Ad of the week: New DS21

This weeks ad covers the launch of the DS21 – still on the 2nd nose. The introduction of the DS21 started to address the concerns about the lack of power in the DS, the main point of criticism over its 20 year life. The car was originally supposed to have an air cooled flat six, but that never panned out.

Ad of the week: Mercedes 300SL Roadster

This weeks ad covers the 300SL Roadster after it was launched to replace the Gullwing. The Ad focuses mostly on performance – a strong point for these cars.

Great Getaway Car: Mercedes-Benz

Escape to the great green world of spring and summer. Motor to the mountains, drive down to the sea. Slip the surly tethers of the working day and learn that how you go can often bring more satisfaction than where. Point the long potent snout of your Mercedes-Benz sports car down the highway and, as distance dissolves, thrill pridefully to the incomparable control you exercise of the […]

2016 French car day

Today was the 2016 French car day. As usual a good day out, including my Traction Avant taking out 1st place in the pre-1955 category.

Attendance was down this year compared to last year as the weather was a bit iffy this morning. But it turned out nice enough in the end. A humorous side show was a member of the Citroen car club arriving in his GS with only three wheels, showing off the ability of Hydraulic suspended Citroens to do it. This car was for sale and he was trying to attract attention, which he achieved. The GS […]

The great shed tour of 2016

As you go to car shows and car club events, you realize that there are many more big car collections out there than you would expect. Not just celebrities like Jay Leno, but people who live in the same city as you who have extensive and interesting car collections. Friends of mine think I am nuts owning 5 cars, but it is nothing compared to some of the collections out there.

The Mercedes Club organized a tour of 4 ‘sheds’ today, allowing club members to see some of the collections that normally remain behind closed doors.

The first shed had […]

Ad of the week: New Jaguar XK-E

This is a great ad from the launch of the E-Type in 1961. It shows both body styles, the Fixed Head and the Open Top. In the USA, the XK series had great name recognition so the E-Type was marketed as the XK-E.

This is the new Jaguar XK-E!

Ad of the week: Citroen DS 3rd Nose

This weeks Ad covers the face lift of the Citroen DS that gave us the 3rd nose. This is the American version, so it unfortunately depicts the ugly American version of the lights – covered lights were not allowed, nor were turning or load leveling headlights.

Mercedes Finny and Ponton (Roundie) styling

A display at the Gosford Car museum offered an interesting comparison between the Mercedes Finny and Ponton 220S models with two parked next to each other in the same colour. The W111 finny set a design trend through the 60s and early 70s for Mercedes. The side by side comparison in the same colour really shows the similarities and differences.

Obviously the major differences are at the front and the back with the tail fins, updated lights from the 300SL roadster etc, but there are numerous subtle changes that show the evolution between these two models. The Mercedes grille […]