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VeloceToday for October 28, 2014

by pete on October 28, 2014


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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Instruction Book.
DIAS Public No. 780 10/61 (15.000). Incredible, excellent condition, 14 pages with FOUR fold out wiring diagrams for the Berlina, TI, Spider and Spider Veloce. No water marks, rips or tears; you will NOT find one in better condition! This book covers the rare Berlina, the Berlina TI and the Spider and Spider Veloce for the U.S. market. $400 or best offer. Click here to see details.
Contact:vack@cox.net


Four issues of Auto Aficionado, the automobile collector’s magazine edited by Larry Crane, including the initial three issues. Only sold together $80 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. Volume 1 No 1 March/April 2005, Volume 1 No 2 May-June 2005, Volume 1 No 3 Sept/Oct 2005, Volume 2 No 1 Jan/Feb 2006. Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

SOLD!! Alfa 1600 Sprint and Spider Instruction Book. Public no. 838-12/1963 (1500) R. Original, excellent to mint condition; spine is not broken, appears as new. Slight fraying on edge of Electrical diagram where it protrudes from the edge of the book. 80 pages, printed for US market cars. SS instruction book sold for $400; looking for best offer over $300. Click photo to see larger image. 1600 Giulia TI instruction book also available, good condition.
Contact:vack@cox.net

Three volume classic, “The Grand Prix Car” by Laurence Pomeroy and LJK Setright. 1200+pp The history, theory, design , details and performance of all the important GP cars from the turn of the century through 1966. Hundreds of extraordinary technical drawings, charts, spec tables and racing results. Condition: excellent used, no marks beyond owner name Price $850 plus shipping(weight 12.5 lbs) Contact stevegurr@charter.net

*$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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A Visit to the Maserati Factory, 1963

by pete on October 28, 2014

And what have we here? The Maserati factory circa 1963 was full of surprises.


This week we feature the first of four visits to the Maserati factory. Next week, Graham Gauld recalls the works in the years 1957, 1958 and 1960, while this week, VeloceToday reader David Hewitt ads his impressions of his time in Europe in 1963, and a visit to Maserati.

While trying to identify the cars in Hewitt’s photos, we stumbled across two rare and interesting cars once owned by John Simone, head of Maserati-France. But before we get that, David’s photos of the Nurburgring are equally fascinating and all in color!

Photos courtesy David Hewitt unless otherwise noted.

Text by Pete Vack and David Hewitt

David Hewitt’s father was an Air Force pilot stationed in Europe from 1960 to 1964. Hewitt was only 15 when his family lived in France for the first year and Germany for the remaining years. Hewitt recalls those years: [click to continue…]

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Automedon Meeting and Exhibition, Paris

by pete on October 28, 2014

D.B coupè SERA by Jacques Durand, 1960

Photos by Alessandro Gerelli

AUTOMEDON MEETING AND EXHIBITION (PARIS OCTOBER 18th-19th) In addition to the traditional Paris Salon, during the weekend of October 18th, the Automedon old car event was held in the Bourget exhibition center near Paris, with many owner clubs and many spare parts dealers present

But what was really impressive to me, is the huge and incredible number of old car owners coming to Bourget to visit the event and show their cars in the parking areas. You can find very rare and old cars, but mainly more production cars like Citroen, Renault and Peugeot of the 50s and 60s.

In the hall there was a very important and interesting show of D.B cars: D.B is a French make, the result from the meeting of Charles Deutsch and Rene Bonnet producing excellent small sport cars till the early 60s, based mainly on Panhard engines. [click to continue…]

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L’Automobile & La Mode, Paris, 2014

by pete on October 28, 2014

Alfa Romeo Carabo 1968 by Gandini & Bertone

Alfa Romeo Carabo by Gandini & Bertone

Photos by Alessandro Gerelli

MONDIAL DE L’ AUTOMOBILE, October 4-19 2014

In one of the many halls of the show, a different exhibition took place called “L’Automobile & la mode” (“Cars and fashion”), showing many cars of different periods together with pictures of dresses. The cars were really a surprise for their variety and importance, few of them designed by or for fashion masters.
To see the new cars at this year’s show, click here: http://www.velocetoday.com/mondial-de-lautomobile-paris-2014/ [click to continue…]

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Mondial de L’Automobile, Paris 2014

by pete on October 28, 2014

The racing version of the Alfa 4C

The racing version of the Alfa 4C

Photos by Alessandro Gerelli

MONDIAL DE L’ AUTOMOBILE, October 4-19 2014 The car exhibition in Paris was a great success with an incredible number of visitors and, of course, all the car manufacturers present with many new models.

