Cars of Coolhaven

An exploration of extraordinary cars in an ordinary neighborhood

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TVR Sagaris

September 7th, 2010 by Rolph · 2 Comments

Ah, the silly joy of the cars made by TVR. You can be condescending, you can snigger at the schoolboy design, but it has to be said that at least they give you something to look at. And boy, there are some lines to look at on this nightmare of a batmobile. Unfortunately there is a sun shield on the car, so not the best of pictures but who can pass by a car like this?!

If Top Gear is to be believed, this is quite a fast car. The TVR is still a bit dodgy in the quality department, and the dashboard layout leaves something to be desired, but the car went very fast ’round their track. The car was designed by Graham Browne and Lee Hodgetts. The Sagaris does not have silly features like airbags, ABS or a stability control system. A good driver does not need safety features, right? Even if they are required by EU law…

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Bentley Continental in cream and gold

August 12th, 2010 by Rolph · No Comments

Holidaying in a sleepy British seaside resort, I spot this pimped Bentley. Boy oh boy, how ugly do you want your car?!

The paint job is some pearly creamy white, obviously well trimmed with gold accents and gold rims. Oh, and lets not forget the charming vanity plates. Lovely!

This car is lacking rhinestones 🙂

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Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

May 9th, 2010 by Rolph · No Comments

How about a nice long boat of an American convertible to get things going again? Feast your eyes out on this beautifully preserved blue Cadillac:

All interesting facts in the comments please! Not being a Cadillac connesseur, all I can say is that it is pretty, and that it is blue 😉 It appears to be a third generation Eldorado, but did they have the Biarritz version?

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Lomax 224

March 28th, 2010 by Rolph · 2 Comments

On a semi-sunny day I spot this funny looking car. This little devil looks like an old racer of times long gone, Morgan comes to mind. A top spot to find just parked next to a busy road in Dordrecht? No, alas. I have been spotting cars for a while now, and have learned that this is very unlikely to happen… and this indeed is a kit car, a nice Lomax (LOw costs, MAX fun). So no top spot for me, but then again, I am happy that I pick out a Citroën 2CV based kit car even before I see the badges.

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Ford Mustang Mach 1 (1972)

March 7th, 2010 by Rolph · No Comments

I can appreciate a nice Pony on the streets, but whoah! This rusty old horse could use some good old-fashioned TLC…

The Mach 1 designation makes this the performance version of the Ford Mustang, but if this is still the case remains to be seen… I know little of the Mach 1 versus the ‘normal’ Mustang, so all comments are welcome!

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Bentley S3 (1962-65)

February 11th, 2010 by Rolph · No Comments

When you spot an old Bentley, you have to take some pictures of it. Sure, the weather is grey and wet, obviously the car isn’t parked in the best spot to take pictures, and hey… let’s snap away with my crummy cameraphone! Unfortunately, the nice Canon Eos 40D is in the shop, so what are the alternatives 🙁 Anyway, we have ourselves a S3 Bentley and I quite like it. And how nice to see a car like this not used as a wedding car, but still in use as a commuter’s car!

The last Bentley to be built on a separate chassis, the S3 was really no more than a facelifted S2. Bentleys were now becoming the poor relative in the Rolls-Royce family, bodies and engines were no different from the Rolls-Royce versions. In comparison to the S2, there were minor differences; most were aesthetics appearing near the front of the vehicle. The front panels had been restyled, twin headlamps had been fitted, and a smaller bumper was used. The interior’s split bench seat was now replaced by individual seats.

The S3s interior now had individual front seats in place of the split bench seat found in the S1/S2, most cars had air conditioning, electric windows and front seat belts. The S3 was the final iteration of the S-Series. It was replaced by the T-Type, a derivative of the Rolls-Royce Shadow. During the 1970s many S-Types were converted to “Rolls-Royces”, due to their perceived added status.

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Chevrolet Corvair (early 60s)

December 16th, 2009 by Rolph · 1 Comment

Some pics from my crummy camera on my phone. Unfortunately, that was the best I could do besides drawing this car in pencil 😉 Oh well, maybe it is not unbecoming for this ‘small’ US car. I actually like the looks of this Corvair, but if the sources are to be believed, this is not the best automobile ever to roll out of the Chevie facturies.

This Chevrolet Corvair was considered a compact car in its days. The US customers started to take a shine to the new small, fuel-efficient European imports from manufacturers like Volkswagen and Renault. Why drive a big boat if you can drive a sporty little hotshot? Unfortunately for Chevrolet, the imported small cars were designed by people who already had designed small cars since the beginning of the century, whilst Chevrolet more or less did it as a marketing gimmick.  As a result, the car wasn’t really good, and more important for Chevrolet: way to expensive to produce giving its max price tag. Nonetheless the Corvair sold quite well, and its sporty handling eventually inspired the development of the Ford Mustang.

What I like about the Corvair is the wide varieties of body versions, there even was a small van based on this car! And of course, if you get into hot water because Ralph Nader writes a book on how immensly unsafe the car is, don’t you kinda want to like the car anyway? I know I do…

A very nice article on the car can be found here and I just couldn’t resist adding this vintage Corvair TV commercial as well. Enjoy!

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On our way…

December 16th, 2009 by Rolph · 1 Comment

I have experienced some trouble with this site. After moving from one host to another, suddenly I was unable to upload pictures. Some CHMod-ding later, I still was unable to upload pictures, but some friendly fucker was able to take over the site. Amongst other things, he thought it funny to disable Akismet, the little plugin that blocks spam comments, and he made it very hard for me to enter my own files.

Luckily, having just moved the site, I had a crisp and clean back-up, so I threw the whole site out and started again. And we are back! And it seems that I have overcome the upload problems as well. Let’s hope the joy lasts….

Oh, and please: just don’t hack this site, will you? It’s a nuisance, and what good does it do?

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