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Category Archives: Classic Bits

VINTAGE CAR ART

INTRODUCING VINTAGE CAR ART in R&T August 1958, the magazine observed, “To the dyed-in-the-wool enthusiast for the marque Aston Martin, no other make is even worthy of a second glance. … Continue reading

January 28, 2023 · Leave a comment

THERE WERE SPRITES IN OUR GARAGES PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, tidbits were gleaned from R&T’s road test of the all-new 1958 Austin-Healey Sprite. Today in Part 2 comments are shared by a pal who managed to … Continue reading

January 26, 2023 · 4 Comments

THERE WERE SPRITES IN OUR GARAGES PART 1

LIKE THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES that resided in Holmes literary agent Arthur Conan Doyle’s garden, for awhile Sprites resided in our driveways and garages. In fact, I know of one that … Continue reading

January 25, 2023 · 1 Comment

NOT JUST THE LINING, BUT THE ENTIRE CLOUD

THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD was “a lady of quality, unruffled in a crisis,” or so described R&T, May 1958. No specific crisis was cited; could it have been exposure to … Continue reading

January 18, 2023 · 2 Comments

SAME OL’ SAME OL’?—JUST A COUPLE R&T ROAD TESTS PART 2

A REMARKABLE CONTRAST in R&T road tests prompted these tidbits yesterday and today. In February 1958, the tiny BMW Isetta 300 broke the Berkeley Sport’s smallest engine tested record by … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

SAME OL’ SAME OL’?—JUST A COUPLE R&T ROAD TESTS PART 1

IT WAS TOO EARLY (1958) to wonder what the R&T staff was smoking, but imagine hallucinatory oddities of February and April road tests that year: the Isetta 300 and Chrysler … Continue reading

January 11, 2023 · 3 Comments

BERKELEY SPORT

“A SPORTS CAR IN MINIATURE,” R&T called the Berkeley in its January 1958 contents page. And so it was, hitherto the smallest engined car tested by the magazine (albeit not … Continue reading

January 6, 2023 · 2 Comments

THE LOTUS ELEVEN—IN A RETROSPECTIVE AND IN TONY’S WORDS PART 2

BACK IN THE OLD DAYS, intrepid sports car drivers could, at least in theory, finance their motor sports through starting stipends supplemented by occasionally finishing in the money. And so … Continue reading

December 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

LOTUS ELEVEN—IN RETROSPECT AND IN TONY’S WORDS PART 1

AS RECENTLY AS 1995 (ha, recently for some of us), an R&T Salon celebrated the 1956 Lotus Eleven for its “Engineering prowess, esthetic appeal, and absolute timelessness.” Way back in … Continue reading

December 18, 2022 · 8 Comments

TONY’S BUG PART 2

TONY HOGG, IN TIME Editor-in-Chief of R&T, fulfilled a childhood dream through purchase of a Type 37 Bugatti in the late 1940s. Today in Part 2, he enters his Bug … Continue reading

December 7, 2022 · Leave a comment