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Category Archives: Classic Bits

PANHARD JUNIOR SPORTS—LESS THAN AN MG

“NEW SPORTS CAR models of all types and sizes have been introduced on the American market during the past few years. One thing they all had in common—a price higher … Continue reading

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

ASTON MARTIN MARK II

FIFTY-ONE YEARS BEFORE James Bond piloted his DB-5 to fame in Goldfinger (1964), Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford established Aston Martin. The “Aston” came from Aston Hill, where Martin raced … Continue reading

July 5, 2021 · 4 Comments

ROB WALKER ON CLASSIC CARS

I DON’T OFTEN remember forewords to books I’ve read. Some are dedications. Some are introductions to the author. But I recall one whenever I pick up the Classic Cars in … Continue reading

June 29, 2021 · 6 Comments

SOME KIDS NEVER GROW UP

THIS KID, BORN in 1906, ran off to join the Barnum & Bailey Circus. After his circus career waned in the early 1930s, he disappeared in 1936. Relatives discovered the … Continue reading

June 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

TRIUMPH TR2 ROADSTER—1954

WHAT A PROVOCATIVE headline: “Tiny, Rapid 2.” The Triumph TR2 Roadster was the cover car for R&T, April 1954. Here are a few tidbits from that road test.  “The Triumph … Continue reading

June 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

FRANCO CORTESE’S BRIT RIDE

ITALIAN RACE DRIVER Franco Cortese competed in 156 races between 1927 and his 1958 retirement. These included one Formula One Grand Prix, three Formula Two Grands Prix, and 14 Mille … Continue reading

May 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

1954 FRENCH GRAND PRIX—AND MERCEDES DOMINATION

WHAT WITH LEWIS HAMILTON’S winning ways, we’re accustomed these days to Mercedes-Benz domination of Formula One. Indeed, nor is this a first time for this German firm. It and Auto … Continue reading

May 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

DIFFERENT HORSES FOR DIFFERENT COURSES—1954

THE MID-1950S WERE  a heyday for European sports car racing, with epic battles fought by Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and other automakers. In particular, 1954 was a memorable year … Continue reading

May 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

AUSTIN-HEALEY 100

JUST AS THE 1949 Jaguar XK-120 rightfully boasted of its 120-mph capability, the Austin-Healey 100 made good on its nomenclature. As R&T wrote, “Even when the ‘100’ was first announced, … Continue reading

April 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

FLAT-RAD FOUR-SEATER

IT COULD HAVE BEEN this Salon feature of a Morgan Plus 4 Tourer, R&T, March 1954, that initiated my love affair with the Morgan Four-Seater. Indeed, the magazine’s cover was … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · 2 Comments