07.06.2022

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

FOR SALE: 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

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21.04.2022

Cars Go Down with the Ship Edition

It’s everywhere in the news this week, “boat adrift in the Atlantic with a thousand Porsches on board”. Back in 1955, the Andrea Doria went down with a famous Chrysler prototype on board called the Norseman. We also understand that on that same boat was a custom built Ghia limousine destined for the Eaton organization. I’m currently selling a 1937 Rolls-Royce that was actually built in 1987. My client who was a Rolls-Royce expert all his adult life decided to build a Sedanca style vehicle on a chassis that was originally a hearse. To reduce the risk of losing it on the sinking of a boat, he had the coach-built body flown from England to Toronto in the hold of a Boeing 747. The finished vehicle went on to be a concours show winner many times. Is there a lesson from this? Buy the correct insurance to cover your vehicle for all eventualities when it is being shipped.

 

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Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.

05.04.2022

1960 Jaguar MKII

1960 Jaguar MKII

FOR SALE: 1960 Jaguar MKII

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16.03.2022

1948 MG TC

1948 MG TC

FOR SALE: 1948 MG TC

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24.01.2022

Do you remember your first car ride?

I was five or six years old in 1951. My father’s friend took us to London for the Great Exhibition. I don’t remember the Exhibition but I do remember my father complaining because I couldn’t handle all the walking. On our way back to Sheffield, I think it must have been a Sunday, we needed oil for the engine. The garage we found was closed and we had to steal the bottle of oil from the rack on the forecourt. I don’t know why but I don’t think we made an effort to leave money for it.

When I was around ten, my parents started working for my Uncle and Aunt on the weekends in their pub. My Uncle had a weakness for cars, the first one was a Standard Vanguard, then there was an Armstrong Siddley Saphire, and for a short period an old Rolls-Royce that he never took me in. Even better than my Uncle’s cars was that of his friend, the scrap merchant. He had a 1954 Buick, I have never forgotten the fascia of the car, it was so garish compared to British ones. After that his friend had a Bentley Continental, 120 MPH top speed, which became my “wish for” car after I get my E Type Roadster and my Aston Martin DB5.

The first car I drove was a Ford Anglia van, (circa 1960) 3 speed, no comfort features. It was a big deal for me because my employer required all staff to be licensed drivers. My father never drove, my brothers learnt in the compulsory armed forces service.

In Canada my first car was a 1958 Ford Fairlane, it cost $250.00 in 1966 at a dealer on the Danforth when the Danforth was full of dealers. It was a “Lemon” of lemons. Canadian Tire were the big beneficiary of that car for the next year until I bought a 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet 100. The insurance cost was insane in Montreal and the dealer forgot to mention that the insurance policy was to cover the car and not my liability. What we learn when we are young!!

 

Lipstick on a PigLIPSTICK ON A PIG
Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.