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Old 05-10-21, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Lots of interesting cars were built roughly around that time.


Bugatti Type 41 Royale, from the 1920s:
Lots of beautiful examples like this to be found in the Schlumpf Collection at the French National Automobile Museum.

I took 3 or 4 trips to Molsheim while I lived in Germany. Always worth the trip.

Due to COVID it is temporarily closed. Enjoy a visit through the magic of YouTube:
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Old 05-11-21, 09:29 PM
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Old 05-12-21, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
That's not quite an Auburn and if it's not a Bugatti then I don't know what it is. It has an Indy car like character to it with some early Bonneville .bodywork around the wheels. Definitely different.
That is a Duesenberg, the Mormon Meteor. A famous record car from the 30's.
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Old 05-12-21, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by paulkal View Post
That is a Duesenberg, the Mormon Meteor. A famous record car from the 30's.
Cool car. I'd never seen it (nor heard of it) before.


Interesting write-up on the history of the thing: The Legendary Dusenberg 'Mormon Meteor' @ Heacock Classic.
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Old 05-15-21, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Lots of beautiful examples like this to be found in the Schlumpf Collection at the French National Automobile Museum.

I took 3 or 4 trips to Molsheim while I lived in Germany. Always worth the trip.

Due to COVID it is temporarily closed. Enjoy a visit through the magic of YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK4QKfgOoCg

Yeah Bugatti had a distinctive look that pretty much rules out the car in chewybrian's post
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Old 05-15-21, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by paulkal View Post
That is a Duesenberg, the Mormon Meteor. A famous record car from the 30's.

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Old 05-18-21, 03:02 AM
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Old 05-29-21, 11:12 AM
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Old 05-29-21, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by cat0020 View Post
Perfection for me (Dino 206) ...
Saw several 246 GT examples around my neck of the woods, in the late '70s and very early '80s, before Japan's economic "boom" set off much of the price increases for "classic" cars.

Don't recall seeing any of the 206's, though.

A Dino 206 SP would do nicely.

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Old 05-30-21, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Lots of interesting cars were built roughly around that time.
Indeed. Especially in France there was a lot of experimentation with new materials and alloys too. The Bugatti Atlantic has that rib in the middle because it was designed for magnesium (alloy) to save weight. That had such a narrow temperature window to weld that it had to be stamped in two halves and then riveted together.in the middle. If I'm not mistaken, those gorgeous wheels on the Bugatti Royale were some new alloy too. Front wheel drive was being developped (Cord, Citroen), 4 valves per cilinder (Duesenberg, Bentley, Bugatti), Citroen came up with the monocoque and was together with other French manufacterers already working on hydropneumatic suspension, steering and brakes, which because of the war came as late as '55 with the DS, which continued the use of new materials.

I personally don't like the outside of Bugatti's (the engines look great). I like clean lines, straight, edgy, and for this period the art deco influences, not the curvacious two tone Bugatti's. But the madness of the coach builders was great. Especially a few years later and especially Figoni e Falaschi.



Franay:



Saoutchick didn't hold back either:






This is a bit earlier and a bit more conservative from Saoutchick, but what I really like is that just like the Traction Avant and the Cord L-29 (in some coachbuild that I can't find) the front wheel drive lowers the roofline giving it a very agressive look. Have there been any front wheel drive V12's since? It also featured a continuous varialbe transmission, resembling GM's dynaflow of a few decades later.


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Old 05-30-21, 01:31 PM
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That Franay example, above, is stunning. Nice look.
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Old 06-08-21, 11:50 AM
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Passed time for the Indy 500. This is Art Malone's Big Baad and screamin' Loud Novi Roadster in 1963 and 1964. Art started as a dragster shoe filling in for Don Garlits when a blower full of nitro methane blew up in Garlits face. Some oval sprint car driving and then at Indy for Andy Granatelli's team of Studebaker / STP / Paxton sponsored Novi engine roadsters. He finished 11th in '64.








This is Bobby Unser's Big Baad Novi 1963 ride for Granatelli's team in his first Indy race . . . before his three wins. He crashed in '63 in this car placing 33rd after qualifying fastest of the first day of qualifying runs. He was bumped off the pole position by Jim Hurtubise driving yet another Novi, Parnelli Jones won it that year in an Offenhauser roadster. Jim Clark took second in his revolutionary (for the Indy 500) rear engine Ford V8 based Formula 1 car.
In '64 Bobby drove another 4 wheel drive Novi after this one broke in qualifying and was caught up in the fiery crash that killed Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald

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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
That Franay example, above, is stunning. Nice look.
It's a Delahaye V12 btw. Delahaye has a lot of at least stunning cars, it's a shame so many great French manufacturers didn't make it into the 60's. Delage, Talbot Lago and Bugatti of course. And Facel didn't live long either. Personally I'm not the greatest fan of those very free flowing lines. These are not the cars I personally covet, but I would love to live in a neighbourhood where all my neighbours had one of those parked in the street.
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Old 06-09-21, 09:09 AM
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Better in person

I recall reading the article and saw the prototype images, however seeing it in person

the Mach E has won me over.

Ford Mach E the badge looking a bit cheap
what's up with the door latch?

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Old 06-17-21, 07:57 AM
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Picture didn't show up at first so I thought you were referencing the post above yours at first because it looked Commander based . . . sort of.. Now that one I do like.
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Old 06-30-21, 11:39 AM
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This was out front of one of the other workshops yesterday.

Guy had been doing a bare metal rebuild over the past 3-4 years. Sounded good.

Always liked small 2 doors like this. BMW 2002, Fiat 124, Lancia Beta...







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This was out front of one of the other workshops yesterday.

Guy had been doing a bare metal rebuild over the past 3-4 years. Sounded good.

Always liked small 2 doors like this. BMW 2002, Fiat 124, Lancia Beta...
Me too, but allthough this one might not be the most desirable of GTV, Junior and Gulia GT series, I believe it's in a different class from the others mentioned. Also to my personal taste in beauty, but they're getting less affordable quite quickly. Not a bad ideal to take 4 years.
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Old 07-10-21, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by TRACKMAN View Post
I recall reading the article and saw the prototype images, however seeing it in person

the Mach E has won me over.

Ford Mach E the badge looking a bit cheap
what's up with the door latch?
The turned the Mustang into an SUV? That's a hard no for me. Symbolic of everything that's wrong with the world today.
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Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
This was out front of one of the other workshops yesterday ...

Yes, please! Great-looking Alfa, there.


Alfaholics has a GT Junior 1300 that they recently upgraded to their GTA-R spec rebuild. Reminds me of that one.





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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Yes, please! Great-looking Alfa, there.


Alfaholics has a GT Junior 1300 that they recently upgraded to their GTA-R spec rebuild. Reminds me of that one.





I actually almost bought one of these during my last midlife crises. Well I only came halfway to my senses beforehand and bought a Peugeot 504 diesel instead. It was a nice looking car but it wasn't quite the driver that the Alfa was . . . understatedly.
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I actually almost bought one of these during my last midlife crises. Well I only came halfway to my senses beforehand ...
Well, to be fair, the full Alfaholics treatment with their GTA-R package can cost ~$400K, plus the donor vehicle. I'd love to completely lose my mind to pick one up, at some point, even if "only" with a GT Junior as the starting point. There are worse things.

Alfaholics GTA-R 290:






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