The website for  lovers of  fine
 Teal Sports and Touring Cars
" Teals Have Soul "            Captain Sensible
John 'Honey' King with his fine 6C/2500 Teal Type 35 in front of Berrington Hall, Herefordshire.  John is co-ordinating a push of a dozen Teals to the Netherlands this month, where Dutch Tealers Aaldert and Hans will meet up with them and other Classic Old Timer cars for a Tulip (and beer) tour of lovely Holland.   John is also famous for his beehives and excellent honey gathered by his bees  from all over Shrophire, and for organising the Teal presence at the Ludlow classic car and food festival,  and the Vie en Bleu Teal gathering at the Bugatti Owners' Club at Prescott next month.
TEALS  OF THE WEEK Nos 103 and 104
There has always been since the mid-80s considerable enthusiasm for Teal cars north of the border; for instance The silver Teal Type 35 four-seater  on the left was built  and is still driven by academic  David Swinfen of Dundee.   On the right the red Type 35 four-seater is the mount  of  Brian Cunningham of Ramsey, near Huntingdon.  These handsome Teals are seen together  here at John O'Groats at the end of the Teal Spider Run One in 2007.  They are flanked on the left by Rupert and Jean Quested and to the right by Cliff and Jan Sedman.  Spider Run 2 from John O'Groats starts this June - see details further down this page and in the March 2014 Teal Spiel.
Des Jones (L) and colleague  with his handsome two (or three)-tone Teal Type 35 four-seater  at Aberystwyth in 2007 on the Teal Spider Run One.  Tony Hamilton-Gray (TOW No 106 below) led us  on Leg 3 from Llandovery to  Aberystwyth, then Des led on from there to Mach, with Tony bringing up the rear with tools, tow ropes and water (in case they were needed),  and then Tony led us on  up Cader Idris to Porthmadog - an epic and happy run.   Below: Teals and Tealers at Aberystwyth, 2007:
Later Comment (9Apr 2014):  since this piece on TOW 105 was published on line, Tealer David Ward has let us know that he found this information on the Brightwell's Auctioneer website from 2012:

" This Teal Bugatti Type 43 replica was built in 1979 using a 1971 Triumph 2000 as the donor car. It retains the 90bhp 2-litre straight-six engine of the donor, mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Between 1998 and 2004 the car was off the road and in storage until it was bought by the current vendor’s father. A Teal Owner’s Club member, he used the car regularly on club events and rallies until his death last year. "

" It comes with a full set of weather gear including hood and sidescreens and is MOTd until June 2012. Said to be in good running order, it is due to be driven some 70 miles to the sale. Being registered as a 1971 car, it qualifies for free road tax. With the looks of a real Type 43 but at a tiny fraction of the cost, this nicely patinated lookalike should give its new owner plenty of fun over the coming summer months. "

Tony Hamilton-Gray purchased his Teal in late 2004, towed it from Halifax to West Wales (clutch slave cylinder faulty), had the clutch fixed, adjusted the foot pedals, fitted a loudly-honking brass horn to the front, an oil filler cap to the top of the radiator shell, a petrol can to the drivers-side bodywork, a bigger petrol tank, a stainless steel saucepan to cover the air intake hole in the left  in the bonnet, an electric 12v SU petrol pump, and plans to fit larger headlights.  This unique and character-full Teal guided us round Wales (see above).  The photos and data are from Teal Spiel Feb 06  (then in black and white) - thank you, Tony,  and Chris Poolton (Editor).
John Coley of Steeple Ashton, Oxfordshire, a skilled engineer,  built his own Teal Type 35 to a high standard of finish, and designed the unusual hand brake guard seen here. John was an early and  leading member of the Teal Owners' Club; his Teal was always immaculate,  and it was rumoured that at the beginning of each Tealing season he hand-polished his wire wheels, spending at least four hours on each one...  His registration plate also seems unusual - is that IXI 1930?
Secretary of State for Defence
Phillip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence, discusses with Tealer David Ward and his apprentice Harvey the benefits of owning a Teal,  and Dave's beautiful and powerful  DNA  in particular.  The Teal is an excellent training vehicle for instructing young apprentices, a scheme which particularly  interests Mr Hammond, the local MP. 
Tealer David Ward also explained to Mr Hammond  the intricacies of 'Grasshopper', Jean and Rupert Quested's elegant period  green Teal Type 35 2-seat beauty, while Harvey the apprentice listened eagerly.
Andy Dutton's La Tecla and Colin Andrews' Puddle Jumper have also been at David Ward's excellent garage in Egham in the last two weeks - Teal Centre South.
Under the Radar

