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Brown is the new red

Brown is the new red
There was a time, it was the end of the 1980s, when Italian cars needed to be red. When you had something exotic in your garage and needed quick money, you gave it a fast paint job in shiny Ferrari-red and you were able to shift it for silly money. Until the bubble lasted, that was. Today, we appear to be in a bubble of another kind. But fortunately it’s not just red what we see. Gooding and Company is bringing over a great number of Italian stallions to their Amelia Island sale this Friday.

What struck us is a pair of golden brown Ferraris: this matching-numbers 365 GT 2+2 in Oro Nasrullah and especially this 23,000 miles from new Dino 246 GTS in Nocciola Mettalizzato. Does it get any better? Oh yes. There’s an unrestored Lambo Jarama with just 5,200 miles on its clock in a truly fantastic colour scheme of Sable brown with a full tan leather interior. Squareness at its prettiest. Oh, this Maserati Mistral needs a full restoration job but is all complete and original. Its colour could pass for dark red, but since you need a paint job anyway, why not go for a nice shade of brown instead?

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures courtesy Gooding & company)

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

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Rome in 1949 - in full Technicolor

We came across this lovely full colour film footage of Rome, taken in the summer of 1949, and wanted to share it with you here.
Peaceful, isn't it? There aren't even Vespas on the roads. And then those traffic controllers in their beautiful suits! Do you recognize some of the cars on those Roman roads?

(Video courtesy Getty Images / Roma Ieri Oggi) 

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

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Car art gone good: Beetle Sphere

Car art gone good: the Sphere Beetle
This piece of art, by Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor is a couple of years old, but we hadn’t come across it before. It is made of a 1953 VW Beetle which appears to have been turned into a ball, just like a snowball made in your own hands. Noor used polyester and aluminium to get to this result. And it’s not on its own. Click here for more of Noor’s spherical and cubical Beetles.

We absolutely love it, and think it’s the best Beetle based bit of car art since Ivan Puig’s ‘Bug sunk in milk’. Don't moan; with almost 22 million Beetles produced, there is place for turning them into something else. Well, as long as you do it well. There have of course been plenty of examples of Beetle car art gone wrong, too…

(Words editor, picture courtesy Beetleweb)

Monday, 06 March 2017

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Back to back – Austin or Morris Tourer?

Back to back – Austin or Morris Tourer?
You’re either an Austin man or a Morris man, right? But Brightwells may make it hard to choose between the two. Among many others, they have a very accessible Morris Minor Tourer on offer in their Leominster sale next Wednesday. It’s a 1962 car, which comes with no MOT and at least two variations of Almond Green. But the estimate is low at £3- £4,000. Like it? Hang on. For the more adventurous BMC-fan they have another Tourer, which looks perhaps less shiny but may attract more, even alone for it is a lot less common. The Ming Blue Austin A40 Sports they will sell is of course Jensen-built in aluminium. It may look in need of a restoration; in fact it’s an oily rag at its best, with all the mechanicals and structural body and chassis parts well catered for. It’s not really cheap, estimated at £7,500 - £9,500, but we know which one we’d go for. How about you?

(Words editor, pictures courtesy Brightwells)

Sunday, 05 March 2017

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