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VeloceToday for January 20, 2015

by pete on January 20, 2015

Peter Larsen wraps up the Saoutchik discoveries, Roy Smith freezes at Bicester, London takes on Paris, and deeper inside the walls at Autodelta. Thanks for all the donations, please keep them coming!

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WANTED! I would like to put together a set of STYLE AUTO QUARTERLY (ARCHITETTURA DELLA CARROZZERIA). Bimonthly from 1964 – 1978. Location unimportant providing you will ship to the UK! I realize a full run is rare, willing to purchase a part/incomplete run of copies.
Contact:willgrant@yahoo.co.uk

Limited Edition, numbered Stanguellini prints available now from Graham Gauld. Email directly for prices and shipping; several numbered copies of the below art still available. Shipping location is Southern France. Click on photo to see all selections.
Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

The Porsche 924 Carrera now available. Author of the four volume Alpine & Renault series, “Gordini-a true racing legend” and a VeloceToday correspondent, Roy Smith is photographed signing a limited number of copies of his latest book “The Porsche 924 Carrera”.
Order your signed copy from Veloce Publishing now.

FINE ART T-Shirts
Classic car portraitist offering fine art tees of his favorite paintings. All have caption pertaining to art services. Available now, L,S,2XL, and M.Other sizes require two weeks wait. $50 each.

CONTACT Photojournalistpro@gmail.com

Rent a Race Car to drive in the 2015 Mille Miglia, Bassano, and other Italian Vintage events! Drive this rare Siata Daina Coupe, an A.C. Ace, or a Colli barchetta or others. This is an opportunity of a lifetime.
Don’t wait, these cars are rented out quickly for 2015!
Contact vack@cox.net for further details.

*$25 Ads for anyone who has something to sell, to giveaway, or to holler about. Ad will be placed above the fold and run for one month. Contact vack@cox.net .

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Baillon Barnfind of the Century Part 3

by pete on January 20, 2015

Baillon barn find Talbot Lago

Chassis #110109 as found in the Baillon Collection. (Artcurial Motorcars)

By Peter M. Larsen
Click on photos to enlarge

This is the third amazing Saoutchik-bodied barnfind in the Baillon collection. The chassis was delivered on November 5, 1949 to the Carrosserie Saoutchik at no. 46 rue Jacques Dulud in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Only 32 short wheelbase (265 cm) race-derived Grand Sport chassis were constructed by Talbot between 1948 and 1952. T26GS #110109 is one of these very rare and extremely desirable chassis.

1949 TALBOT-LAGO T26 GRAND SPORT SAOUTCHIK #110109

Read Part 1 chassis #100239.
Read Part 2 chassis #100272

On the Talbot production card, which is reproduced in the book Talbot-Lago Grand Sport – The Car from Paris by Peter M. Larsen and Ben Erickson, “Saoutchik” is written into both the carrosserie and the client fields. This indicates that Saoutchik ordered chassis #110109 directly from the Talbot-Lago factory to be bodied at his own expense for show purposes. Saoutchik fitted chassis #110109 with an exquisite fastback coupé design which had first been shown at the 1948 Paris Salon. A total of six Grand Sport chassis received this swoopy body. The first two had a low roofline. When it was discovered that the car was difficult to drive for anyone much more than five feet tall, a new version was developed with a slightly higher roofline. Four of these “high-roof” coupés were built, and #110109 is one of these four cars. [click to continue…]

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Inside the Walls of Autodelta, Part 2

by pete on January 20, 2015

(Read Part 1)

By Robert Little

The photographs you are about to see are the only images known to privately or publicly exist of the inside of Autodelta taken since 1967. Not even the factory, nor the Alfa Romeo Museo Storico has any images inside the high walls of the Autodelta factory, nor has any Alfa Romeo S.p.A. employee ever seen these images…until now. All materials are under the copyright protection of the Bern Convention. All Rights Reserved.

Via Enrico Fermi 7, Settimo Milanese

As related in the Introduction, in 1972 I abruptly left Michigan State in my senior year and hopped a Milan-bound British Overseas Airlines flight. After a long and fairly expensive taxi drive, I finally reached the tiny farming hamlet of Settimo Milanese, the rural area chosen by Alfa Romeo S.p.A. for its walled compound, located in what was at the time a rural farming community in a distant suburb of Milano. [click to continue…]

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London Classic Car Show, January 8-11

by pete on January 20, 2015

McLaren-F1

McLaren-F1 One of the corner stones of the show was a display in tribute to the designer Adrian Newey. Under the heading of cars that most inspired Adrian was this rather fetching McLaren F1. Described as the first properly built hypercar and the last car you could drive to Le Mans and win.

Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp

The seasonal lull for car events in the UK has just got a bit shorter following the introduction of the London Classic Car show held between the 8th and 11th January, in the Excel Center, which is located in the heart of the London Dockland area.

The show was billed as being different from the normal kind of indoor show; the difference is that many of the cars were demonstrated at the show. Down the middle of the show hall the organizers had laid out the “Grand Avenue” in which a great many of the cars on display were driven. At the top end of the Grand Avenue was a roundabout which allowed the cars to take a circular route in front of the crowd. [click to continue…]

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Bicester Heritage Meet, January 4th

by pete on January 20, 2015

Why we like the Bicester concept and event...


Story and photos by Roy P. Smith

Author of the four volume Alpine & Renault series, “Gordini-a true racing legend” and a VeloceToday correspondent, Roy Smith is photographed signing a limited number of copies of his latest book “The Porsche 924 Carrera”. Order your signed copy from Veloce Publishing now.

