Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Shifting gears...

...at the request of a friend who likes car photos.

Last Saturday, I happened to see these cars, each among the Top Ten in my list of contenders to park in the Dream Garage.

Each one is a work of art -- to me, anyway -- and each (or cars just like them) is an absolute joy to drive.

First, a 1930 Alfa-Romeo 6C 1750 roadster, the epitome of the Italian Sports Car.



Next, a 1927 4 1/2-litre Bentley. I'd rather own a 3-litre, but the 4 1/2s are great old beasts. I liked the owner, too; like most of the Vintage Bentley owners I've met, he'd much rather drive the car than display it. In fact, he's driving it to Washington State next month...



Finally, two Austin-Healey "100s." I once owned one of these beauties; not a day goes by that I don't kick myself for letting it go....



Sorry there aren't more to show, but I tire quickly of modern Ferraris, Maseratis and the like. As an acquaintance of mine once said, "if you want a car with automatic transmission and air-conditioning, why not buy a Buick? If you want to drive a sports car, the old ones are best...."

13 comments:

betty said...

Neat cars. :) I like the red one.

justfly said...

I like the silvery-blue one :)

joan said...

You owned one of those little sweeties? Lucky you.

Anonymous said...

I looked up these cars...
looks like the Alfa Romeo has a double spare... now that I could deal with...
It looks like a right side steering wheel with a center stick...plenty of room for rocks!
:)

The Healy 100's are gorgeous...I looked up a 1953, in honor of me...
who knew I would find a whole new hobby!

Anonymous said...

But the Bentley has a stand alone kind of pre-Batman look...

MrScribbler said...

Anon -- Both the Alfa and Bentley are right-drive...the Bentley has the shift lever on the right, where it rubs on the driver's knee....

1953 was the first year for the Healey "100;" the best were the last ones, built in '56.

When I get another one -- and I will -- it'll be Ice Blue like the car in the photo.

lowandslow said...

I wouldn't turn any of 'em down, but if it were my money I'd drive the Alfa.

Anonymous said...

going to take a look at 56's,
silver blue is nice...the one I looked at was black

Anonymous said...

Ver cool Scribbs....

Gill

John said...

To have owned an Austin-Healey, in CA back when it was sort of a state, had to be a good thing.

Sunny said...

I like car pictures too, ya know... AND I like all your CAT pictures! The Austin's are very nice!

Anonymous said...

I perused the autos online...I like the (what I think is called) louvered hood...do you?
Just looked up peruse...maybe I skimmed....
:)

Kim said...

I LOVE the Austin Healeys!