TEAL FOR SALE
John King writes:
'TEAL 1984 SILVER
TR6 TWIN CARBURETTER 2498cc
Completely rebuilt with
new engine, gearbox/
overdrive, replacement rear differential & many new parts, recently
taxed, mot & serviced, extensive original build file and provenance.
This really is a superb example of this make and will give the new owner bags of fun.'
PRICE offers around £30,000.
or 01694 781 544
This is the cockpit of Jeff and Mary Turner's powerful (6C/2500) and stylish Teal Type 35 boat-tail, built by Jeff nearly 30 years ago, with advice from his old friend Bob Jones. The simple elegance of the instrumentation, controls and steering wheel are, to my mind, delightful. What do you think?
Jeff and Mary in action on the Backbone of England run
Dot and Phil Massey's admirable and well-travelled Teal Type 35....
...and admirable and well-travelled Dot and Phil on the same corner in the Pennines as Jeff above.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 124
Enterprising Tealer JOHN KING discovered a Teal rolling chassis in Selby, brought it to his lovely home county of Shropshire, is having the Teal Type 35 boat tail rebuilt and rebodied, part in GRP and part in aluminium...
... the newly-restored Teal is undergoing undercoat respray, before a final coat of French Blue. The engine is 1800cc MGB twin SUs, and John hopes to have her ready to go by Christmas or early in the new year; congratulations for putting another fine Teal (now designated TOW124) back on the road, John.
Have you ever flown in your Teal? Of course you have. But did you know that there were Teals that flew for hours across the Pacific Ocean, and landed on water? Me neither...
This voyage of discovery started when Dot and Phil on their holiday last month in the Channel Islands kindly sent a lovely postcard of a Sunderland flying boat. Which got me thinking idly, as one does, and I typed Sunderland flying boat into Google images - imagine my surprise when a TEAL came up. And not one but several. It seems that Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL), the predecessor of Air New Zealand , used our much-loved acronym in the 1940s, well before Trafford Engineering Automobiles Limited started creating the beautiful Teal cars designed by Ian Foster and Bob Jones, inspired by Ettore Bugatti.
Arriving for a trip in their TEAL, HM The Queen and Prince Philip...
...To research the long-distance routes across the Pacific Ocean TEAL Airways New Zealand also used Catalina flying boats in the years after the war:
As a footnote, Tealers might be interested to know that an aircraft called a Teal is still currently flying; it's a small flying boat made by Thurston and most useful in locations where lakes abound, such as Canada and Finland... She's nearly as pretty as the Teals we know and love - and a similar colour ...
There is more info and lots of photos of Teal cars with aircraft further down this page; so now we know why the magnificent Teal badge at the head of this page has glorious wings!
John Williams of Kent's slender and elegant beauty on a recent visit to Wiltshire. When you have a chance, take a close up look at his Type 35 radiator badge and surround - unique and attractive. All will be revealed with a close-up in December as a Christmas treat!
TEAL PROJECT FOR SALE
Part-finished Teal reluctantly for sale due to new project. Superb workmanship so far, using mainly new parts. Car is V5 registered in my name and checks out on MOT computer. At the moment, the Teal is here with me in France. I could deliver it free to England in the Spring, when my new project is coming from UK, on the return journey. Free overnight accommodation provided for serious buyer. These cars are becoming increasingly rare and valuable. This is a great opportunity for someone prepared to put in a bit of effort. Only looking to recover costs so far, so very reasonable price. I’ll throw in the 2 years labour free of charge!! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
DUTCH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
That fine, loyal and charming Tealer AALDERT POSTMA has just won the Concours D'Elegance at his local car show near Amsterdam, and has the champagne to prove it... Aaldert was the originator of the successful Teals to Tulips rally in The Netherlands this spring, and has had his Teal Type 35 totally rebuilt over the past two years, and converted to left hand drive - a rare beast. There are more photos of the beauty below (the Teal, not Aaldert - though many think he should win the prize for elegance himself ; Aaldert says there were no lady judges that day....)
Aaldert owns a second rare Teal, a Type 43 built up from scratch in UK over the last two years and now in Holland. More news of that interesting sporting car shortly... congratulations on flying the Teal flag high, Aaldert.
Talking of flying....
"Isadora" is the splendid Teal Type 35 four-seater of Bob Lewis, founder member of the Teal Owners' Club in the 1980s, and with Bob Jones builder of Teals, and designer and builder of Projects of Distinction ; almost all of the widely-admired stainless steel handbrakes fitted to Teals are of Bob Lewis' design and manufacture; he has been a key creative figure throughout the past 30 years of Teal history. At one stage 20 years ago Bob needed to sell Isadora, but luckily 15 years later he was able to buy her back. Here she is at Gloucestershire/ Staverton airport, with - is it a De Haviland Tiger Moth? Colin will be able to tell us - he probably once flew her... Isadora is Teal of The Week (TOW) No 33.
