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Ford carriers to transport your classic anywhere
Summer is officially here now, and you might be looking for a suitable transporter to carry your cherished four-wheeler to that event not too close by home this season. Then you may well like to know that a multitude of them is coming under the hammer this week. This Saturday to be precise. All the commercials or carriers seen above are Ford models built just after the War and come from the Den Ha...
Back to back: Bristol or Jensen?
Considering you are an off-centre, slightly eccentric motor aficionado with a soft spot for British chariots, you’ll prefer this duo over any standard Jaguar/Aston/Rover/Riley. Well, lucky you. Both cars are for sale during Brightwells Sunday sale on the 24th in Bicester (click here). Lot number 65 is for a 1963 Bristol 407 with its 250bhp Chrysler-sourced 5.3-litre V8 engine and all the grace, ...
Toyota at Le Mans – 50 years ago almost
Congratulations to Toyota for winning this year’s Le Mans 24-hours race. It took them some time to get there, but as we all know perseverance pays! Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima securd the title for the Japanese manufacturer. Toyota had never won the sports car race despite years of trying. Alonso, twice a Monaco Grand Prix winner, now wants to win the Indianapolis 5...
Fuelling up for the summer
The summer is nearly there, so it won’t take long till we all jump into the car and head on to camping sites, hotels, beaches and other good places to spend some time with the family.Or you decide to stay home and do some gardening. But you forgot one thing, to fuel up the lawn mower. The man on the photo will definitely need a holiday after this.The photo was taken during the 1973 fuel shortage...
About Tough to crack Puzzle #185

Thank you all for participating in last week's quiz. As we already thought, the grill gave it away. But that was not all we were asking. We hoped to get more info and we were happy to see all the information that cannot be found at google.First to respond (with a good answer) was Fried Stol: "A distinctive grill of a 1951 Hotchkiss Gregoire. An aluminum alloy cast was used to create the chassis...

Oh yeah, je suis libéré. C’est le week-end!
The girl looks to be very happy and looks to be freed of something. Seeing the clothes of the people behind it, this photo might have been shot on a Friday afternoon when the weekend starts. She is ready to tour her Renault 4CV for the whole weekend. This enthusiast Friday Lady was photographed in, as you have probably guessed, Paris in 1967. We wish you a good weekend and hope you are as happy a...
No Le Mans Classic for PostWarClassic
Oh boy, would we have liked to take our project car to this year’s Le mans Classic – next month on the 6th, 7th and 8th. And despite the thing - the original 1966 Le Mans Mini Marcos - being under restoration at the moment, the plan was to do just that. Not to race it, mind you. The idea was to have the body shell fully restored and painted at the end of this month, pick it up in the UK,...
When worlds converge
When two very different parties come together, things unexpected can happen. From the meeting of world leaders from very different backgrounds to Paul McCartney teaming up with Michael Jackson. It’s the same in the motoring world, where British manufacturers just occasionally collaborate with Italian carrozzerias and a former chicken farmer with Ford USA to modify an originally British ro...
The land yachts of the 1950s – on paper
When you look at motoring brochures of the 1950s and the early 1960s, the sizes of the cars drawn (few pictures were used) simply have to catch the eye. It’s remarkable how much bigger vehicles were made to look like in the Golden Age of the Automobile. Yes – especially the American cars of this era remain known for size, power and their emphasis on ride comfort at the expense of handlin...
Moving your house on wheels a different way
It sometimes takes time before you are used to some kinds of things. And when you are used to it, you don’t want to change. Your car, work, partner or house is all part of your daily ritual. So when the place where you live gets another purpose, you just put wheels on your house and build a massive camper van. Well, probably this is not exactly the way it went on the photo above. But what we see...
Tough to crack puzzle #185
The round shape and the big grill might give it already away, so we will keep our tips limited to just saying that there were only a few produced. If you recognize the car, please tell us why no more of these cars were made. Tell us more about anything you know about the car, the make or the builder. Tell us things we cannot find on the internet. If you can, you wil most likely be the winner. And ...
Some ads loose nothing of their impact either!
Yesterday we showed you a 48-year old photograph which perfectly summed up the impact a good concept car could cause when it was seen on the streets. And nothing has changed for it after all these years either. This advertisement fits right into that street, too. It was published in the mid-1990s in a variety of classic car magazines to promote the work of Porsche specialist Bob Hahn (still in bus...
Some concept cars loose nothing of their impact
Lancia’s Stratos Zero concept car continues to attract crowds wherever it goes since it was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1970. And as a surprise to many, it does go too, just have a look at this video shot recently when it was on display at Villa d’Este last month, gaining lots of attention once again. The footage made us think of this iconic picture of the same car back in 1970, when i...
Would you really want to sleep in your car?
This image struck us yesterday. It’s from a 1972 advertisement from oil giant Esso which uses the following heading: “Just imagine… falling asleep on the motor way”, and continuing: “A future dream vehicle, to drive off to your holiday destination in one long stretch.” It seemed like an ideal future vision, as it had been just that for at least another two decades earlier. But now that...
Transporting a Lotus Eleven in style
Lotus Eleven owners must gather at H&H’s auction today at Woodcote Park in Epsom, Surrey. The reason is lot number 34, which offers a rather unique chance to become the owner of the ultimate fitting transporter for their racing car: a replica of Mike Anthony’s Standard Vanguard transporter that was used to carry his Lotus Eleven to circuits around Europe in the mid-1950s. The car is ...
The many lives of a Ferrari GTO
We came across this lovely image of a GTO in striking Swedish racing colours last week, only to learn that this very same car was seen on the concours d’elegance of Villa d’Este last weekend. Surprisingly, perhaps, the blue/yellow colour combination was kept despite having raced in these hues only shortly. The car was originally red and had two Italian owners before the colourful Ulf Norinder...
About TTCC Puzzle 184: Fernandel’s Siata Amica Spider
You may know by now that we have a soft spot for French comedy, so perhaps the choice of last week’s puzzle car was an easy one as the vehicle stars in one such movie. As Julius Thurgood wrote: “The car is a 1956 Siata Amica Spider from the 1958 Film ‘Paris Holiday’, starring Bob Hope and French comedian ‘Fernandel’. The scene attached depicts the moment when the Great Dane dog runs of...
Our Friday Lady is an Alvis Grey Lady
Where exactly the Grey Lady moniker comes from, is somewhat shrouded in mystery, but fact is that this car is better known as such than under its official name of Alvis TC21/100. We took a dive in the files and found one source mentioning that Alvis’ own PR department was coming up with the Grey Lady name, while another mentions the press to have dreamt it up. Fact is that the car was launched ...
Giant-killing Zagatos - and a rare Monomille
We have no idea how many Fiat 600s Abarth and Zagato converted into their groovy dubble-bubble 750 Corsa models, but there must have been quite a few. Just take a look at this picture, taken at Monza in 1957 to see they were the common choice of racing drivers at the time. And not just in Italy. Many ended up elsewhere in Europe or even in the US. As a matter of fact, they were pretty successful t...
Grand Basel to become world’s poshest car show
There is always room for a new ultra-prestigious classic motor show, it seems. We’ve got Villa d’Este, Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and the new City Concours. But Basel, Switzerland and Miami Beach, Florida soon hope to become the homes of the concourses d’elegance to beat them all. The organizers of the Art Basel fairs around the world have now decided to come up with a motoring equiva...

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