Saturday 29/03/14 – 09:00 hrs. Message from Wing Commander Bridges. ‘Weather forecast for Sunday:  good visibility with some medium cloud cover.  Sortie arranged for 12:00 noon.’ Copy that……


We set off on a compass bearing 265 degrees. The old kites thrumming nicely as we cruised at hedge height to avoid detection [some chance!]. Our objective: destination Strines Inn to take on supplies. Wing Commander Bridges also wanted to relieve the locals, but I advised against it. It may be NfN [Normal for Norfolk] but it is still on the Statute Book as far as Derbyshire is concerned. Rodger that….


Landed safely as per the attached reconnaissance photograph. WCB detected loose prop nuts and flapping wing [literally!] on  10 UGX. Returned to base for fettling.


Mission accomplished. Tally Ho!



The above mission report has been received from remote Yorkshire * from our man at the controls Vince Giles,  flying no. 2  to the Winco, Neil Bridges.   The attached reconnaissance photo above  is unique as far as we know, showing the first ever image of an Onyx (Vince) and a Teal (Neil) in  formation together.


* Information from Google reveals that Strines is a beautiful village located in the hills west of Sheffield  beside a reservoir , with a famous pub, The Strines Inn, which Vince and Neil made a point of visiting to take on supplies.  Mission accomplished indeed; we salute you (cue rousing music).



Reference the above: A quotation (1912) from the great Sussex Poet, Hillaire Belloc:



‘From the towns all inns have been driven; from the villages most. Change your hearts or you will lose your inns and you will deserve to have lost them. But when you have lost your inns drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England’
 – Hilaire Belloc, This and That, 1912 
The Teal and Onyx Response  -   we know our duty:
NOTE: Previous Teals of the Week are shown on the new 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 and Teal of the Week 81-100 page (see index left) - the aim is to build up week by week, in no particular order,   a data base of photos of all of  our lovely Teals... 
Teal - Inspired by Bugatti
Bugatti Club Tour of Leon, Spain
Fine photos by  Dirk  de Jager   - thank you.
 1928 Bugatti Type 40
1926 Bugatti Type 34a 
1926 Bugatti Type 35 - 2007 Bugatti Veyron 
1928 Bugatti Type 44 
Bugatti Type 35 and Bugatti Type 57 Corsica
Bugattis on the Road - Leon
Teals are invading the Continent in April 2014 from two different embarkation points.  At the kind invitation of our Dutch Teal  friends Aaldert Postma and Hans van Dijk,   eleven  Teals with full crews are setting out from Hull and Harwich to spend a week touring the Netherlands at a fine time of year, when the tulip fields are in full bloom.  Details  are on the Teal Discussion Forum, with dates, events and locations.  It promises to be a memorable tour and  a splendid international occasion, with fine cars and also the occasional toast to friendship,  and to  the fine Teal cars  which bring us together. 
From Tealer Dave Bellis:

Due to a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase the car of my dreams, my Teal project re-build is reluctantly being offered for sale. The build is approx. 70% complete. I am open to offers for it in its present state ,or shall continue the build until completed and then sold. Obviously, the sale price will relate to the completeness at the time. It has UK registration on a new style V5C, with zero road tax from April. The attached photos give an idea of the build standard. It really has been a “ground up” restoration, with several build-up articles in the Club magazine. Other pics are already on the website in the relevant sections. I am happy to discuss the finer points in great detail with interested parties. The car is located at my workshop in France, but I can arrange delivery to the UK at cost. The work, so far, has been carried out to a high standard, which will reflect in the price somewhat.