Here is Isadora again; Bob recently re-engined Isadora, and also took her to the Goodwood Revival this year in company with several other Teals (see Teal News Page 8). Bob has set up a Facebook page for the Teal Owners Club, where you can see more pictures of Isadora and of other Teals - go to www.facebook.com and tap in Teal Owners Club. Bob/Rob Lewis is also a leading light in the world of firework displays through his company Celebration Fireworks - putting on magnificent shows and winning major prizes internationally...
Bob Lewis and Isadora
TEALS and AIRCRAFT
Teal cars and old aircraft seem to go well together - indeed the Teal cockpit reminds many of an early aeroplane - here are a few more photos of different Teals with historic aircraft (and in some cases historic Tealers...)
Colin Andrews taxying his historic Teal 'Puddle Jumper', having just flown the Tiger Moth behind....
Neil Bridges' classic Teal Type 35 four-seater ' Phoenix ' at RAF Marham with the superb Avro Lancaster . Neil spent a busy day flying in light aircraft with the Marham Tornado pilots, and proved a natural; must be all the practice in his several Teals...
Brigitte with poser Brian at The Shuttleworth, Collection, Biggleswade. ' Jolly good show, chaps... '
Brigitte again, now owned by Andrew Smith, at his wedding with his wife Jane swinging the prop of his other classic, the yellow 1946 Piper Cub at White Waltham, Maidenhead...
....and Brigitte seen from the air at the wedding celebrations:
Of course, for supreme Teal and aircraft photo one needs Angelo's 214 and Concorde:
Copy and paste, click, then all will be revealed...
I noticed a few mornings ago that the www.skyblueteal.co.uk hits counter was recording 80,001 occasions on which someone has logged on to our Teal website to find out more about these delightful sporting cars and the people that drive them. My thanks to all those loyal Tealers and new browsers who over the past nearly eight years have encouraged and enhanced this website with fine photographs, dramatic deeds and enthusiastic support....
Tealers Angelo, Antonio, David and Cliff attended on 20/21 September the dramatic hill climb near Princes Risborough in the Chilterns known as The Kop ( http://www.kophillclimb.org.uk/home.html ). On the way Antonio captured these lovely autumnal photos of two unusually fine Teal Type 35s:
and the busy classic car scene at the show....
with much attractive machinery (thanks, David):
TEAL TRIANGLE RUN - SUMMER 2008
Do you remember clearly the Teal Triangle Run in the summer of 2008? No, me neither, but I remember that it was fun, and that it has been a major omission from this Teal website. So I've written a photo-essay on that happy eight-day run departing from the aircraft museum at RAF Cosford, west into Wales at Lake Bala, to Caernarvon, to Chester, Jodrell Bank and Holmfirth, and across the North Yorkshire moors to lovely Robin Hood's Bay. You can find this essay, with many photos of our run, half way down the index at left at Teal Triangle Run - 2008. I hope you may enjoy the happy memories it triggers.
...if you'd like to copy this whole website into your own computer, including more than a thousand photos of Teals, use the excellent and totally legal website copier provided by Microsoft Windows at www.httrack.com ; then you'll find this Teal website in it's entirety in the 'my websites' file in your Documents folder or your HTTrack folder. It works, and you can update your download any time. Recommended.
Your favourite photo or Teal of the Week may have been moved to the Teal News 8 page or to the Teal of the Week 121-140 pages ; it's quite fun looking, and sometimes one finds something quite unexpected...
Note: Previous Teals of the Week are shown on the Teals of the Week 1-20 website page, Teals of the Week 21-40 page, Teals of the Week 41-60 page, Teals of the Week 61-80 page, Teal of the Week 81- 99 page, Teal of the Week 100-120 page, and Teal of The week 120-140 (see index left) - the aim is to build up week by week, in no particular order, a data base of photos of as many Teals as can be found .
Want to buy or sell a Teal? Tealers may like to browse
(Type Teal Bugatti into their search box at very top of their page)
Welcome to SKYBLUETEAL, the website for lovers of Teal cars, fine British sports cars full of character, lovely to look at, and a delight to drive.
