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Volkswagen history in an image

Volkswagen history in an image
Have a good look at this photograph, sent to us by Ian Bennetts. What we see is the Volkswagen factory from the outside, supposedly shot just after the War when VW production had already started. Prototype Beetles were ordered to be scrapped, and so one foreman takes out his forehammer to do what he is supposed to do. Note the Kubelwagens (No! They are Schwimmwagens!) in front, too. We found a bigger picture of this scene, showing even more Beetle prototypes. There are six of them in this shot of you look closely, which is believed to have been one fifth of total prototype production with 30 of these cars made.

Were they all demolished? They weren’t, as a few cars of this type survived the ravages of time. One is in the VW Museum, another in the Autostadt museum. But an even older car was found back in Lithuania in 2009 in a horrible state and using a Volga chassis and engine. The car was meticulously restored over a long period of time and turned out to be chassis number 38/06, which was used in the War by a Nazi commander named Doktor Ley. It may even be seen on the picture above..?




Monday, 21 May 2018

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Planes, trains and automobiles


Oh, this is another jolly good classic film! No, not the American Christmas classic, but a lovely British promotional picture. And it may bring you to an idea when you have not planned your summer holidays yet. Would you like to take your classic car to adventurous new places, but don’t you look forwards to driving it thousands of miles to your holiday destination? There are several solutions. You can take it to a ferry, a train or even a plane. Well, that’s how they did it back in 1963. Enjoy!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

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About Tough to crack car puzzle #183: Bugatti Type 252 Roadster

About Tough to crack car puzzle #183: Bugatti Type 252 Roadster
Last week’s car puzzle proved to be not too tough. As Klaus Salomon wrote: “Could this be the Bugatti Prototype 252 with the 4-cylinder 1½ -litre engine Type 73?” Yes. This was indeed that. Timo Laitinen described it as “The Bugatti 1500 Sport ‘Ettorette’”, adding “The tail lamps seem to come from Simca Aronde.” That name is correct also, and he seems to be right on the light units, too.

Our steady competitors Gerd klioba and Fried Stol came up with excellent remarks, both very similar. Gerd: “It is powered by a four-cylinder light alloy engine, in fact one half of the Bugatti 251 Formula-One engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. The gearbox came from a BMW 507. The bodywork was made by an Italian carrozziera directly on the chassis. You can't even remove the petrol tank without cutting into the bodywork. The diagonal rails on the doors are supposed to keep water from the windscreen away from the driver.” Fried: “This is the last Bugatti that was made at the Molsheim factory in 1958. The sleek body was handmade by an unknown Italian sheet-metal artist. Roland Bugatti made the design, but no drawings are known to exist. Under the hood is a 1500cc 4-cylinder engine which is in fact a split 8-cylinder engine coming from the Formule One type 251 made by former Alfa- and Ferrari engineer Gioachino Colombo. The diagonal bars on the doors serve as a drain for water coming of the windscreen while driving in heavy rain.”

But first place goes to Luc Ryckaert. His full answer: “Bugatti type 252 Roadster, developed between 1957 and 1962, and being the last car proposed by Bugatti before the firm was sold to Hispano-Suiza in 1963. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti and powered by a 1.5 L inline 4 DOHC engine based on half a type 251 8 cylinder developed by Gioacchino Colombo. The uncertainties about the future of the company had a negative impact on the project. A second prototype was build and tested (laboratory car) but as the factory could not ensure the production, development was abandoned in 1962. Both cars resist in Le Musée de l'Automobile in Mulhouse.”

That was perfect, even alone for the mentioning of a sister-car. But there was a bit more to it. Luc added some extra info: “The picture was taken on May 1st 2010 in Cassel (France) on the grass of l'Ecurie des Damiers during ‘Un 1 Mai à Cassel’. I was there with my BSA three-wheeler on that particular day, a broken exhaust valve ruined my engine on the way back home...” Well, we must have missed you there Luc, since we were out in force with our Wolseley Hornet at the time!

(Pictures Jeroen Booij)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

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Mille Miglia 2018: the ladies teams

Mille Miglia 2018: the ladies teams
Never mind it’s another not too startling vehicle for a Mille Miglia entry: the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta of mister S. Bellani made it to the 2015 event wearing number 446.

That’s when this picture was taken, and we absolutely love it. The ladies on the right pose for the photographer. High heels, long legs, short skirts - you’ve got the picture. This while our Giulietta entrant is just about to step into the car, but is distracted by the girls. Mama Mia!

A nice opportunity to see which are the postwar ladies teams who are tackling the year’s 1000 miles race from Brescia to Rome and back right now. Not too many this year, as far as we can see. Go-go-go girls!

Maria Gaburri & Luigia Tonolini (I) – 1957 Abarth 750 GT Zagato
Jacqueline Pohl & Nicola Pohl (D) 1956 Ferrari 248 GT Boano
Sabine Goethals & Sylvie De Meuleneere (B) 1953 Fiat 8V
Franca Boni & Monica Barziza (I) 1949 Lancia Aprillia 1500

(Words editor, picture Mille Miglia/ Alessandro Gerelli)


Friday, 18 May 2018

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