Cars of Coolhaven

An exploration of extraordinary cars in an ordinary neighborhood

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DAF 44 (1966-74)

October 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I am no big fan of the DAF motoring brand, but since I live in the Netherlands I am bound to run into the little buggers every now and then. In my mind, these cars are in the same category of ‘slow, boring and boxy’ as old cheap Volvo’s. What a pleasant surprise to see […]

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Tags: DAF · Oldies

Volvo PV544 (1958-65)

November 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Look at the curves on this car! You can see some truck in it, the old beetle from VW is hiding somewhere in the roofline, the back has an enormous boot compared to the rather tiny back window. Those back wheel arches… super! All in all quite an interesting car to look at. Its estate […]

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Tags: Nice cars · Oldies · Volvo

Volvo Amazon Estate

December 5th, 2007 · No Comments

When La Ds Margot spotted one earlier, I was quite excited. The Volvo Amazon is not a rare car at all, once you start looking for them. But an estate! I had never seen one of those. Or had I? Anyway, right next door to me, this old and rusty sorta-white Estate shows up sure, […]

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Tags: Oldies · Volvo

It’s a Volvo Jim, but not as we know it?

November 4th, 2007 · No Comments

While walking to work one morning, I came across this Volvo. It is unquestionably a Volvo, but it’s unlike any other Volvo I know. It’s as if the designers of the 1960’s Volvo’s started on a new car, gave up, and were replaced by the team who gave us all those indestructible, awesomely ugly (so […]

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Tags: Volvo

Mercedes 300SEL

September 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Imagine my surprise… do I spot yet another Heckflosse in my street? What are the odds?! On closer inspection, however, this appears to be a different Merc, no less than a 300SEL. That it, I THINK it is. Please correct me if I am wrong, I don’t particularly fancy Mercedus’/Mercedussus/Mercedii (or whatever is the plural […]

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Tags: Mercedes · Oldies

Volvo 440 Toncar Estate conversion!!!

September 21st, 2007 · 9 Comments

this car is parked a few blocks from my house. I saw it a few times passing by, but unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough to take pictures. It is just a ordinary ugly white Volvo 440 which was build in Born, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. However, this isn’t just a […]

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Tags: Stupid cars · Ugly cars · Volvo

Volvo Duett P210

September 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments

I was hoping to see something modern and fast today, but ran into this nice Volvo Duett instead. Oh well, it is a nice car so why not? This P210 Volvo was built between 1953 and 1969, but since it does not have a split windscreen, I reckon it isn’t an early model. It is […]

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Tags: Oldies · Volvo

Alfa Romeo – Porsche – MG – Volvo

September 10th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Back to Coolhaven, and guess what I run into on the highway? A small convoy of oldtimers, a sunny sunday is always a nice day for spotting oldies: a brilliant Alfa Romeo Spider 1600, a classic Porsche 911 Turbo, a MGB GT V8, and a Volvo Amazon, all nice and cosy together. What a lovely […]

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Tags: Alfa Romeo · MG · Nice cars · Oldies · Porsche · Volvo