Loose ends from Autoworld Brussels…

Just a few loose ends from my recent trip to Autoworld Brussels…

A small Fiat engine from the early 20th century. So handcrafted, it could come from a teenager Science Fair project.

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This is the electric Sinclair C5. Remember Sinclair ? In Europe, those above a certain age (me) remember it as the guy who first popularized personal computers (ZX81, Spectrum). He also come up with this personal mobility device 30-odd years ago… Too early as it turned out, it was a flop.

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Portrait of Mercedes Jellinek, daughter of Emil Jellinek, who sat on the board of Daimler-Benz in the early 1900’s. And yes, Mercedes are Mercedes because of her.

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 This is the Lancia Hyena, a Zagato one-off based on a Lancia Delta HF Integrale. Never heard about it before, but that’s ok…

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A very weirdly bodied Bugatti. Not pretty, but quite remarkable and aerodynamic for the time.

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Close-up of the fine woodwork on a 40’s Ford convertible. Bring up the cedar oil !

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This is the American Crosley from the late 40’s. A good first try at making a small car… It was reasonably roomy inside.

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This bullet like contraption is the Belgian “Jamais Content”, at one time the fastest electric car in the world.

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 An early shot at building a caravan / motorhome on the chassis of a Ford T (?) I like the porch on the back…

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Finally, the Belgium made Gillet Vertigo. A very small production supercar that achieved some sucess in GT races in the late 00’s. Quite brutal in its looks, this is the competition version, as there are more civilized / leatherized versions available.

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