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Imagine parking your dear Frogeye on a quiet forest road before taking off for a stroll in the woods, and then finding it back like this! At least these boys certainly seem to appreciate the nifty little sports car. Just back from the Easter Egg Hunt? Who will say. Oh - are they all boys? We are not totally sure but believe the duo sitting in the car to be girls. So perhaps the boys aren't interested in the car alone after all? Anyway: over to your imagination. You caption it!
We received a message from Christian Wehde lately. He wrote: "Excuse my request (don't worry about that mate), but I am searching for ages if this 'Ghia' Swallow Doretti (this one) really is a Ghia bodied car. And if there are any informations about its current whereabouts? Thanks in advance!" Well, well, we don't know ourselves, but we would not be surprised if any of our readers did. It's not to be confused with this one, drawn by the great Peter Kirwan-Taylor.
All we know on this car is (and we are quoting from the Doretti Owner's Club now: "RLT 59 registered 20th July 1955 by first owner John Reginald. Richard Larter acquired the car in May 2004 from Stan Thomas, a long-term owner. The vehicle was advertised for sale in Motor Sport (Vol. 37, No.3, May 1961) as being a 'Swallow Doretti with Ghia-designed fixed head coupé coachwork.' At this time the car was fitted with disc brakes and a TR3 engine." So... Come in, readers!
Worldwide Auction’s Texas sale comprises a duo of drop-head E-types, both left hand driven and both in blooming Primrose Yellow (Still Easter here!). They both appear to be in a superb state, too, with one of them a Series 1 while the other is a Series 2. To start with the first one: this is a 1963 car with all matching numbers and correct paperwork. It was sold new in Texas with a lovely Tartan Red interior but made its way to New York later, where it spent the rest of its life. A full restoration came more recent and as a bonus it was used briefly in the 2013 hit movie The Wolf of Wall Street after being restored. Estimate? $150- to $180,000. Not cheap.
But for quite a few dollars less you should be able to get the next best thing: a Series 2 ‘XKE’ in the same shade of yellow and in a near similar state, with matching numbers and American spec. This one is a 1969 car, so more refined, larger engined and better equipped, but also with the slightly less attractive headlights, bumpers, Stromberg carburettors and dashboard gear. It is said to be an older high-quality restoration and comes with a black rather than red interior. It’s estimated at some 55,000 dollars less than the S1 car: $100- to $120,000. It may be easy to choose between these two when money is no issue, but we’re not sure at all. What do you think?
(Words editor, pictures courtesy Worldwide Auctions)
Somehow, we found this little 1956 creature very suitable for today’s festivities. It’s the Aerocar, made by Moulton Taylor in Longview, Washington, in the mid-1950s. Thanks to a 143hp strong Lycoming air-cooled flat-four, it’s good for a 60mph top speed on land while it can do up to 117 mph in the air when you and your passenger have a bit more haste - say to visit your family in another state for Easter. With a 300 miles range stops at local strips may have been necessary though. Transforming it from car to plane was said to be possible in five minutes. Despite promising order books, just six Aerocars were made and their separate brief, but entertaining, histories can be found on the Aerocar’s Wikipedia page. A lovely little film about it here. A very happy Easter from us here at PostWarClassic.
(Words editor, picture Inflight Squarespace)
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