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Fitzroy Chronograph.

I do love nice watches.  These days I am less inclined to want things ‘vintage’ and more inclined to want something totally NEW—inspired by the idea of creating my own legacy and my own vintage rather than buying into somebody else’s.  More about this in a later post as well…

I was in search for a truly modern, original, and unique chronograph watch.  It had to be automatic, and it had to represent 2012, not 1972.  It’s easy to find all sorts of ‘vintage chronographs’ on eBay and to buy into some other history—but I wanted to buy a watch that, in 30 years, someone could look at and appreciate for the time it was made in.  This is a small company making low-production watches—with unique features like an ‘external’ watchband bar, chunky beautifully made case, unique dial accenting, and a simply gorgeous transparent rear housing.

Last year, I briefly remember seeing a blip about a London brand called Fitzroy launching a series of Automatic (their own, swiss made automatic movements—again, original) and a modern set of stylish watches which I found thoroughly beautiful and original.   You won’t meet anyone else wearing one of these…and furthermore, it is a low-production, interesting, and creative timepiece.  Fitzroy Automatic Chronographs start at $880.  Their standard Automatic watches start at a touch over $500.  They supposedly will have a selection of custom fit designed watchbands available for purchase—however as of yet I have not been able to procure any other bands.

I absolutely love this watch.   Appreciation of the modern is the vintage of the future.

Fitzroy Website

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art of the day. Beetle sculpture.

I’ve seen these wire-based car sculptures before, but I love that this VW Beetle wire sculpture is in the middle of the road!

src:  yatzer, via stipistop

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NSU autocross

Over the past several months, i’ve really started loving these NSU Prinz/TT/TT-S models. I have seen a couple of these in the past in person and always get the feeling that these cars must be an absolute BLAST to drive around in.  Lightweight, rear-engined, tossable, stiff, and epic 60s cool.   These are so rare in the US, however they enjoy an enthusiastic following in Germany.  I would love to have a go in one…

Thanks to Marco for sending me these pics, and you can see the full album of photos from this AutoX NSU event HERE


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sighting of the day. Murcielago…

…not under its own power; but on a flatbed!

I’d like to think it was being simply transported somewhere, but I have a sneaking suspicion it was simply broken.   It still looked quite fast though…..even though it had an obligatory cheesy supercar license plate.

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foto of the day. 50s.

“Four Audi 50 racing cars fighting for the lead at a Touring-Car-Race at Hockenheimring in the early 80´s” – eLKayPics

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something different: Lamborghini Espada with a Chevy V8.

A while ago, my friend Bradley and I took a trip to Gullwing Motors and saw a green Lamborghini Espada parked outside within a chained in parking lot.  One of the primary reasons for that trip in the first place was to see that Espada as well as 2 Alfa Romeo Montreals they were selling.

I happen to think that the Espada is truly one of THE coolest ‘supercars’ to ever grace the streets….effortlessly cool even.  I’ve always thought of it as Lamborghini’s response to the muscle car—-a muscle car built with the DNA of a supercar.   It is low slung, beautifully designed, with a plush mega-italian interior, and a presence that few cars can aspire to have.  If you park an Espada next to any of the modern supercars; i know which one you’ll find me staring at non-stop!

Fortunately David Lang found my little blip about that car on IEDEI and reached out to me with more information about the unique and interesting Espada we had seen that day at Gullwing—–and about the Espada that HE bought!  So rather than wondering “whatever happened to that green Espada?”…..we have an interesting story and an update!

David:

“When the car arrived from Gullwing Motors it had been in storage approximately 5 years, or more and had no brakes and a badly running engine. The engine was tuned with new spark plugs, several vacuum leaks were repaired and fresh gas was added to make it run very well.

(here’s a photo of David’s Espada i’d taken when I went to Gullwing motors in 08/2010)

“The engine appears to have been a new crate unit (no numbers stamped on the ID pad) and has a Tuned Port Injection (TPI) system installed. It is a 1985-86 350ci engine that would have been used in Corvettes or Camaros of the day. The transmission is a Borg Warner 5 speed with a hydraulic clutch. The shift leaver was adapted and is original to the car. The original exhaust system was also adapted and is in the car as is the balance of the running gear and brakes. Overall the installation of the engine, TPI and tranny appears to have been professionally done to almost perfection. I say almost because of what I discovered when I drove the car the first time. It overheated even with the hugh, original radiator and double fan system. The radiator was checked by a local shop and found to have been rebuilt. It needed no service. After explaining to the specialist what it came out of and the engine conversion he told me to change the thermostat and check the water pump for proper rotation. I found that the pump had been running backwards due to the use of V belts instead of the serpentine belt the engine was designed for. I replaced the pump with one designed for clockwise rotation and problem solved. The car had been operated for 25 years with the wrong pump! That explains the low mileage of 43000 on the car. I”m guessing but I suspect the engine and tranny have less than 5000 miles on them and operate as new.”

(current photos of the car to follow)

“Work yet to be completed include paint stripping and repaint to a dark factory blue color from the original mint green and doing some electrical repair to obtain working headlights and original air horn. The body is very straight with just two very small rust holes in the bottom, front corners of both doors. The glass, bumpers and trim are near perfect. I have removed the awful bumper overriders and remounted the outside mirrors from the front fenders to the doors as most are. The mirrors are original too. The car apparently had good care most of its life but was neglected for the last 5 or so years while stored.”

“With new tires, the car drives very well. It tracks straight, rides smoothly and quietly and feels like it is glued to the road. With the engine and tranny change, I believe about 400 pounds have been lost from the front giving the car a close 50/50 weight distribution and a lighter feel to the unboosted steering.”

I, for one, am really glad this Espada has been rescued by an owner who is enthusiastic about his beautiful classic.  Thanks to David for writing!

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foto of the day (2): 131A

Fiat 131 Abarth


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foto of the day. RS in snow.

This winter has been a lot of fun.  I’m going to miss it……

Porsche 911 Carrera RS  (possible replica…) playing in the snow….

 

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foto of the day. Fulvia.

Lancia Fulvia in a VERY unusual colour! a colour I have never seen before on this car.  Does anyone know if this was a factory Lancia paintcode?  beautiful it is.

photographer:  edsel

 

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Porsche Cayman R.

Just debut’d at the LA auto show, although the photos i’m seeing of the actual car are pissing me off as they have ‘polished lip’ wheels; which, for me, ruin everything.

But i’m digging the idea and the car.  330hp. lighter. cooler interior.  better exterior.  $66k.  sweet! it’s like a pocket sized GT3.

more pics and info here: http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1051594_2012-porsche-cayman-r-first-look

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foto of the day. 3500gt

Maserati 3500GT

(courtesy of my friend Matteo @ Swisscarsightings.com)

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foto of the day. 450SLC.

Mercedes Benz 450 SLC 5.0

(special IEDEI crop)

click to enlarge


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foto of the day. 12182009.

Bentley Speed 6 Blue Train Special. wow.

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foto(s) of the day.

Maserati held a small tribute for their roadsters, and here are a couple official photos from that photo shoot.

(CLICK TWO TIMES ON EACH PHOTO TO GET HI-RES)

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foto of the day.

Alfa Romeo Montreal…….SMOKING the tires!

(click 2 times to get hi-res)

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