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Ode to the Slot Mag wheel

Has there a more versatile aftermarket wheel than the “slot mag” or kidney alloy wheel? I doubt it. It looks good on vehicles ranging from ’32 Ford hot rods, to Opel GTs, to 70s custom vans! Popular both in Europe … Continue reading

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The Hyundai Pony

Hyundai had been building the Ford Cortina and Taunus under license for a number of years (since 1967) when they decided they would develop their own car. The first step was to recruit George Turnbull who had recently left British … Continue reading

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Canadian GM – the Beaumont story

The Beaumont story can be a little confusing but starts with another Canadian marque, Acadian, in 1962. Acadian had been created so that Canadian Pontiac-Buick dealers had a sub-compact to sell. The Chevy II was re-badged and given some trim … Continue reading

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Jensen-Healey

It had all the makings of a sure fire hit. Involvement from Donald and Geoffrey Healey, dealer network from Kjell Qvale, exotic DOHC engine from Lotus and bodywork by Jensen. Compared to the old fashioned competition of the MG B … Continue reading

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Fiat 128

Front wheel drive, transverse engine, overhead cam four cylinder engine, unibody construction, and strut suspension. Sounds like pretty mundane stuff to modern ears but the Fiat 128 was a revolutionary car when launched in 1969. There had of course been … Continue reading

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The Scootacar

Allegedly the Scootacar came about because the wife of one of the directors of Hunslet Engine Company, in Leeds, found her Jaguar too hard to park. More likely is the company wanted to jump into the micro or bubble car … Continue reading

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Lotus Seven (1957-1973) Spotting Guide

Another spotting guide I’ve written. Also posted on the Flickr Spotting Guide Group. LOTUS Seven Series 1 (1957-1960) LOTUS SEVEN SERIES I (Image by satchmoblue) LOTUS SEVEN SERIES I (Image by exfordy) Description: The Lotus Seven was sold in either … Continue reading

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