Teal of The Week No. 82 (above) is For Sale in Germany, and the owner, Herr Hubert  Radermacher   has been in touch giving details of this fine Teal and his phone number. Please see the Discussion Forum of this website for details and the phone number.  I have asked Herr Radermacher   what price he will be asking, and await his reply.  She's a beauty!   See also Teal of the Week No 82 on this website for more pictures...

 

 

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 It rains on Teals sometimes; and on Bugattis.

 

 

 

 

 

 Pretty girls enjoy Teals (top of page);  and Bugattis. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The wonderful Phoenix is for sale - see further down the page - then have a chat with Neil Bridges - the final price is negotiable... make Neil an offer which he can't refuse.

 

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TEAL  SPIEL  AUTUMN  2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Autumn edition of Teal Spiel, our Teal Owners' Club magazine has arrived from Editor Suzi and Sub Andy, who is  also Club Secretary.  And it's a cracker, packed with articles about Teal events and plans for events to come, particularly celibrating our Club's 30th anniversary next year.  You are invited to have your say about future  celebratory events (by Andy) and to take part in a  splendid Teal photo competition (by Suzi)... See the magazine, lucky Club Members, for further details...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teal Pilot's Kit 

 

 

 

 

 

Teal canvas side-screens system 

 

With the racing windscreens and the canvas side-screens  fitted it's surprisingly snug in the cockpit; with the tonneau also fitted so it covers the passenger seat and is unzipped down the middle, you can collect a range of goodies snug and dry on the passenger seat: route map, packet of chocolate hobnobs, extra-strong mints...the choice is yours.  And if your Teal is fitted with a heater, the tonneau and side-screens trap the warmth inside, resulting in toasted toes in February. All good.

 

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TEAL TYPE 35  BOAT-TAIL FOR SALE - £44,000 

 

 

 

 

 

There's quite a nice-looking Teal Type 35 boat-tail for sale from Ivor Bleaney garage in the New Forest - for £44,000... came from the factory in 1980, apparently (hmm no such 'factory' existed in 1980 - probably date of donor car logbook).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone know this car?  Unusual seating.  More details at:

 

 

         http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/bugatti/type+35/229510

 

 

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Teal Type 35 B - lowered chassis, new suspension system: 

 

 

 

 

Teal Type 35B Front Suspension

 

Both photos taken at Bristol of Tony Williams fine 35B - now owned in Wirral, Cheshire by his brother Dave Williams 

 

 

 

 

 

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T and P stop on the Teal Rally?  No worries:

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheerful Tealers on the Continent (Angouleme then Spain 2008)... 

 

 

 

 

Same trip:  Dot/Phil, Andy/June going rapidly downhill 

 

 

 

 

 Pyrrenean Tealers -  photos thanks to Lavinia Alecock

 

 

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IMPORTANT  TEAL  LINKS 

 

 

 

 

1.   Teal Owners Club website:         www.tealownersclub.org

 

copy and paste into your browser ...

 

 

2.   Teal Owners Club Facebook Pages:

 

 www.facebook.com/tealownersclub  

 

 

 

 

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MAGNIFICENT TEAL  TYPE 35  FOUR-SEATER

FOR  SALE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Teal 4-seater Tourer hand-built by Teal Cars. 1800 cc MGB engine, tax exempt, aluminium body with full tonneau cover, roof and windows. Best front brake covers ever (see photos below).  21K miles.  Offers over £21,000 - make Neil an offer he can't refuse on  phone 07730701149.

Available for inspection in  Yorkshire 

 

More Photos Below 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( ps: Isn't she a beauty - one of the finest Teals built )

 

 


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                               CORSICA  TEALER

 

 

Many may have read in our club magazine Teal Spiel (Summer Edition) of the adventures in Corsica of Tealer Andrew Noble, who lives in Southern France.  Here are a couple of photos of his Teal Type 35 boat tail, which was widely admired on the island after the initial crossing from Nice to Bastia... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew's Teal at impressive Restonica Gorge near Corte 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew's Teal is the centre of attention at Col de Bavella in the Corsican mountains 

 

 

 

Andrew adds that Corsica has loads of interesting roads, long, sweeping corners, spectacular gorges, rocky mountains, very few gendarmes, and good hospitality in little hotels with safe parking. The Teal behaved throughout and got a great reception as always in France, people waving, clapping and hooting.

 

Thanks, Andrew - it sounds a splendid week. 

 

 

 

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 NORFOLK  TEALER (S) 

 

 

Our East Anglian correspondent, Richard Ashton.  was at a Norfolk Sporting  Car Club meeting over the weekend, and was surprised to meet a new Tealer who has just purchased the lovely Teal Type 35 four-seater  BIG2959 shown below, which many Tealers will recognise:

 

 

 

The new owner Nick is a keen enthusiast, has done a lot of work on the car, which Richard says sounds great with the 1800 cc engine and a new  stainless custom-made exhaust.  Welcome, Nick.

 

 

p.s. Of course,  the delightful deep blue Type 35 boat-tail is Richard's own beauty. Thanks, Richard.

