The Lindbergh Travel Trailer

Lindbergh Travel Trailer

The Lindbergh Travel Trailer is a remarkable piece of four-wheeled American memorabilia, there weren’t many Americans more famous than Charles Lindbergh in 1939 – he had only just returned from voluntary exile in Europe after the tragic kidnapping and murder of his infant son in 1932 that had ignited an American media frenzy. Lindbergh’s personal…

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1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

The BMW 2002 Turbo is a wonderful example of what can occur when serendipity happens to a couple of Germans who happen to work at BMW. You see, the BMW 2002 owes its existence to an afternoon in 1967 when Helmut Werner Bönsch (BMW’s director of product planning) and Alex von Falkenhausen (designer of the…

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Asprey Pocket Knife & Game Counter

Asprey Pocket Knife

This ivory-handled Asprey pocket knife has a clever game counter and place finder built into its side – to ensure that the country gent can keep tabs on his afternoon’s shooting without losing count. The knife itself contains one large blade and two smaller blades, a flat-head screwdriver, a wood-saw, a cartridge-extractor for 12 & 16-bore…

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The USS Shenandoah

USS Shenandoah

The USS Shenandoah was the first of the great American airships, it was closely based on the German Zeppelin bomber L-49, built just after WWI and still viewed as one of the most important dirigibles of the era. With a gross weight of 36 tons, a total length of 68ft, a cruising speed of 70mph and…

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Tucker 48

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The Tucker 48 is a car that’ll forever live as an American legend, the extraordinary panache and guts shown by Preston Tucker in the post-war period is astonishing and the fact that he succeeded against the entrenched power of the Big 3 is reminiscent of the modern story of Elon Musk and Tesla. 50 Tucker…

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog Doppelkabine

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog is the German equivalent of the British Land Rover, the American Jeep and the Japanese Land Cruiser – It’s a function-first 4×4 with military, agricultural and leisure uses that’s spawned its own rabidly loyal, global fan club. Much like the Land Rover, the Unimog was developed in the years just after WWII…

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Vintage Drag Racers

Vintage Drag Racers

These early drag racers popped into our email inbox last week with a request to find more information on them. It’s thought that the photograph was taken in Sanford, Maine by friends of 1960s top fuel racer Bruce Wheeler – whose collection they originally came from. The cars in the image are just about as…

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1963 Lola Mk6 GT

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The Lola Mk6 GT is a car that may look vaguely familiar – it was the result of a collaboration between Ford and Lola, and it would eventually become the basis of the iconic and hugely successful Ford GT40. Similar to the GT40, the Lola Mk6 GT had a mid-mounted Ford V8, a space-frame chassis,…

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Nigel Mansell’s Steering Wheel

Nigel Mansell steering wheel

This is Nigel Mansell’s Momo steering wheel from the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix, it was originally fitted to his John Player Special Lotus 91, it’s the wheel he used to steer himself to the 3rd place step on the podium and it’s now been mounted on a stack of gearbox cogs. The JPS Lotus heritage…

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1955 Ford Thunderbird

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The 1955 Ford Thunderbird was the first generation of the European-inspired sports car from Ford that overwhelmingly outsold the Chevrolet Corvette, 23 Thunderbirds were sold for each Corvette in 1955 – a total of 16,155 Thunderbirds rolled off Ford dealer showroom floors compared to just 700 Corvettes. It’s interesting to look at the direction that…

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