The Vintage Tailpiece picture last month depicted a 1933 Marendaz Special, photographed by J. Le Sage.
Correction: Before publication, but too late to correct, we realised our error of saying the Appleton Special is still supercharged. This pre-war “special,” built by R. J. W. Appleton, had a 3-bearing Riley Nine-based engine endowed with a high-pressure Zoller supercharger, in a 1,100-c.c. Maserati chassis, extensively drilled and using a pre-selector gearbox. In this form the car broke the Class G Mountain lap-record at 76.1 m.p.h. Today the original engine has been mislaid and a Riley engine with four Amal carburetters has been substituted.
We hear that a rather sad 1925 12/24 De Dion Bouton 2-seater has been saved in Berkshire, that a Cluley light car converted into a lorry lies in a field in Wales and that some ancient lorry chassis, with and without engines, have been seen in a yard in South London.
BMW 5-Series Activehybrid
BMW’s first hybrid to go on sale in the UK is essentially a 535i to which a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor have been fitted. It raises power from…
Lotus Advisory Service
Rosemary Seers has been appointed Press Secretary to Lotus Cars and will be inaugurating an advisory service for owners of the Elan, Seven, Elite and Lotus Cortina. Regular bulletins will…
The dates of veteran to classic 1987 fixtures are beginning to come in. Sixty cars from 1911 to 1958 are required for the Monte Carlo Classic Car Rally, which has…