Monday, May 16, 2022

when India gained its independence from Great Britain in 1947, the country comprised more than 600 kingdoms, that's a lot of Rolls Royce collectors, as any google search of Maharaja's cars will show. It was a Maharaja who bought the very first car in India in 1892

1949 Bentley MkVI chassis built for the Maharaja of Mysore, bodied by Hooper to its elegant 8111 saloon design

The maharajas of Mysore were keen motorists and had a huge fleet of luxury cars which included several Rolls-Royces, the last of the Wodeyar dynasty, which ruled Mysore in south-west India from 1399 to the country's unification in 1947, was one of the world's wealthiest men, being worth the equivalent of £35billion at his death in 1940

This Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost car is nearly hundred years old. The car was owned by the Mysore royal family until the 1960s when it was sold to Victor Barclay in the UK. It has been maintained in mint condition and even won the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Class during the 1995 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

From the collection of the Maharaja Gaj Singh Ji of Jodhpur. Barker bodied Torpedo Tourer

The Maharaja of Bharatpur, for example, is believed to have owned as many as 200 Rolls-Royce cars at one point. Incredibly, when the company didn't accord him with the sense of sycophantic service he was accustomed to, the miffed Maharaja turned some of his Rolls-Royce cars into garbage collecting vehicles.

A one-off 1934 Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental ‘All-Weather Convertible’, custom made for the then Maharaja of Rajkot, Thakore Sahib Dharmendrasinhji Lakhajiraj, in 1934

The car features saffron-colored paintwork symbolizing the purity of Hinduism. The fenders and hood are a brilliant polished aluminum to reflect the intense Indian heat. Etched into each door, the hood, and the glass of the side windows is the crest of Rajkot

1930 second-series Phantom built for Maharaja of Rewa. The boattail rear deck, with yacht-like wood planks, opens to reveal a trio of shotguns and assorted pistols that were used during tiger hunts.

Police in Italy have arrested a 37-year-old man for driving a rented Maserati Levante down Rome’s iconic 300 year old Trinità dei Monti church stairs at the top to the Piazza di Spagna

the Polizia Roma Capitale said they were able to identify the driver of the SUV thanks to help from the rental car company. He was arrested at Milan Malpensa Airport when attempting to return the car.

FIA-spec '64 Ford Falcon is eligible to compete in the Masters, HSCC, HRDC and all pre-’65 FIA series in Europe. Rowan Atkinson owned the car since 2006, and raced it at the Goodwood Revival, and sold it for 75k

1953 Abarth 1100 SS, body by Ghia, first shown at the 1953 Turin Motor Show, Best of Show Nominee at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, sold for 900k in 2017

Following its motor show duties, the unique Ghia-bodied Abarth 1100 Sport was sold to American entrepreneur Bill Vaughn. He was greatly impressed by Italian sports cars and had hatched a plan to create fibreglass bodied replicas under his own name. For this purpose, the 1100 Sport was shown at the 1954 New York Auto Show as Vaughn SS Wildcat. Vaughn's plans never came to fruition, and the one-off Abarth disappeared from sight. It eventually resurfaced, in a rather derelict condition, in the collection of California-based sports car enthusiast Norbert McNamara.

A Crown Staffordshire hand-painted porcelain model of an Edwardian-era car

 a museum decided to pick 50 objects that will tell the story of motoring in all its diversity. “From illustrating motoring’s technology and progress, its achievement and endeavour, to transforming leisure activities and inspiring art" and this, is one of them." says Jon Murden, National Motor Museum 

The 50-item exhibition has been selected from more than 1.7 million items cared for by the National Motor Museum Trust, which will comprise all manner of motoring artifacts, from film footage, images, documents and books, up to entire cars.

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Deluxe Roadster gifted to Hugh Hefner by Stanley Arnolt II in 1960 was the highest specification of all the Arnolt-Bristols, and is one of 37 roadsters built, the styling from Scaglione who was at Bertone

Hefner himself wouldn’t keep it long, passing it along to one of the Bunnys

the 1939 Nipawin Annual Derby was propeller driven snowplanes racing each other! What a hoot! Thank you Terry!


I get a kick out of the over exaggerated advertising

there aren't many times I've seen anyone start a car with something like this..

I've seen dragsters started with a portable starter attached with welding cables to batteries, which prevents that dragster from having to have a starter on it, and the wiring, starter relay, etc. 

I've seen drag strips with roller starters, I've seen dragsters push started, and I've even started a a car with a dead battery by getting it rolling and popping the clutch, and I've seen tractors started with the ol hand crank... but I haven't seen a rig like this in action until now

Sunday, May 15, 2022

one Siata 200S was custom built with a 392 and a T10 (wasn't that what the Facel Vega had too? Seems like a popular choice!)

