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    Mercedes-Benz L319 and NSU Max. Nice scale combination from Schuco

    The Mercedes-Benz L1955, built from 319 to the 319s, was a typical LKW of its time. The L319 had its heyday within an era when the market for larger vans was developing. Western Europe made the step from reconstruction to great economic prosperity, and medium-sized transport vehicles fit the bill perfectly. The LXNUMX features […] More

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    Honda Civic. Supermini from Japan.

    In the first half of the 1970s, the Japanese automotive industry was on the rise in Europe. The established order on our continent became increasingly competitive. One of the Japanese manufacturers who responded to the European market potential of those years was Honda. After a modest start with the 600 and 800 types, the Japanese surprised with the front-wheel drive Honda Civic, a dynamic and compact response to the increasing traffic intensity. More

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    Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina. A thoroughbred sports sedan.

    In 1967 Alfa Romeo launches the Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina. The new sports sedan is in many ways reminiscent of the successful Giulia, but appears to have been built on the basis of completely different principles. The increasingly businesslike zeitgeist demands more clean lines from car designers. In Milan this leads to an extraordinarily beautiful sports sedan from Bertone. More

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    BMW E3. Bavarian return to the Oberklasse.

    In the autumn of 1968, BMW presented the successor to the 3200 S. More than four years after the disappearance of the “Barockengel”, the Bavarian manufacturer returned to the Oberklasse. The BMW E3 was launched to face competition from Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz W108/W109) and Rüsselsheim (Opel's six-cylinder models) among others. The E3 – designed by Wilhelm Hofmeister – was available as 2500 and 2800 at its debut. In both cases, the power sources were six-cylinder in-line engines. More

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    BMW 700. The most important car in the history of the brand

    In the 1950s, BMW faced many financial problems. It struggled with a completely incoherent model range. That included the Isetta and the V8 models (BMW 501 / 502). There was a gap between these model generations. While BMW made every effort in 1959 to keep Daimler-Benz out of doors, it was surprising with the arrival of the BMW 700. The model became an extremely important car in the history of BMW. More

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    Formula 1. Max, Jan and Huub

    On September 5, 2021, the world witnessed a Dutch Grand Prix for the first time since August 24, 1985. Max Verstappen won in a race that was equally exciting, mainly because of the tire tactics, and it was remarkable how stoically he crossed the finish line first. Everything fell into place, the free practice and […] More

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    Jaguar C type. Short-built beauty, two-time Le Mans winner

    This calendar year marks the 24th anniversary of the Jaguar C-type winning the 1951 Le Mans 1953-hour race. Jaguar wrote motorsport history because the C-type immediately won on its debut. In XNUMX Jaguar did that again thinly with the improved C-type, which also had an important innovation on board. The Jaguar C-type came […] More

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    Renault 4 GTL. Driving a mature evergreen.

    In 2020, Peter de Roy from Schalsum bought a beautiful Renault 4 GTL from Gerard Kramer Classics in Wolvega. The excellent Renault comes from the last Dutch delivery year of the now sixty-year-old Renault 4. Auto Motor Klassiek drove with the little Frenchman, who (again) pleasantly surprised in several ways. In total, the Renault […] More

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    Fiat Panda. Ultimate pride of Giorgetto Giugiaro.

    In 1980 the Fiat Panda saw the light of day. The small angular Italian was marketed to provide cheap and practical transportation. The Panda also fulfilled its maker's wish to introduce the successful front-wheel drive concept from, for example, the 127 and the Autobianchi A112 in the smallest class. Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro managed to design a striking and extremely successful car. It remained in production for 23 years. More

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    Coming home to Schalsum. Cheers!

    I park the Opel on the site of Autobedrijf de Roy. In the cozy Schalsum, near Franeker, I am looking forward to what is to come. I could be found there more often. After the first report with Peter and his son Thomas, I regularly went to Peter de Roy's garage. And then […] More

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    GM Stir-Lec I. Hybrid prototype with the body of the Opel Kadett-B Coupé

    During the XNUMXs, General Motors developed many hybrid prototypes. At the end of the Sixties, this resulted in the special GM Stir-Lec I and II. Thanks in part to the application of the Stirling engine, they were unique in their technical kind. The Stir-Lecs did not make it to the production stage. But the principles of that time offer in modern […] More

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