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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*.…

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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…

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

Lord K's Garage #184: Swiss Wheels

Swiss vehicles are far less famous than Swiss watches, Swiss cheese and Swiss pocket knives. Let's give some Dieselpunk love to Helvetic omnibuses!

Postauto Saurer 18.9.2010 0851

In Switzerland, dozens of Saurer, FBW and Berna buses, as good as new, are the stars of numerous automotive events. Thanks to…

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Added by lord_k on May 17, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #182: The Ursaab

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

URSAAB



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…

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

Lord K's Garage #181: Silver Fish, Part 4

It's time for the Auto Union Type D racer - the last but not the least in line.

By limiting the maximum weight of Grand Prix cars from the 1934 season onwards to 750 kg, the sport's governing body, the Association Internationale des Automobiles Clubs…

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Added by lord_k on April 26, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #179: Say Cisitalia!

A bright star of the immediate post-war period, the Cisitalia (pronounced Cheese-Italia) was small, modern and gorgeous.

As a successful businessman and experienced amateur driver, Piero Dusio started Cisitalia, officially known as Consorzio Industriale Sportive Italia*. The company employed a wealth of talent to develop limited production sports cars that…

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Added by lord_k on April 12, 2013 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

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…

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

Lord K's Garage #175: A Gift for Maestro

Another Bugatti? Well, we just can't have enough. And this one is truly unique.

Most Type 57s feature bodywork penned by Jean Bugatti in one of four distinct styles named after Mont Ventoux, the Col du Galibier and the Stelvio Pass, but this custom coupe took the best traits from each*. It was built…

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

Lord K's Garage #172: The Alfetta

New times, new rules, smaller engines...

1938 Alfa-Romeo Tipo 158 Alfetta

Sport in general and motorsport in particular was a popular method of displaying a country's abilities without taking up the arms*. With the rise of nationalistic governments in the 1930s, the desire to prove the country's worth on the track also increased. Especially in Germany and Italy…

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Added by lord_k on February 22, 2013 at 6:00am — 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…

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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…

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

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…

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

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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…

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

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…

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

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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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

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

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