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Four-Links – Citroen centennial, other BMC anniversaries, electrifying classics, ugly ‘Vette

Published in blog.hemmings.com

For perhaps the best coverage of the recent Citroen centennial bash, we have to look no further than Citroenvie!

a huge conglomeration of Citroëns of every model. The assembly of Traction Avants alone (sorted by year) far outnumbered what showed up there in 2014. At the front of the Traction field, was the largest gathering of Citroëns from 1919 to the Traction Avant era I have ever seen. Besides that, an equally populated and impressive field of DS and ID. In other designated areas beyond the main field of La Ferte-Vidame were lots where display parking, organized by model, was provided for 2CV, HY Van, Ami, GS, SM, CX, BX and more modern models. On top of that, a drive down any street in La Ferte-Vidame saw Citroëns of all types parked everywhere! I’ve never seen so many 2005 to 2012 C6s!

* Speaking of anniversaries, the British Motor Museum this week highlighted some British Leyland product anniversaries that have been overlooked with the original Mini celebrating 60 this year.

let’s start with the Mini anyway. The date which is usually celebrated is August 1959, but strictly speaking this is not when the Mini was born. The car launched by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1959 was marketed as the ‘Morris Mini-Minor’ and the ‘Austin Seven’. It wasn’t until 1962 that the Austin Seven was renamed Austin Mini due to popular usage, but the Morris version continued to carry the Mini-Minor badging for the next decade. So it could be argued that Mini as a brand did not begin until 1969, which is the year that the Morris and Austin badges were dropped and the car was relaunched simply as ‘Mini’ with its own badge.

* The BBC this week took a look at the burgeoning industry focused on updating classic internal combustion vehicles with electric drivetrains.

Currently it is not cheap and can cost £20,000 or more. Many conversions are the first of their kind, adding to the expense.

But the more it is done, the cheaper it gets. As well as avoiding scrapping millions of working petrol car bodies, it will mean a generation of mechanics will still recognise at least most of the car’s layout.

“Otherwise, you will get a moment where everyone is driving electric cars and no-one will know how to fix them,” says Mr Quitter.

His tip: less-fashionable classics like the Triumph Herald, a “fabulous little car. You can pick them up for a couple of grand.”

* For all the talk about the C8’s aesthetics, it can’t truly lay claim to the title of World’s Ugliest Corvette because this fourth-generation art ‘Vette already apparently holds that honor.

This is — used to be — a 1985 Corvette. The owner, who calls himself “Buckeye”, says: “Women love this car. Every time I stop for gas, women come up to me. I could have as many girlfriends as I want — old ones, fat ones, anything. They’re all over me.”

* Toy car restoration videos have been gaining in popularity lately, and we see why. It’s rather soothing to spend 20 minutes watching an old Tonka go from well-loved but rusty swap meet score to looking brand new again. (via)