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Back to back: 1952 Pick-ups weird and wonderful

Back to back: 1952 Pick-ups weird and wonderful
We’ve always had a soft spot for the saloon / sedan based pick-up here at PostWarClassic, with an extra special place in our hearts for the country cool Chevy El Camino and Ford Ranchero. They are also sometimes referred to as coupé utilities and the very first of them is believed to have come from an early 1930se request from an Australian farmer. He applied to Ford in a letter ‘looking for a vehicle to go to church in on a Sundays and which can carry our pigs to market on Mondays’. 

The duo seen form two examples of the earliest pick-up saloons predating both the El Camino as the Ranchero by quite a few years. First of them is a 1952 Armstrong-Siddeley Station Coupe. With 990 examples and the majority of these having been exported to Australia, it’s pretty rare. But this one is even rarer being left hand driven and a metric speedo. With its straight-six 2.3-litre engine it was delivered to Finland when new. According to the seller it was restored in the 1980s and has been preserved well since. See the ad here.

Even rarer is a Hudson Hornet 6 that was converted to a pick-up. Although this is a replica, at least one such pick-up was originally built in 1952. The whereabouts of the real car(s) are unknown, but this is a beautiful reproduction in the style of the early 1950s when Hudson-dealers were encouraged by the Hudson Motor Company to develop their own version of the pick-up as ‘a parts and service business that attracts attention (…) It is a symbol of good business and marks the outward distinction of the dealer who cares.’ Like the Armstrong-Siddeley it is also being powered by a straight-six engine, now of 308 cubic inches capacity. See the full description of the car here.

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

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A typical garage in France

A typical garage in France
The last couple of weeks, we enjoyed our vacation in France. Despite the high temperatures, we tried to go out so every now and then. And as we hoped, we found some places that we think of as typically French.
The first place we found was when we took a wrong turn. Just when we wanted to turn, we noticed something old behind a barn. It was in that field that we saw a few Renault Dauphines, R4 and some other cars. Yes! This is what we dreamed about. We didn’t see the owner so we left again. But this was a good start.
Earlier this week, we found another place that you can only find in France. In a place called Nyons, well known for their olive oils; we saw a drawing of the famous 2CV in some lavender fields. How French can it be? Behind that wall, we found a modern Citroen garage with a few old cars. Well, check the photos, listen to ”non, je ne regrette rien”,  imagine the smell of lavender and dream away….
(LK)
     

Monday, 06 August 2018

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Tough to Crack Car Puzzle #189

Tough to Crack Car Puzzle #189
The car shown in this weeks puzzle is a one-off. Although the builders wanted to build six more to cover the costs. As far as we know, this is the only one. You might have seen it at a big car show a few years ago. Before that time, the car has been stored away for almost 60 years. Do you need other hints? The name is also a fish. Easy right? Barnfind, big show, fish…..
Come with your best answer, give extra information about the car and do this all in a maximum of 100 words. Send it in before Monday see next week if you are the winner and get the points for the 6-month competition, sponsored by Hans Compter Rare Cars.
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Good luck and enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 03 August 2018

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Is 117 Coupe the first Euro-Japanese collaboration? UPDATE: It isn't

Is 117 Coupe the first Euro-Japanese collaboration?
No points for guessing the origins of this Friday Lady photo. Yes, it’s from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Country of Cherry Blossoms or the Flowery Kingdom – of course: Japan. But as with more Japanese cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s this one had a European flavour too. It’s a Isuzu 117 Coupe, which was launched 50 years ago this year on the Tokyo Motor Show and styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro. In fact a prototype of the Dino-esque Coupe had been seen on the Geneva motor show as early as in 1966.

Having said that, could this car possibly be the first of the first Japanese cars designed by an Italian stylist? According to several sources it was also at least one of the very first Japanese cars with a DOHC engine, and the first with (Bosch-sourced) electronic fuel injection. Also: ‘it can be regarded as the world's first sports car to be available with a diesel engine’ (!). The first few years of production meant hand-built cars which came with gorgeous leather interiors with dashboards trimmed with Taiwanese camphor laurel wood. In Europe this remains a much undervalued car, but in Japan they are becoming much sought after now. Find one, if you can.

UPDATE: Both the Datsun Bluebird (Pininfarina, 1963) as the Hino Contessa (Michelotti, 1964) predate the Italo-Japanese Isuzu. Do you know of others?

(Words editor, picture Masaru Mochida (classiccar-bijo.com))

Friday, 03 August 2018

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