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The Art of Ludwig Hohlwein

Let me present a Steam/Diesel era artist whose influence on advertising industry was (and remains) tremendous. A genius who stood at the side of Evil.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Hercules Bier. 1925

Ludwig Hohlwein was born on July 26, 1874 in Wiesbaden, Germany and enjoyed a privileged childhood in a prominent family.* While studying architecture at the Technical…


Added by lord_k on October 2, 2014 at 1:09pm — 9 Comments

Lord K's Garage #188: Happy Threewheeler

Three-wheel vehicles powered by small and noisy engines... dieselpunk?  Of course!

In the mass culture, the image of a 'Dieselpunk tricar' is based on the Morgan Aero - fast, sporty, elegant. But what about a trike truck? Here's the story of a once famous make, told by Paul Markham on his much-recommended…


Added by lord_k on June 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

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 #185: Hats Off to Bucciali!

An undisputed Diesel Era icon, the Bucciali TAV8/32 Flèche d'Or (Golden Arrow) deserves a special place in our Garage.

Big Wheel

Unlike most upcoming manufacturers, Alberto Bucciali nearly lost his life fighting as a pilot in the WW1 before manufacturing his own cars*. And of the few he made with his brother Paul-Albert, this TAV8 was their…


Added by lord_k on May 24, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 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…


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

Lord K's Garage #183: The Great Bentley

This Friday, in the midst of Gatsby Craze, it's time to remember a true supercar - the most ambitious creation of W O Bentley:

The 8-Liter Bentley was introduced at the 1930 London Motor Show*. It featured an 8-liter engine which was a development of Bentley's race-winning 6.5-liter unit. The main purpose of this model was to add competition…


Added by lord_k on May 10, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 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

S.A.M. #83: Italian Flying Fortress

The Piaggio P.108 was the only four-engine heavy bomber used by the Regia Aeronautica during World War II.

Piaggio P.108

In 1938 the Regia Aeronautica issued a request for proposal for a BGR (Bombardiere a Grande Raggio, long-range bomber); proposals came from Caproni with their Ca.204 and Ca.211 projects, CRDA with…


Added by lord_k on April 27, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

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 Reconnus (AIACR), figured the performance of the racing cars would be sufficiently limited. Judging…


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

S.A.M. #82: Wings of Passion (III)

This is the last chapter of the Early Lockheed's Saga.

Lockheed Orion

The Lockheed Model 9 Orion was the last of Lockheed's single engine transports, seated six passengers and was powered by a 420hp P&W Wasp engine. The Orion cruised at 180-195 mph and is claimed to be the first transport capable of 200 mph. The Orion was also the first commercial…


Added by lord_k on April 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #180: Long'n'Low Ruxton

A front-wheel drive posh car in the early 1930s? A few thousand bucks will buy you a Cord... or a Ruxton.

1930 Ruxton Model C Rauch & Lang Phaeton - mascot

The Ruxton is a forgotten manufacturer, often overlooked when considering early pioneers in automotive design and mechanics. One of their biggest automotive achievements was the use of front-drive…


Added by lord_k on April 19, 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…


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

Lord K's Garage #178: Lea-Francis

If we're in forgotten car makes already, what about another one?

1930 Lea Francis Special_1.3

Richard Lea and Graham Francis entered into partnership in August 1895 to make advanced and relatively expensive cycles of quality in Lower Ford Street, Coventry, which soon gained a high reputation*. Less successful was their first experiment with cars in…


Added by lord_k on April 5, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #177: Austro-Daimler

What about giving some dieselpunk love to a remarkable car make, sadly overshadowed by its German and Italian neighbors?

Austro Daimler ADR 1930 blue radiator badge

The Austro-Daimler Motor Company produced automobiles from 1899 through 1934. Their factory was located in Wiener-Neustadt, which is located south of Vienna, in…


Added by lord_k on March 29, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #81: Your Businesslike Bomber

Given its origin, the Blenheim could be called "fast and spurious". The aircraft was initially envisaged as a luxury transport and wasn't a part of any military programme.

Bristol 142M Blenheim

The often told story of the six-seat executive aircraft built for Lord Rothermere, proprietor of the aviation-supporting Daily Mail, usually misses the vital point. Why did…


Added by lord_k on March 23, 2013 at 6:30am — No 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 sense. The main element was a maximum weight of 750 kg, leaving the rest…


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

S.A.M. #80: Weird Flying Destroyer

When we say 'weird' we mean it. Definitely.

SE-100 2

With the issue of a specification for a successor to the Potez 631 twin-engined fighter in service with the Armee del'Air, P-E Mercier and Jacques Lecarme of the Societe Nationale de Constructions Aeronautiques de Sud-Est (SNCASE) tendered the design of a highly innovative aircraft, the SE 100…


Added by lord_k on March 16, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 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 by employees at the factory as a gift to Ettore Bugatti and was…


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

S.A.M. #79: A Spark of Incredible

The oddest and most unconventional contender - probably for any aerial competition - was the Piaggio-Pegna PC.7.

Piaggio Pegna PC.7

The floatplane (or should we call it a 'foilplane'?) was built for the 1929 Schneider Trophy contest. A cantilever high-wing monoplane with long slender fuselage, it had twin hydrofoils instead of floats and was intended to float with…


Added by lord_k on March 9, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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