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Four-Links – wrought-iron Beetle on Rt. 66, Talbot hunter, Buick Wildfires, Burney streamliner

Published in blog.hemmings.com

The folks at TravelEatWOD this week completed a Route 66 road trip in a wrought-iron Beetle. Their sunscreen expense must’ve matched their gas expense…

* Esquire this week profiled Joe Ford, a car detective who has made it his mission to track down a stolen 1938 Talbot-Lago SS.

The Teardrop. Otherwise known as the 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS teardrop coupe, chassis number 90108, current value $7.6 million. Built by two men, names of Figoni and Falaschi—Italian immigrants to France who ran the world’s top custom-car shop in Paris from the thirties through the fifties—the T150 is a prime example of a model that the Robb Report once called “the most beautiful car in the world.” One of only two models built with a race-car engine, it’s an art deco masterpiece, a long, sleek body powered by ground-shaking horsepower. The C stands for competition—it gets 140 bhp out of a 3,996cc six-cylinder engine—but the Teardrop was built as rolling art, a metallic blue car with a red leather interior and red wire wheels. It’s shaped like a teardrop, pure aerodynamics.

When it debuted, its wealthy owners commissioned custom wardrobes to match its colors and lines—society-page fixtures using it to make grand entrances at balls.

The T150, chassis number 90108, however, now holds another distinction: It was stolen in one of the boldest automobile heists in history. In fact, one of the most brazen and spectacular heists of any kind at all.

And Joe Ford, a P.I. from Fort Lauderdale nursing a Corona who has to get home to walk his girlfriend’s teacup poodle after she goes to work, is working his ass off to get it back.

* Geoff Hacker at Undiscovered Classics this week shared with us his mission of tracking down information on the Buick-ized Woodill Wildfires.

As with Glasspar, Woodill had a similar history and several dealers started to look at building their own Woodill Wildfire sports cars using the Wildfire body. One such dealer may have been a Buick dealer near Los Angeles in Compton, California.

Was Clark Buick selling Buick Wildfires that they built or helping Bill Tritt work out changes needed to expand his product line that wanted to make Woodill Wildfires with Buick styling. Several Buick styled Wildfires have been found so this may be the case.

* It’s a shame that, as David Greenless at The Old Motor wrote this week, no Burney R-100 rear-engined streamliners exist, especially given that they did enter into (albeit limited) production.

The unique vehicle featured: front and rear independent suspension, twin radiators, hydraulic brakes, a heater, seating for seven, a spare wheel inside of one rear door, and a cocktail cabinet in other. The underside was covered with sheet metal to enhance its aerodynamic efficiency. It was priced at around $1850 (£1,500.)

* Finally, The Henry Ford showed us the Budd XR-400 not too long ago, so it’s only appropriate that curator Matt Anderson took a cruise in the Budd XT-Bird.

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