 S.I.A.T.A. (Societa Italiana Auto Transformazioni Accessori) designed this chassis for John Perona (born Entrione Giovanni Perona) in Chiaverano, a Province of Turin, Italy. 

John had immigrated to the United States and in 1931 opened El Morocco, a speakeasy at 154 East 54th Street in New York City. After prohibition was repealed, the El Morocco became one of the hottest nightclubs in New York attracting society, politicians, and celebrities. 

John Perona was a big personality and wanted the most beautiful and powerful sports car on the boulevard, and he got his wish! The chassis of the car traveled the international car show circuit for a year before the aluminum body styled by Nuccio Bertone was fitted and was also featured in the September 1952 issue of Road & Track

the car’s long-time custodian was able to purchase the car out of a garage in Indiana in 1983, he had been obsessed with this particular car ever since he saw the chassis in the 1952 issue of Road & Track, and quickly seized the opportunity to purchase the car he had dreamed about for decades.

After the car left Italy the engine had been replaced with a 392 hemi, and the SIATA “truck box” transmission had been replaced by a Borg-Warner T10. It has Borrani 16” wire wheels, pop-up headlights, and a two-piece low-cut Lexan windshield 

Since its restoration, the car has been seen and raced at prestigious events such as Pebble Beach, Monterey Historic races, Nassau Vintage Speed Week, Walter Mitty Challenge and more.

There were some interesting and cool cars on The Rockford files

Get a good look, they are about to crash it

I told you so you wouldn't be surprised, because when they crashed this E Type, it surprised me

 and I wasn't expecting to see a GTO, though this has cool looking white accents on the hood scoops, they ruined it by carrying the stripes over the roof, and some white stripes down the sides. 

Did Crosley venture into garden tractor production?


someone tried pretty hard to invent a new design for a lawnmower with this 3 wheeled "Swivel Boy"

1948 Sears n Roebuck riding mower, because pushing a mower for a couple hours around your yard is no fun, but riding is

stolen 1964 Vette finally discovered, recovered, and returned to owner after 40 years

in 1976 Modesto Fleming had her classic muscle car parked in front of the house in Anaheim, California. Unfortunately, someone stole her 1964 Corvette Stingray. 

But forty years later the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was brought to a car show, and someone noticed the VIN was for an Impala and suggested to the owner that he take it to law enforcement to have it checked out. 

It was brought to the Redbluff California Highway Patrol office on  and officer Dave Madrigal was tasked with doing a VIN verification for the vehicle.
It turned out that the number related to the Impala, not the Stingray, which meant the car was stolen. Madrigal was able to locate a different identifying number on the vehicle, at which point he contacted the National Insurance Crime Bureau for clarification, he said.

With some detective work, the officer managed to locate the first owner of the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and it was Fleming.

Madrigal recounted the case to Red Bluff Daily News: "I contacted Anaheim and advised them of the situation. They researched their micro fiche for the stolen report and called me back. They then located the victim from 1976, who is currently living in Arizona, and told her we had her car."

In talking to the man who brought the car in, Madrigal learned he had been given the car by his wife in 1987, and had been driving it about 30 years. His wife had acquired it from a dealer in Redding that is no longer in business.

Arrangements were made for Fleming to travel to California to retrieve the vehicle and on Nov. 4 Madrigal was able to return the Corvette to her.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

it seems that when people make mistakes, there is always a camera around to record the embarrassing moment


one of these days I'm going to quit blogging, so when I hear what a blogger said about his 24 years of daily work and why he's taking a long vacation from his blog I pay attention

he's a full timer that went the distance to get patrons and advertising, and made a living at blogging, if you haven't heard of Kottke, it's a variety blog that shares whatever comes up of interest to the blogger

Did you hear of the Jim Taylor collection coming to auction this October? It's got some rare stuff, like a real factory race '55 Type D Jag that wasn't raced, and an unrestored '64 Cobra 289, and a '67 427 Cobra with only 8k miles

the 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer. Mr. Taylor’s car, XKD 515, is considered by marque specialists to be one of the most original examples extant and owes its authenticity to the fact that it was largely spared from competitive racing when new and instead was used primarily as a road car. As the 15th of the 42 examples originally built and having had the benefit of a pampered life, the Taylor D-Type remains one of the finest pedigreed cars of the breed

plus the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, '66 Hertz GT 350 Cobra Mustang which happens to be one of only 85 with a factory 4 speed, and a 1954 Cunningham C-3, plus about 110 cars I'm not even vaguely interested in