The Marketplace: GERCA - Cosworth F3

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:32

During the monthly browse through french classifieds (as you do if you run a car blog) I bumped into the intriguing little race car featured here. This 'Gerca' is an original formula 3 race car from 1967. Built in a Paris 'banlieue' by a certain Gerard Bazin, it competed in just a few races. I had never heard of it before, so this is, other than an ubiquitous Lotus or Brabham formula 3 racer, a real real gem. Fitted with the much-loved 1000cc Cosworth MAE 'screamer' engine, it no doubt has the power to back up its clean cigar-shaped looks. Delving a bit deeper into the history of this little known car I came up with some interesting discoveries, read on after the jump.

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The Marketplace: Bristol FS double decker motorhome

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:46

I think this is the first bus I ever featured on here, because normally I hate buses. They stink (inside and out), they cause serious pollution with their huge diesel engines (especially when no-one except the driver is in it, which is most of the time), they regularly manage to scare me while I'm biking around in the low countries, they are slow, they run late and when you're in one chances are that once you get out of one you might have caught some horrible disease and die in the process. Now, don't let this deter you from liking the bus featured here, as this isn't really a bus anymore but a bus converted into a motorhome. Which got me thinking; with the Goodwood Revival weekend fast approaching every motoring maniac should think about what kind of retro transport to arrive in on the Goodwood grounds. Wouldn't this make a huge impression while at the same time being very useful as well? Just imagine, you can stay for the whole weekend on the grounds and you do not have to book a hotel. It does come at a price though, it is for sale for about € 35.000 which is probably quite a bit more then 3 nights in a country hotel. For sale here in Switzerland, but read on after the jump for more on its history.

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The marketplace: 1973 Mazda RX-2

Written by Super User | Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:43

rx2Perhaps I've mentioned it before on here but I have a slight obsession with rotary-engined Mazdas from the 70s. Be it R100s, RX-3s or RX5s I like them, mainly because of the the awesomely silly engine sound that comes with a rotary engine. During an ebay search I stumbled upon the following listing on Ebay USA; a practically rust-free and rather low-mileage RX-2. Just look at that clean engine bay and boot and the top-notch interior with original three-spoke steering wheel. I've seen worse! Wouldn't this be a fantastic change compared to an obiquitous MG B or Triumph Spitfire? Probably, more reliable and fun as well (I mean who doesn't like a high-revving engine from time to time). Perhaps though, for a comparison with those sporty machines Mazdas RX-3 offering might be better suited. Mainly because the RX-2 was originally conceived as a family car. Most of them were sedans, this coupe is an exception.

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The Marketplace: 1965 Bond Equipe GTS

Written by Kurt | Monday, 22 August 2011 15:02

bond1Bond might not be the most significant car-maker among those who built fibreglass cars in the 1960s like Lotus or TVR, nonetheless, they made a few interesting cars. Like this 1965 Bond Equipe GT4S, up for auction in the United Kingdom on 3 September, find it here. Based on a Triumph Herald chassis and packed with a 67hp 1147cc Triumph Spitfire engine it sounds like an amusing entry into 60s motoring. Not to mention affordable, as there will be plenty parts around might the British engineering play up at some point.

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