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There's a Teal Type 35 coming up for auction at Baron's on the 15th December.  It's our Teal of the Week No 56, once owned by Jez Hermer of Poole.  Here are a few more photos... 











 You might like to read more about this sporty Teal Type 35 at Baron's website...





...including the guide price, which might make you blink twice, of £37,000 to £45,000 .


The Teal News 10 page (see index at  left) records the rather different asking price  for this Teal in summer 2015

















See you all on Sunday at The Teal Christmas party at the Barns Hotel,  Cocksparrow Lane,  Cannock,  Staffs WS12 4PB  at 1300  -  Tealers United...



Monday 30th afternote:   A great get-together at Cannock with 50 Tealers and partners together, from north, south and midlands -  and the Netherlands (thanks Aaaldert and Willy - great to see you - hope the channel wasn't too windy and rough today).  There was banter, food, wine, hugs, Bob Mills' speech and happiest of all Mr Teal,  Bob Jones, was there, the creator of all Teal aluminium cars, visionary, designer, maker  and salesman -  terrific to see you and your wife, Bob.


The Teal Owners' Club is in good spirits... looking forward to some winter fettling on the cars,  and a happy spring launch ( and probably lunch!). 







An Attractive  Garden Project 






I'm not at all sure where these photos came from. Did you send them to Sky Blue Teal?  Anyway, they've appeared in my computer inbox and they appear to show someone building himself a Bugatti in the garden while the wife does the weeding. Good plan.

















Is this your garden (and project)?  If so, good for you - please send us updated photos... thanks.














Bob Mills' Red Baron (TOW No 9) and Roger de Havilland's Gigi (now owned by Hector Martin) 






The handsome Red Baron(TOW 9) (and handsome Bob...) 













Sue and Howard's Toad - Ambleside 

(TOW No 46) 








Ramsey at Prescott 

(TOW No 6) 







Brian Cunningham's red East Anglian beauty on  Spider Run 1

 (TOW No 104) 






The other Red Baron, for sale in Germany five years ago 

(TOW No 91) 







Bob Drewett at speed 

(TOW No 88) 







Phil Calver's  Sussex Beauty  

(TOW No 90) 







Aaldert's delicious period  Teal Type 43 in The Netherlands 


(TOW No 126) 








Meanwhile in St John's,  Nova Scotia our fellow Teal Owners' Club member Greg Ross is building himself a handsome and powerful  (and red)   IRONSMITH BUGATTI replica... look forward to seeing her on the road when the snow thaws, Greg. She's a beauty.
















 VW Rear End (thanks Aaldert!)




















 Blackpool Class














Mike Astill at Sorbie
















Showtime, Wiston, Sussex 










Andy and June, Amberley Sunlight 















Belgian Teal Type 35 












Invisible Man - thanks to the website PreWarCar 








 Far horizons;  the winding road ahead...










Woodland Beauty 




















Cheshire Pit 










Teal Type 35: Badges 













Tealers might be amused to see a substantial Bugatti model that's recently been saved from an antique shop in Lewes, Sussex...






She's made of heavy GRP, is 27 inches long, with the driver sitting 11 inches high, the robust tyres of the wire wheels are made of  rubber,  and the wheels roll smoothly...






The ruler in the photo above is 24 inches long...













She's a pretty impressive size and reasonably heavy, and might not be fully welcome in among the fine porcelain  in the drawing room; but for a den, a workshop or a garage she's a delight.   We've spotted them rarely on the internet at about £450-£500, which is a rather (very?) high figure.  But if any Teal/Bugatti enthusiast would like this beauty  for Christmas for about £170, send an email to etcher1944@aol.com  titled Bugatti Model.
















Stylish Dutch Tealer Aaldert Postma takes  a ride with his grandson in their lovely Teal Type 35; and also while their Teal is parked checks out a VW-based replica opposite.  For lots  more photos of Aaldert's Teal 35 and also  his fine Teal Type 43, see Teals of the Week Nos 71 and 126 at Index on left.










Tealers know how much there is to admire about their cars, but even the most ardent fan would admit that storage space on longer trips is a bit short in a Type 35, and even more so in a slender, speedy Type 59.  In the past some Tealers have overcome the problem by designing boot racks for their Teals, usually without needing to drill into their beautiful boat-tails... here are three: 





 Ian Alecock's ingenious Cumbrian design - also below 







Ian Alecock's Teal (left) and Stuart Whitworth's with dodgy cargo in Angouleme 






 The Mike Birch Type 59







David Brown, owner of the lovely Teal Type 59 TEA159 is working on a  bootrack design for his  beauty.  Good luck, David - would love to see the end result when complete.








I've opened a new page of this website covering Teal Type 35 four-seaters specifically. These can now be found at Page 6 of this website (see index left) .  More will shortly be added, such as this beauty below (thanks, Chris):







Please note:  much Teal news and  information has recently been moved (Nov 2015) to the 'Teal News 11 from July 2015' page of this website, where some of your favourite photos may now be residing. You're right, that page is now getting pretty full - I'll start a new Teal News 12 page shortly... Why not have a look at page 11 meanwhile - page index is on the left of this page.  






 Magnificent Teal Type 35 B






A few months ago Tealer and Londoner  Adli Halabi  had his car serviced in Egham at David Ward's Teal-friendly garage.    This Teal  just happens to be one of the finest ever built, by skilled engineer Philip Searle, over several years in the early 2000s, using the finest-quality components,  with no expense spared...




 35B suspension




6C/2500cc Triumph 










Braking (photo above and photo below) 









Admirer Angelo 










Creator of this Teal Type 35 B: Philip Searle 


Adli's  Teal Type 35B is often mistaken in London for a true 1930s Bugatti - one can see why.  She's a work of art, no less.


Thank you Adli, David and  Angelo 


For several months in 2009 this fine Teal was owned by John Williams of Wiltshire, who had bought if from Philip Searle. John kindly gave your correspondent a photoshoot for this website - and a spin in the country, so here are a few more photos of the Teal then: 













A total joy... 















 Talking of Old Classics....


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 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 and 10 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 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.  














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." 


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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