Tuesday, June 30, 2009

You can rely on Reliant

See that website on the photo - Go there -
Whadaya want me to do everything !

Monday, June 29, 2009


Here are a few of the most well known CROSLEY logos
Okay Crosley the Pup was associated with his radio division
but he's kinda cute - in a weird way.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Megabucks bid on a Messerschmitt

While our economy still seems to be in the dumper, there are some rays of sunshine.

Last week I stumbled on the ebay (UK) auction of a 1961 Messerschmitt Tiger Tg-500. The car looked to be in great shape, but the thing that really caught my eye was that the bidding was at $125,000, and the reserve hadn't been met.

My first thoughts were that someone had posted the car to test the water, with a "crazy-high" starting bid, but when I went into the bidding history it showed that the bidding began at $200, and that 29 bids had been involved in getting the price up to $125,000.

I made a note to myself and went back to the auction when it was ending. In true ebay fashion, the bidding jumped up in the last seconds, closing at $159,100 -- but still not reaching the seller's reserve price.

I can't speak for what was in the mind of the seller (or the hopeful bidders), but I think I would have jumped at a price of almost $160,000.

What would you have done?

Saturday, June 27, 2009


What hasn't been done with a Fiat 500

Friday, June 26, 2009

Zippity Do


Click this link for the movie - C'mon Click it -


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Crosley on Methane

The Hemmings Blog uncovered this photo of a Crosley-based, meth-fueled dragster from 1966. According to the posting, the "Blue Goose" was a BB/A entry at Milan Dragway in southern Michigan. The car was raced by Peterson, Bowman and Steele of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
They are still running 1/4 miles at Milan, but it is pretty unlikely that you'll see anything like the Blue Goose there today.
Or not...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

OOgle this Ogle

Nostalgia Motors in the UK has brought out the Ogle SX 1275 GT Mini.
Originally built in the 60's this is more than a replicar. Exact in almost
every detail of the original. except adding some modern upgrades.
This new edition even has an endorsement from the Ogle family.
The serial numbers will continue where they left off way back when.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Smoooooooth MINI

What's to say - It's a smooth MINI on a nice day

Monday, June 22, 2009


Calling Doctor Howard - Doctor Fine - Doctor Howard - Woo Woo Woo -
Men in Black - No, not the Will Smith Movies - The Three Stooges movie
made in 1934 (and nominated for an Academy Award) is our movie of the day.
One scene has the Stooges driving out of a small storage closet. So this is
where the idea for the King Midget came from.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Micro Soccer Mom

While the popular press may have coined the term, soccer moms have been with us for years. The combination of kids and sports leads to the need for a car with a bunch of seats -- although back in the good old days you could get away with carrying more passengers than you had seats by stacking them up (like cord wood) in the back of a station wagon, or telling them to hang on while they rode in the bed of a pickup truck.

These two Fiat Soccer Moms have got it right.

Which one is your favorite -- "Topolino Mom" or "Multipla Mom".

Saturday, June 20, 2009

How did they do that? (Two halves of a Honda Z600)

Every now and then you see something and you ask yourself..."How did they manage to do that?"
And in today's movies, the answer usually has to do with some kind of special effect. The actors really have to be able to act, because they are reacting to things that aren't happening, and won't exist until the magic of post-production inserts the monster, or the transforming car, or the exploding building.
Well...the 1986 New Zealand movie, "Malcolm", was made back in the days when -- "If you want to have a car split in half and continue driving, you've got to figure out how to make that happen."
Yesterday's blog entry gave you a taste of what was happening in the movie. Today you get some more.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Split in two

MALCOLM the movie was an Australian comedy.
This Honda was one of the stars. This getaway scene
left the police behind, but the Honda said farewell
a few minutes later.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tiny Terror

Perry Watkins has taken a "Postman Pat" kiddie ride and built what he claims
is the world's tiniest car. See more of this story and a video at the site -

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Winning Lap

We usually don't associate a 4cv with a checkered flag, so we have to think again.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

4cv you see

Yesterday we had an ad for overseas delivery of a Renault 4cv.
Today we have the various looks of this French minicar.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pick up that Renault in Paris

We've all heard about those "drive and buy" programs for Mercedes or for BMWs -- but you may not remember that Renault used to have their own version of the Euro Delivery option.

Pick up your Renault in Paris and you can save $300 off the price in New York. That may not sound like much, but in 1956, when the New York price of a Renault 4CV was just $1,295 -- that $300 could go a long to to subsidizing the cost of a European vacation.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fender-Benders Cost Big Bucks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently tested seven mini- and micro-cars for low-speed crash repairs and rated only one acceptable and one marginal. The other five cars were rated as poor. The cars in question (from first to last in rankings) are: Smart ForTwo, Chevrolet Aveo, Mini Cooper, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio.

