Fiat 600 (1956)
I’d never noticed how early models had their front indicators at the top of the headlights, I quite like that touch. In the last picture, in Multipla form, which actually managed to have 6 seats.
I still see some people running around traffic in 500/600 models today, almost as many as original Minis, and I find it delicious. In my mind they’re almost as practical as a bicycle anyway, so why not?
Ferdinand A. Porsche (1935-2012)
Yesterday, the automotive world has lost one of the most important and iconic sets of mind & heart as far as car design is concerned.
Ferdinand A. Porsche, grandson of the great Ferdinand Porsche who founded Porsche automobiles, was responsible for the shape of the 911 we know and love since the very early 60’s. And that is quite a legacy to leave to the rest of the world.
“Design must be functional and functionality has to be translated visually into aesthetics, without gags that have to be explained first.
A product that is coherent in form requires no adornment. It is enhanced by the purity of its form — good design should be honest.”
Austin Healey 3000 MKII (1961)
“The Healey was noisy, it rode as if it had no springs at all, and the driver was exposed to unbearable heat emission from the engine. Pat Moss, sister of Sir Stirling Moss, coined its nickname, ‘pig’. Still, no machine was more fascinating to drive”
A few vintage gas stations, for your own pleasure.
Apparently, the first gas station ever built (as we know them today) was built in Wiesloch (Germany) in 1888. Only a few years later (1905) the USA would get their own gas station, in St. Louis (Missouri).
There’s something so incredibly satisfying about vintage gas stations. Can you smell the gasoline already?
Phantom Corsair (1938)
A mad looking concept, which featured many design details that you’d never link to a concept from the 30’s. To start with, the animal-like personality given to the front.
The whole streamlined design (of which Bohman & Schwartz were in charge) was so ahead of its time, already thinking about keeping things clean & simple. No hard edges whatsoever and plenty of personality make the Phantom Corsair one of the most interesting concept cars in history.
Salão de Clássicos de Aveiro, Portugal, 2011.
Here’s a bit of my afternoon. I actually didn’t know about this event until earlier today, but I’m glad I took a break and decided to go, despite having spent way too much money on scale models and having my lip split open by an overly enthusiastic fan. He did offer me a tissue though.
I’ll share with you the full versions (and properly edited) of the photos above, as soon as I get the time. The BMWs are the E21 315 and a 1602, the Escort was apparently a racing version of the Mexico, the lovely bug eyed creature is obviously the Healey Sprite and a couple of Porsches (road going 924 and a track-built 911).
Lancia Fulvia HF 1600 (1970)
Sensitivity on steroids, with a dress to match both. It probably had the most interesting V4 engine ever made, very clever.
Patrick Depailler / Tyrrell P34 (1976-1977)
Wheel count * 1.5 = fun * 2. Yes, my math is weird.
—Credit to the Cahier Archive
Chevrolet Camaro (1967)
And now for something completely different.