Spotted: classic cars on the road
Well Nuno, I did'nt want to jump in there as you had asked James what the car was. I am a bit of a Classic Lambo fan but still wanted to double check it was an Islero and as a result found those and other really good links, those I hope you may have found interesting too.
I do find I am daily educated with new knowlege and am happy to absorb such, as monthly with reading the magazine, which still finds unique features-however I tend to find the more attainable vehicles the most interesting.
So obviously I cannot comment on the managements view regarding your comment
I spott cars since i can remember even if I only start to take pics a few years ago.
Sometimes I'm afraid that this topics become to much about the portuguese scene. If that upset the management, please send me a private email.
Otherwise the archives still full of pics to be posted slowlly
You are welcome and thanks again for the comments. I like Lambos a lot and as the less obvious are my favorites.
About my comment, well , just (trying) making a joke about me as a car enthusiast.
It is amazing how cars are getting bigger and bigger every day
Lovely and rare (in the Continent) RHD Fiat 126 Bis, recently landed in Luxembourg arriving from Heathrow
In original condition in every detail
We don't realize how modern cars are getting bigger all the time
Heathrow provenance (October 2010)
Yesterday on the way to surfing in Lisbon area...
A few portuguese VW Type I, with one exception all of them have been spotted on the road.
Cars from late 50's early 60's. never desapear 100% from the streets, even if is now rare to see one in regular use by an old owner as happens with this three.
First a 58 or 59 spotted at Lisbon with some modifications in rear lights and turning lights
The original "semaphores" turning lights placement closed, a commun modification during the life of this cars...
Another one in daily use, this time a early 60's spotted at Oporto...
Another popular mod on old bealtles during late 7'0's and early 80's, the small black racing steering wheel and the black mat painted dashboard...
Another early 60's in daily use at Espinho (north)
By the time when this cars become more scarce on the portuguese roads, the young enthusiast start to get interested.
Now we can found a few cars running on "maintenance only" basis as this early 60's owned by a friend and fellow surfer, spotted during a casual meeting on Lisbon downtown...
Even if as apens with Minis there are a lot of modified cars, most of them not well done, we start to find a lot of well restored examples as this Oval spotted at Lisbon.
We heve also a very well organized Vw Aircolled Clube, nationwide represented and focused on restored cars.
Or this early 60's outside my mechanic, just comming out from regular maintenance,
Late 60's early 70 cars in good original condition are more commum and changing hands to classic VW enthusiasts very fast. Sometimes they can be spotted with owners from the era . This one is spotted on a sunday waiting for his owners, and old couple who is dinning on a famous resturant in a rural area.
This early 70's model is an one lady owner from new and I spotted it last year in a Lisbon VAG dealer who close doors a few years ago.
The dealer sticker, AMA "OFFICIAL DEALER * CAR * WORKSHOPS * PARTS"
Cabrios have been always very rare here and with a few exceptions of some 50's and 60's cars who came to the market in the seventies, prices had never fallow. Where a 73 or 74 model in good shape, spotted at Oporto. Fake cabrios are commun in 80's and 90's, and thats a really bad choice, as all of them have (really) bad enginering and design, so we lost de sedan and have no cabrio at all.
(all those photos are taken in the last 2 years)
Spotted this R107 looking dead smart parked up in London's Borough Market on Saturday night. I know we at C&SC have been banging on about them being the next big thing for years, but suddenly I am starting to see them everywhere. Either than means that there are loads more about, or just that I am noticing them a lot more. The latter is always very dangerous: stage one in a tortuous process that usually ends up with a purchase!
In my case the big trouble begins when the car start to smile for me.
Volkswagen beetle, August 2009
Fill her up. Flat screen VW, November 2011
Contrasting future classic Aston. October 2011
All in central Luxembourg
Keeping with the aircolled theme...
Late 60's and early 70's VW Type 1...
Spotted at Oporto...
And at Lisbon...
And a snapshoot from early 90's not taken on the road but on the beach. My 1968 1500 (part of it) during a surf trip to Peniche in the company of a fellow surfer with his Renault 10...