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All Articles Tagged 'garage' (189)

Lord K's Garage - #68. From Venus to Carioca

Today, the Swedish chapter of the Streamline Story:

In 1933 Gustaf L-M Ericsson (son of the telephone company founder) presented a special handmade vehicle of which only one version had been produced. Ericsson was named designer and the project was his brainchild. "Venus…


Added by lord_k on December 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #67. Stutz Blackhawk Special

Today, a car fit for Dieselpunk technodrama:

During 1927 Frank Lockhart established a world record of 164.28 miles per hour on the dry lakes of Muroc, CA; in a car powered by a tiny 91½ cubic-inch displacement engine. This established Lockhart as one…


Added by lord_k on December 10, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #66. Automotive Postcards

Today all the cars are free! No museums, no exhibitions, natural environment only:

Vintage postcards and magazine illustrations give us an opportunity to see automobile as a part of cityscape, to judge its proportions in a proper way, when it is running along the streets or standing still between other cars at the parking lot.

Just look at this brave Austrian Steyr streamliner in the Alpes!…


Added by lord_k on December 3, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #65. Horch 850 Series

Of all pre-war German cars, Maybach was the most powerful, Mercedes-Benz the most impressive and Horch the most elegant.

Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG was founded by August Horch in 1904. Six years later Horch, who had to leave his first company after a financial conflict, founded another car company,… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 26, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #64. Four Wheel Drive

Year: 1928. Location: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. Four-wheel drive truck: Four Wheel Drive.

FWD trucks (here "FWD" is for company name) were not something new for the military: during WWI US Army used a large number of these vehicles. Here's 1917 FWD B-type truck:

And another…

Added by lord_k on November 19, 2010 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #63. 1935 Morris Minor 15cwt GPO Special

In 1935, a blue streamline car was built for the British Post Office to promote air mail.

A special fleet of Royal Mail vans was introduced in June 1930 to handle and advertise the new Air Mail service. Special letter boxes were provided in various locations around the UK. Both these boxes and the new vans were painted blue.

Eight Morris Minor vans were introduced for collection duties and…


Added by lord_k on November 12, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #62. FIAT 500 Topolino

While Dr. Porsche was still testing his Volkswagen prototypes, Italy already had a mass-production "people's car".

"A pace only marginally quicker than a professional racing cyclist, snail-like acceleration, awkward to work on because of its diminutive size, replacement parts that are breathtakingly expensive. But, aesthetically pleasing lines with universal… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 5, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #61. Got Fuel?

Just a few photos today:

I found this Renault truck @ Le Container blog - no caption and no source given. Here's its contemporary, a tank truck:…


Added by lord_k on October 29, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #60. Indian Munro Special

The Munro Special won top honors at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance*.

New Zealander Burt Munro rode this 1920 Indian Scout-based streamliner (our understanding is that this bike has the original 1920 Indian frame and shell no.3) to a record 183.586mph at Bonneville in 1967.…


Added by lord_k on October 22, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #59. Panhard Dynamic

This is one of the most unusual cars built in 1930s:

It was developed from Panoramique series with their "transparent" front pillars. Dynamic retained small curved windows in its windshield pillars but got completely new streamline body, designed by Louis Bionnier, with massive fenders and lavishly decorated hood.

It was the largest unibody car ever built.…


Added by lord_k on October 15, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #58. Prototypes for the People

Volkswagen, the People's Car, needs no introduction. Let us see where it comes from.

VW is the brainchild of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. It is often dubbed "Hitler's little car". Well, the Fuhrer's part in creation of this vehicle cannot be denied, but in some sources it is exaggerated. For example, this sketch is attributed to Hitler:…


Added by lord_k on October 8, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #57. Swiss Bentleys

There was a time when "luxury car" meant chassis + separately ordered body.

Small coachbuilders did their best to satisfy wealthy clients. Among those coachbuilders, the Swiss never were the big stars. But they always were reliable and creative, building excellent bodies for cars as diverse as Packard and Duesenberg, Aston Martin and Jaguar, Porsche and Alfa Romeo, Talbot-Lago and Bugatti, Alvis and Riley.…


Added by lord_k on October 1, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - #56. 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Bertone Coupe

This is one of only 40 Alfa Romeos built on the lightweight Super Sport chassis during World War II. Mario Revelli di Beaumont designed this unique coupe and the body was built by Bertone. This year (by coincidence, the year of Alfa Romeo 100th anniversary), the car completed a major restoration in Italy and made its world concours debut at Pebble Beach.…


Added by lord_k on September 24, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #55. Flxible Clipper

The Clipper, an undisputable Golden Age icon, was born in the Diesel Era.

Flxible High Life cruiser nose

In 1938, the Flxible Company presented its first rear-engine bus, a 25-passenger streamliner with Buick engine. Next year, the number of seats was increased to 29.

Here are some pre-war Clippers:…


Added by lord_k on September 17, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #54. AutoArt

Philippe Charbonneaux (1917-1998) was a French product designer, best-known for car and truck design, but also known for other products such as television sets.

Many of his works are now exhibits in places such as Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, or Museum of Modern Art in New York. He specialised in car design studies, so he has left many inventive prototypes. The prototype Ellipsis, released just two… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 10, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #53. 1937 BMW 328 Wendler Coupe

Back to German Streamline:

Ordered as a rolling chassis by German industrialist Hans Klepper, this BMW 328 was sent to coach-builder Wendler for an aerodynamic Coupe body. Using the principles defined by Paul Jaray, the design was penned by… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 3, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #52. DUPONT G & H

Today, I am happy to present one the finest and extremely rare American automobiles - duPont.

In 1802 E.I duPont deNemours and Company was formed to produce gunpowder. It was located in Wilmington, Delaware. From there is began producing various industrial and consumer products. In 1919 the duPont car Company was formed by E. Paul duPont. During the First World War it produced marine engines.…


Added by lord_k on August 27, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #51. Kurtis Tommy Lee Special

The 1937 Kurtis Tommy Lee Special was a handbuilt boattail roadster built by Frank Kurtis for Tommy Lee in 1937.

The Cord influenced speedster was based on a 1936 Ford frame and running gear (and retained the classic rear-wheel drive layout - L.K.). Frank used Cord front and rear fenders when he built the car, the rest of the body was hand-formed in aluminum. The… Continue

Added by lord_k on August 20, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #50. Buick Y-Job

I wanted to show something very special in the Garage Jubilee Issue - and here it is:

Built in 1938, this unique car is one of the most important Diesel Era icons - and a perfect example of influential design. We can trace the the development of Y-Job ideas in the shape of GM cars and their competitors (most notably 1942 DeSoto).

Created by General Motors Styling…


Added by lord_k on August 13, 2010 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #49. Triumph Free Flow

Today, a rare bird from the British Isles:

Unique and rarely exposed 1938 Triumph Vitesse with a Free Flow Salon body designed by Walter Belgrove (chief stylist and body engineer at Standard Triumph).…

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Added by lord_k on August 6, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

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