Two events in four days kicked of the 2015 year, and it was only January! On January the 1st the now-regular gathering in the ancient town of Stony Stratford saw the car parks closed to regular visitors and the high street choc a block with exotica. (See my report in last week’s VeloceToday.) The big one though was to follow just three days later on January 4th, at the Bicester Heritage Sunday Brunch Scramble in England. The rapidly expanding quarterly meeting where the news was that registrations had closed over a week before due to being heavily oversubscribed. 800 cars were due with Morgan being the major invited marque. A sunny day as was originally forecast and everyone was hopeful. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for January 13, 2015

by pete on January 13, 2015

On tap for you this week is Part 2 of the incredible Baillon Barn Find; we begin our series of Robert Little’s fantastic photographs of Autodelta at its peak; Roy Smith brings in the New Year at Stoney Stratford; the Editor recalls the not-so-Immortal Alfettas. Thanks for all the donations, please keep them coming!


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WANTED! I would like to put together a set of STYLE AUTO QUARTERLY (ARCHITETTURA DELLA CARROZZERIA). Bimonthly from 1964 – 1978. Location unimportant providing you will ship to the UK! I realize a full run is rare, willing to purchase a part/incomplete run of copies.
Contact:willgrant@yahoo.co.uk

Limited Edition, numbered Stanguellini prints available now from Graham Gauld. Email directly for prices and shipping; several numbered copies of the below art still available. Shipping location is Southern France. Click on photo to see all selections.
Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

FINE ART T-Shirts
Classic car portraitist offering fine art tees of his favorite paintings. All have caption pertaining to art services. Available now, L,S,2XL, and M.Other sizes require two weeks wait. $50 each.

CONTACT Photojournalistpro@gmail.com

Rent a Race Car to drive in the 2015 Mille Miglia, Bassano, and other Italian Vintage events! Drive this rare Siata Daina Coupe, an A.C. Ace, or a Colli barchetta or others. This is an opportunity of a lifetime.
Don’t wait, these cars are rented out quickly for 2015!
Contact vack@cox.net for further details.

*$25 Ads for anyone who has something to sell, to giveaway, or to holler about. Ad will be placed above the fold and run for one month. Contact vack@cox.net .

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Inside the Walls of Autodelta, Part 1

by pete on January 13, 2015

Robert Little contacted VeloceToday recently and asked if we’d be interested in re-publishing his historic photos and descriptions of Autodelta, taken in the early 1970s, which had previously appeared in the “Alfa Owner” and now on his own website.

We jumped at the opportunity; the photos and his story are unique and of great interest and value. “It’s actually quite an amazing and true story – one that has not been known to have been repeated in the history of Italian motor racing. Looking back one finds it difficult to believe it actually happened as it did…” wrote Mr. Little. This Introduction explains how his magical sojourn came about; the rest of the chapters will concentrate on his amazing photographic record of Autodelta at its prime.

By Robert Little

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Baillon Barn Find of the Century Part 2

by pete on January 13, 2015

Baillon barn find Talbot Lago

Chassis #100272 as found. Even in a state of decay, it has lost none of its intensity or beauty. (Artcurial Motorcars) Click to enlarge.

By Peter M. Larsen

Read Part 1

TALBOT-LAGO T26 RECORD SAOUTCHIK #100272

Talbot-Lago T26 Record chassis #100272 is the second of the three momentous Saoutchik barnfinds in the collection of the late Jacques Baillon. The emergence of this extremely rare car is all the more remarkable, as it was believed lost.

It shares the chassis as well as its powerful engine and mechanicals with Talbot-Lago T26 #100239 which was featured last week and is one of 208 T26 Records manufactured in 1948. The vast majority of these cars were given one of a number of factory body styles manufactured in-house by Talbot. #100272 is one of the rare instances where a Record chassis was sent to a prominent Carrosserie to receive a one-off body. The price of the Record chassis alone was an astronomical 1,165,000 francs in 1948. Saoutchik charged 2,500,000 to 3,000,000 francs for a full-size convertible body. When delivered, the price of admission for #100272 would have approached 4,000,000 francs, more than enough to buy ten complete Citroën Traction Avants! [click to continue…]

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The Mortal Alfa Romeo Alfetta

January 13, 2015

By Pete Vack
Photos from Alfa Brochures
The Alfetta Sedan and GT
The Alfetta series—which are roughly defined herein as any of the front engined, de Dion transaxle cars made from 1973 to 1992, were created to replace the existing solid axle Alfas, and to significantly improve the highly praised handling characteristics of the Alfas produced up to [...]

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Stony Stratford Vintage and Classic Meeting, UK

January 13, 2015

Story and photos by Roy P. Smith
Author of the four volume Alpine & Renault series, “Gordini-a true racing legend” and a VeloceToday correspondent, Roy Smith is photographed signing a limited number of copies of his latest book “The Porsche 924 Carrera”. Order your signed copy from Veloce Publishing now.
January the 1st 2015; [...]

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VeloceToday for January 6, 2015

January 6, 2015

This week, Peter Larsen, author of the encyclopedic three volume Saoutchik, gives VeloceToday an expert’s opinion of the Saoutchik treasures found in the Baillon Barn Find. Part 1 this week, Part 2 and 3 to follow. Graham Gauld recalls the Italian collector Count Zanon, we find Ferrari and Miller treasures in Dick Merritt’s [...]

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Baillon Barn Find of the Century

January 6, 2015

By Peter M. Larsen
There are barnfinds. And then there are barnfinds. Imagine the reaction when the corrugated siding of the lean-to next to the secluded château in the west of France came down and a long-lost Talbot-Lago T26 Record chassis came to light. And more: this T26 chassis # 100239 was not just [...]

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