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John Z. Goriup

I was going to wait a while, but it seems more than one have taken the time to pursue the story behind this fascinating and remarkable automobile & are aware of the identity of this thing so I think it's time to reveal all. It's the 1935 Hoffman 8X..............and as indicated, it's the only one ever made. The curious thing about this car is that even though it wasn't officially commissioned by one of the big manufacturers there seems to have been enough money available to develop a on

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Not a 450, 150, 200 or 300 - rarer than those, with only two original factory cars made, although some have been cobbled together later. Given that you can't measure the engine size from my photo and John is going away I will disclose that it is a 250S. This was the first car to use the new (or at least much revised) four cylinder engine planned for the forthcoming T series birdcage models. The idea was to produce a car with the straight line performance of the 300S but with the lighter and torq

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yota - hatchi ( yota -short for 'Toyota' in japanese, and hatchi - japanese for 'eight' ) is correct. It's a left-hand drive specimen of Toyota's first sports cars, a Toyota Sport 800. Small, light, nimble, powered by a 796cc two-cylinder air-cooled motor driving the rear wheels, designed by an aircraft engineer. 40 or so were imported into the United States, with the dealership organization unanimously deciding it wouldn't sell here, therefore the factory decided to simply leave them and l

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I would have staked my money with John on an 1955 Continental Type-R by H.J.Mulliner based on the way the front quarter lights affect the 3/4 front view as they are inset from the main frame which looks a little odd/noticeable from this angle.

They also made a 1956 S-1 fastback coupe - but I’m not sure the glass is exactly the same 

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Nothing is interchangeable between the Mulliner bodied R Continental and the Mulliner bodied S1 Continental.  I have had both.

Here is the subject car (with rare manual gearbox) in the early eighties on the The Boulevard at Kew (Melbourne), an excellent fun driving road until the Fun Police littered it with speed-bumps and roundabouts.  A nicely balanced car which drifted beautifully.  The Bikies couldn't get past.

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Most S1 coupes were Mulliner but some were made by other coachbuilders and looked different (Park Ward, James Young made 2-door Saloons, Graber a convertible, Hooker the "Docker Daimler style", Freestone & Webb some saloons and maybe one coupe). so that had to be mentioned. I like them a lot, also the R-type Continentals. Very nice car, hektor!

Nigel your turn!

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Well that didn't take long!

I was trying to crop it to confuse with its "Pushmi-pullyu"* styling  (That rarest of creatures descended from Abyssinian gazelles, Asiatic chamois, and the last of the unicorns...)

 

 

 

*  from "Dr Dolittle" if you didn't get the reference...

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17 hours ago, Rona!d said:

Most S1 coupes were Mulliner but some were made by other coachbuilders and looked different (Park Ward, James Young made 2-door Saloons, Graber a convertible, Hooker the "Docker Daimler style",

Dear Ronald, I imagine a few hookers were passenger in the Continentals, but the "Docker Daimler style" was Hooper.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooper_(coachbuilder)

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vor 1 Stunde schrieb stuny:

A safari outfitted 911?  Perhaps on the second series (G-Model)?

Yes, a Safari 911 from Dr. Brandenburg. This car has the nickname "Rommel". The owner also has a special classic looking "hunter beetle".

Instead of posting my picture, here some more detailed better ones:

https://presse.porsche.de/prod/presse_pag/PressResources.nsf/Content?ReadForm&languageversionid=756736

 

Here you can download some "Christophorus" Porsche magazine pictures.

https://presse.porsche.de/prod/presse_pag/PressResources.nsf/jumppage/christophorus-382-erik?OpenDocument

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