However, I am working on a sensible pricing structure, for a properly constructed vehicle, based on the amounts spent so far. No ridiculous internet prices, just value for money!

The car has a lot of authentic detail and lowered bodywork for a sleeker look and, dare I say, easier entry!!

Please contact me on: in the first instance.


more Bugatti pictures to come soon....
Tealer John King from Shropshire has his Replicar for sale.  He describes it thus:
 "The car is immaculate with a completely rebuilt engine, and body off respray and rebuild.
First reg 1970 therefore tax exempt.1600 twin port engine,extremely quick.With good mpg.
Open to offers in the region of £ 14,000.With mass of paper work. "
Would you like to be driving this attractive Replicar this summer?  Ring John on 01694 781544
More photos below:
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For news  of Spider Run 2, June/July 2014 from John O'Groats to Land's End, please  see Teals on Tour below...
For those Tealers who, like me, enjoy  browsing  through websites showing news and lots of photos of Bugatti  sales and spares , The Bugatti Page is a great source;  have a look, if you wish, for instance at the Bugatti News of 2012 - Bob Jones, Bob Lewis  and  Teal even get a mention...
and there are  another 16 delightful  pages like this with previous years' news  - such stuff as dreams are made of...
Can't find your favourite photo or Teal news item?  Have a look at Teal News pages 1 to 7  towards the end of this website, where I transfer items  previously on Page 1...
Photos from September/October/November/December 2013 are  now on the Teal News 6 page of this website...and the January 2014 onwards are on the Teal News 7 page.
The Teal Owners' Club:
To join the Teal Owners' Club, email , the Teal Owners' Club Membership Secretary
For details of our Teal Touring events, locations, dates and contacts, please see our Club magazine  Teal Spiel 
Thirty years ago in 1984 Ian Foster offered the first Teal for sale to the general public, like the one above,  which was his own personal Teal Type 35.  This anniversary year the Teal Owners' Club will be celebrating the success of the marque with a Teal run for Club members from John O'Groats to Land's End from 20th June to 1st July 2014. 
All members are welcome to join in for one leg of the run,  or for all eight legs,  or for  as many as they wish, stopping off near Aviemore, Edinburgh, the Lakes, York, Llangollen, Stroud/Gloucester, Exeter and at Land's End itself...
The Teal run will be known as Spider Run II (eight legs = spider) and follows the highly successful Spider Run I in the other direction seven years ago.  Full details will be in the Teal Spiel March 2014 Edition for Teal Owners' Club members.  

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)

CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 39,  one page from the end of this website
And now , at last, a little bit about this website, its contents and why it was set up .

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 and Switzerland,  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 and 2013  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

- 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.  














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.  


Original Teal - 1984 - Ian and Maggie Foster's Type 35 
(Photo Maggie Foster - thank you)
 See Page 2
The same early Teal, in 2010 (below)
 Now aluminium-bodied with 18-inch wire wheels,substantial headlights  and windscreen, restored by Keith Lidgerwood, here on the Backbone of England Run in June 2010, photographed with Keith,  and Guy and Mark Foster, Ian and Maggie Foster's twin sons, who helped dad Ian build the Teal in 1984. 
Early  Teal.   Kit Car Magazine, July 1984
Outside the Hatchet Inn, Lower Chute, Near Andover, Hampshire;
This excellent pub is still there 30 years later,  looking much the same.
See Teal origins  (page two) for the story behind the launch of  the first   Teals.
 ( Thanks to Andy/Kit Car Magazine for photo )
Teal Type 35 two-seaters

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



Teal Owners' Club  Lakes and Borders Run,  Scotland
"The sun on your back, the wind in your hair, the winding road ahead, and good company at the long  day's end -  all's well with the world." 
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This is not the official website of Teal Cars, or of Bugatti, or of any organisation or club whatsoever;  the 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...