For VeloceToday, have limited my photo report to the most important Italian makes plus a few of other cars with bodies designed by Italian coach builders. In addition to all the new cars, there was another hall featuring cars and fashions over the ages, click here to see those photos. http://www.velocetoday.com/paris-2014/ [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for October 21, 2014

by pete on October 21, 2014


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Four issues of Auto Aficionado, the automobile collector’s magazine edited by Larry Crane, including the initial three issues. Only sold together $80 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. Volume 1 No 1 March/April 2005, Volume 1 No 2 May-June 2005, Volume 1 No 3 Sept/Oct 2005, Volume 2 No 1 Jan/Feb 2006. Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

Alfa 1600 Sprint and Spider Instruction Book. Public no. 838-12/1963 (1500) R. Original, excellent to mint condition; spine is not broken, appears as new. Slight fraying on edge of Electrical diagram where it protrudes from the edge of the book. 80 pages, printed for US market cars. SS instruction book sold for $400; looking for best offer over $300. Click photo to see larger image. 1600 Giulia TI instruction book also available, good condition.
Contact:vack@cox.net

Join the Rat Pack! Stunningly restored Ghia L 6.4 coupe for sale. Ninth of only 26 made; full, authentic, accurate restoration. Beautiful black exterior with black and white interior, as featured in the original factory sales brochure! Please see www.GhiaL64.com for details or contact John Huggins at GhiaL6.4@gmail.com

Three volume classic, “The Grand Prix Car” by Laurence Pomeroy and LJK Setright. 1200+pp The history, theory, design , details and performance of all the important GP cars from the turn of the century through 1966. Hundreds of extraordinary technical drawings, charts, spec tables and racing results. Condition: excellent used, no marks beyond owner name Price $850 plus shipping(weight 12.5 lbs) Contact stevegurr@charter.net

*$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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Mr. G's Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe. Since the T57 was also a coupe, he decided he wanted an open car.


By Brandes Elitch

In the previous column we related how our hero discovered a Bugatti while in military service in France and brought it home to Florida. He towed it to California to begin restoration at the same time he was a graduate student at Stanford University. He then acquired a Lancia Aurelia Spider and joined Hayden Shepley’s American Lancia Club as member number 7. We pick up the story in 1970 after he has graduated, married and is living in Carmel Valley, California. By now he has traded the Spider for an Aurelia Gran Turismo coupe, better suited to commuting to his job in Monterey. One day he saw an ad in the Monterey Herald newspaper for a 1954 Maserati 2 liter spider (S/N 2101). He had always coveted a Maserati, but already had the Bugatti and Lancia in the garage. A friend advised him that he really needed to have an open car because the other two were coupes. When he asked his wife for her opinion she replied, “The main vices in your character are the ones in the garage. Go ahead and buy what you really want!” It should be obvious to any car enthusiast that when this happens it is proof you married the right person. [click to continue…]

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Scuderia Ambrosiana

by pete on October 21, 2014

The writer’s first meeting with Scuderia Ambrosiana was at Charterhall in Scotland in 1952. The photo shows David Murray’s Scuderia Ambrosiana badged Ferrari F2 car that was to be driven by Bill Dobson. The distinctive Scuderia Ambrosiana badge can be seen just ahead of the rear view mirror whilst chief mechanic Wilkie Wilkinson is at the wheel.

Story and photos by Graham Gauld

Most people interested in Italian motor racing will no doubt have heard of Scuderia Ambrosiana, originally founded by Count “Johnny” Lurani back in 1936 but probably know little else about it. [click to continue…]

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Zoute Grand Prix, October 9-12, Belgium

October 21, 2014

Story and photos by Hugues Vahnoolandt
Zoute Grand Prix, Belgium October 9-12 2014 Now in its 5th edition, the Zoute Grand Prix, held in Knokke-le-Zoute on the Belgian Coast, has become a key event of the classic car calendar and marks the last Concours d’Elégance of the year, at least in Europe.
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Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years in North America

October 21, 2014

Story and photos by Steven Kittrell unless otherwise noted
Beverly. Hills that is; swimming pools, movie stars and a stable of Ferraris never before seen on US soil. Last Sunday, Ferrari celebrated its 60th North American anniversary by rolling out the red carpet on Rodeo Drive. This ‘Race Through the Decades’ event was loaded with the [...]

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VeloceToday for October 14, 2014

October 14, 2014

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Four issues of Auto Aficionado, the automobile collector’s magazine edited by Larry Crane, including the initial three issues. Only sold together $80 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. Volume 1 No 1 March/April 2005, Volume 1 No 2 May-June 2005, Volume [...]

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A Lifetime of Cars of a Lifetime: Bugatti T57

October 14, 2014

By Brandes Elitch
“I was fortunate enough to live in a time when, if you were willing to tinker with your car, there was a lot of neat stuff to be had. But you were on your own though.”
Recently, Steve Snyder, a fixture in the American Lancia Club for decades, reprinted the club publication originally [...]

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