Saturday, September 7, 2019

Not Too Late...1959 Piaggio Vespa 400

This 1959 Piaggio Vespa 400 went unsold at RM Southeby's Labor Day auction in Auburn. Not sure what the reserve was, or how close bidding came to it -- but the owner chose not to accept the high bid this past weekend.

That's not good news for the consigner...they went to the trouble of getting the car to Auburn and preparing it for the auction...but it could be good news if you're looking for a clean looking Vespa.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mini Turns 60

The Mini, introduced in 1959, came to be a truly iconic vehicle -- with sales of about 5.3 million of the original two-door Minis.

The Mini introduced a new design that was copied by multiple other manufacturers -- transverse engine, front-wheel drive -- freeing up space for passengers and luggage.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

OSCA -- The Other Italian Car Company

This Tipo S OSCA was delivered to Briggs Cunningham and raced by the Cunningham team in 1959 and 1960. With a 750cc OSCA engine it was a very competitive car in the H-Modified class. (Similar cars won the H-Modified National Championships in 1959 and 1960.)

O.S.C.A. was founded in 1947 by three brothers, Ernesto, Ettore, and Bindo Maserati -- who all left Maserati to start their own company. Not a very catchy name...OSCA stands for Specialized Auto Construction Workshops -- in Italian.

The car was displayed at Pebble Beach in 2018.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Devin Crosley

A popular body -- to turn a sedan or sports car into a unique fiberglass special -- was the Devin. Based in California, Devin made bodies from 1955 to 1964, in 27 sizes to fit most cars.

There is a Devin Crosley on eBay (September 3, 2019). The Devin body is mounted on a 1950 Crosley frame, with a modified 750cc Crosley engine. (Twin Tillotson carburetors and exhaust headers.)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Not as Easy as it Looks

We all have stories about push starting a car. And every time we tell the story, it sounds easier and easier. Turns out it's not always all that easy -- particularly if you've got a high-compression car.

This Effyh f3 car seems like it would be no problem to push start. It's only about 500 lbs., manual transmission, and the engine is only 500ccs. But coordinating everything can be a challenge. (By the way -- they did get it started...eventually.)

Monday, September 2, 2019

Another one that got away

A 1964 Peel P50 was listed for sale last year.

But it looks like it might need a little work -- well...a lot of work. And it had an asking price of $75,000. (But that's OK -- it's only $75k Canadian.)

It was listed on Barn Finds. And from the looks of it, it was in the barn for quite some time. But, wouldn't it be worth it to have one of the smallest production cars ever made? And a car made famous by none other than Jeremy Clarkson?

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Allard Atom - Sold at Auction

Darn! I think we missed it. The Allard Atom, the "world's smallest race car" was sold at auction this past June. (It was sold in the UK by Coys, so I probably couldn't have made it anyway.)

Sixty-four inch wheelbase, and a single-cylinder, 500cc, J.A.P. engine -- put this car firmly in the microcar category. The auction estimate was £10,000 to £15,000 -- but I can't seem to find the final hammer price. Anyone?