Because Hemmings Classic Car focuses on American vehicles, we don’t get to feature the multitude of interesting and mysterious vehicles from other lands that cross our desks on a regular basis in the magazine. But anything goes here on the Hemmings Daily, so let’s shake that particular folder out and see what we’ve got.
To start with, Michael posted this streamliner to Flickr a couple years back. As we can see from the sign, this ain’t the Rockies. In fact, it’s on the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse in the far south of Austria’s Salzburg state. Michael posits that it was built on a Ford Model 48 chassis, and those wheels are certainly Ford pressed-steel wheels introduced in 1936. A little more digging, and we see that German racer Gerhard Macher reportedly commissioned the Reichsfachschule für Karosseriebau in Berlin to build a coupe and a roadster for the scuttled 1938 Berlin-to-Rome rally. Both were apparently destroyed during World War II.
This one came in from reader Clay Perrine of Colleyville, Texas, who said that he worked at Volkswagen of America from 1979 to 1990. “Don’t remember how I got it,” he said. “I heard only that management in Germany killed the project.” Sure, the photo’s not of the greatest quality, but we do at least see a production-configuration Volkswagen Rabbit pickup immediately behind it for compare/contrast.
Another reader submission, this one from Barry Miller of Wayland, Massachusetts, who said he spotted it while vacationing in Antigua with his wife. “I am not sure what the make of the car is although I suspect it is Japanese,” he wrote. “Time and scavengers have stripped all means of identification.” This seems like something we should toss over to Ronan Glon to identify.
At first, this one seemed to be another entry in the very short list of clear acrylic-bodied cars, and while it was indeed built for show purposes, a second look reveals that the acrylic was used merely for an outline of the car rather than as body panels. Also at first, it appeared to be just another photo floating around the Internet sans context, but a second look revealed that it’s part of a series of photos that motorlife.blog posted a few years back from the 1953 New York Auto Show at Madison Square Garden. Specifically, this display was built upon a Pegaso Z-102 chassis and sat alongside an Enasa-bodied Z-102 Cupola in the Brewster stand. Why Brewster? Good question.
Finally, John Lloyd spotted this mystery car at the LeMay Family Collection in Spanaway, Washington. Fiat body, Ford fenders. The collection has it listed as a prototype, but John — who knows his prototypes and one-offs — believes it may instead be a custom of some sort.