Saturday, October 10, 2009

Weekend Quickies

1950 Tatra Tatraplan T 600 - This is such a unique car. There was a Tatra at the Lime Rock Vintage Fall Festival this year. It was parked by the Porsches. As sort of a testament to how weird my automotive interests can be, my friend and I were walking around the bend in the track when we spotted the Porsches and the Tatra. My friend started veering towards a line of very impressive classic Porsches. I made a beeline for the Tatra. She just looked at me and shook her head.

The Tatra Tatraplan T 600 is a Czech built car. It's huge and has a rear mounted air-cooled engine. The air needed to cool the engine is brought in via a scoop above the outer rear windows. There is an inner rear window that keeps the air from entering the car. It's a clever design, but there is very limited outward vision through these series of windows. The car has suicide doors and a split windshield.

According to the seller, there were only 168 Tatras were imported from Czechoslovakia. Very few still exist.

It's not my type of car, but the Tatra is a very unique piece of automotive history.

Located in St. Louis, MO, click here to see the ad for this car.

1973 Lancia Fulvia Coupe
- This car may be more of a gamble than the Alfa Montreal I posted earlier in the week.

This is 1973 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 liter coupe. The Fulvia was the last car developed and built by Lancia prior to their takeover by Fiat.

The gamble here is the body. The pictures are not very clear and while there are no signs of serious rust, it looks to me like the car may have been repainted at one time. Who knows what's under that paint? This is a car that you would really have to look at in person before bidding on.

Earlier this month, a beautiful Fulvia sold for $12,000.00. These are not extremely valuable cars.

If the body is in "very good solid condition", as the seller states, and the price is reasonable, this could be a nice winter project.

Located in Northern Virginia, click here to see the eBay listing.

1971 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super - This is a really nice Giulia. There's not a whole lot I can say about this car. The eBay listing has some great photos and a video in which you can hear the great sounds the Weber carbs make (When I had my Alfetta GT, I rarely listened to the radio. I would just want to listen to the sound of the 2 Webers and the Ansa exhaust.) This is another one of those cars that if my driveway and checking account balance both miraculously increased in size overnight, I'd be bidding on. This is just a cool old Alfa.

Located in Philadelphia, PA, click here to see the eBay listing.

This really has nothing to do with cars. It has to do with beer.

Australian racing fans apparently enjoy beer as much as American NASCAR fans do. In an effort to keep things safe, the Australian police have limited beer consumption to 24 cans per day, per person at the Bathurst 1000 - a three-day race being held this week. 24 CANS PER DAY, PER PERSON. That's a lot of beer to be "limited" to.

I don't drink beer, but my friends who do tell me that Australian beer packs quite a punch. (I do drink mixed drinks and there is a 24 mixed drink per person / per day rule in effect, too - I guess that means I could only drink myself into a coma as opposed to completely killing myself)

A "limit" of 24 cans of extremely powerful beer or 24 mixed drinks per day... Australia has got to be the coolest place on the planet.

You can read the whole story here.

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