Sunday, January 17, 2021

1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT


"The first of Bertone’s series of Berlina Aerodinamica Technica (‘BAT’) cars of the early 1950s, this remarkable car was designed by Franco Scaglione, Nuccio Bertone and Carlo Abarth for the 1952 Turin Motor Show, where it appeared on the Fiat stand due to its Fiat-derived mechanical components. The car ended up in the Packard styling studio in the USA, where it was used as a design study before being presented to Fortune magazine editor Richard Austin Smith, who kept it until his death. Found in a barn 50 years after its first appearance, it had covered only 32,000 km (20,000 miles) and has been sensitively restored. Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011." (from vintageclassiccars)

1949 DeSotos

from Imbued with Hues

ships in Albert Dock, Hull, England, early 20th century

This was a major port until the 1920s when its status began to decline. One of the major shippers was the Wilson Line of Hull which had been founded in 1825 by Thomas Wilson. "By the early 20th century, the company had grown – largely through its monopolisation of North Sea passenger routes and later mergers and acquisitions – to be the largest privately owned shipping company in the world, with over 100 ships sailing to different parts of the globe. The Wilson Line was sold to the Ellerman Lines – which itself was owned by Hull-born magnate (and the richest man in Britain at the time) Sir John Ellerman." (Wikipedia)

Saturday, January 16, 2021

A drive through 1940's Los Angeles in Color


hairdresser for bikers

1972 De Tomaso Pantera

1929 Buick poster

Hyperion XP-1 hydrogen supercar prototype hits the road

Last summer, a hydrogen technology startup by the name of Hyperion unveiled a supercar claimed to be powered by a hydrogen-electric powertrain.

It was called the XP-1, and although it was originally envisaged as a proof of concept for Hyperion's hydrogen propulsion technology, the wild supercar is currently on its way to production.

This week, Hyperion revealed a functioning prototype and demonstrated it in Las Vegas and on some of the city's surrounding roads.

At last summer's reveal, Hyperion said the XP-1 would start production at a site in the United States as early as 2022. That would be a relatively quick gestation but work on the XP-1 actually started in 2016, and Hyperion has been developing the technology behind the car for a decade.

Wellington traffic cops try out new microwave radar, 1956

"Give 'em a microwave blast now, Bill, maximum power!"

Mounted on a Ford Zephyr Six of the era, seen in Oriental Bay. This press photo was taken because radar speed detection had just been introduced.   For lots more, see the book Wellington: a Capital century

cars in Berkeley, California, 1967

A still from the movie The Graduate: among others, a 1963 Peugeot 403, a 1967 Mercury Comet and a Dodge Route Van.