 

 

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TEALERS  AND  CLASSICS  GALORE

 

 

 

 

 1926 Bugatti Type 37 at FlyWheel 2017, Bicester

 

 

 

 

On the long weekend 23/24/25 June 2017, fourteen Tealers * enjoyed a splendid long weekend in Oxfordshire under the guidance of Colin and Irené, and Chris and Yvonne. On Friday evening after drinks we dined out together beside the Thames before coffee at Cobshall;  on Saturday morning  Colin and Chris guided us through lovely Cotswold countrside to the Swan at Swinsbrook for morning coffee on the River Windrush with the Mitford sisters, and then led us through Burford, Stow, Moreton and the Fosse Way to the Gaydon Motor museum of British cars which  was terrific, especially with the new Jaguar Building, while some visited Upton Hall (National Trust) near Banbury; we then returned to delightful Cobshall Cottage (Mansion?) for a superb meal conjured from ambrosia and  nectar by Irené and Yvonne - pure delight!

 

 

On the Sunday all 14 of us attended  the absolutely outstanding classic car show and flying displays ('FLYWHEEL') at Bicester Heritage - perhaps there were a thousand classic cars there, ranging over a century from 1910 to date, and including a fine Bugatti Type 30 and a delicious Type 37 (above).  Many of the cars demonstrated and showed off noisily and at speed on track, while sunlit biplanes dived low overhead - happy days indeed.  The distinguished attendees were: *  Janice, David and George, Ellen and George, Andy Dutton (Club Sec), Bob Mills (Club Chairman) Rupert, Yvonne and Chris, Brian and Francesca and, of course, Colin and Irené.    

 

Comments:Lincolnshire George's splendid green Type 35 is currently being modified to fit MGB rear brake drums; and David and Janice's magnificent Type 59, often driven by young George, is undergoing fuel modifications.

 

 

 

Our heartfelt  thanks go to Colin and Chris for organising the whole three days of fun - a classic Teal weekend; and especially to Irené and Yvonne for the wonderful meals.   Here are some photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Finally, two items seen at the Bicester FlyWheel show, the first amusing and the second endearing:

 

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 Could Mae West's motto equally be applied to a Teal?

 

 

and 2, seen on the back of a 1929 Bentley three-litre, perhaps how all Tealers would like to be remembered: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MAGNIFICENT TEAL TYPE 43 IN THE NETHERLANDS 

 

 

 

 This magnificent Teal Type 43 has just completed it's first full rally in the Netherlands, driven by double-Tealer and owner Aaldert Postma...

 

 

 

 

 Aaldert writes:   

Yesterday we had a wonderful 125 km tour ( ca 30 degrees Celsius) with 25 Orca classiccars and 50 participants.

 

It was the first time the Teal43 came in action , lots of attention , headturners  and admirers.

 

At the finish I realised that there was no cause for concern, concerns about the temperature.
Earlier I  installed an extra fan ,controlled by a watertemp sensor in watercircuit.

 

The gearbox and engine (completely revised) did a great job,only the front disc brakes need adjustment

 

 

and I determined that the aaoooh horn did not work, wires in the dashboard not fixed.
Mid august a couple of Orcaneers come to the Uk (east london) for a  3 nights stay in Good hotel.
More details about this tour soon ( at least two Teals and a Replicar ).

 

 

 

 

Many Tealers will know that Aaldert  designed this Teal Type 43 with Mike Hall and had it built in Evesham  in 2012/13, with much engine re-building, wiring, fettling, painting, hood design and manufacture,  and final finishing in the Netherlands over the past two years. This result is a total triumph, a credit to Aaldert and a Teal for the Club to be proud of - bravo, Aaldert. I suspect that I am not the only one to   wish it was mine!

 

More details: Teal of the Week No 126

 

 

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FINE PHOTOS OF PRESCOTT LA VIE EN BLEU 

 

Skilled Photographer Phil Kroll has invited all Tealers to view his excellent photos of last month's La Vie En Blue at the Bugatti Owners' Club at Prescott - see the Teal Discussion Forum on this website, copy and paste the links into your browser, and enjoy the many happy pictures of Bugattis and other fine classic cars, and many pretty people too!  Here are the links:

 

 

 Day 1:    http://prescott-la-vie-en-bleu2017.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Day 2:     http://prescott2017part2.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

 

 I prefer the day 2 photos.  How about you? 

 

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Much info, and many photos which might interest you, have recently (8th April) been transferred to the Teal News 15 page of this website in order  to make room for new items on this page. 

 

 

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TEAL EVENTS - 2016/2017

 

Details of Teal Owners' Club events are listed on the new TOC club website with when, where and who to contact.  Teal rallies, car shows, parties and get-togethers are all there in TealSpiel magazine for members or here's the website link:

 

www.tealownersclub.org

 

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 Talking of Old Classics....

   

 
 
 
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 57,  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, 2015 , 2016  and 2017 in Sussex and Hampshire, Kent, East Anglia,   Lancashire, The Peak District, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, Wales and unusual adventures in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as well as overseas trips to much of Europe including France, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and  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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  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.  

 
  
 
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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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