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Caption it: It's all about reputation

Caption it: reputations...
Bad reputations. As classic car owners we all hear about them regularly. Some more than others, and we wonder which nation manufactured the most notoriously bad cars? The Italians? Or perhaps the British, or still the French? And how about Germans with their reputation of solid and thorough builds then? What was really true about that? Or the Americans with their love for anything excessive and model years changing faster than the seasons?

Alfas had the reputation ‘to already rust in the brochure’, and we’ve heard people saying about specific Fiats ‘that you could hear them rust’. But there were also the French famously mixing unreliability with delicacy. The Japanese, the East-Europeans, anyone? And, last but surely not least the British cars, with all those parts by Lucas ‘King of Darkness’. So… What’s going on here, in Longbridge, with a batch of early Minis running along the assembly line in ‘59? We leave the tongue-in-cheek comments to you, as you may caption this fabulous PR (?) shot.

(Words editor, picture courtesy Britishcarmuseum.co.nz)

Monday, 27 November 2017

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Tough to crack car puzzle #172

Tough to crack car puzzle #172
We think that many of you will recognize this car immediately. So is it worth being a ‘Tough to crack car puzzle’ in the first place? Yes it is. Because it’s not entirely what you think at first, as this one is just a little bit more special than that. Stick with that first thought of you, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find this very car. And it's the particularities that we'd like to hear more about. Are we talking nonsense to you? Don’t worry, there is plenty else to find here on the world wide web.

But we know some of you will do their very best to come up with a rewarding answer. You know the drill. Simply send us your answers in the box below to join the race for becoming PostWarClassic’s one and only car connoisseur. Give us the best you can in order to score the most points. Let us know by writing your answer in the box below. First, please do read our rules. Have a jolly good weekend for now, and don’t stuff yourself with all those turkey leftovers too much.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

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Life’s files make good Friday ladies

Life’s files make good Friday ladies
Life Magazine started life (no pun intended) on November 23, 1936, which is 81 years and 1 day today. Although it does not exist anymore, the publisher partnered up with Google in 2008 to use its photographic archive online. Many of the over 6 million images from the files had never been published in the magazine and the majority of them is now available through Google Cultural Institute. And so we stumbled upon the picture seen here. And more here, here and here.

That’s actress Debbie Reynolds in the 1955 Lincoln Futura show car. One of the shots actually made it to the cover of Life in March 1959 after the movie ‘It started with a Kiss’ had just gone in premiere (trailer here with the Lincoln well visible). Originally the Continental Mk2 based show car had been pearlescent white, but was resprayed in red for the movie as the white did not photograph very well. The car scenes were shot in Spain and the Life photographs were taken there, too.

And it wasn’t the car’s only appearance on the silver screen. The Futura became really famous after the concept car was sold to kar kustomizer George Barris some years later. Barris took it over from the Ford Motor Company for a dollar (the original price to build it had supposedly been $250,000). This ‘as the car was never titled and was therefore uninsurable'. Barris parked it behind his workshop and only took it out when he was asked to design a car for a new television series in 1966: Batman.

(Words editor, pictures Life magazine)

Friday, 24 November 2017

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Thanksgiving 2017: take a service man home for dinner

Thanksgiving 2017: take a serviceman home
We do not know much about this photograph other than that the lady seen here supposedly is Judy Garland. But since it's Thanksgiving today, we found it quite appropriate. 'Take a service man home for Thanksgiving dinner', reads the sign on the Chrysler New Yorker's windscreen (Year? Exact model? Come in, experts!).

We found another shot of the same scene, with the men now in the car. Do you know more about it? Please let us know.  And have a Happy Thanksgiving, with or without service men!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

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