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#1 trw999

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Posted 21 June 2024 - 14:17

I am carrying out research on the original Atalanta cars, built before WWII, fascinating vehicles that they were. I have an old friend, who probably has not much longer to go before stepping to a higher plain, who in his younger days during the 1950s, owned L1006 HMX 956 for three years. It was one of the team cars bought by the redoubtable Midge Wilby and used in a number of rallies. It survives in Switzerland and currently looks like this: 

 

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However, my query concerns another Atalanta, L1014 KMG 956, which, unlike the other Abbott bodied cars (apart from the prototype No 1, bodied by Bean), was built as a four seater coupe with bodywork by Bertelli. Not Gus Bertelli but his brother, Enrico, who owned the Bertelli coachbuilding company. As an aside, both brothers had connections to Atalanta, Gus with engine input to Gough and Enrico later joining what became the post war Atalanta Engineering Co. Now as far as I have been able to ascertain, this car and its body no longer exist. But, I am hoping someone may have a photograph of the car, which I would very much like to see. A long shot, I know!

 

Tim

 



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#2 bradbury west

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Posted 22 June 2024 - 00:54

There is a period photograph of it on an Atlanta Motors page on FB. PM me your e mail address and I will ping it across. Not my photo so cannot post here, even if I were capable.

Roger Lund.


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#3 cooper997

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Posted 22 June 2024 - 01:52

Roger, please don't protect the prolific racket of photo (ab)use on FB. It was probably nicked from TNF or such like,

 

As for KMG 956, a photo appears in Jonathan Wood's June 1974 Classic Car (UK) Atalanta part 2 feature. Happy to post if required. 

 

For the record, if the FB photo has a TELEGRAPH sign behind the car we are probably dealing with the same photo.

 

 

Stephen


Edited by cooper997, 22 June 2024 - 01:53.


#4 trw999

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Posted 22 June 2024 - 04:43

There is a period photograph of it on an Atlanta Motors page on FB. PM me your e mail address and I will ping it across. Not my photo so cannot post here, even if I were capable.

Roger Lund.

 

Thank you very much. PM sent.

 

Tim



#5 trw999

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Posted 22 June 2024 - 04:44

Roger, please don't protect the prolific racket of photo (ab)use on FB. It was probably nicked from TNF or such like,

 

As for KMG 956, a photo appears in Jonathan Wood's June 1974 Classic Car (UK) Atalanta part 2 feature. Happy to post if required. 

 

For the record, if the FB photo has a TELEGRAPH sign behind the car we are probably dealing with the same photo.

 

 

Stephen

 

Thank you, Stephen. I have Part 1 of Wood's feature and am still seeking a copy of the Jun 74 issue. Very happy to see it here though!

 

Tim



#6 cooper997

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Posted 23 June 2024 - 01:31

Tim, here's the 3 page Jonathan Wood Atalanta part 2 from June 74 Classic Car

 

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You should now be able to see what KMG 956 looks like (bottom of middle page), unless Roger has already forwarded 'his' image to you.

 

 

Stephen

 



#7 trw999

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Posted 24 June 2024 - 10:40

Thank you very much indeed, Stephen, most kind and helpful.

 

Tim



#8 trw999

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Posted 25 June 2024 - 13:00

I have come across this image in the a June 1939 issue of The Autocar, courtesy of their archive. I am wondering is this could be the Bertelli body.

 

What does anyone else think?

 

Edit to answer my own question. Delightfully, it is indeed the Bertelli car. There is an image of it in the above article, from a slightly different angle, but it does confirm the registration mark. It is the distinctive helmet style front and rear mudguards, as well as the obvious duo colour finish, that marks it out. Not to mention the double bed!

 

Tim

 

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#9 cooper997

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Posted 26 June 2024 - 00:41

Tim, hardly a definitive list, but here's some Atalanta reading that pops up in 'The Automobile' magazine.

 

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Nov 97 cover Atalanta. Fatal Attraction – Atalanta by D Blain p39

 

Sept 01 Atalanta’s golden apples part 1 – Richard  Gaylard Shattock racing by A Pritchard p40 – MMX 343 and Guy Griffiths period photos

 

Oct 01 Atalanta’s golden apples part 2 – racing RGS by A Pritchard p44

 

Jan 10 Atalanta (green Le Mans car included) by J Wood p29 (reference to 1974 interviews)

 

May 10 Peter Francis auctions Wales 1938 ex Le Mans Atalanta SS 4949 rolling shell in advert – sold in 2009 £62440 p21

 

 

Stephen



#10 trw999

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Posted 26 June 2024 - 09:00

Thanks again, Stephen, much appreciated.

 

Tim