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1976 Renault Estafette iceream van
The first warm day of spring in Holland, so we thought to pop over to our favorite ice-cream stand. Too bad, not open for business yet! In case you’re wondering, it’s a 1976 Renault Estafette, to be found near the historic city centre of Utrecht.

(photo Rutger Booy)

Friday, 21 May 2010

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Celebrating a birthday!

Seat 1400a- 1953
Last week, on May 9th, the Spanish car manufacturer SEAT turned 60! Today a prosperous company, but in the early postwar years Spain was in a bad state, with no factories and barely any form of motorized transport. The “Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo“ was set up in 1950 as a manufacturing plant for Fiat models. Their first car, a 1400A, rolled of the assembly line 1953. Daily output was five cars!

Thursday, 20 May 2010

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What might have been…

Mercedes Benz Prototype 1960
It’s a prototype of a compact Mercedes-Benz dating from around 1960, relating to possible W 118 and W 119 model series. It did not reach the series production stage, but somehow it does look very familiar to us. Let's hear your ideas!
(photo courtesy Daimler AG)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

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Wannabee movie star

1962 Aston Martin DB4
Among the many Aston Martins and Lagonda’s that will be auctioned by Bonhams on May 22, we spotted this 1962 DB4 . At the time of the shooting of the James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’ its owner worked as a special effects designer at Pinewood Studios. He allowed his Aston to be used as a 'test mule' so it was measured for the various gadgets – ejector seat, machine guns, etc – that would feature on the silver DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the film. Somewhat annoyed by the delayed delivery of the DB5s from the factory, producer Cubby Broccoli once turned to the DB4's owner and said, 'Why don't we just use your car and spray it silver?' The owner didn’t like the idea so this DB4 survived the rigorous movie treatment!
(photo courtesy Bonhams)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

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