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Best of France and Italy 2018 Best of France and Italy 2018

L.A.’s best car show was this Sunday and it offered up its usual cornucopia of awesome and fascinating cars from across the Atlantic. The only place I know where you can see 5 R5 Turbos together plus Citroëns, Ferraris, Fiats, Lancias, and some surprises.

2 Horses 70 Years: Citroën 2CV Spot 2 Horses 70 Years: Citroën 2CV Spot

This past Sunday was the 70th anniversary of the debut of the beloved Citroën 2CV at the 1948 Paris Motor Show. I think we’re all a little familiar with the Deux Chevaux’s story. Designed as a cheap and rugged people’s car that could carry eggs across farmland without cracking any. Hidden from the Nazis during WWII.…

How My Citroën Got From France To L.A. Via Connecticut How My Citroën Got From France To L.A. Via Connecticut

Hey look, my Citroën has finally made it to Hollywood! A year after I bought it in France. And, eleven months after it was delivered to my parents’ place in Connecticut, it finally made it across another continent to sunny Southern California. Some of this story was posted here as part of a post I did for Live and Let…

My Favorite Cars At The Japanese Classic Car Show My Favorite Cars At The Japanese Classic Car Show

The JCCS was back in Long Beach this past Saturday. I don’t know if any other Opponauts were there and done any photo dumps, but here’s mine. I was in a bit of a rush, so I only stopped at the cars that struck me personally.

Wacky License Plates Wacky License Plates

Dave Letterman, 1985. This is what the 80's were like folks. Some choice wheels in here, too.

My Citroën Is Getting Closer My Citroën Is Getting Closer

This picture was posted to one of the Peugeot groups on Facebook by a random French car fan I don’t know. That’s my Citroën LNA on a truck headed to Massachusetts where it’ll get put on a transporter that’ll bring it to me here in L.A. They spotted it on I95 this morning which is pretty cool. It’s always fun to see a…

A Visit To Beverly Hills Car Club A Visit To Beverly Hills Car Club

You’ve probably seen ads from this place because they’re everywhere. They’re always of some interesting classic in dubious condition sitting in a white void with what seems like an absurd price. I don’t know anything about the sales experience with these guys, but they were honest enough with me about one car I can’t…

French Friday: Dyna-mite French Friday: Dyna-mite

Here’s one of my all-time favorite cars, the Panhard Dyna Z. Produced from 1954 - 1959, it was a pretty forward thinking economy car built by one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world.

Zut Alors! The Mullin Museum Zut Alors! The Mullin Museum

The incredible Mullin Museum in lovely Oxnard, California was open this past Saturday. I had a Dutch visitor, fellow Kinjanaut Jobjoris, in town, so we met the somewhat local TFritch up there for an afternoon of some of the most magnificent cars you can see anywhere. Primarily French save for a Tatra and a Biscuter…

Radcast - Le Rad: Renault Espace By Novacar Radcast - Le Rad: Renault Espace By Novacar

Here’s one of the most 80's vehicles ever, the wonderful Renault Espace. Amoore100 has done a couple of great posts detailing its history, so I won’t get into that. Instead, bask in the glory of this 1:64 (?) as presented by Novacar by Minia Porto, a Portuguese brand I’m not familiar with.

LaLeMans - Mr. Le Mans: Pescarolo And The 1974 Matra-Simca MS670B LaLeMans - Mr. Le Mans: Pescarolo And The 1974 Matra-Simca MS670B

If anyone deserves the title of Monsieur Le Mans, it’s Henri Pescarolo. He’s driven in the race an incredible 33 times, winning four including the rare threepeat from 1972-’74. He was also team boss at 15 more. In addition, he started 57 Grands Prix, was a top F2 driver in the glory days along with Stewart, Rindt and…

LaLeMans - France V. Italy 1973 LaLeMans - France V. Italy 1973

At the 1973 24 Hours of Le Mans, Matra-Simca was going for back to back victories at the endurance race. The ‘72 race, however, was marred by controversy and tragedy, so this would potentially be their first legitimate victory. With the banning of 5 liter cars in 1972, the competition in the Prototype Sport class that…

French Friday: Bugatti's Last Stand French Friday: Bugatti's Last Stand

Le Mans weekend doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but this is a little long, so I figured why not get la fête started early. Plus, I’m hoping to do a double Matra weekend.

///May - Tiniest Bubble: Micro BMW Isetta ///May - Tiniest Bubble: Micro BMW Isetta

This is the smallest car model I have and, appropriately it’s an Isetta. It’s plastic and they used to sell these out of a gumball machine at the old Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia for a nickel. I don’t know who made them, but they really look like a teeny tiny Isetta.

///May - Tin Bubble: Bandai BMW Isetta 300 ///May - Tin Bubble: Bandai BMW Isetta 300

Here’s a Bandai BMW Isetta friction toy I found at a thrift store almost 20 years ago. This is the only one of these I have, but I just love them. They somehow are simultaneously realistic and utterly whimsical. I don’t know if they’re to a specific scale, but they look perfectly proportioned. This one must have been…

///May - The BMW That's Not A BMW: 1600 GT Cabrio 1/87 ///May - The BMW That's Not A BMW: 1600 GT Cabrio 1/87

In 1966, BMW bought a quirky little German car company that was basically a mom and pop shop that had survived thanks to a microcar with a funny name.

///May - Kleinwagen Und Lastwagen: Schuco Isetta and Hanomag Kurier ///May - Kleinwagen Und Lastwagen: Schuco Isetta and Hanomag Kurier

Here’s an Isetta in 1:87 getting a ride on the back of a very cool truck, the Hanomag Kurier. Hanomag was a pretty interesting company, if we can tangent away from BMW for a moment. They got their start in 1835 and still exist, although their time with cars and trucks was limited to the middle of the 20th Century.

///May - Tiny Van, Sir: BMW Dixi Lieferwagen ///May - Tiny Van, Sir: BMW Dixi Lieferwagen

The letters “BMW” and their accompanying roundel today conjures thoughts of luxury and performance, but a lot of people don’t know how humble BMW’s beginnings were. Their first car, here in lieferwagen (van) configuration, was a license built Austin 7 called the Dixi.

///May - BMW Lays An Egg: Isetta 250 ///May - BMW Lays An Egg: Isetta 250

Of course I’m going to start off BMW week with an Isetta. And this won’t be the last one. Anyone who knows me knows my passion for microcars, and the first one I ever saw was an Isetta. I’ll never forget how mind blowing it was. What the hell is that thing? The fact that it was a BMW just added to the astonishment for…

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