The Week That Was In A Couple Of Clicks #31

Written by Kurt | Monday, 04 August 2014 23:09

img674-nring-silberpfeilReaders! As I cannot, for the life of me, bring myself to post regular articles of some length and depth on here I have decided to take a little different approach to keep the blog going. In the 7 months since the last post I haven't given up on following the classic car world closely, on the contrary, perhaps I have followed it even more so. Point is, I now do it for a paid gig, and as such have little inspiration left for the blog at the weekends or evenings (hey, you know, there's other things in life than cars, or is there?). Solution? A weekly post listing all that I've come across and more, I know, it's the easy way out, ehm, or in. At least it will force me to stick to a deadline and produce something! Add a comment

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Spotted: Peugeot 504 Cabriolet

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 08 May 2012 21:00

Amazing what you can bump into on google street view while trying to find a location. Some time ago we posted a Skoda convertible on the facebook page, this time we spotted a rare Peugeot 504 cabriolet on the streets of Frankfurt, Germany. Hood down, as it was clearly a day on which that wonderful middle-German summer climate took over from cloudy winter skies. If you look closely you'll see that the car is most certainly being driven by a blonde woman, which makes for a nice change to the usual stout francophile with orange trousers, boat shoes and a straw hat who normally occupy these cars in search of the french way of life. Don't blame them though, these are stylish machines, designed by Italian styling house Pininfarina and come with a nice range of engines to back up the looks. Already gotten into a summery mood and to enjoy summer in 504? Then head over to french online marketplace leboncoin.fr to find just that.

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Fiat 'beach cars'

Written by Super User | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 21:49

Realising that it is already a year ago that the Libyan uprising began it reminded me of their former leader's car collection (as you do if you're a car nut), it especially reminded me of Gaddafi's special (modern) Fiat 500 which was all over the paper's the day his compound was captured by the rebels. Anyhow, it's an odd little thing, being a convertible with no doors, but digging deeper into history you'll notice it's not the first time a Fiat like this was commissioned, nor is it the last. Here a quick overview of the Fiat 'beach cars'.

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The classics; Berlin

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 24 December 2011 13:00
IMG_4514In the last post we looked at some East German nostalgia, seeing all those old flimsy communist cars in a fitting decayed setting of derelict buildings gave us the idea to see if anything like that still exists. Spending some time in Berlin over the last couple of weeks gave the opportunity to find out if, more than 20 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, there were any cars like the ones we saw in the last post left. Unsurprisingly, the result was; barely! Apart from the odd enthusiast/creative cherising this communist heritage, most of the classic cars on the streets are from the 'west'. In all my time there I perhaps saw 4 Trabants, a Wartburg and a Zastava (which is a Fiat, so it doesn't really count). Most of them were static objects, reminding us how dull it must have been down there and showing us exactly what those cars used to do back in the day; standing still and not bringing you anywhere. Anyhow, let's look at some of these and other classic cars that can be found in the German capital nowadays. This is of course only a part of what's out there, but there are some good examples out there, all very charming. Or is it the charm of Berlin and its raw streets and pretty 'Gründerzeit' buildings that makes these cars charming? Decide for yourself after the jump.
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East German nostalgia

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 12 November 2011 13:44

If you have any inkling of European history then you've probably heard about the DDR or the German Democratic Republic. Which was the Eastern part of Germany until 1989-1990. Now, having just come back from Berlin and having encountered just two (!) East-German Trabants in Berlin over the whole week, it's safe to say that those living there want to forget about those days and move on. Frankly, we don't, which is why this article is about all those crappy old communist cars that were churned out of Eastern block factories and ended up on the DDR streets. Thankfully we found some great photos of the era by photographer Felix O, he kindly allowed us to publish his photographic work of the DDR and its cars. It's not only about the cars, the surroundings on the photos give a great feeling of what it must've been like to live there in those days. See more after the jump!

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