The test involved four "parking-lot speed" crunches (front, front-corner, rear, and rear-corner). The total cost of repairing the cars after the four "events" was used to rate the cars.

The Smart ForTwo performed the best with a total repair bill of around $3300 with an average repair cost of $899. The big watch-out seemed to be the Kia Rio. This $12,000 car ended up with a repair bill of $9,400 after being banged around by the IIHS.

Should this news turn us away from our little cars? We think not...

The IIHS tested another 54 cars, using the same parameters. Thirty-eight of them were rated as poor.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Down under custom

Small homebuilt car from Austrailia made from Morris and Mini parts.
The body is made from plywood and fiberglass.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Trabant Advertising: Looks like Capitalism to Me

It stands to reason that if advertising works in the West -- it would probably work in the East as well.
Take a look at this example of Madison Avenue Advertising . . . East German Style.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Car Club of the Month

The Microcar Club of Mexico is our club of the month.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Show your inner "Boris Badenov" (or are you a "Natasha Fatale"?)

If either of these names suit you -- then you need to find the right ride to carry it off. And this is the car to use when you are out to catch "Moose and Squirrel".

How about a 1973 Trabant P601S? And I'll bet that "cotton fiber"-based fiberglass body is really an early attempt at stealth technology.

Check it out on ebay. It's not often you find an East German car for sale in the West.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Not Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Yes...it's been a long time since this many Trabants have been together.
This video (and several others) were taken at the 2008 Parade of Trabants -- held each year on November 9th (the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall), at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. (The 2009 event will be held on the 7th -- a weekend day -- to make sure the Trabant owners can make the trip.)
It's an event not ot be missed -- complete with an Oom-pah band. (Watch out, there may be spies in the crowd.)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Highway High

Wouldn't you like to ?

Sunday, June 7, 2009



Saturday, June 6, 2009

And you thought Star Trek was Odd: Red Dwarf

The Red Dwarf series seems to be an strange marrying of "Battlestar Galactica" and "Spaceballs". Just the show we have all come to expect from the English.
But the cool part is the spaceships. Unlike Star Trek, with a small set of standard ships (Federations Starships, Klingon Cruisers, Romulan Warships), every episode of Red Dwarf seems to come with a whole new set of elaborate spaceships.
And in the "Back to Earth" segment, we get their idea of a car from the future. What is is -- a heavily-modified Smart Car.
Check it out.

Friday, June 5, 2009

What next

From the Nissan Tama electric car of yesterday to the Peueot Moovie electric
car of tomorrow - We're still trying to get a reasonable electric on the road.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Small Racers at Lime Rock Park - Vintage Racing Video (VSCCA)

This video from Gullwing Photographic shows the diversity of makes, models, years and sizes of racecars that participate in vintage racing. Everything from open-wheel racecars to a Volvo sedan -- even a fair number of racing specials.
For those of us into smaller cars, you don't want to miss the little red OSCA (the first car in the video with a driver and a passenger), the silver open-wheeled Formula 500 racecar and the little blue DB Panhard. There is also a Crosley-powered, Devin-bodied racer -- the Ver Valen Special (It can be seen running behind the OSCA).
If you want to see more, go to the VSCCA website.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Great Idea...Or a Bunch of Hot Air?

Actually it would be compressed air -- running a car that emits an exhaust of cold air.

Sound fantastic? Or maybe a little too fantastic?

According to Zero Pollution Motors, they will begin taking orders for a $17,800 Air Car in mid-2009, with deliveries expected in 2010. The Air Car is expected to have a top speed of 96 mph, getting 106 miles per gallon (of compressed air).

While Zero Pollution Motor's first model is expected to be the 13.4 foot long, six-seat Air Car -- we decided to post an image of their concept car, the AIRPod Urban Transporter. It looks to be a cross between a Smart Car and a GM/Segway. Pretty cool!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Ecofriendly" Microcar Designs

We couldn't resist reposting this -- because the illustrations of the microcars are so cool. This was posted on Ecofriend last summer, but we just saw the images this spring.

“Every day the green blogosphere is flooded with news and concepts about eco-friendly cars that promise to make our world a better place to live in. Dunno how many of them are actually going to see the daylight before doomsday! However that doesn’t stop us from bringing one more concept of a green mode of transport. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Stephan Rammler, Mendel Heit has conceived a Microcar targeting both young and grownups. The design is highlighted by large round door slides away to the back. Electrically powered, it is intended to be crafted from lightweight materials like aluminum and plastic. The interior is the controls are extremely reduced to make driving more user-friendly. Featuring LED headlamps and tail lamps, it also comes with camera mirror and O-LED technology in the windshield.
Undoubtedly meant for driving in the green future, a radio detection feature and card reader identifies the owner who just needs to press a button to start it and zoom off!”