Back Issue – February 2018


In the February 2018 issue of The Automobile… The remarkable front-wheel drive Alvis has been misunderstood since its first appearance more than 90 years ago. Gerry Michelmore sets the record straight in Leading from the front / Ahead of his looming retirement, Allan Winn tells Matthew Bell about his motoring career and life as director of the Brooklands Museum, in this month’s Auto-biography, which has been transformed during his tenure / In The little wonder, Delwyn Mallett tells the story of the two-stroke DKW and falls under the spell of The Automobile’s unrestored 1959 3=6 / A collection of Vanvooren-bodied automobiles will come up for sale at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction in February. Stefan Ittner delves into the history of this renowned Parisian coachbuilder in Carrosserie Vanvooren / David Burgess-Wise reflects on just a few of the countless Wayside whimsies – hare-brained schemes from the early days of motoring / Derek Buckler built some 400 cars with spaceframe chassis between 1947 and 1962, but remains relatively obscure compared to his brilliant contemporary Colin Chapman. Peter McFadyen investigates in Tubular belles / For this month’s , Michael Ware reports on the epic reconstruction of a possibly unique 1914 Rhodia, rescued from a Scottish hoard in the 1970s

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