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While primroses are blossoming

While primroses are blossoming
It has to be one of the better hues for an MGC: Primrose Yellow – officially named Pale Primrose. Oh – and when it comes with that steeply sloping hardtop by Ashley, it’s hard to beat on a sunny Spring day. Or on a rainy one for heaven's sake. We find it a lot prettier than the standard BMC top. Or these ones by Sebring, J&S, Coune of Belgium, by Aczel of Australia, or this odd Bermuda thingy. The lady likes it, too, but then she hasn’t seen yet what her baby is up to, as he or she seems already to have taken over the steering wheel! Have a good weekend and enjoy the beauty of nature.

(Words editor, picture courtesy Ashley Laminates)

Friday, 14 April 2017

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(You won't) Guess the base

Guess the base
These pictures of a typical American 'lead sled' conversion were sent to us. Unfortunately with no reference to a source, but we felt a strong need to share them here nevertheless. Now... things are not what they appear to be. You may notice that the car is quite a lot smaller than you may expect at first sight. Just take a look at the fourth picture to get what we mean. We actually think none of you will be able to guess what the base vehicle was that was used to create this creative creature. Perhaps the dashboard will give a clue? We're not sure, but are flabbergasted ourselves by such inguinety. At 5 PM (GMT) we will let you know the answer. Until then: keep on guessing!
 
Updated as promised: The car is based on a humble 1989 Citroen BX 16 TRS that was bought for 200 pounds by master craftsman Paul Bacon of West Leicester. Inspired by an American custom car called the Golden Sahara, he rebuild the tired family carrier in 18 months time into something unique with a fiberglass body over a steel framework, bonded onto the BX chassis. Quite a transformation! See proof of its humble base here.
 
     

Thursday, 13 April 2017

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SEAT 600 is 50 – but how about the 800?

Seat 600 is 50 – but how about the 800?
It was last weekend, at Techno Classica in Essen, that the world was made aware of the SEAT 600’s 50th anniversary. Congratulations! It may have taken a while before production of the Spanish Fiat sibling took off (100,000 mile stone reached after 5 years only), but once the Spaniards had taken their national baby in their arms, things started to move rapidly. The factory in Barcelona pumped out hundreds of thousands of them, and the model is now considered Spain’s people’s car that put the country on the road after the Civil War. And it was not just Spain. They exported them throughout the rest of Europe – and ahead.

Up to 1973 no less then 797.319 SEAT 600s were made. Some were more equal than others. This gorgeous Estate by coachbuilder Savio, for example. Or how about the SEAT 800, seen above? A stretched version of the 600 with lengthened wheelbase and two extra (suicide) doors. It remained the sole four-door model of the 600. Remarkable, now that Fiat is extending their current 500 range to extremities unseen before

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures SEAT PR)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

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Daytona stolen and torched ‘by accident’

Daytona stolen and torched ‘by accident’
A unusual car theft took place in Melbourne, Australia, on 6 November 2015. Yes, that’s over a year ago. But it’s only now that the thieves made it to court. The duo (32 and 31 years old) said to have been after a Nissan Skyline, but couldn’t get what they wanted once they’d managed to enter a workshop in Braeside. And so, they decided to take two Ferraris instead. A 328 of 1986-vintage, but also a 1972 Ferrari Daytona that is said to have formerly been owned by Dodi Al Fayed as well as Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters. It was auctioned at Christie's in 2004 - more here. Both of the Ferraris were found shortly after the theft – both torched (here and here). It's unknown whether they are restorable. Both sides of the Daytona seem in a very sorry state.

The crooks have been brought to court now. And not for the first time, as they had been convicted for several more crimes, including stealing a set of number plates, a Toyota and a Kia plus money from two Subway stores. One of the two men had spent eight of his past nine years in custody, while the other is claimed to have chronic adjustment disorder brought on by long-term drug use and a dysfunctional upbringing. One of their spokesmen said: “Both offenders had no idea what to do with them when they were in possession of them”. “So they burnt them”, the Judge replied. His decision has yet to be made but it is said the theives cannot be sentenced for the vandalizing of the cars. Until then the pair is held in custody.

(Words Jeroen Booij, picture ABC)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

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