Spyker B6 Venator Spyder – pics and presser

Spyker have just unveiled the topless version of the sensational B6 Venator that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. They promised the topless version back then. Today, at Pebble Beach, they delivered. Here are the official studio images and the press release. —— SPYKER UNVEILS B6 VENATOR SPYDER CONCEPT Spyker N.V. (“Spyker”) today revealed the Spyder version of its new exotic sports car, the Spyker B6 Venator, at a press conference in Pebble Beach, California. Just five months after unveiling the B6 Venator Coupe Concept to rave reviews at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show, Spyker – […]

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Fulvia Quest – Update

Just a quick update on my search for a good Lancia Fulvia. The red one from northern Australia has been ruled out. I did get some feedback from the seller last night (finally) and it raised more questions than it answered. There IS a good list of spare parts that come with the car so anyone looking at it who’s willing to reconcile the irregularities that I can’t figure out from a distance could well land themselves a good car. The blue car from Canberra is still available and the seller has received several offers, including a standing offer from […]

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Our Saab 9000 Aero

I’ve been asked about the Saab 9000 Aero we bought a few weeks ago. How’s it going? What’s it like? Can we see pictures? The answer is ……. well……. complicated. First, let me get the negatives out of the way. They are significant, annoying and even a little embarrassing. This is not the post I wanted to write about this car, but I’m going to write it as both a reminder and as a warning. Negative #1 – The engine. There’s no elegantly loquacious way of saying this, so I’ll just say it: Our car doesn’t have an Aero engine. […]

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Poll Results: Which Car Should I Buy?

Yesterday I asked you opinion on which car I should buy next. There were four options. Here are the poll results, from most popular to least popular. 52% of you think I should buy the hot looking Alfa Junior with the 2-litre transplant. 31% of you think I’m an idiot. 11% of you voted for the blue Fulvia, which needs a full restoration. 6% of you voted for the red Fulvia —— I’d like to say I was encouraged by the vote, but it’s pretty clear I’m almost on my own with regard to appreciation for the Fulvia. And maybe […]

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Have You Ever Bought The Same Car Twice?

The picture above shows my old Saab 900. It’s a fairly notable model in Saab’s history as it was made in late 1984 as one of the first 16-valve cars. I couldn’t confirm it, but a story told to me by someone around at the time was that it was actually one of the press cars bought into Australia at the time of the 16-valve’s introduction. Those cars were supposed to go back to Sweden but let’s just say that stock control in the mid-1980’s wasn’t what it is today. Some of the cars were sold and apparently this might […]

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Poll: Which Car To Buy Next?

We’re in election mode here in Australia so I figured a poll was in order. Click here to view the Red Fulvia and the Blue Fulvia. Click here to view the Alfa GT Junior. Just go through the archives to see how I’m a bloody idiot. Then vote! [poll id=”11″] —— —

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Fulvia Choices – Down To Two, Red vs Blue

There’s a lot of text and a LOT of photos here. It’s basically me trying to figure out my own thoughts on these two Australian Fulvias. Feel free to climb inside my mind. I’ve been looking at Fulvias for a few months and I’m coming to a point where a decision is warranted – which one do I pursue? The situation has changed a little since I last wrote about Fulvias. Another car has come on to the market here in Australia. We’ll it’s returned to the market. This car was sold on Ebay a few weeks ago but the […]

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Saab Accessories 1979

Before I really even knew what a Saab was, it was the off-beat nature of everything Saab-related that drew me in. This accessories catalogue from 1979 is a perfect example. Everyone of its 8 pages has something different, something destined to be retro-cool from that day it was made – even the ‘fashion’ page. I got this brochure on my recent trip from Sydney to Hobart, when I picked up our 9000 Aero. My thanks to my mate Bill for letting me bring it home. Click. —

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Saab 9-5 is now called Senova

I don’t want to sound down about the future, but let’s just say the present ain’t looking all that great. BAIC bought technology from Saab just as the company was being sold by GM in 2009. It’s four years later and their vehicle based on the Saab 9-5 – called the Senova – has just been tested by Autocar magazine in England. You would hope that with a solid working base and 4 years to remodel that things would be reasonably good. And parts of it are. Plenty of it wasn’t, though. In short: The drivetrain shows its age. The […]

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This Alfa Junior Is Breaking My Concentration

Just when I’m making some real progress on my Fulvia search, along comes this Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior to distract me. It had a full restoration in the late 1990’s but is still looking remarkably good – and it’d want to given the $23,000 price tag. The 1300 engine has been replaced with a 2-litre Alfa engine for some extra oomph. There’s a number of electrical and mechanical upgrades to go with that, too. The original 1300 engine is available to come with the car. I’ve long had a Bertone coupe on my automotive bucket list but I was […]

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