Monday, October 20, 2008

Vroom

Have you ever seen a car like this before? I must say, although we get a lot of great antique cars around these parts, this one wins the prize for all-out coolest. Look at those art deco lines. Those weird center-placed headlamps. Those sunflower yellow wheels! (And is it just me, or is that paint slightly purple?!)

Sometimes a vehicle stops being just another mode of transportation and becomes an art form. I think this baby qualifies.

28 comments:

Cafe Observer said...

I always wondered what the berry 1st Batmobile looked like.

L, is this a Plymouth?
4 sum reason I'm suspicious bout this pic. Maybe it's just by dog nose sense of smelll. Something surreal about it.

Otherwise, L, I like this 1 even better than de day b4.

USelaine said...

It is ultra-cool! It even has a nice smile.

Blognote said...

That brings back very early childhood memories in me when my father would drive a similar car in the early 1950ies. Leather seatings inside and doors which would open "the wrong way". Thanks for sharing, Laurie!!

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Hello Laurie

This car is a Peugeot 402. This car was built between 1935 and 1942.
Some of them can reach 135 km/h.

You can find some pictures of this car on my photo blog at the following address :

http://laurent-christophe.blogspot.com/2008/10/peugeot-402-lgre.html

Abraham Lincoln said...

Ahh, I see you got the answer. I knew if was in the 1930s but not after that as the World War II stopped all automobile production.

It is a throwback to France's better days.

Hope said...

Those centered headlamps are so cool! Love the purple color, too!

Mister Earl said...

What was this car doing in South Pasadena, and how did YOU happen to find it? Do you have a large team of South-Pas-Watchers who call you the moment they see something unusual?

Tash said...

Very stylish! I like the car against the wood of the fence & tree, & the glint off the door & cannot miss the yellow spokes or hubcaps. My fave though is still the Norman Rockwell one.

Dixie Jane said...

Did you notice the double windshield? Reminds me of Sarah Palin's glasses. Wonder why they did that???? Do you hunt for "out of the ordinary cars" or do they hunt for you? This car is cooler than cool.

Virginia said...

That purple car with the yellow wheels rocks! And look there's Bonnie and CLyde climbing out. Duck Laurie!!

dcs said...

The windshield reminds me of goggles vehical speedsters, e.g., motorcyclists, would wear in old movies. Another fascinating entry.

Dixie Jane said...

I'm back. I even went to France and left a comment and I don't know French. Hello chateau-gontier. I wonder if those headlights coming at you look like Cyclops.....

Hilda said...

I thought it looked like a souped-up beetle, but then I know nothing about cars. But at least you now have your answer. :D

And no, it's not just you — I see the purple tinge too.

Snapper said...

It looks like a Citroen 2CV on steroids. I had a feeling it was French. Beautiful!

Petrea said...

It's a beauty. We have the great weather so we always see such cool cars.

Sharon said...

That is an exceptional car. I'd love to take it for a spin.

Yakpate said...

All of the above, plus... the light glowing on this car makes it look like it's oscillating between two dimensions. Stand back, it's ready to blast into hyperspace! (Dixie Jane... the front windshield was divided at Chewbacca's request)

Wayne said...

Classic French Cars Day.

Peugot would have been my first guess, Citroën would have been my second.

Note the suicide doors.

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Hmm surreal in this day and age isn't it? I think if an antique car ever pulled up near where I live you could easily cover it in a rug and charge ten bucks a pop for people to see it and the queue would still be fifty times round the block lol!

Ah, the magic of S.P.!!
Ciao

Scarlet xx

ken mac said...

i like the fence as much as the car!

mademoiselle gramophone said...

If it had not been photographically documented I would not have believed in its existence. This is my car.

Mister Earl said...

Wayne: I just looked up what a suicide door is exactly, and you're right, the front doors are suicide because the hinges are toward the rear of the car.

Mister Earl said...

Do you see the face of the man in the driver-side windshield?

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I like that shade of green that they painted the house

ryanpainting said...

My company painted that house. The green was accomplished after about three samples and then we knew that the house would be comfortable in it.

The homeowner, who you can find hangin at Kaldi daily, decided on the red trim at the last moment. So glad he did. The red sets off the body nicely.

Laurie said...

Hi all!

Thanks for the ID, chateau-gontierdailyphoto! Pretty neat that Wayne and I both posted French cars on the same day.

Elaine, are you sure you aren't my sister? My entire family sees faces in almost everything. But then again, we're all kind of strange.

Ken, I love the fence, too. If I were a fence, I'd want to look just like this one.

PA: love the color too.

Ryan, great job with that paint!


Thanks for being here everyone. Until tomorrow...

Jutilda said...

Is that a Peugeot? WOW - you can't get any more classic than that.

Webradio said...

I have the save, not the colour, car i=on my blog today...