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#1 Teapot

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 18:10

I've just found something that half of us would recognize as a striking piece of craftmanship, and the other half would label as an historical abomination:

http://www.automobil...ood-highlights/

(that's the first car in the gallery, btw)

Someone in the comment wrote, correctly, that this car is a replica made by Neil Twyman based on the 250GTE s/n 2349GT, but nothing is said about the hardtop: it's obviously a whim of the car's creator, but I wonder where he took inspiration from and if there's some kind of story behind it...

Edited by Teapot, 09 November 2011 - 20:33.


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#2 arttidesco

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 18:51

Since the original comment I made here might have been misinterpreted as a personal attack on the builder of the vehicle in question this comment has been removed by the author.

No offence or questioning of the builders craft or quality of the vehicle was intended.

Edited by arttidesco, 09 November 2011 - 23:14.


#3 Tim Murray

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 19:21

How on earth does one get in and out of the thing? :confused:

#4 arttidesco

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 19:53

How on earth does one get in and out of the thing? :confused:


Through the roof of course !

It hinges upwards :-)

#5 Tim Murray

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 20:15

Ah, right. I was a bit worried that only Olympic-class gymnasts could get into the thing. Thanks, Ralph. :wave:

#6 Sharman

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 20:28

Ah, right. I was a bit worried that only Olympic-class gymnasts could get into the thing. Thanks, Ralph. :wave:

It was surprising what you could do in a Frogeye with the roof up even if you were 6ft31/2 :rolleyes:

#7 Giraffe

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 22:39

As previously featured...

http://forums.autosp...w...t&p=4987579

IMHO a magnificent piece of work by Mr. Twyman.

#8 David Birchall

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 00:43

I think it is Kool :smoking:

#9 helioseism

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:22

I think it is Kool :smoking:



Me too! Of course, I'm from the USA, where we regard custom cars as high art.

#10 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 08:01

.... but I wonder where he took inspiration from and if there's some kind of story behind it...

Some open Ferrari racers received a kind of soft top treatment. I believe also the 250 TR.

The designer closely looked at other italian designs like the TdF and the 450S Costin (yes, I know).

#11 bradbury west

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 09:06

Since the original comment I made here might have been misinterpreted as a personal attack on the builder of the vehicle in question this comment has been removed by the author. No offence or questioning of the builders craft or quality of the vehicle was intended.


As has my riposte.
Roger Lund


#12 D-Type

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 14:56

Some open Ferrari racers received a kind of soft top treatment. I believe also the 250 TR.

The designer closely looked at other italian designs like the TdF and the 450S Costin (yes, I know).

At the time the 250TR raced, the FIA requirement for a sports car to have an erectable hood was still on the rule book but was generally interpreted, shall we say, fairly loosely - even at Le Mans.

I can't make up my mind whether I like this one or not.

In this case, the "rebuild, replica, fake" issue doesn't bother me as there is no attempt to pretend it is what it is not.

Edited by D-Type, 10 November 2011 - 14:57.


#13 Teapot

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 16:03

In this case, the "rebuild, replica, fake" issue doesn't bother me as there is no attempt to pretend it is what it is not.


You stole the very words from my mouth!

I admit that I like the hot-roddish flavour of the low line roof!

Edited by Teapot, 10 November 2011 - 16:05.


#14 Frank S

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 05:06

Nice job; I'd like to see it up close with my eye unfettered by artificial lens and photographic interpretation.

#15 willga

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 17:27

Some open Ferrari racers received a kind of soft top treatment. I believe also the 250 TR.

The designer closely looked at other italian designs like the TdF and the 450S Costin (yes, I know).


It's a cut-and-shut Cobra roof isn't it?

#16 David Birchall

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 02:20

Inasmuch as a Cobra (leMans) roof is a cut and shut Auto Union roof...