Great Cars - Große Freiheit

Hamburg-o-rama of survivor cars

„I’ll steal some gas, fix my motor
Turn on my Beatles tape
And get you out of my headThe Descendents (on their way to „Catalina” in 1982)

In 1959 this has been the entry-level full-sized Pontiac. With the Catalina you got quite a lot of car in the lowest price category… I could park my little Alfa in the trunk (pic 3).

Do I hear these doves just cry or see them headbanging already? Back in black, finest metal from General Motors Suisse SA in Biel-Bienne (as the sign on the grille implies) or once imported there from Rüsselsheim: Opel Rekord C series (1966 until 1971), here as fat 1900 L coupe in the luxury version with 60ties Cola bottle shape („Hüftschwung“, hip-curve, as you like), more than a touch of a German muscle car.

There is no classic 1.3 sounding better than the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Lino Ventura amongst all sedans.

„It’s perfect for us. A small family place, good food. Everyone minds his business. Perfect. They’ve got an old-fashioned toilet. You know, the box and the chain thing. We might be able to tape the gun behind it.”  Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather
Imported faster than he could deliver a pizza: Fiat Nuova 500 („probabilmente 1968, 1971?”), nice new souvenir of an Italian restaurateur in Hamburg in order to point guests to his house specialties. Who needs German license plates, taxes, all this stuff? No, he seemed to be an honorable signore, a man of taste, who prefers standing in the kitchen.

Even Enzo Ferrari called it „the most beautiful car ever made”, and he should know well: This one seems to be one of the super rare 1967–1968 1.5 Series Jaguar E-Type 4.2. But even if not, it’s gorgeous,
especially if it has this patina on its „willow green”.

Partly in original paint (L 324 „polarsilber”): VW Beetle export model 117, 1.2 liter, built on sixth of December 1956. Special feature: a second rear view mirror! I actually like these BRM Empi Riverside Speedwell wheels as concession to the modern times.

Special delivery! I haven’t seen one of these since my childhood: Volkswagen „Fridolin” (1964–1974), packed with memories and one of about 40 Type 147 still left in Germany, 200 registered worldwide. It was built at the Westfalia Werke in Wiedenbrück with parts from the VW Beetle, VW 1500, Karmann Ghia and the T1 and T2 Transporter mainly for the German (1.2 liter) and Swiss Postal Services (1.3 liter) and Lufthansa.

Une bouteille de fluide make-up,
un flash, un Browning et un pick up,
un recueil d’Edgar Poe, un briquet Zippo.

On s‘fait des langues

En Ford Mustang
Et bang! On embrasse les platanes
„Mus” à gauche „Tang” à droite
Et à gauche, à droite  Serge Gainsbourg („Ford Mustang”, 1968)

It’s no fun to stand between cows all the time: Suburbanite horsing around through Hamburg with his Ford Mustang 351.

A touch of endless summer in Hamburg today: Meyers Manx-style dune buggy on a shortened chassis of a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, seen at the Stadtpark lake.

The facade looks quite classy. Ferrari 328 GTS Gran Turismo Spider (1985 until 1989), should have „HH-ROBIN 2” on its license plate.