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When worlds converge

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 roadster... 

We thought of this all when we saw this cool Pontiac last weekend. It’s a Bonneville Safari of 1959-vintage. The Bonneville was the non-plus-ultra that Pontiac could offer in the day. Apart from ‘Ever-Level’ air suspension it had ‘Circ-L-Aire Conditioning’ climate control; ‘Sportable’ portable transistor radio, ‘E-Z-Eye’ tinted glass and ‘Wonder Touch’ power brakes. And then there was the Safari version: a station wagon to top even all that and carry your whole family plus mother-in-law to the holiday destination in style.

This one, however, carried something from another automotive world in its back. Do you recognize it?

(Words and pictures editor)

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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The land yachts of the 1950s – on paper

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 handling and featured very generous exterior proportions designed for the open road rather than the traffic jam.

But it’s not only the Americans who knew how to accentuate dimensions in their colourfully printed leaflets and booklets. How about the one above for the Ford Anglia? We came across it last week and could hardly believe the artist’s exaggeration. We trust you know the car yourself and have ever come across one in person. Perhaps you even own one or have driven or sat in one as a passenger. In that case you’ll be able to tell the perspective in this drawing - taken from a British brochure – is way over the top. These tiny little people inside make it look like a Studebaker Hawk!

(Words editor, picture from Ford brochure)

      

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

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Moving your house on wheels a different way

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 is a house that gets transported in the sixties/seventies (looking at the cars). It looks like they are putting the light pole back on.

The cars on the highway and the house itself make me think of the States, but we also see a Citroën passing. And an Airstream caravan. What else can you identify?

(LK)

Monday, 11 June 2018

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Tough to crack puzzle #185

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 keep it limited to 100 words, send it in before Monday June 11th.

Enjoy your weekend and good luck!

(LK)

Saturday, 09 June 2018

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