Spotted: classic cars on the road

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Nuno Granja
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This story, was a brilliant marketing strategy to create  an interest buzz over a massive classic car sale.

I'm out of town until the end of the week and with a slow internet connection. When back at Lisbon home o will explain that story with pics.

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Mario Laguna
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See what crazy people can do en route in Germany (at least for a few milliseconds).
Note that my car is LHD and I travel alone.

 

Nuno Granja
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Fresh catch,

 

A a late 60's Mercedes W114 spotted yesterday at Oporto seaside...

 

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So, Port and I are at the traffic lights during a lunchtime run to the motor factor and we spot a Rover police car. Thing is, it looked sufficiently modern that it wasn't immediately clear that it wasn't "in service".

Until this popped by a minute later...

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I could have ignored the Rover 'Jam Sandwich' too, but the Minor Panda takes me back a bit.

By the way, glad to see you are driving behind the Three-Pointed-Star !

Chris M.

 

Nuno Granja
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Fresh catch...

A BMW racer spotted from the road. today at Porto...

 

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Pure "twiglight zone", I almost can hear the jingle...

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Mario Laguna
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James, there are nice car reflections on your Mercedez-Benz's bonnet.
Yesterday, when wandering around in Metz, France, I was surprised in a narrow street by a fast Dutch Citroën Traction Avant with a Paris-Moscou-Paris sign.

 

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Fresh catch,

 

A green bug spotted on the way to Aveiro Automobilia autojumble...

 

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Off topic. 

NIGA, the true story about the urban mith of the discover of that warehouse full of classics somehere in Portugal...

In 1974 Portugal had a revolution and ends with 48 years of right wing dictatorship. We lived the following years on the edge and at some point we are very close to become some kind of a Cuba in the south of europe.

During those years, a Lisbon  used car dealer start to buy all the the cars he think that will become a classic in a few decades and that was the right time to buy as a lot of people are selling prestige and sport cars, because they have no more money to keep them or those cars are seen as negative simbols of a recent past, when only a few can afford them. At the same time due to the first world fuel crisis the fuel prices hit the roof  and all those facts contribute to had the market flooded with cars that only a few years ago are seen as simbols of status but then nobody wants.

I knew someone who sell a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, during those years.

Other cars are buyed because are old and no one wants them during those years.

When that dealer think that he had enough, he close the cars in a old fruit warehouse and wait a few decades.

A few years ago he decided that is time to sell, let someone take pics and the "storys" about that warehouse go through the web as fire in the prairie  in a wind summer day. Even a few days ago some put a version of that story on the face book.

In portuguese classic car circles this story is know as "garagem d'Ali Ba Bá" and when some came and start to talk about a new version of that story everybody says "give me a break!"...

 

Some pics...

 

As I know, now the most interesting pieces are allready sold.

nuno granja