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We just liked this Jaguar shot, showing that when it starts snowing white things can suddenly look very different in colour! What a stunning car, with those white walls and spats. Enjoy the day!

(Picture courtesy RM Sotheby's) 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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The Filton Flyer

The Filton Flyer

Bristol cars have a reputation for being rather sober, conservative vehicles, forever stuck in a timewarp of cosy 1940s technology. Bristols may have been fast, but they were never really sports cars.

Things might have taken a very different turn during the 1950s, had Bristol persevered with a programme to develop a pure sports car on a short chassis, powered by a tuned version of the famous six-cylinder engine. This was a period of massive reorganisation of the Bristol company and just two prototype 406S chassis were built before the motor car division split from the aircraft side of the business.

One of these cars was bodied at the factory, using design cues seen on production Bristols, but with a more space-age appearance. Dudley Hobbs and Dennis Sevier's styling is both familiar and alien, and utterly purposeful. The second 406S was sent to Italy and bodied by Zagato at the behest of Tony Crook. It was the first Zagato car to be styled by Ercole Spada and set the template for future designs from the famed coachbuilder, not least the Aston Martin DB4GTZ.

Happily, both cars have survived and are in enthusiastic ownership. Unusually, it seems that in period the two 406Ss never actually crossed paths. So, for perhaps the first time, The Automobile magazine recently united the cars at Filton to drive them both. You can read the results in the February issue, which is out now.

Photographs by Stefan Marjoram

  

Monday, 30 January 2017

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The future is secured: a new young managing director at PostWarClassic.com

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PreWarCar.com and PostWarClassic.com are growing rapidly. Therefore some structural changes are necessary to keep the high level of service and the daily features that you are used to.

For the last 15 years, Joris Bergsma did a fantastic job with building up a medium that can be considered as the online middlepoint of the classic and vintage car movement. Throughout the years, we have been able to bring tens of thousands of enthusiasts in contact with each other, 'resolved' hundreds of mysteries, facilitated that countless cars found new homes and caretakers, and helped thousands of automobiles to move again - thanks to the thousands and thousands of rare parts that changed hands because of these pages.

And we are planning to keep doing that ... and more.

For this, the company has been looking for a new person to take over the wheel. And we have found one: a youngster with petrol in his blood, grease under his fingernails but also with a young fresh knowledge of digital media and experience in the car business. And we are convinced that we have found the perfect person to ensure a bright future for both PreWarCar.com as PostWarClassic.com.

Laurens Klein will be our new Managing Director, while Joris will focus on the blog.

In the beginning, you will hardly notice the changes within the company. In the near future, we hope to ease and improve the use of both platforms . Therefore, Laurens has attracted new capital primarily to launch a new, state of the art PreWarCar.com – PostWarClassic.com platform later this year.

Meanwhile have a look at the current team of PreWarCar.com and PostWarClassic.com

PreWarCar.com and PostWarClassic.com are growing rapidly. Therefore some structural changes are necessary to keep the high level of service and the daily features that you are used too.

 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

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Tough to crack car puzzle #151

Tough to crack car puzzle #151
Oh yes, we are having fun here, searching for winter-, snow- and ice-related photographs of old bangers. And this one fits in just perfectly. Just note the skis poking out of that fine roadster, surely on its way to the ski slopes once more. We also like the helmet and the family-touch – bye daddy, be careful! The Swiss registration may lead you to the answer, but we are not telling you any more then just that. This one shouldn’t be too difficult. Before you enter your answer under 'Comments' be sure to check the Rules under Read More. For now: have a good weekend, and be careful when you decide to go skiing yourself!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

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