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The website for lovers of the remarkable Teal  marque  

 

 

 

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A  TEAL ?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

This beautiful machine is a Bugatti Type 73.  The chassis was designed by Ettore Bugatti and made just post war.  But Bugatti died (1947) before the bodywork was conceived.  This body  was designed and created  by Bob Jones and his team in the Atlantic Business Centre, Broadheath, Manchester in 1990.  It was conceived by Bob and manufactured at the request of a client who wished for  a racing car which looked very like the German silver arrows of the 1930s.   

 

    Is it a Teal or a Bugatti?

 

 

or a Teal Bugatti ?

 

 

 

 

 

These are just two of the hundred or so Teal photos and videos generously sent to us last week by Bob Jones (thanks, Bob), owner  of Teal Cars and creator of beautiful Type 35s, Type 43s, Type 44, Type 52s and Type 59s from 1986 to 1998.   Bob also rebodied many early Ian Foster Teals in aluminium, rebodied several Bugattis and created special one-off sporting machines.

 

'A thing of beauty is a joy forever' (Keats).  Teals are a joy . 

 

 

 

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REBORN 

 

Nine months ago on this website: 

 

 

 

"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... "

 

 

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Please compare these photos (thanks, Wendy) of John's fully-restored Teal Type 35 boat-tail with the earlier pictures in the workshop last year at Teal of the Week No 125, on the Teal of the Week 121-140 page on the index at left....

 

We congratulate John on bringing yet another Teal back to the road; John and his team have become specialists in this field, restoring several Teals and other Bugatti replicas to a high standard.  John tells us that this Teal now has 120 miles on the clock.  Great work by the Shropshire Lads. 

 

 

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TEAL CARTOON OF THE WEEK No 5 

 

 

The Teal Club AGM was in Stratford-on-Avon 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAL CARTOON OF THE WEEK No.6 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teal Cartoon of the Week No. 7 

 

 

Tealers were given a guided tour of the Morgan Factory.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Note: Previous Cartoons of the week have been moved to the new Teal Cartoons and Images page below ...

 

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Foreground: Mike King 'Type 59' Bugatti Replica ; Teal Type 35 on the horizon...

 

 

 

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 If your current or former Teal is not featured on this website, please do contact me via the Discussion Forum of this website, or directly to brncrook@aol.com.  Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

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INFO:

 

 

Lots of photos and info  have now been moved to the Teal News Page 11, to make room for more on Page 1 .

 

 

 

THE  LAKES

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Teals (and a Replicar) touring the Lakes, with Brigitte's driver somewhat confused as to which country he thinks he's  in... 

 

 

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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 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.  

 

 

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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.....

 

 

 

Your not always well-balanced webmaster Brian  on the Long Mynd during the Shrewsbury Run

Photo: Dot (thanks, I think)

 

 

 

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