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The Aleppo car collector revisited

 The Aleppo car collector revisited
Remember the story of Syrian classic car collector Mohammad Mohiedine Anis? (click here if not). Photographer Joseph Eid looked him up again in Aleppo for press agency AFP, to see what was left of the man’s collection and his faith in the world. Now...

Thursday, 23 March 2017

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The Beetle burdened with history

The Beetle burdened with history
      

Last week, a most remarkable car made it to the hallowed pages of Ebay, only to disappear very soon after. It was a Volkswagen Beetle, offered for sale for $525,000. Excuse us? Yes, really. But then this was not your average Beetle. In fact this was an....

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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Back to back: Brit convertible or French decouvrable?

Back to back: Brit convertible or French decouvrable?
Spring is here officially today, so let’s drop the top and sniff up the scent of daffodils and hyacinths now that we should. Brightwells offers us some good chances for just that during their Classic & Vintage auction in Bicester on April 5 – full catalogue here.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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Jowett mystery solved - partly, at least

Jowett mystery solved - partly, at least
This inferior photograph, from the classifieds-pages of an old motoring magazine, has been haunting us for years. All we knew was that the car was supposedly a Jowett Special, photographed in the 1950s in Groningen, The Netherlands. When we noticed a new book by Jowett historian Edmund Nankivell on Jowett Specials, it was the time to ask him about the photograph. Did he know the car? He did! And this is what he wrote: “Yes, it is covered in he book, same photo included! I was fortunate to make contact with a man who bought it in 1954 and ran it for 4 years. He sent me some adverts for it, one saying the coachbuilder was Boonacker based in Haarlem (who were a name in stretched limousoines-ed). The owner was E. Winterink of Amsterdam – Osdorp and his letter was dated 1983! He concluded: ‘Up to 1958 I enjoyed driving this car. This is all the information I can give you of my Jowett Jupiter coupé, as I have not the slightest idea what has become of it!’ It seems from his letter it was a running car when he sold it. He did not even say who he sold it to... Jowett Cars Ltd (in the form of Jowett Engineering Ltd.) provided support up to 1963. For another 10 years or more there were very good Jowett agents in GB who supported people who were running Jupiters and Javelins as their main transport. So there is hope it had more life! And maybe it survives in someones collection?” Thank you so much Edmund. Mystery solved… or well, partly. It does raise a new question: what happened to the car after 1958? We have a strong reader base in The Netherlands, so somebody might be able to shed a new light on this case?


Monday, 20 March 2017

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