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Lord K's Garage #148: When Jawa Met Jaray

A beautiful example of pre-war streamline:

Jawa 700 Coupe Jaray

Meet the Jawa 700 Coupe - a little red wonder from Prague. It was built by Jawa Motors using a standard Model 700 platform and a custom body designed along Jaray principles. Well, Paul Jaray and his legacy are featured in…


Added by lord_k on July 20, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #147: Economy Class, Soviet Style

Originally intended for mass production, the KIM-10 is an extreme rarity - of 500 built, only half a dozen survived.

1940 KIM-10-50

It was the first Soviet economy class car, a distant cousin of the Volkswagen and Fiat Topolino. Its story is different from the German and Italian "people's cars":…


Added by lord_k on July 13, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #146: Step Up With Hupp!

Another all-but-forgotten American car make - the Hupmobile.

Hupmobile, A Fine Car With A Famous Name

Here is its story, brought us by HowStuffWorks:

Robert C. Hupp was an engineer who worked with Ransom Eli Olds and Henry Ford before setting up his own car company in…


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

Lord K's Garage #145: Gran Sport

Perhaps not as well known as later models, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 is one of the quintessential Alfa Romeos of its era.

First introduced as a replacement for the 6C 1500 in 1929, the 6C 1750 evolved from a relatively simple road car to a very sophisticated racing machine in the five years it was produced. One of the key elements in the progress was designer Vittorio Jano, lured to Alfa Romeo from his former employer Fiat by Enzo Ferrari.…


Added by lord_k on June 29, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #144: Isotta Fraschini

Meet the most luxurious Italian car of the Roaring Twenties:

Goddess of Speed

Established as an automaker in 1902 by Cesare Isotta and the brothers Fraschini (Oreste, Vincenzo and Antonio), from around 1920 to the early 1930s Isottas were more popular in the United States than any other foreign marque except for Rolls-Royce. One of the world's most innovative…


Added by lord_k on June 22, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #143: The Unlucky Atlantic

You know that postwar cars are not this garage's specialty. But this two-door Austin is here as a close cousin of prewar streamliners.

C0390-Astle Park.

Nothing revolutionary in its layout, although: no front drive or rear engine. Everything's conventional - save the appearance, quite revolutionary for a 1940s British automobile.

Would you believe that the…


Added by lord_k on June 15, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #142: La Petite Rosalie

The one and only endurance record-breaker, built by Citroën.

These days, with rigorous prototype testing and computer-aided manufacturing, we take our cars’ reliability for granted. Carmakers have every confidence their products will last.

It was very different in the early 1930s, when human error meant that few cars — and roads — could be entirely depended upon. In…


Added by lord_k on June 8, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #141: Lincoln K Reloaded

What would you do with an aging luxury car? Don't think twice - streamline it!

1938 Lincoln Greyhound mascot

That's exactly what Edsel Ford did with the Lincoln K, company's flagship and status symbol. Introduced in 1931, it was aimed at the highest price segment. The original Model K had a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Available as a dual cowl model, factory bodies were…


Added by lord_k on June 1, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #140: The Midget

The Garage is proud to present: the MG T-Series!

The MG TA Midget appeared in the spring of 1936 as a replacement for the MG PB. It featured many components borrowed from Morris. Channel sections replaced the tubular cross-members making the vehicles ride more comfortable. The suspension was provided by leaf springs and beam-axle in the front and rear. The brakes…


Added by lord_k on May 25, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #139: Adler Rennlimousine

The only 1.5-liter Adler to race at LeMans:

The Trumpf Rennlimousine was designed in 1936-1937 by an outstanding German aerodynamics expert Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld (his other creations, the BMW Wendler Coupe and…


Added by lord_k on May 18, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #138: Spirit of Motion

Probably the most striking serial production car of the Diesel Era:
 Meet the
Spirit of Motion by Graham!

Here is its story told by 
Bill Vance @ 
Motoring Memories (May 2005):

Graham-Paige Motors called the styling of its new…


Added by lord_k on May 11, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #137: The First Ferrari

The Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 was the first car to be fully designed and built by Enzo Ferrari.

In 1938, Ferrari left Alfa Romeo after running Scuderia Ferrari as their racing division. The agreement ending their association forbade Ferrari from restarting Scuderia Ferrari within the next four years. Ferrari then…


Added by lord_k on May 4, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #136: Renault des Records

One of France's most impressive and highly successful cars - the Renault 40CV Type NM des Records aka the Montlhéry Coupe:

In the 1920s, vehicle manufacturers were locked in an all-out race to set new records, a fashion encouraged by the construction of speed rings. In France, the Montlhéry ring built in 1924 set the stage for many a confrontation, with the last word going to…


Added by lord_k on April 27, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #135: Going Off-Road

Long before the terms "SUV" and "crossover" were coined, Volvo started to build off-road vehicles.

The TPV (Terrängpersonvagn m/43, i.e. Off-road Passenger Vehicle, M1943) was a crossbreed between a light truck and a taxicab. The platform and some mechanical parts were borrowed from the LV-series light truck, and the body from the…


Added by lord_k on April 20, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #134: Spirit of the ERA

This not-so-famous car make is related to at least two great names in automotive history - Reid Railton and Richard Seaman.

British Motorracing was at an all-time low in 1933, Bentley's Le Mans domination seemed ages away and Britain's last international single seater success dated back to the early 1920s. A wealthy amateur racer felt something had to be done…


Added by lord_k on April 13, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #133: Silver Arrows

Here is a story of one of the most successful 1930s racing car types - the Mercedes-Benz W25.

For Mercedes-Benz the arrival of a new German government in 1933 and a thoroughly revised rule-book for the 1934 season provided the final push to build a Grand Prix car for the first time the Daimler and Benz merger. Appalled by the defeat at Avus in May of 1933 to the French…


Added by lord_k on April 6, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #132: Springtime for Maserati

A great little car for a lovely sunny day:

4CS was Maserati's first sports car intended for the 1100cc class at the Mille Miglia. These little endurance racers were designed from the successful straight-eight grand prix cars which the Maserati brothers used to found their company. They continued the firm's success by winning class victories at…


Added by lord_k on March 30, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #131: 1936 Stout Scarab

The Stout Scarab was an aerodynamic masterpiece that featured a rear-engine layout, flow through ventilation, concealed running boards, and modular seating.

Not only did it have a unit construction body made out of light aluminum, it featured the famous Ford flathead V8 engine placed at the rear driving the rear wheels via a Stout-built three-speed manual transaxle. It has a…


Added by lord_k on March 23, 2012 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #130: The Lion Cub

Searching for an affordable'n'compact European streamliner with a touch of Art Deco? Call your time travel agent, book the tickets for 1938. Destination: France.

The 1930's were great years for French automobile design. Bugatti were building amazing art deco inspired coach built…


Added by lord_k on March 16, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #129: The Immortal T

The Ford Model T aka Tin Lizzie or simply the T is a Diesel Era icon. Everybody knows it but just a few speak about it. Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, isn't it?

The T, produced since 1908, was envisioned by Henry Ford as an affordable car to "be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can…


Added by lord_k on March 9, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

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