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CELEBRATING GEORGE WHITTELL, JR. AND HIS DUESIE PART 2

WE CONTINUE THE tale of a wonderfully eccentric man, George Whittell, Jr., and one of the six Duesenbergs he commissioned, the 1931 Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe. Yesterday in Part 1, … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING GEORGE WHITTELL, JR. AND HIS DUESIE PART 1

GEORGE WHITTELL JR. was a real piece of work. And, because of his commission, Duesenberg produced another exceptional piece of work, the 1931 Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe. Such was the … Continue reading

August 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

1933 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 GRAN SPORT DROP HEAD COUPE—A SWEETHEART WITH BRIO

ITALIAN COACHBUILDER CASTANGA made magic art combining elegance with Alfa Romeo brio. This 1933 6C 1750 is the third Castanga-bodied Alfa featured here at SimanaitisSays. I described the 1934 2.3-Litre … Continue reading

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

MG MAGNETTE OF THE 1950S

HERE’S A CAR looking like a rebadged police sedan on Grantchester (e.g., Season 5, Episode 2), and named after one piloted by Tazio Nuvolari. The MG Magnette of the 1950s … Continue reading

July 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE KOUGAR—A REINCARNATED SOUL

IT IS AN accepted belief among automotive enthusiasts that many cars have souls. What’s more, some cars are rolling proof of reincarnation. The British Kougar is one. The marque owes … Continue reading

June 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

ATALANTA—THE WOMAN, THE CARS PART 2

YESTERDAY, THE VIRGIN huntress Atalanta held center stage. Today in Part 2, automobiles profit from the etymological origin of Atalanta: αταλαντοσ, Greek for “unswaying” or “equal in weight” Atalanta, the … Continue reading

June 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

1954 MG TF—THE LAST OF THE T SERIES

“EVERY TIME WE drive an MG,” R&T wrote in March 1954, “whether it be the TC, the TD, or as in this case, the new TF, the thought comes to … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

LE PATRON’S PERSONAL PASTA MACHINE

ETTORE BUGATTI WAS KNOWN as Le Patron, French loosely for “the Boss,” with factory and estate located in Molsheim, Alsace, in a portion of eastern France that had been western … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

DELIVERING THE GOODS—A RETROSPECTIVE

MORE THAN A century ago, people came to appreicate motorized delivery of goods. Here are tidbits on Ford’s Model T and the role it played in commercial service. Ford’s Mission. … Continue reading

May 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

MOSS PAPER CAR MODELS PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, I began modeling the Moss Motors Ltd cut-out model of the Austin Mini. Today, I get downright serious with scissors and adhesive. I also recall the … Continue reading

April 30, 2020 · Leave a comment