There are many photos of owners' cars on the website as we build up a visual record of every Teal we can find in Teal of The Week (TOW), and we explain a little of the history of Ettore Bugatti, the legendary designer and manufacturer whose delightful and highly successful racing and touring cars of the 1920s and 1930s inspired Teal cars. The history of Teal cars is detailed with many historic photos, and there are pages showing the building of Teal T35,T43, T44 and T59 cars in the 'factory' .
Just for fun, there is a tour of a fine Continental Teal T35 (Dutch Treat) and of a lovely Teal from Dorset (Black Beauty). Features include a page of Tealing in the pioneer years of the 1980s, photos of Teals and Tealers in the Lake District and Scottish Borders on the June 2009 Rally, illustrations of the building of Teal cars at home, and picture reviews of the wonderful variety of Teal cockpits, dashboards and tails. There's a special page on the Teal Owners' Club (TOC), detailing how to join the Club, and the many Club benefits. The exciting annual Circuit des Remparts at Angouleme is covered, and Teals in Action 2009 shows our Teal cars where they are meant to be: on the road; there's full coverage of The Teal 2010 Backbone of England Rally, and there are stirring Teal Tales of Captain Sensible campaigning in Britain, France, Spain, Germany Switzerland and the Netherlands, and also new Teal News pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, with dozens of snippets of the latest information about Teals and Tealers, and reports of our Teal adventures and rallies in 2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Sussex and Hampshire, Kent, East Anglia, Lancashire, The Peak District, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Wales, Oxfordshire, and unusual adventures in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. We hope you enjoy these tales which are an excuse to enjoy our lovely Teals, and eachothers' company... Do join us at The Teal Owners' Club (you don't have to own a Teal) - email our Club Membership Secretary at email@example.com
- you'll be most welcome.
Perhaps you already own a Teal, or maybe you might be considering buying and driving a Teal one day; either way, it's a rewarding and exciting experience ..... we welcome you to the vivid world of Teal cars.
TEAL CARS - HOME PAGE
WHAT IS A TEAL?
To purchase an original vintage 1920s Bugatti such as the legendary Types 35 or 37 would cost between £250,000 and £500,000; with an authentic racing pedigree, the price of such a car would be well above a million pounds. Bugatti cars of the 1920s and 1930s command such a high premium because of their rarity, the engineering skill of their designer, Ettore Bugatti (see page 3), the beauty of their lines and their outstandingly successful record as racing cars over the two decades before World War 2.
The Teal Type 35 was designed in 1983, and much refined in the late 80s and 90s, to provide a car with the Bugatti's beauty and performance at an affordable price. To drive a Teal behind the twin racing aero screens is an exhilarating (and windy!) experience, since suspension, steering, handling and exhaust note are all successfully optimised to replicate as far as possible the exciting sensations of 1920s open-air motoring. More details of Teal history, design, construction, engines, suspension, and some estimated prices are given at page 2.
Oxford and Cambridge? These aluminium Teal Type 35 two-seaters with 18" wire wheels are photographed at Laycock: Peter Haywood's dark blue beauty was driven by him and Neil from their Isle of Wight homes, where Peter is restoring a Riley Kestrel when he's not motoring in his Morgan Plus Four or Teal, and Neil fettles and drives his pre-war MG J2 - for more see Teal News page one, Item 31. The pretty sky blue Teal is now owned by Andrew Smith from Buckinghamshire ( see Teal News page one, Items 2 and 17).
Teal Type 35 Four - Seater Tourer
Glen and Maggie Ibbotson's fine dark blue four-seater at the Knowsley show; for more about Glen and Maggie and their Teal [Captain Sensible] see the Teal News page one, Item 13, and Captain Sensible's amazing and delightful Teal Tales, one page from the end of this website.
A very pretty Teal Type 43 Four Seat Tourer, designed and built by Bob Jones
(photo - Bob Jones - thank you)
the handsome Teal Type 44 Four Seater grand tourer, designed and built by Bob Jones
(photo - Bob Jones - thank you)
the delightful Teal Type 52s ('Bugattini')
(photo - Bob Jones - thank you)
Teal Type 59 - high performance sports car (with admirers)
(photo - Bob Jones - thank you)
Below: Teal Type 59 at Speed
This is not the official website of Teal Cars, or of Bugatti, or of any organisation or club whatsoever; the Skyblueteal.co.uk website has simply been created to share information and images with fellow Teal and Bugatti classic car enthusiasts. We hope that you enjoy the website in the spirit of fun in which it has been created. Happy Tealing.....
Your not always well-balanced webmaster Brian on the Long Mynd during the Shrewsbury Run
Photo: Dot (thanks, I think)
Please enjoy the website - and the Teals...