Opel Manta 2.0i GSi | Restoration report - Simca Aronde Deluxe | Peugeot 604 | Mercedes-Benz 280 S | Triumph Trident | Ford Scorpio 2.9i V6 GLX | Dnepr with Guzzimotor

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Restoration report Simca Aronde Deluxe

Restoration report Simca Aronde Deluxe

This could have turned out differently. Fortunately it turned out to be a good story for this French middle class from the 50s. A car with a comprehensive history that has been well preserved for many years, had some clammy moments in the past 20 years. Even when it came into the hands of the current owners, it was not yet certain which way it would go. Fortunately, this Simca managed to win the hearts of two junior restaurateurs. In fact, in record time.

Triumph Trident

Triumph Trident

When Triumph could have done it all smarter, it could have been ahead of Honda in producing the first true 'superbike'. The history of the Triumph Trident may actually be an example for the downfall of the famous and once so beloved English motorcycle.

Mercedes-Benz 280 S.

Mercedes-Benz 280 S.

In September 1972 Mercedes-Benz presented the 116 model series on the Costa Brava. He retired the W108 / W109 Baureihe and was built himself in different variants for eight years. The Benz Oberklasse was groundbreaking in terms of safety, innovation and course stability, and so was the quality standard used. Auto Motor Klassiek was allowed to experience that historic qualification some time ago during a report about a new Benz from the 116 Baureihe delivered in the Netherlands. It is a 280 1979 S, with less than a ton on the clock.

Peugeot 604 (1975-1985)

Purchase advice Peugeot 604 (1975-1985)

Since you only live once, you have to treat yourself. A car that creates the ultimate conditions for this is the Peugeot 604, a French limousine according to the best traditions. In fact, he actually created it himself, as an ultra-comfortable sedan in a segment where the brand last stirred in the XNUMXs. He retains his qualities to this day, although he does demand some dedication in return.

Ford Scorpio 2.9i V6 GLX

Ford Scorpio 2.9i V6 GLX

The Ford Scorpio, produced by the Ford Motor Company between 1985 and 1998, was a large car intended for the European market. And - spoiler alert - they are now extremely cheap! That has its reasons.

Opel Manta 2.0i GSi

Opel Manta 2.0i GSi

You have to look for an Opel Manta that has not fallen prey to the rugged expanses of Sjonnies with a light. The story becomes even more special when an untouched 2.0i GSi comes into the hands of the man who once gave it the zero turn and then carried out maintenance countless times. “Those things don't rust with me,” claims Theo Slegers. The proof is here.

Dnepr with Guzzimotor

Dnepr with Guzzimotor

Converted bikes are timeless. And they weren't used to be made by bearded trendsetters, influencers, marketers and geniuses. Motorcycles were usually built out of genuine poverty. Or out of love for technology.

Photographers along the circuits

From the old days. Photographers along the circuits

To what do you owe the most beautiful action photos along circuits? To photographers with No Fear. Not that they had no fear, of course they did, only they did not realize what could go wrong. This is clearly visible in the photo series that we are presenting you this time.

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Preface

Trying to predict the future is like driving a country road in the dark, without lights, looking through the back window. The renowned business consultant Peter F. Drucker seems to have said that once.

That sounds dangerous, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, even in a Tesla with Autopilot. Then predicting the future sounds a bit more harmless. I say sounds, because in fact that can be just as dangerous. The American-Korean investor Bill Hwang also experienced this, who went from being a multi-billionaire to beggar in less than a few weeks. For years, the future unfolded exactly according to his vision, until suddenly it wasn't anymore, with dramatic consequences.

Last week I saw a nice documentary about 50 years of the Boeing 747 with beautiful historical images. It also made it clear once again how much a vision for the future can deviate from reality. In the 747s and XNUMXs, supersonic passenger planes were seen as the future. Boeing spent hundreds of millions on developing such a plane, but in the early XNUMXs the stop was pulled when it turned out that nobody was really waiting for sonic booms and astronomical operating costs. If Boeing hadn't also gambled on the subsonic XNUMX at the time, the company would no longer have existed.

This shows again how difficult such gigantic projects is to realize and how close you can slide past the abyss as a company before you achieve success. Even Tesla - which has managed to book enormous price gains in recent years - was almost without power during the 2008 crisis. It was all right if Musk should have sold.

Everything is easy afterwards. So we can now say exactly what the English motorcycle industry has done wrong and how much better it is Triumph had perished when they turned Bert Hopwood and Doug Hele's ideas for a three-cylinder into reality as quickly and as best as possible. The idea of ​​a three-cylinder four-stroke with horizontally split crankcases and a timing belt-driven overhead camshaft could have come to the rescue. Instead, almost everything was done wrong and the millions that could have been invested in development were spent on an expensive consultancy and the optical modernization of obsolete designs. People call it so beautiful putting lipstick on a pig. Of course the unions did not really help either, with a strike lasting no less than 18 (!) Months. But the fact that management was driving forward looking only through the rear window with no illumination on the twisty dark road of the XNUMXs was perhaps the biggest mistake. The Trident did eventually come, but rather halfheartedly. Too little, too late. Well, forecasting remains difficult, especially when it comes to the future!