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Lord K's Garage #168: American Cousin

An Interbellum compact car made in the United States? Is it possible? Sure it is!

Bantam advert

There was a true American Mini - the Crosley. But it wasn't the first try to re-engineer Yankee & Dixie drivers' mind, directing them towards smaller, fuel-efficient…


Added by lord_k on January 25, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #167: Morgan Three Wheeler

Sorry, I'm late today. But with a car which is all Dieselpunk!

The success of the Morgan Motor Company was founded on an icon, the Morgan Three-Wheeler. This brilliant but simple design by skilled engineer and company founder Harry Morgan (HFS) became one of the most successful lightweight cars of the early days of motoring. The principal of fitting a…


Added by lord_k on January 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — 3 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 would work with the various engine configurations raced at the time*. In…


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

Lord K's Garage #165: Delage. Luxury and Speed

Happy New Year, my fellow petrolheads! Come taste some crème de la crème from France!

Louis Delage was born in 1874 and was handicapped by blindness in one eye. This handicap would not hinder him at all in creating some of the most elegant and beautiful creations of the pre-WWII era, and into the early 1950s. He acquired his engineering abilities while…


Added by lord_k on January 4, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #164: Assorted Packards

This is the last Garage entry in 2012. It could be 'punky or at least diesel-ish. Instead, it is full of early '30s posh cars.

1931 Packard Sedan-Limousine

There were 12,105 Standard Eights and 3345 Deluxe Eights sold during 1931. These low figures are due to the Great Depression which was crippling the luxury car segment. The 845 sedan-limousines originally carried…


Added by lord_k on December 28, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #156: Marendaz Special

Don't be confused by the number - I somehow managed (or rather, mismanaged) to miss it three months ago. Here it is, so no one would search for a missing article #156.


Next one (and the last in 2012) will be numbered 164. And today, we'll give some Dieselpunk love to another forgotten car make. Have you ever heard about Marendaz, the man and/or the automobile?…


Added by lord_k on December 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 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

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

Lord K's Garage #158: All-American Oakland

Another well-forgotten car make - once famous for its "True Blue" laquer finish. Quick-drying laquer was supplied by DuPont, and cars were a part of General Motors marketing scheme.

1926 Oakland

Founded in 1907, Oakland made solid, medium-priced cars. It was named for Oakland County, Michigan, where its cars were produced. The firm attracted the attention of General…


Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #157: Silver Fish, Part 2

The story of Porsche-designed Auto Union racers continued in 1935:

1935 Auto Union Typ B, Acerbo

Actually, the work on Type B, an improved version of the glorious Auto Union Type A, started in the autumn 1934. The car received a new 16-cylinder…


Added by lord_k on September 14, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #155: Dymaxion

I believe everyone here is familiar with Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion World concept.


And the Dymaxion Car is by no means "obscure" or "forgotten". But should it stay out of our Garage? Of course it shouldn't - the car (actually, three cars) as well as the idea of …


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

Lord K's Garage #154: The Blue Bird Saga

The Garage is proud to present the legendary Blue Birds of Sir Malcolm Campbell.

1935 Campbell-Railton Blue Bird Bluedird at Brooklands

A family (or rather, a dynasty) of land speed record cars, named after a fairy play, never failed to inspire kids and…


Added by lord_k on August 31, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #153: Rolling Sculptures

Today, on my 50th birthday, I'd like to show you some beautiful bodies. Car bodies created by Joseph Figoni.

1938 Talbot-Lago T150 SS Figoni et Falaschi Coupe - int2

I have a confession to make - 15 years ago, a few photographs and color drawings of his work ignited my passion for streamline design. And this passion only grew ever since. I owe much to…


Added by lord_k on August 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Lord K's Garage #152: Flash Gordon Buehrig

Believe me, it was supposed to be a Classic Friday, featuring a boattail Auburn. Why not? And then, I came across this:

Meet the Tasco prototype, 1948. It was designed by Gordon Buehrig (of the Cord 810 fame). This unique car, donated by Richie Clyne, is preserved at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum, Auburn, Indiana.

The plaque reads:

A group of…


Added by lord_k on August 17, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #151: Silver Fish

Back to the racetrack! Meet one of the most unusual and highly successful Diesel Era racing cars - the Auto Union Type A.

1934 Auto Union Typ A - Porsche & Stuck at Masaryk GP Brno

Four months ago, we heard the story of its mighty rival, the…


Added by lord_k on August 10, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #150: Common People Cars

This column, introduced in summer 2009, doesn't need much fanfare to celebrate its third anniversary. Let's fuel our tanks and go!

Shell Petrol Station

Today, I'd like to show some pictures from an amazing collection of Raymondx1 @ Flickr: amateur shots showing cars as family members. Common…


Added by lord_k on August 3, 2012 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Lord K's Garage #149: Air-Cooled Luxury

Once again, a car make of old. Franklin, a name associated with aviation and air-cooling.

1931 Franklin Convertible Coupe

Herbert H. Franklin (H. H.)liked to play cards, enjoyed golf, dabbled in painting and photography, and occasionally took trips out of town accompanied by young women. He introduced them as his nieces. For a time,…


Added by lord_k on July 27, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

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