Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Original Hatchback: 1951 Frazer Vagabond

Basically a start-up automaker following WWII, Kaiser-Frazer was one of the few American automakers to offer consumers a forward looking, modern portfolio of automobiles to usher in the new world. Bold, futuristic designs were their trademark. The fiberglass body and forward sliding doors of the Kaiser Darrin. The love-it-or-hate-it styling of the compact Henry J. The decadent supercharged Manhattan, the last four door convertible before the 1961 Lincoln Continental. The Vagabond- a surprisingly prescient family car that featured luxury and utility with its unique clam shell rear opening hatch.

This particular model has some floor rust , but unlike most of the cars we write about in this blog, these can probably be fixed pretty well. These cars have big tough frames with lots of places to weld to, so get out your wire welder. This one has the big straight 6 motor and the manual transmission with an original interior. Said to run well (and presumably drives too) this is a unique piece for the money.

We have seen these cars in person. It has just enough "Woody" flavor for our tastes with a great heavy precision of the clamshell operation.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Way-East Anglia: 1947 Anglia Tourer

The Anglia is a Ford product built for the British market in the U.K. Production started in the dark days of WWII. Designed as basic transportation for the masses, the car was sold in multiple configurations: the Saloon, the Roadster and the Tourer. The latter two were built in Australia.

This solid looking tourer project showed up in the American heartland. The original motor is missing but the seller says he knows of a proper spare available.

The original motor in this car was a 933cc Inline 4 unit. Cheap, ungainly and unloved in period, they went on to be a popular base for hot rods and drag racers. Most of the cars in the United States have undoubtedly been modified, making this original unrestored Tourer an interesting find.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best Bertone: 1964 Alfa 2600 Sprint

These iconic Giugiaro-designed cars have been neglected too long, and it's nice to see a concours level car for sale. Good ones are rare...for a lot of reasons. Wear-item parts can be pricey. 400 mm tires are only available from speciality tire houses and a couple hundred dollars each. Solex carbs can mystify.

Still, the design of this car has absolute purity and harmony. Unlike the Alfa GTV, which was derived from this basic design years later, this model exhibits better balance and proportion than its 4-cylinder cousin. The build quality is what one would expect from a boutique Italian automaker, not a major manufacturer. Carrozerria Bertone was eager to please Alfa with the quality of this of the first major joint efforts between these two Italian powerhouses...and the results led to a decades-long relationship which produced some of the world's greatest cars.

This particular example, offered by Fantasy Junction near San Francisco, CA, is a well-known concours winner among Alfa Romeo enthusiasts. Fantasy Junction seems to deal in the best examples of Alfa Romeo in the world, and this one will surely sell quickly.

At a sale price of $55k, this car's restoration could not be repeated. It is a cheap way to acquire a wonderful and rare Italian Gran Turismo, and easy acceptance into any important gathering of unique cars.

Wow! O que é um grande Alfa Romeo para venda