The Marketplace: Saab CX

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:00

A rather odd Saab entry for the marketplace category this time, which was christened 'CX'. Now this is not some original factory one-off but a custom Saab designed and built by a guy from Oslo, Norway, called Per Ekstrøm. Basically it's a chopped 1975 Saab 99 and pretty well chopped at that if you ask me. It's kind of butch, that low roofline and fat tyres encased in those grey plasticky bits for some reason really add something to the car without looking vulgair (as seems to be the case nowadays with 'coachbuild' cars). I think it is fair to say that the builder used many bits here and there from newer Saab models which is probably why it still looks like Saab and not like a botch-job from a shed. Car apparently comes with a 200hp Saab 900 T16 engine and with that it will probably go like stink. Curiously the guy who designed this car also built a similar model called the 'EX' which alongside the CX turned up at a Saab festival in Tröllhättan a few years ago, see here. Anyhow, the car is now for sale over at blocket.se in Sweden from, the builder, Per Ekstrrøm himself with no price listed. At how much would you value it?

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Gute fahrt mit Gasolin

Written by Kurt | Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:58

This time we publish a photo that had been languishing in our 'vaults' for quite a while, basically as we haven't been able to use it in a story. But, as we didn't want to keep it back here it is in all its nondescript glory! What you see is the Mercedes pit box at the 1954 German GP at the Nürburgring. Getting out of his Mercedes W196 is Karl Kling, the big man with hat in the middle of the car blocking the view is most certainly the Mercedes race chief of the time; Alfred Neubauer. What I particularly like is the ad banner above the pitbox which translates as 'Good journey with Gasolin,' you can't argue with that, gasoline is always good. Furthermore we see a guy with a cannister refuelling the car, but other than that there's not much activity going on. Apart from the many spectators making pictures and even some with a film camera shooting the action. If you look closely you can even see a commentator with a microphone and headphone on the roof of the pit building. I wonder what happened to all that film footage and those photos, wouldn't it be a fantastic attic find? Chances are though that over those 55 odd years people would have just discarded these precious pieces of history over multiple estate sales or what have you. Shame really, thankfully the photographer of the photo we're looking at didn't do just that, he even kept the negative, good man!

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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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The Marketplace: Moretti 128 Cabriolet

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 05 May 2012 13:32

A pretty special car is up for sale in Germany over on mobile.de for an attractive price; a Moretti 128 Cabriolet. You might wonder what it actually is, well, it's basically a tarted up Fiat 128 done by small-scale production 'specialists' Moretti of Turin. It is a highly interesting car if you ask me, normal 128s are a bit bland perhaps, but the crisp lines on these 'coachbuild' Morettis do add a bit of drama and romance to an otherwise bland eurobox from the early 70s. These Moretti 128s were build as a coupe as well as a cabriolet, of which this car is a particularly well-presented example. In essence though I guess this car is more a 'Targa' than a cabriolet which is what it was introduced as at the 1969 Turin Auto Show. Of course this car benefits from all the Fiat's mechanicals and its floorplan so finding parts for this exotic isn't much of an issue, you shouldn't dent the bodywork or trim though, as that will probably be unobtainable stuff. Read on after the jump.

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One Mercedes-Benz silver arrow

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 01 May 2012 21:23

This time a bit of a mystery photo from pre-war racing, well it's not a big mystery what can be seen on the photo, but more where it was taken. All evidence points towards this being German Grand Prix racing driver Hermann Lang (with goggles) chatting to a man who might well be a journalist. On the left of course is you can see a Mercedes-Benz 'Silberpfeile' which I am positive is the model W125. Also notice the man in the white uniform and silly hat on the left, who is some kind of nazi official, which in turn points to this event being in Germany. On top of that there is another race car lurking behind Lang with what appears to be a BMW badge. Also see the motorbike racers in the background on the starting grid which seem to be waiting on their turn to race. Due to grandstands in the background it leaves me no other way than to conclude this race (or perhaps a demonstration) was at the Sachsenring (or, as it was known, Hohenstein-Ernstthal), I cannot think of any race track that had its grandstands on the left of the grid.. Fact is though, there was never a Grand Prix race there! You think you know better get in touch, I'd love to give this photo from my archive its correct designation.

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