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Some ads loose nothing of their impact either!

Some ads cars 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 business). The power is in the image, and only a short and equally simple tagline was enough to get the point: ‘Bob Hahn only restores classic Porsches’. We think it’s still as strong as it was almost 25 years ago now. Well done Bob, a winner always retains its power.

(Words editor, picture Bob Hahn)

Friday, 08 June 2018

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Some concept cars loose nothing of their impact

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 it was seen in the streets of Turin right before or after the motor show there. What?! Is there really someone in there..?

(Words editor, picture PWC archive)

Thursday, 07 June 2018

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Would you really want to sleep in your car?

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 this dream is slowly turning to become reality not everyone is as optimistic about the motoring future anymore.

We’d just read an article about autonomous cars. You, too, have probably heard they are causing some headaches to governments worldwide. What do we need to do about the risks involved with them? After one of its self-driving vehicles was responsible for a fatal crash, taxi-service Uber has temporarily paused all autonomous vehicle testing in the state of Arizona. Meanwhile, Tesla confirmed that a recent motorway crash (killing the driver of the vehicle) happened while the Tesla Autopilot system was controlling the car.

So do autonomous cars need to be heavily regulated and scrutinized until we can be sure that they’ll bring no harm to their drivers and passengers? Perhaps not, says the author of this article. He writes: “This is an inherently flawed view. It’s not a good thing that self-driving cars have killed people, but testing them in real-world situations is a necessary thing if we want to keep moving forward toward a safer, brighter future. And unless we want to jeopardize that future, we need to get over our fears. Self-driving cars are going to kill people. Period.” And he concludes with “Get over it.” How about that? Feel free to add your opinion here.

(Words editor, image Esso)

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

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Transporting a Lotus Eleven in style

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 based on a Phase 2 Saloon but with stretched wheelbase to carry its load and artfully crafted cab to do so to the driver and a passenger. Originally the Standard was powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder mated to a three-speed manual gearbox plus overdrive. That’s the way Mike must have travelled in his. However, this particular transporter has been upgraded with a significantly more powerful, overhauled 2.5-litre six-cylinder Triumph engine for better high-speed cruising and reliability. From the seller’s information: “Finished in British Racing Green with green leather upholstery, it retains a host of original features like semaphore indicators but also boasts niceties such as modern air suspension and an electric winch that greatly aid loading and unloading. It would be a sure-fire attraction in any competition paddock area.” See it here.

Judging from a model that was made of the original car, the flatbed conversion was not quite the same as it should be. We do like it, though, and perhaps the new owner is able to further perfectionize its looks? It is, by the way, not the first time a replicated Lotus-hauler is replicated. This Ford Thames pick-up was seen some time ago also.

(Words editor, pictures H&H auctioneers)


Tuesday, 05 June 2018

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