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Françoise Hardy & The BMW Powered MOPAR – GALPOT Automobilia

I’ve been having a bit of a clear out whilst reorganising my library and the time has come to dispose of a number of items which may be of interest through my lightpress account on e-bay.

First up is an eclectic collection of some 40 odd car advertisements from the French magazine Connaissance des arts from the late 60’s to early 70’s, which I’ll be posting over the coming weeks, below is a small selection of the ads I posted over the weekend.

François Hardy, Uniroyal,  Advertisement, Connaissance des arts

François Hardy is probably best known amongst petrol heads as one of the stars of John Frankenheimer’s 1966 film Grand Prix in which she plays the role of Lisa girlfriend of the hot Italian rookie Nino Barlini played by Antonio Sabàto. As well as being an actress François is also a popular singer and model. Above she appears in an undated 1969 ad for Uniroyal tyres. The strap line translates as “Farnçoise Hardy has big feet”.

ALFA Romeo, Giulia 105, Rodriguez, Advertisement, Connaissance des arts

Regular readers will know that I have an abstract photography practice based on images of blurry light, one of many antecedents in this area of practice was the French commercial photographer who I only know as “Rodriguez” who took the photo of the 105 series Alfa Romeo Giulia appearing in this advertisement which is dated October 1969 on the reverse.

NSU, Spider, Wankel  Advertisement, Connaissance des arts

The worlds first production car powered by a rotary Wankel motor was the 1964 NSU Spider seen in the advertisement dated March 1967 above. In all just over 2,000 of these 50 hp machines were built between 1964 and 1967. Jay Leno is a current owner of one of them about which he made this linked short film.

Chrysler, Advertisement, Connaissance des arts

Finally for this week there is this undated Chrysler ad which was published somewhere between 1965 and 1966. What is particularly interesting is that alongside a Valiant V200/Dart 270, a Plymouth Barracuda, Plymouth Fury III, Chrysler 300 Coupé and 145 hp Space Saver Parmi marine motor there appears a curiosity built in Thessalonika, Greece called the Farmobile.

Chrysler, Farmobile, Advertisement, Connaissance des arts

The Farmobile holds the disitinction of being the only MOPAR vehicle to be powered by a BMW motorcycle engine, found in the back, which transmits drive to the rear wheels through a Porsche designed 4 speed gearbox. It is thought less than 1000 of these vehicles were built by Farco which was thought to have been acquired by Chrysler in order to gain access to the West German market.

For the rest of the month I’ll be posting further updates of my e-bay listings on Tuesdays to test the water.

Thanks for joining me on this “Françoise Hardy and French Car Advertisements” edition on “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


Exclusive Muscle – Chrysler 300L

The Chrysler 300 ‘letter series’ was introduced in 1955 initially as an exclusive range for 300 hp 2 door coupés. Every year from 1955 to 1965 a new 300 model was introduced with a new suffix designtion.

Chrysler 300L, Goodwood Revival

With the introduction of the 300C in 1957 power was up to 375hp which could be ordered in hard top and soft top versions. The following year a 300D recorded a top speed of over 156 mph during the speed weeks at Bonneville Salt Flats.

Chrysler 300L, Goodwood Revival

Up to 1959 the 300 letter series vehicles had been powered by ‘Hemi’ motors that had grown to 6.4 litres / 392 cui. From 1959 onwards 6.8 litre 413 cui Golden Lion motors were used with wedge heads

Chrysler 300L, Goodwood Revival

For 1960 the 300’s ditched the separate chassis and body building technique in favour of unibody construction. 1963 was the last of the 300 letter series to be designed by Virgil Exner and his team, just 400 300J’s all hard tops were built.

Chrysler 300L, Goodwood Revival

For 1964 over a thousand dollars was trimmed from the base line price of the 300K by making leather seats extra cost optional and down rating the base engine to 360 hp with the 380 hp still available as an extra cost option and sales rocketed to 3022 coupés and 625 convertibles.

Chrysler 300L, Goodwood Revival

The 1965 300L featured today was designed under the leadership of Elwood Engel, it would be the last of the uninterrupted 300 letter series vehicles, powered only by the 360 hp version of the Golden Lion motor. 2405 coupés and 440 convertibles were sold.

The 300 letter series have become extremely sort after models, the high power motors mark them as forerunners of the 1960’s muscle cars and the low build numbers means that the rarest models can fetch prices in the range of US$500,000.

Thanks for joining me on this Exclusive Muscle edition of ‘Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres’, I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !