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Tough to crack car puzzle #177

Tough to crack car puzzle #177
Proportion-wise there is absolutely nothing wrong with this car. If we may ventilate our humble opinion here we would even want to say: this is a thing of utter beauty. Over to you to fill in all of the missing informations. Some hints: this car was commissioned for a well-known figure in racing circles in the 1950s and there were some well-known names involved in building it, too. Who were they? When did they do it? Where? Why? What did they base it on? Were there any sister cars? What happened to it afterwards? We can only tell it survives to this day and still attracts the crowds wherever it goes. We saw it with our own eyes some years ago and found it spectacular, too!

There you go. You know what we like to hear from you. Tell us in your best possible 100-words answer all that you know or can find about this spectacular car. Oh, and don’t worry when you forgot all about Valentine’s Day earlier this week. You have another chance to pleasantly surprise somebody today!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

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Stylish towards Spring. But in what..?

Stylish towards Spring. But in what..?
Hey, we spotted the first convertible driving open topped on the road earlier this week. The driver was wearing gloves a mighty coat and a hat, but he was clearly enjoying the early sun. With the heather fully on and a bit of perseverance Spring certainly must have seemed in the air!

This lady could go for it, too. And doesn’t she do it in classy manner, too? Now, as a prelude to tomorrow’s Tough to Crack Car Puzzle, we’d like to ask you today: do you know what the car is that our Friday Lady is in?

(Words editor, picture PWC archive)

Friday, 16 February 2018

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Chapron collection doesn’t sell well. Market overheated?

 

Chapron collection doesn’t sell well. Market overheated? 
      
We have all witnessed how prices of Henri Chapron-converted Citroen DS cabriolets and other coachbuilt creations from the hand of the French body builder went through the roof in the last couple of years. But could the end of that era have come to an end now? A collection of Chapron built DSes was offered for sale in Paris last weekend, but the majority of them remained unsold.

Dutch dentist Richard Reinders had been a Chapron fanatic since ages. He told the auctioneer: “At the age of 12, I discovered the Citroën DS. It was 1968 and this impressive car became a regular visitor in the streets of Maastricht where I lived. I was totally captivated by its shape and beauty, and I understood that is was different to other cars. I promised myself I would have one, one day. ..And so it was that, after my studies, I bought a superb DS 23i injection, and made this first dream come true.”

And it didn’t stay with that one car. Not at all. Reinders’ DS-hunger was further encouraged when he saw a Chapron cabriolet in Paris one day: “I was sitting at a table outside when I saw a magnificent DS convertible go by, black with a black leather interior. I couldn't believe my eyes, it was more than a dream, and I started to run after this car that I'd never seen before.” It became the breeding ground for a collection like not many others. Apart from a one-owner ID 19, Reinders collection contained a very early DS 19 cabriolet with converted nose with double headlights by coachbuilder Pichon-Parat (sold at 92,976 euros), the DS 21 Le Dandy that was shown at the Paris salon de l’automobile in 1965 (sold at 262,240 euros). A DS 19 Palm Beach, sold new in 1965 to a Dutch baronesse (estimated at 400- to 600,000 – not sold). A DS 21 Palm Beach, also an ex-motor show car that was presented by the French government to the president of Ivory Coast (estimated at 400- to 600,000 – not sold). A 1966 DS 21 Cabriolet with just 24,000 kms on the odometer that was used as a parade vehicle by the republic of Djibouti, transporting both general de Gaulle and president Pompidou there (estimated at 300- to 500,000 – not sold). A DS 21 Lorraine – the first one built – that was also a show car in ’69 (estimated at 100- to 150,000 – not sold). Plus another DS 23 Lorraine of 1975 – the last one built – that was sold new to a French noble lady (estimated at 180- to 260,000 – not sold).

And so it looks the majority of these cars will remain in the Dutch collection. The reason? A spokesman of Artcurial carefully suggested us: “Too many Chapron cars at too high estimates..?

(Words editor, pictures Jeroen Booij/Artcurial Motorcars)


Thursday, 15 February 2018

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D-types evocations - a good idea?

D-types evocations - a good idea?













Sorry! D-types again.

But then it's news... After some real XKD’s remaining unsold very recently we concluded last month that D-types don’t sell. Well, at least not for sums around the 10 million dollar mark, it seems. Jaguars Cars now comes up with an alternative. After an official resurrection of the Lightweight E-type, as well as one of the SXSS, it’s time for the D-type now to return as a phoenix from the ashes.

In a press release they mention that the original idea had been to build 100 cars, while eventually just 75 were made between 1954 and ’56. The 100-figure is new to us, but then we may be very wrong. D-type experts, feel free to shed a little light on this. Fact is that Jaguar now, after over 60 years, takes the chance to relaunch the D-type as an evocation-series car. Customers will have the choice between a short- or long nose variant – the latter of which is 19cms longer overall and comes with a slightly higher top speed. Jaguar hasn't yet revealed a price, but we can only hope it will remain under the 10 million dollar mark…

(Words editor, picture courtesy Jaguar Land Rover)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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