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✨ “Take it easy driving – the life you save may be mine.”
― James Dean
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I write this blog on behalf of my husband, Dave Clarkson, who supplies me with all the technical specs, info and interesting stories! Feel free to contact him on his cellphone at +27 60 637 2560.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

1964 MGB Roadster


Just arrived - 1964 MGB Roadster, very rare pull-handle model, not code 2 or 3, uninterrupted paper trail since 01-01-1965, five 60-spoke painted spoke wheels, new tyres, up-rated 5-main bearing motor plus over-drive. Fitted with new soft top, boot carrier, chrome bumper. Red body, black upholstery with red piping, black mats. Been garaged all it's life, totally original. Needs a bit of TLC. For sale - Contact Dave +27 83 625 4445 or contact me via the CONTACT FORM on the right side of this page.




Out of the blue came this 1964, very rare, pull-handle MGB Roadster from a chap in Port Alfred. After chatting to him, I bought the car over the phone without seeing it. When it arrived, it was true to spec in an unmolested condition. the paper work is unmolested since 01-01-1965, with the last owner having had the car for the past 15 years. After examining the car and taking same for a drive as soon as it arrived, I was amazed at the performance of this almost 60-year-old car, as only the British can produce!




Road-holding is absolutely true to style for a car of the period and a tribute to past motoring.

Engine 1798cc, high compression, aluminium tappet cover and sump, pancake air cleaners, over-drive, twin SU's, modern alternator, 5-main bearing engine




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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Car of the month November 2014 - Rolls Royce


The Cloud had everything the traditional Rolls Royce buyer
could have wanted - except perhaps ultimate power in
Series I form. This is a rare H.J. Mulliner convertible.

The Rolls-Royce Siler Cloud and the virtually identical Bentley S-Type were revealed in 1955. Beautifully proportioned, exquisitely constructed and near-silent in operation, they were everything the traditional Rolls buyer could have hoped for.


This was Crewe's second "standard steel" car after the post-war Dawn and R-Type, with an off-the peg factory body rather than a made-to-measure, hand-crafted aluminium item in the pre-war tradition. Mulliner Park Ward, James Young and others all built exquisite special bodies on this chassis, and there was a long-wheelbase version of the standard body with an extra four inches (10cm) of rear leg room and a division.

Park Ward's famous Chinese Eye Continental, here in convertible form - the ultimate in open car luxury.

The traditional Rolls and Bentley radiator grilles were retained - these and a few badges and items on insignia were the only differences between the two otherwise identical cars. They rode on a substantial, and resolutely separate, traditional box-section chassis with independent front suspension and rear damper rates that could be altered from the driving seat to suit whatever type of road you were thinking of taking your Bentley or Rolls down.

The interior was nothing if not luxurious, with superbly crafted leather seats and a magnificent walnut dashboard.


The engine in the Cloud and S1 was basically the same 4.9-litre power unit carried over from the previous R-Type (and Silver Dawn). except that it had a new aluminium cylinder head and twin SU carburetors.

The Cloud as it appeared in 1955 with single headlights and a six-cylinder engine.
The V-eight Cloud II looked identical.

Transmission at the start offered a choice of either four-speed synchromeshed manual or four-speed Hydramatic automatic, manufactured under licence by Rolls from General Motors in the U.S.A. In fact, after just 18 months, the manual option was dropped and Rolls never encouraged owners to order it anyway. While the engine was incredibly refined, it wasn't really that powerful - the maximum speed was 106mph (170kph). It was Rolls-Royce's policy never to reveal specific power outputs, but the estimated 178bhp had 40cwt (2032kg) to pull along.

For lightness, the body of the Continental models was finished in aluminium;
the factory saloon came in steel only.

To own and drive a Rolls is a satisfying and ethereal experience as long as you don't want blistering performance and can afford the expensive maintenance. These days, it's cheaper to buy, but costly to restore.

The HJ Mulliner convertible, heavier, but just as beautiful as the Continental versions.

ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD AND BENTLEY S-SERIES (1959 - 65)
ENGINE : Straight six and V-eight
CAPACITY : 4887/6230cc
  TRANSMISSION : 4-speed manual / 4-speed auto
  TOP SPEED : 106-116mph (170-186kph)
  NO. BUILT :
  Cloud 1/S1 - 3,107/2,231
  Cloud 2/S2 - 2,417/1,932
  Cloud 3/S3 - 2,044/1,318
  Plus 671 Clouds I, II, III

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