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’56 Italian Hillclimb Champion – Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé #2148

Last in the current series of Maserati A6G/54 posts is one of twenty Zagato Coupé bodied models chassis #2148.

Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé, Cartier Style Et Luxe, Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 21 Zagato bodied A6G/54’s are lighter than most of the other 39 A6G/54’s because their bodies are crafted from aluminium. This made #2148 and it’s Zagato siblings eminently suitable for use in competition.

Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé, Cartier Style Et Luxe, Goodwood Festival of Speed

It is believed this car once belonged to Italian racing driver Adolfo Tedeschi who is thought to have used #2148 to secure the 1956 Italian under 2 litre hillclimb championship.

Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé, Cartier Style Et Luxe, Goodwood Festival of Speed

Thereafter #2148 spent some time in the USA before passing into the hands of Peter Kaus and his Bianco Collection which included several vehicles that have featured in GALPOT blogs including several other Maseratis.

Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé, Cartier Style Et Luxe, Goodwood Festival of Speed

Looking at this side vent trim I was struck by it’s similarity to the DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc) stripes on the Dale Earnhardt Jr Limited Edition Chevrolet Impala, I wonder if Dale Earnhardt was a fan of the Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé ?

Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé, Cartier Style Et Luxe, Goodwood Festival of Speed

After a spell in France #2148 has passed through the hands of at least one other German before finding it’s way into the hands of current owner Klaus Busch.

Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Coupé, Cartier Style Et Luxe, Goodwood Festival of Speed

The most recent record of an A6G/54 Zagato sale by auction I could find was in 2010 for a slightly less aggressively styled Berlinetta variant which fetched over US$ 1.5 million.

Thanks for joining me on this “’56 Italian Hillclimb Champion” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again for a look at a Bugatti tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


Aerodynamic Jewel – Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodynamico Coupé S1 #3221SA

After weeks of being adrift thanks to a few server issues it feels great to be finally back up to speed with to speed with today’s Ferrari Friday blog. My thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding during this challenging time for GALPOT.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica, Blackhawk, Museum

The Ferrari 400 Superamerica was launched in 1959 with a 340hp 4 litre / 244 cui Columbo V12 which replaced the Lampredi V12 that had been the mainstay of the America series Ferrari’s going all the way back to 1950.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica, Blackhawk, Museum

Chassis #3221SA the 18th of 25 such cars built was delivered to a French customer in 1962 and for a while belonged to the Marquis de St. Didier and later, in the 1980’s, to the President of Cartier Alain Dominique Perin.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica, Blackhawk, Museum

Pininfarina offered Coupé, Cabriolet and Spider bodies for the 400 Superamerica Series 1 which was produced until 1962 when it was replaced by Series 2 of which 22 were built up until 1964.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing his photographs taken at the Blackhawk Museum.

Thanks for joining me on this “Aerodynamic Jewel” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a Formula 5000 car that unexpectedly beat a top drawer Formula One field. Don’t forget to come back now !


Rolls Royce Grill On A Thunderbird – Lincoln Continental Mark III

After coming a cropper and loosing US$1000 on each of the 3000 odd ultra luxurious ’56 and ’57 Continental Mark II’s the Continental name reverted to model name under the Lincoln brand and it was not until 1969 that the Lincoln Continental Mark III would see the light of day, although there had been a 1959 Continental III that retrospectively became known as the Lincoln Continental Mark III just to confuse the issue.

Lincoln Continental Mark III

When the 1967 fifth generation Ford Thunderbird started under performing in the market place Ford President Lee Iacocca decided the best way to recoup the companies investment was to use to use the 4 door Thunderbird’s floor plan for the new Lincoln Mark III. Allegedly Iacocca instructed Ford Design Vice President Gene Bordinat to ‘put a Rolls Royce grill on a Thunderbird’ in September 1965.

Lincoln Continental Mark III

The Continental Mark III’s 2 door body worked out 300 lbs / 140 kg heavier than the 4 door Thunderbird but it was powered by a larger more powerful 365 hp 7.5 litre / 460 cui V8 motor than the 345 hp available to Thunderbird owners.

