Spotted: classic cars on the road
A little bit off topic, but trying to avoid multiple topics, some more cars spotted on summer holidays road, but this time isn't due to any hasard...
We rent a holiday house in the area who lives José Alves, the president of the largest portuguese VW aircooled club. We have being friends for almost 2 0years, but now we have families and 400km between our homes and even if we talk a lot by phone or e-mail and sometimes alive in club board meetings, since long time ago we hadn't time together just to talk and enjoy the cars .
During the holidays I pay him a few visits and we get a fair amount of petrolhead quality time...
Here his early 50's VW Type 2 Split "Barndoor", one of the most famous portuguese Type 2 and with an interesting story...
The original owner of this BarnDoor was a Oporto textile company and Jorge Contstantino, the founder of the club (sadly he passed away few months ago...) buy it from them.
Jorge used it prety well, as when he made with a trip to France in the late 80's, to one of the first french VW Aircoolled events. Then he sell it to José Alves who restored it ( no welding needed...) and also use it very well, for example he take it by road to the famous Bad Camberger event in Germany
After some years José Alves sell it to one of the biggest portuguese VW Aircooled colectors, and after some more years he buy it again from him.
Now it still in use in small trips around the area, in the day of this photos the entire family (4) arrived in it after lunch in a local restaurant
This Barndoor, have many interesting storys, as when in France the special police corps CRG stop José Alves and his then girlfriend on the road and literaly take of all the interior, looking for something they never found. Probably they was following a false track.
Another interesting fact is that no one knows how did this photos appear in this book cover...
During those visits I take a look to José Alves, projects, a VW Type 1 1967 1500, probably on of the best ever Type 1s, and a Type 3 Fastback, both with, factory fited sunroof and red interiors...
To be continued...
It's been a day of Youngtimers for me today.
First up, there was this super-smart S4 928 doing the school run at the same time as I was dropping off my daughter.
Then I got to work and this was in the car park.
Sunday before last, on my way to Sydney we stopped for a coffee at a roadside garden centre that has a cafe and found a group of Studebakers out for a Sunday drive, coincidentally one of them I had photographed at the Eastern Creek car show only a couple of weeks before.
Nice to see them being used out on the road rather than just being polished, and there is a very tenuous connection between Mercedes and Studebaker - anyone know what it is?
Back with more soon.
Spotted a lovely Pagoda in Richmond Park this morning. It was a good day, actually, and I also saw a 356 (was a way behind but it looked genuine), Mulsanne Turbo and, er, a Triumph Acclaim (for the When Did You Last See One of Those? thread), but the pictures were rubbish.
Spotted a lovely Pagoda in Richmond Park this morning. It was a good day, actually, and I also saw a 356 (was a way behind but it looked genuine), Mulsanne Turbo and, er, a Triumph Acclaim (for the When Did You Last See One of Those? thread), but the pictures were rubbis
And the funny thing is, I bet the Acclaim wins hands down on rarity, I would assume a high percentage of Mulsanne Turbos still survive and there has long been a thriving industry in rebuilding both Pagodas and early Porkers, but the Accliam, never a big seller anyway, was probably on it's last legs when it left the showroom - "When Did You Last See One of Those?" indeed!
Carspotting at Oporto at the beggining of this week.
An early series Volvo Amazon...
An 70's Bimmer 2002 in a period matching colour, but with the wheels from a later series...
And a 911 2.4 E Targa...
I d'ont know nothing about the connection between MB annd Studbaker, but there is a connection with those cars and a Fozzie bear...
Nice; Fozzie in a Stude' never seen that!
The tenuous link between Mercedes and Studebaker is that in 1956 when the newly merged Studebaker - Packard corporation was in financial strife the aero company Curtiss-Wright bailed them out with a rescue plan. As part of the new deal Studebaker - Packard took on distribution of the Mercedes-Benz range for the USA to be sold through the existing dealer network. This at the time of Mercedes having the 'Adenauer' 300 range and the 300SL Roadster and Gullwing at the top end of the market should have helped the sales of dealers at least. It did not last long, Packard was soon to dsiappear altogether in 1958 and Studebaker's ongoing struggles meant they sold off the Mercedes distribution to Daimler-Benz in 1965.
Didn´t know about that connection.
A Mini on french plates, spotted today at Lisbon dowtown...