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Some days here in Sussex it still feels wintry, but the grass is growing and  daisies are pushing up beside the daffodils (and the dandylions); and sometimes it feels almost spring-like....

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, Sprung is definitely Springing... 

 

 

 

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But it's probably premature to talk of summer.  Oh go on, just this once:

happy Teal image of Summer 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Massey wets his feet on the way to Angouleme,  with Dot on camera 

 

 

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TEAL  TOO  LARGE? 

 

 

Do you ever feel that your Teal is too large, too much room, too powerful, too many wheels? 

 

There's an alternative now for those that feel that way ...

 

 

 

 

This little beauty is compact, easy to garage and park, can fit the shopping and a small wife, doesn't have too many wheels to clean, and with its 50cc Suziki motor it can be quite nippy over short distances - see off those pesky Morgans!

 

 

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There's a question on the Teal Discussion Forum (see index to left) about  whether it's right or misleading to mount a Bugatti badge on a Teal? All Tealers views are welcome on the Discussion Forum page... see also our Club secretary's comments on Page 32 of the our  Autumn 2015 TealSpiel Club magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

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 NEW  TEAL  WEBSITE  LAUNCHED

 

 

As you may know, an exciting new website has been launched dedicated to the unique Teal marque.  It is found at www.tealownersclub.org  and is being  run by Tealers Colin and Fiona on behalf of the Teal Owners' Club (TOC). 

 

The website will cover upcoming Teal events, TOC membership, Teal history, technical tips, two and four seater Type 35 photos, and Type 59 pictures, and will provide a new discussion Forum. There will also be pages exclusively  for members of the TOC.   This new official TOC website is not in any way a rival to SkyBlueTeal, which is itself entirely unofficial; we wish the  best of success  to Tealownersclub.org  and will be co-operating closely with Colin and Fiona and the TOC Committee. Don't forget also the informative and entertaining Teal Owners Club page on Facebook, run by distinguished Tealer and Teal builder  Bob Lewis. Finally we have our splendid Teal Owners Club magazine Teal Spiel, Run by Andy Dutton and Suzi and Pat Elwell for the Club.

 

Our cup runneth over with good things! 

 

 

Colin and Fiona, happy owners of the fine red Teal  Type 35 Vital Spark,  would welcome you contacting them at the  new website with news, info and a photo or two of  your Teal.  Email them on: tealownersclub.org@gmail.com

 

and log on to the new website at www.tealownersclub.org 

 

 

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Please note that much info from Page 1 of this website has recently been moved to the Teal News pages 12 and 13  (see index left) to make more room on this Page ... Do please browse the Teal News pages, if you wish, where much interesting recent and historic info rests.

 

 

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TEAL FOR SALE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A unique opportunity to own a very rare Teal project. Most of the hard work done. Car now in North Wales after much work in France. Chassis and running gear FULLY refurbished with mainly new parts , after long term storage. Braking system completely new. 1800 engine fully reconditioned. Work required to finish is largely ; wiring (New loom supplied including all new ETB period look instruments with all sensors and sender units, bodywork, needs to be completed. Aluminium bonnet halves supplied and fitted. Remainder a combination of fi-glass and timber framed boat tail. Car started as 4 seater chassis and can be completed as such or modified to build 2 seater.

 

Period leather seats, bonnet straps, aeroscreens ,authentic looking wheels , new tyres and most parts to finish, included in the sale. Lots of authentic  features manufactured and fitted by me, to give that “Bugatti” look.

 

This Teal is FULLY UK registered with a V5(C) in my name with matching chassis and engine numbers, so no paperwork problems !

 

A few months work and not a lot more money will result in a superb Teal to be proud of. (Good investment too, looking at current prices !)

 

Contact Dave      dave.Bugatti@orange.fr      for further details or viewing in North Wales ( No sightseers ,please ,as it’s in dry workshop storage and time is precious .)

 

Genuine reason for sale, due to my Onyx Bugatti replica being almost finished and ready for the road !

 

Offered at less than cost (2 Year’s labour thrown in for free ! ) Offers in the region of  £9250  for this project.   Difficult to find another at this price; Don’t miss it !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offers in the region of £9250  for this project.  

Contact Dave      dave.Bugatti@orange.fr      for further details or viewing in North Wales ( No sightseers ,please ,as it’s in dry workshop storage and time is precious .)

 

 

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 FANCY  A  GREEN  BUGATTI  IN YOUR GARDEN?

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a basic framework for some topiary on the lawn... might take a year or two to mature.

 

 

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Straight Six 

 

 

 

 

 Teal Type 59 with Jaguar Straight Six and impressive exhausts...

 

 

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 Talking of Old Classics....

   

 
 
 
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 39,  one page from the end of this website
  
           
  
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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 Wales and Yorkshire on the 2008 Triangle Run, 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, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12,13 and 14 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, 2014 and 2015 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, as well as overseas trips to much of Europe, most recently (2015) to Portugal.   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 dot.massey@btinternet.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.  

 

 

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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.  

 
  
 
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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 )
 
 
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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

 

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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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Footnote

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.....

 

 

 

 

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