Lincoln Continental Mark III

Interior trim included leather and real wood on the dash which kept the cars press rating above the nearest nylon cloth trimmed Cadillac Eldorado competitor as late as the Mark IIIs final year 1971, with a Cartier branded clock becoming standard soon after the cars launch in 1968.

Lincoln Continental Mark III

Sales of the Mark III never bettered the lesser trimmed Eldordo but were over 20,000 a year for 1969/70 they rose to a high of 27,091 in 1971 which coincidentally marked Lincoln’s Golden Jubilee Year.

Lincoln Continental Mark III

Today’s featured 1971 model belonged to my facebook acquaintance Lori Munro in the 1980’s when the photo’s were taken. Lori, who co founded Race Talk Radio, says that her Mark III “was great …. when fuel was just US$0.60 a gallon”, but decided to sell it after it had been in storage for a couple of years.

My thanks to Lori Munro for sharing her photographs and story, please drop by Race Talk Radio’s facebook page and “Like” to show your appreciation.

Thanks for joining me on this “Rolls Royce Grill On A Thunderbird” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


2011 GALPOT Review #2 – Concours d’Elegance

One of the great joys of 2011 has been a year long correspondence with Geoffrey Horton who has introduced me to the delights of Concours d’Elegance events with some fabulous pictures from the West Coast of the United States. This post is dedicated unashamedly to Geoffrey with thanks for opening my eye’s.

Jaguar XK 140 FHC SE/MC, SF Presidio C d'E

Geoffrey is the owner of this Jaguar XK 140 FHC SE/MC, seen at San Francisco Presidio Concours d”Elegance, which he purchased as a viable rats nest for $3,000 and spent four years restoring to it’s present Concours d’Elegance award winning condition. The only problem he has experienced with his Jaguar is that no one seems to be aware exactly which way round the side light indicators are supposed to have been fitted at the Jaguar factory. If you know please chime in below, this topic will almost certainly be the subject of a future blog.

Allard J2, Palo Alto C d'E

Among the cars I have blogged about is this Allard J2 chassis # 1513, seen at the Dessert Classics C d’E in February. It turns out this car has once the property of Roy Richter the brains behind the post war success that was Bell Auto Parts. Roy was also the California Allard dealer who prepared this car and raced it just once beating the likes of Phil Hill in a Jaguar XK120. Seasons greetings are also due to Colin Warnes of the Allard Register who together ex Allard engineer David Hooper helped with a number of Allard queries through the year.

Mercedes Chevy 300SL, Sacramento State Capital Concours

At the Sacramento State Capital Concours Geoffrey met Dave multi championship winning driver and owner Dave Wolin owner of this 50 foot special Mercedes Chevy 300SL. Geoffrey put me in touch with Dave who kindly furnished me with further details for what has become the single most popular GALPOT blog to date.

Porsche 935 K3, Palo Alto C d'E

One of my all time favorite cars is the Porsche 935, and this immaculate Interscope liveried K3, as originally driven by Ted Field and Danny Ongias, seen at Palo Alto C d’E would be one of my favorite 2 of the type.

Spyker Silvestris V8 Prototype, Goodwood FoS C d'E

Goodwood Festival of Speed hosts an annual Cartier Concours d’Elegance on the lawn in front of Goodwood House, the unrestored Spyker Silvestris V8 Prototype above won this years event, proving that original patina is not necessarily a barrier to success in Concours d’Elegance events.

Allard J2R, Carmel by the Sea C d'E

In August each year Carmel by the Sea holds it’s annual Concours d’Elegance which this year filled 16 blocks. Geoffrey sent me a mouth watering selection of photo’s from the event including this one of a 1955 Allard J2R. The winning car from the event will be reprized on Friday.

Bristol Viotti 407, Greenwich BOC C d'E

At the end of August I managed to visit the Bristol Owners Club Concours d’Elegance held in the grounds of the former Naval School at Greenwich in London. 91 year old ex Bristol works director Syd Lovesy is seen here presenting one of the many trophies to Richard Vaughan owner of the unique Bristol 407 Viotti Convertible that once belonged to comic actor Peter Sellers.

