the latter (1956/57, Gutbrod engined) was encumbered by the government that thought it more sensible to trade fish for East-European cars; yearly production of only 15 units was allowed. 1961/68 Trippel built Amphicars.” All excellent, and pretty much in the vein of Alan Spencer’s answer, too.

Winner, however, this time once again is Fried Stol, who told us a tiny little bit more about the mystery and intrigue surrounded by Hans Trippel and filled in our hint to the Gullwing door: “Hans Trippel, a former racing driver, started experimenting with amphibious cars in 1932. During the War he built the amphibious SG6 in the occupied Bugatti works in Molsheim France for the German Army. In May 1950 he introduced the SK10 (TE106) with the first Gull-Wing door (the patent he later on sold to Daimler Benz, which they used on the Mercedes 300SL). These two cars are a TE107 launched in the autumn of 1950 and a convertible made by Böbel in Laupheim power came from a Zündapp boxer twin. Later on he was responsible for the Amphicar.” That’s what we’d hoped for Fried. Congratulations!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

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