How Many American Classics Are There In The UK?
As an owner/enthusiast of the Corvair, I'm interested in the number of these rear-engine wonders there are in the UK.
Thanks for the update on the TransAm Si. That is a cool car, a rare one, and muscle with a difference to the usual Mustang/Camaro/Charger fare. I remember seeing that Star Chief too, but back in the seventies or eighties, it used to often be parked on one of the roads heading south from the A40 around Greenford way, not far from Uxbridge. There was at the same time a black and silver one doing the rounds.
Chris, that would be Andy Harveys 57 Laurentian, he still has it & it must be coming up to nearly 40 years of ownership, he pulled it out of his garage last May, was hoping to go to the 35th Chelsea anniversary but in the end he had to jump in with me.
Photo of it from around 1976, with my dads 37, Andys 57 & Jim Palings 48
The 'Don' you guys are on about is Don Impson, his place was just outside Leighton Buzzard and not far from the A5. Used to visit him quite often as a kid with my father, every car had a story. The place has now been turned into housing, dread to think what they found buried in there.
So does anyone else remember Don Impson or anything about his business? If the above is true and his barns have since been demolished someone must know what happened to the hoard of old American iron - and believe me, he had some real classics there. I know there were Packards, and a huge stash of parts, and he showed me Auburn Cord and Duesenberg parts, though I can't be sure if there were any complete cars. Studebakers too.
Where are they now?
Just found some old photos of a couple of Teddy's cars, (sorry about poor quality of faded snaps).
These were at the Enfield Pageant, probably mid-eighties, the blue '65 had a Sports Roadster kit added, and that is Teddy standing to the left in the white jacket and black cap.
Where is GYR 1C now?
and a couple of the '59 Galaxie Skyliner; the one with the roof going down was taken outside his house in Golders Green.....
then another at Enfield with a proud TT.
When the Cord empire finally went tits up in 1937 the body dies were sold to on to Hupp. and they produced 35 Hupmobile Skylarks in 1939 and '40 before sharing the dies with Graham who made a further 2,000 Graham Hollywood versions. Both firms were in trouble by then and did not survive much longer, but any example of either would be worth a few bob today.
I guess it would have been around 1980 that I had a flat in Hornsey at the bottom of Muswell Hill (around the time when Ally Pally caught fire), and remember often seeing a black Graham Hollywood sedan in the drive of a house in Cranley Gardens. That road of course became very famous a couple of years after for the gruesome discoveries of rotting flesh and dismembered bodies in cupboards at number 23, courtesy of one Dennis Nilsen, but I am more concerned with the fate of the car.
Anyone know of black Graham Hollywood back then, or what may have become of it?