Airmobile Sedan C, Hillsborough C d'E

Much to my embarrassment such was the hectic pace of life at GALPOT towers this summer that until I started to compile this review I had not noticed that I completely missed posting a blog about the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance where one of the stranger vehicles in attendance was the unique, despite a 45,000 mile promotion drive, Airomobile Sedan C built by Carl T Doman at the request of Paul M. Lewis in 1937.

15 01 12 Amendment i originally indicated Tom Tjaarda was involved in the design however it has been pointed out to me by Tim Murray that Tom was not born until 1934 and so cannot have been involved in the design of the Airomobile.

Maverick Sportster, Palos Verdes C d'E

It’s not everyday that I receive an e-mail with photographs of five different open top sports cars about which I know absolutely zero, but i received such an e-mail from Geoffrey upon his return from Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance in September. Above is what appears to be the prototype 1952 Maverick Sportster recognizable by the absence of any doors !

Dual Ghia, Niello Serrano C d'E

Rounding out the year Geoffrey attended the Niello Serrano Concours d’Elegance where another stunning selection of vehicles was in attendance including a top selection of US convertibles. The one that gave me the biggest headache trying to identify was this Dual Ghia, although a distinct Chrysler flavor eventually gave the game away.

I hope you will join me in thanking Geoffrey for taking the time to send me so many photographs from his collection, I’d also like to thank all those who helped me in anyway, great or small, to tell the stories behind some of them. I can’t wait to see what Geoffrey turns up next year !

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

PS Don’t forget …

Automobiliart GALPOT Seasonal Quiz

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December 26th – January 2nd

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The Automobiliart GALPOT Seasonal Quiz will comprise 8 categories.

Overall winner chooses one set of Paul Chenard Greetings Cards from the five sets shown above.

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The free to enter Automobiliart GALPOT Seasonal Quiz will run from December 26th – January 2nd Entries close January 8th 2012, Winner announced January 16th 2012.

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Woodland For The Tenacious – Spyker Silvestris V8 Prototype

If innovation were enough to guarantee success everybody would know the name Spyker and quite a few of us would probably be driving one, given that in 1903 Spyker launched a 60 hp racer that was the first motor car with a six cylinder engine, four wheel drive AND four wheel brakes.

Spyker, Goodwood FoS

The company motto “Nulla tenaci invia est via” translates as “For the tenacious, no road is impassable”, to which might be added “even if the way is blocked for 70 years”, for despite building the royal horse drawn ‘Golden’ carriage for the Dutch royal family in 1898, which is still in use today and introducing 6 cylinder powered vehicles, four wheel drive and four wheel braking systems, Spyker went under in 1929.

Spyker Silvestris, Goodwood FoS

Between 1990 and 1996 Maarten de Bruijn hand built the Silvestris (translation ‘Woodland’) V8, seen here at Goodwood, Festival of Speed, with which he and Victor Muller would revive the Spyker brand.

Spyker Silvestris, Goodwood FoS

Many of the design features of the Spyker C8 model which went into production in 2000 can be seen in the Silvestre which has smaller overall dimensions than the production C8.

Spyker Silvestris, Goodwood FoS

Power for the prototype Spyker came from a 265 hp quad cam (dohc) Audi V8 attached to a similarly sourced gearbox.

Spyker Silvestris, Goodwood FoS

The Silvestris weighing just 960 kgs 2,116 lbs is thought to be capable of 0 – 62 mph in 4.5 secs.

Spyker Silvestris, Goodwood FoS

Builder Maarten de Bruijn still owns the Silvestris which won it’s class in the Cartier Concours at Goodwood this year.

Spyker Silvestris, Goodwood FoS

In 2005 Maarten left Spyker to start a new venture Silvestris Aquamotive which builds aluminium space frame speed boats.

Thanks for joining me on today’s Woodland edition of ‘Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’ I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !