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Lord_k's Article – December 2012 Archive (8)

S.A.M. #70: A Gull From Trieste

Meet one of the most stylish flying boats ever built: the Gabbiano!

CANT (C.R.D.A.) Z 501

The CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (gull) light reconnaissance flying-boat was serving in fairly large numbers with the Regia Aeronautica when Italy entered World War II in June 1940. Designed by Filippo Zappata in the early…


Added by lord_k on December 29, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

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

S.A.M. #69: Pander Postjager

It took a unique trimotor to deliver your Saturday Air Mail.

Pander S-4 Postjager 2

The Pander S.4 - known also as Postjager and Panderjager- was a very stylized Dutch trimotor designed by Theo Slot that first flew in 1933. It was built by the furniture company Pander & Zonen as a high speed mail plane, intended for…


Added by lord_k on December 22, 2012 at 6:30am — No 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

S.A.M. #68: Night Birds

The Saturday Air Mail presents: another French biplane family.

Lioré et Olivier LeO 20

The Lioré-et-Olivier Type 20 and its derivatives are probably less famous than the Farman F.22, but no less important - and their looks are even more…


Added by lord_k on December 15, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 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

S.A.M. #67: Your Affordable Tri-Motor

This Saturday, the Air Mail is delivered to your doorstep by a small, elegant, and well-forgotten British aeroplane.

Spartan Cruiser 1935

Meet the Spartan Cruiser!

This wooden-framed, low-wing tri-motor was originally designed in collaboration by Saro and Percival as the A-24 Mailplane in 1931. The consortium lost interest in the venture as…


Added by lord_k on December 1, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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