Hungary's spotlight - Vintage cars on stage 1

posted on 19th of april, 2010

At last weekend, the Hungarian Railway Museum gave home to the 4th Oldtimer Expo displaying vintage cars, veteran roadsters, bikes and lawnmovers (not joking! :)).

Main themes of exhibition this year were 75-year-old Jaguars, 40-year-old Opel Mantas, 30-year-old Audi Quattros and Citroën GS and SM cars. Of course, there were other really rare and unique cars on red stage!

For example, a renovated Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II from 1977, in rare Onyx-Gold color. Only 2 cars exists with this color on the world! This luxury car produced in Great Britain in various forms from 1965 to 1980. A successful response to concerns the company was falling behind the times, it was the first Rolls-Royce to use a monocoque chassis, and to date has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce. The Silver Shadow II has black rubber bumpers, an air dam and fog lights below the bumper. From late 1977 the side-marker lamps were deleted.

Next one is also a real unique car; it's a 1939's Opel Kapitän Cabriolet. That's a real custom car, made by German Hebmüller Company for own use. It's a 4-door cabriolet with full leather-interior in extremely good condition. Opel initially sold the Kapitän under the old and established name of Super Six, at least in France and Holland. Often referred to as a baby Chevrolet, the pre-war Kapitän was a very modern car for its time, featuring a unitary body.

A wooden-wheeled, renovated De Dion-Bouton car from 1903. The company was founded in France by Albert de Dion and Georges Bouton in, who began building steam-powered automobiles in 1882, and, in 1900, de Dion-Bouton was the largest automobile manufacturer in the world. This motor car has 6-cylinder front engine (4kw!) - whilst not fast cars, De Dion Boutons are lively, and light and easy to drive. For their day they sold in significant numbers (over 2000 in 1902) and their survival rate is high.

The Ford model A is not so famous like model T, but ist has good looking and ability to survive hard years of century! It's a replica of 1929's model, renovated by Bánki Donát University's students. The first Model A rolled off the production line on Oct. 20th, 1927 but it was not released to the public until Dec. 2nd, 1927. It has 4 wheel mechanical brakes and double action hydraulic shock absorbers with semi-elliptic front and rear transverse springs. Top Speed was around 65 mph. The Model A was produced through 1931. When production ended in March, 1932, there were 4,849,340 Model A's made in all styles.

At the 1965 Paris Auto show, Ferrari introduced the dramatic Dino Speciale show car, a mid-engined concept featuring a mock 2-liter V6 engine. The show car was created as a tribute to the late Alfredino “Dino” Ferrari, and as such had no Ferrari emblems on it whatsoever. The 1972 Ferrari 206 Dino GT presented here is a superb, highly original example finished in Ferrari-red with a full leather interior. The car frame featured a light-weight, 1980 pound, aluminium body, full independent suspension, and all round disc brakes. The 206 GT had a 90.0-inch (2,290 mm) wheelbase and it has a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h).

In next part, hopefully you can see a famous Wanderer W25K from 1939, an Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond's car in Goldfinger), a Panther de Ville (did you like evil car in 101 Dalmatians? yes, you got it!) and a 30-year-old Audi Quattro...see you soon!

Comments (7)

Posted by Aginger on April 20, 2010
Thank you Guys again for kind comments! :)

Maen, unfortunately I'm not discovered by any travel magazine - YET, hahaha, I'm still waiting for that! I'd love to do that for living, but in Hungary it's really hard to step on that circle. And I'm not good enough for a NatGeo :)

Tan510jomast, thank you for reading my articles :) To tell the truth, there is life outside of Budapest, more existing as in capital...but unfortunately I haven't got enough time for cheese and vine festivals or all beautiful forts and castles through contryside... :(
I agree with you about old and new cars - new cars haven't got any charachteristic or unique look overall - you can recognize a strange Volvo backlamp or a Subaru's hood (or sound of engine :)), but no really classic shapes, like vintage cars.
Posted by Almaterra on April 20, 2010
Beautiful cars and photos too!
Posted by Mani33 on April 19, 2010
Mat if you have any big bubbly metallic ugly luxury car that you want to get rid of, let me know please :P
Posted by Tan510jomast on April 19, 2010
Seriously now.
I adore the antique cars for their powder pastel colours. And each one is so full of character. Unlike today's modern cars which... um, look ..um all the same to me. No character, all clones . Not even the luxury cars have characters anymore. They're like big bubbly metallic ugly things.
... Progress , as they say, one step forward, two steps back , lol.
Posted by Tan510jomast on April 19, 2010
Every new blog you write is so full of exciting things to do and see.
The more I read about where you are living , and working, the more I think I am living in the wrong country.
I am packing up and leaving for Hungary on the first plane out.
Oops, I can't, the volcanic dust is just heading this way in the Maritimes and Atlantic region, so it will have to wait. It's winter all over again, yikes !!!

Seriously, you are so lucky to live where there are so many fantastic things to shoot . A photographer's paradise.
Absolute ! Congratulations on another fine blog, well done ! Regards :)
Posted by Egomezta on April 19, 2010
Great images and nice explanation of the cars. : )
Posted by Mani33 on April 19, 2010
I don't know what do you do for living, but I think you should be a journalist or a tourist guide! :)
I really enjoy your articles & the way you describe the events! Great images as well! Good luck :)

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