Classics By The Beach – February 2015


A very un-Tasmanian summer Saturday full of wind and wetness had people feeling cautious about bringing their precious metal out on Sunday. The weather cleared, however, with overcast skies but only the tiniest bit of drizzle for a few minutes. Classics was ON! —— Red vs Blue Maserati Ghibli SS The car that stole the show this month was a beautiful Maserati Ghibli SS. I’ve shown this car before but this weekend saw a very special reason to photograph it anew. This is how you’ve seen the car in previous instalments….. The red looks very tidy, without a doubt. But […]

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Spyker Bankruptcy Declared Void

Spyker B6 Venator Spyder

This is why I love you, Victor Muller……. —— SPYKER N.V. WINS APPEAL: BANKRUPTCY DECLARED NULL AND VOID WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT. Back in Moratorium of Payment, Spyker expects to reach an Agreement with its Creditors and exit Moratorium in a Matter of Weeks. Zeewolde, the Netherlands, January 29th, 2015. Spyker N.V., together with its wholly owned subsidiary Spyker Automobielen B.V. (collectively “Spyker” or the “Company”), today won an appeal filed on December 29th, 2014 with the Appeals Court of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.Pursuant to the ruling rendered today the decision of the District Court of Midden-Nederland in Lelystad, the Netherlands (the […]

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Lancia Fulvia – SOLD!


Hi all. I just wanted to pass on the good news that my Lancia Fulvia was sold within a week. I’m really, really pleased with this sale not just because it’s happened – and happened so quickly – but also because the car is going to the perfect buyer. The Fulvia will be Ralph’s fourth Lancia restoration, so he’s obviously a massive enthusiast for the brand and already has the skills and the contacts in place to bring this car back to life again – something I hope to replicate myself some day. I’ve had a couple of false starts […]

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For Sale: Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Rallye


Sadly, it’s come to this. My Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Rallye is up for sale. With Mrs Swade and I wanting to move house and the initial estimates on the restoration work being higher than anticipated, I have to offer it up for someone else to take on. It’ll be very sad to see this beautiful lady move on, but hopefully someone else can do the work that I can’t.

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From Your Dog


Hey, food person! You’re awake!! Let me reach up so we can sniff each other’s noses! You’re awesome. I love licking your face. I’ve been up for a few hours. I’ve been waiting here by the door and watching people pass by the house. Sometimes they come past with other dogs, which I know are just dying to move in here. No way, Fido! Yes, I’m going to watch you eat breakfast. My powers of concentration might be limited most of the day but you’re eating. Did you know Nikon learned about auto-focus by watching dogs around food? Did you […]

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Alfa Romeo Australia Screw Up 4C Launch


It always felt too good to be true…. Alfa Romeo released details on Australian version of the new 4C mid-engined performance coupe. It’s fair to say that people who were waiting to take delivery of their 4C will be somewhat disappointed. The first let-down is the price. Aussies should be all over the fact that the Alfa Romeo 4C will sell for $54,000 in the USA. That’s $65,000 of our Australian dollars. Due to a) Australia’s luxury car tax, and b) the fact that we’re used to paying a premium for cars here, getting close to $65,000 was always a […]

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Quick Review: 2015 Detroit Auto Show


Press days at the Detroit Auto Show are now done and dusted. I didn’t follow things in detail but there were a few standout cars and announcements that made enough noise to be heard over the miles. All pics borrowed from Autoblog. I’ll put them back when I’m done. Promise. —— Buick Avenir Concept OMG! Swade’s mentioning a GM vehicle and he’s not suggesting it looks like a horse’s ass!! No, it doesn’t. Some might even call it attractive. Or maybe just handsome. I’m not fussed. I just wanted to mention the Buick Avenir Concept because much of the design […]

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First Cars – Saab and Alfa Romeo


I was cleaning some stuff up at home yesterday when I found the following photos of my first (and second) Saab and my first Alfa Romeo. I figured they were nostalgic enough to share here on the website. First, I have to apologise for the poor quality photos. These are photos of photos and the original prints were a bit blurry to start with (taken in low light with slow film in a fully manual SLR that I didn’t understand at the time). Nevertheless…… Saab 99E My first Saab was a red Saab 99E, from around 1973. It was 1998, […]

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Video: Petrolicious Alfa Giulia Super Ti


Want to spend 7 minutes feeling good about the world? Watch this superb new film from Petrolicious. It features one of the nicest guys you’ll ever see driving one of the nicest little Alfas you’ll ever see. It’s a car he built himself and he did such a good job that he ended up working for one of the best custom car builders in California – Singer Porsche. Sit back, pump up the volume and enjoy.

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Are Saab 99’s (slowly) becoming collectable?


Are there any collectable Saabs yet? I think some of the traditional favourites are on their way to semi-collectable status. Recent content online seems to suggest that certain models are starting to pop up on people’s radar. I wrestled with using the word ‘collectable’ in this headline because it implies dollar figures far in excess of what you’re going to see here. But the word ‘interesting’ didn’t seem to be enough. And Saab 99’s have always been interesting, as you know 🙂 Anyway…. Something happened as I trolled through my feeds this morning and it was enough to prompt this […]

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