The Marketplace: Ghia L6.4
Carrozzeria Ghia is responsible for some of the prettiest car designs that have come out of Italy over the years. The wonderful flowing lines of the Karmann-Ghia and the pretty Renault Floride are good examples of this. The Ghia L6.4 you see here is a bit of an exception in my opinion, it drew heavily the 'Dual Ghia' that was the result of a venture between Ghia and Chrysler. This L6.4 builds upon Chrysler components as well, but containing a custom chassis and (of course) a body that was built and designed by Ghia in Italy. Definitely American-influenced in its design, it is no wonder that this car was primarily targeted at the US market. Ghia agent at the time, Paul Farago, had a big hand in realising this project together with Eugene Casaroll, boss of the Dual car manufacturing company based in Michigan (who was also behind the Dual Ghia). It was frightfully expensive ($7500) at the time, meaning that many cars were sold to well paid actors, musicians and the like. Frank Sinatra had one, while the car in this post was owned by Dean Martin (who was at the time one of the US' hottest singers/actors/comedians).Add a comment
Video: Prada Spring/Summer 2012
Normally we wouldn't dare showing stuff related to fashion brands on here, but this time should be an exception. Above you see a video for the Spring/Summer 2012 collection by Prada, why? Well, simply because there are quite a few classic cars to behold beside the pretty models clad in retro clothes and accessories. All clearly inspired by the 1950s. To complement this whole digital fashion show Prada chose to feature the models on top and in some classic American cars at a 50s petrol station (or gas station if you are of the american-english persuasion). Some with questionable paint schemes but all decidingly projecting the American dream in the 50s. Big, heavy machines with lots of chrome and huge steering wheels. Oh yes, if you do decide to watch the video, turn off the sound, which is totally not from the 1950s!Add a comment
Corgi, Dinky, Tri-ang: collecter's dreams..
On 12 July a large amount of vintage model cars from several private collections will go under the hammer. 'Collectable Toy Specialists' Vectis Auctions from Stockton on Tees, England will be offering many many model cars from the 40s, 50s and 60s from then reputable English model car manufacturers like Corgi, Dinky and Tri-ang. There is a huge variety of models, from cars, to tractors, lorries and even a 'Corporal guided missile on Mobile Launcher'. As you would expect from private collectors most of the models still have their original boxes (this enhances the value to collectors massively) and are in excellent condition. There are some truly intriguing models up for auction, we've picked a few and presented them here in this post, read on after the jump.Add a comment
Monaco Historic GP + Frazer Nash + Camera = fabulous footage
Just take a moment to appreciate this wonderful cacophony of noise brought to you by the six cylinders of this Frazer Nash Le Mans Rep's Bristol engine. Slithering through the narrow streets of Monte Carlo at this year's Monaco Historic GP is its driver Patrick Blakeney-Edwards, desperately trying to keep up with race leader Alex Buncombe in a Jaguar C-Type. As the laps go by the Jag disappears out of view bit by bit, there was a good excuse for that; the Frazer Nash had to retire due to a suspension problem. Nevertheless take in the few minutes of fantastic onboard video while the car was going around the track in a spectacular manner. As you can see from the images this is a pretty hairy machine to drive, oversteering on practically every corner, skinny tyres don't help much of course nor do suspension problems but I guess this is very much the character of cars of that age. Now turn up the volume of your speakers, put the youtube video on 720p and enjoy..Add a comment
Question: Is the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth the coolest police car ever?
Always being under the impression that the Dutch national police squad (to be precise the KLPD) only ever used Porsches (like this one here) as their motorway stormer I was surprised to bump into a few pictures of a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth kitted out as a proper police car. Story goes that the dutch police bought two of these Spiders in 1974 for a trial to see if they would be suitable as a fast car for motorway patrols and so on. In the end the police decided to go for the Porsche option (which was faster and in their eyes more practical and less susceptible to depreciation). The Fiats patrolled the Dutch roads up to 1977 after which they were pensioned off. According to sources the two cars were on the Dutch Fiat 124 Spider register for years but have since vanished without a trace. Photos are also rare, apparently the ones in this post are one of the few ones left. Click read more to see some more.Add a comment
The Marketplace: Jaguar E-Type S2
This time a car for those that want to go very quickly indeed while at the same time looking like an enormous tit; it's one of the two original Jaguar E-Type Series 2 used in the 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' Bond parody film starring Mike Myers. It of course features the Union Jack paint scheme on the outside with matching red and blue interior on the inside. It doesn't look that bad actually to those who suffer from Anglophilia I guess, but as I basically despise Mike Myers and his obnoxious little film I for one wouldn't want to be seen dead in it. Perhaps it's more suitable for some mad Gumball 3000 entrant, it comes with a hefty price tag of €89.000 (for a Series 2 in this state?!) so it is more than likely that only some mad rappers would want to afford something like this. Someone who has an ironic 'sense of humour'. You would make quite an impression though at the Gumball 3000, accompanied by some big-boobed blondes it might actually mean people will look over the problem of the driver looking like a tit whilst driving it. The car currently has a Belgium title (and is left-hand drive!) and comes with a letter from the film's production company certifying its originality. Looking at the photos the mechanicals don't look very promising, at this price anyway. See it here at E & R Classic Cars.Add a comment