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Lord K's Garage #187: A Little Wonder

Today, a masterpiece of postwar streamline design:

1949 Fiat 750 MM Panoramica Zagato - gray - fvr

Based on a 1949 Fiat 500C, the Fiat 750 MM Panoramica is perhaps the cutest creation ever to roll through the doors of Zagato*.…


Added by lord_k on June 7, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #186: The Airomobile

In 1937, the Airomobile was a one-of-a-kind experimental model built by engineers from Franklin Auto and Lewis American Airways.*

1937 Airmobile Experimental - Dolphin Tail view

It was intended to be a low-priced, mass produced car. The design was the result of Paul M. Lewis, who wanted a simple inexpensive ( target price of $300) and safe automobile in 1934. The…


Added by lord_k on May 31, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #182: The Ursaab

The Swedish Ur best translates as 'original', and Ursaab was the Saab’s first prototype automobile*.


Project 92, so-called as numbers 90 and 91 had already been assigned to civilian aircraft, was agreed in 1945. Saab had decided that, with the Second World War drawing to a close, there would be a need to diversify away from military…


Added by lord_k on May 3, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #176: Silver Arrows (III)

Another page of the Mercedes-Benz racecar saga: the W154:

Shortly after the first races were held organizers created rules and regulations to create a somewhat level playing field and to keep things relatively safe. In that light the rules setup for Grand Prix racing from 1934 to 1936 made little…


Added by lord_k on March 22, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #171: Dutch Dreamcars

A little-known family of streamliners from the Netherlands - Gatford/Gatso.

1948 Gatso Roadster (Holland)

The forerunner of the postwar Gatford and Gatso sports cars was built in 1938 and called Kwik (Mercury). Two-seater, with luxurious red…


Added by lord_k on February 15, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #170: Silver Fish, Part 3

It's been a long time since we had an Auto Union racer in our garage. Today, Silver Fish are here again!

1936 Auto Union Typ C - Hans Stuck

Mercedes-Benz domination in Grand Prix ended with the Auto Union Typ C. It took a few years to get it right, but Ferdinand Porsche's daring design with a mid-mounted V16 finally won. It claimed many victories…


Added by lord_k on February 8, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #169: The Ultimate Bugatti

Enormous. That's the word for the greatest creation of Ettore Bugatti. Enormous dimensions. Enormous power. Enormous elegance.

Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe 1931 Windsor Concours of Elegance

The Bugatti Royale, also known as the Bugatti Type 41 is a luxury model car that has a wheelbase of 169.3 inches or 4.3 meters, and an…


Added by lord_k on February 1, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #74: From Glory to Decline

This Sarurday, your air mail is brought to you by the most gorgeous trimotor ever built.

It is often said that aviation is the passion of a lifetime that slowly conquers the depth of one's soul*. This statement could never be truer when it comes to the life of René Couzinet, the Father…


Added by lord_k on January 26, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #166: Silver Arrows (II)

Lightweight, powerful and superfast. Meet the Mercedes-Benz W125.

With the rapid development of technology, Grand Prix racing was subject to constant changes in the 1920s and early 1930s and sport's governing body (AIACR) struggled to create a definitive set of regulations that…


Added by lord_k on January 11, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #71: Wings of Passion

Wake up! Your Saturday Air Mail is here, brought by a sleek, stunningly beautiful monoplane.

Lockheed Vega Century of Progress 2 Allan Lockheed and Jack Northrop teamed up together in 1927 and formed the Lockheed Aircraft Company.  It was a great combination and their Vega became the aircraft of the Golden Age for setting records.  Names like…


Added by lord_k on January 5, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The 2013 Modernist Revival - part 1

I've just come back from a seasonal trip to the UK, and I found evidence of a renewed interest in Modernism, Mod culture, and all kinds of artifacts from the Dieselpunk Era. For example, one major brewery (Elgood's) has been encouraging its pubs to restore their interior furnishings to their original designs - by which, they meant the Twenties and Thirties. Here are shots taken in the Wagon and Horses pub, Cambridge.  

More later!…


Added by John Paul Catton on January 3, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #163: Rear-Engine Alfa

Back in 1940, a really hot car emerged from the Alfa Romeo workshops. Meet the 512 Gran Premio, a wannabe rival of the German streamline racers.

1940 Alfa Romeo 512

In the second half of the 1930s voiturette racing became increasingly popular*. As the name suggests, voiturettes were smaller Grand Prix racers; there was a 3-litre limit for the big…


Added by lord_k on December 14, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #162: The Rolling Zeppelin

Just look at this car:

1932 Maybach Spohn Stromlinienkarosserie

Isn't it fantastic?

The Maybach Zeppelin DS-8, powered by a 8-liter V-12 engine, was introduced in 1931. It was one of the most refined automobiles of the period, a formidable rival of the Rolls-Royce, Grosser Mercedes and Hispano-Suiza. Superficially, the Zeppelin was a rather…


Added by lord_k on December 7, 2012 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

Lord K's Garage #161: Postwar Buicks

This futuristic concept, drawn by Jo Gault in 1946, could be a Buick:

Concept For Buick

Real postwar Buicks, no less impressive with their beautiful curves, massive fenders and extensive chrome trim, were developed from 1942 models:…


Added by lord_k on November 30, 2012 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Lord K's Garage #160: Renault, 1930s

Between the two World Wars, Renault (responsible for the first mass-produced light tank) remained an important car & truck manufacturer.

Renault Primaquatre RDS Sport 1939

Their designs weren't revolutionary but I can't call them "ultra-conservative. " Some luxury models boasted  eye-striking bodywork, like the one we see below, the engines were constantly…


Added by lord_k on October 5, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Fresh Off the Press

Eva and yours truly finally present: Strangers' Journey.

Strangers' Journey 2

You don't need to guess twice: it's a book, written in Russian, and the artist behind this cover art is Stefan. Actually, he created two…


Added by lord_k on October 1, 2012 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

Sunday Streamline #73: The Shoreliners

This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.

Sascha Maurer. Greater Power (The New Haven Railroad)

With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…


Added by lord_k on September 30, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #159: Alfa Twelve

Sorry for being late. Took a long stroll this morning. Pomegranates everywhere, so today's color will be red.

Red is the traditional Italian racing color. And, with all due respect to Maserati, 1930s races, especially in the first half of the decade, were dominated by Alfa Romeo. But German teams slowly but surely began to steal the laurels from their future allies. Alfa had to develop something new.

Here is …


Added by lord_k on September 28, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #72: Star of India

When I read that one of these locomotives was pressed into service in 1965, I could hardly believe my eyes.


But it's true. The WP class Pacifics were built for Indian Railways from 1947 through 1967. If we agree to call them 'streamliners' (in India, they prefer another definition - 'bullet nose'), here is the largest steam streamliner class…


Added by lord_k on September 23, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #71: Flying Colors

One cannot but admire the pace of progress during the Diesel Era:

UP City of San Francisco ad

Three years after the introduction of lightweight diesel-powered streamline units, much more powerful locomotives were ready to haul full-weight trains. These locomotives, designed and built by EMC (Electro-Motive Corporation of La Grange, IL), were a serious competition…


Added by lord_k on September 16, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

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