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Top seller at Meadow Brook

1953 Chrysler “Thomas Special”
Wild weather across the Motor City failed to dampen the enthusiasm of car collectors at RM Auctions’ Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event on July 24, as spirited bidding in the room, on the phone and via the internet saw total sales climb over $10 million for the 98-car offering, with a strong 85% sell-through rate. Headlining the sale was this 1953 Chrysler “Thomas Special” Coupe with coachwork by Ghia –a Virgil Exner design masterpiece– which sparked lively bidding to well-exceed its pre-sale estimate, selling for $858,000!

(photo and text courtesy RM)

Monday, 26 July 2010

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Classic Lancia Rally starting from Venice Fim Festival.


Lancia cars have always been popular with film makers. Think of the various BB appearances. No wonder that Lancia will sponsor the The International Film Festival of Venice of 2010. This for the fifth consecutive time. News is that for 2011 rally organiser Via Flaminia will organise a rally for classic Lancia's starting from the Festival. Eligible for the rally will be all Lancia's built before 1980. The one week event will lead through the Abruzze, Umbria and Tuscany. To get a taste of what the organisers are up to, check YouTube. Want to learn more about this event, then contact Mr. Bart Kleyn at

Sunday, 25 July 2010

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Moody Morgan Waiting

Checking the inventory of this weeks Herefordshire Vintage Auctions made us feel slightly uncomfortable when we stumbled over this barnsleeping 1958 Morgan with almost the same age as your editor. Just hoping my looks are not as scruffy. Still we must say these dusty pics always have a miraculous attraction which makes one blind for the possible disasters which are hiding skindeep. The auction is on Wednesday 28th July.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

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Bonnet Mascot Mystery (UPDATE: '56 Olds)

About a year ago we picked up this large bonnet sculpture. Yes of course it is US made and it must be late fifties to fit in the fintail rocket design hype. But is is a standard item from a ........ (fill in the dots please)  or is it an aftermarket extra ? It looks familiar with the wing tanks and twin jet, yet we can't place it. To give you some idea of dimensions, from nose to wing tip is about 35 cm ; a bit more than 1 foot.  (photo by editor) 
Trivial Knowledge, with rocket-design we point at the fifties, not at the crazy contraption ( recently spotted in LA.  

Friday, 23 July 2010

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