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THE MONTEGASQUE FALCON—AND YR FTHFL SVRT PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally was contested by the likes of Paddy Hopkirk, Bo Ljungfeldt, Pat Carlsson née Moss, and Formula One World Champion Graham Hill. … Continue reading

September 25, 2022 · 1 Comment

THE MONTEGASQUE FALCON—AND YR FTHFL SRVT PART 1

IN THE 1964 MONTE CARLO RALLY, Ford Falcons garnered 2nd place overall, 1st in the Touring Cars over 2500 cc, 1st and 2nd in the Grand Touring over 2500 cc, … Continue reading

September 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

RV’ING IN STYLE—1914

BONHAMS’ BEAULIEU SALE of Collectors’ Motor Cars & Automobilia, held at the museum September 9-10, 2022, was a glorious opportunity for online day-dreaming, especially for U.S. viewers what with the … Continue reading

September 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

SAAB 850 GT—SWEDISH STYLE MOTORIZED PART 2

THIS SAAB STORY (NO pun intended) continues with additional tidbits gleaned from an R&T road test of the 850 GT in April 1964, along with some personal links and even … Continue reading

September 6, 2022 · 1 Comment

SAAB 850 GT—SWEDISH STYLE MOTORIZED PART 1

IN NEAR-TERM MEMORY, SAAB is a defunct subsidiary of GM. But this legendary Swedish marque used to be a great deal more. As one example, it made the cover of … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT   PART 2

IT WAS 1961, AND A 1955 R&T road test of a Renault 4CV was my principal source in persuading Dad about purchasing my first car. “A very remarkable machine,” R&T … Continue reading

September 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT…. PART 1

RECENTLY PERUSING A 1955 R&T road test of the Renault 4CV evoked vivid memories of my first car being a scaled-down version of Dad’s 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner.  Why this … Continue reading

August 31, 2022 · 4 Comments

DUAL PURPOSE? NO WAY IN H____!

WHEN ERNESTO, ETTORE, AND BINDO left their namesake company in 1947, their new firm was named Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili—Fratelli Maserati S.p.A. OSCA, for short, lasted only until 1967, but … Continue reading

August 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

A MULTIPLE-TIME MACHINE

TIME MACHINES TYPICALLY TAKE YOU to the future or to the past, but this one has a multiple-feature: R&T’s February 1955 road test of the Morgan Plus Four describes the … Continue reading

August 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

A GLANCE ACROSS THE PACIFIC IN 1955    PART 2

YESTERDAY, THE TOPIC WAS the Japanese Automobile Industry, circa 1955. Today’s Part 2 continues with a well known marque as well as a few rather less familiar. As in Part … Continue reading

August 23, 2022 · 3 Comments