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Teal Type 35 boat-tail with rare hood. Ex Stuart Whitworth.

 'More like a Bugatti than most Bugattis'. 










Roger and Carola enjoy their Teal Type 35 Grand Tourer in Scottish Border country

















This unique one-off Teal was specially built in the 1980s by Bob Jones with Peter Farrell (his chassis welder) for the Farrells... and disappeared abroad in 1989. It has doors and running boards - ultra rare for a Teal!  It is Teal of the Week No 64, and has apparently been sitting in a barn in Belgium for the past 27 years.  It has now been purchased by splendid Tealers David Brown  and Janice ( already Type 59 owners), and will shortly be returned to UK - excellent news! It naturally requires some work to make it roadworthy again.  Watch this space for more details in a few weeks' time.  Bravo, David.

















There's a new page of Links to other interesting Teal, Bugatti or Classic Car websites - click on three pages from the end Links page on the index below left, then copy and paste your chosen website.... 










Most of us do not have one quite like this: 








Bug Defender spotted by Tealer Ron Arnold - thanks, Ron, she's unique (I hope)! 





Small Note of Great Interest 



From 18th - 26th June a group of intrepid Tealers are heading south for rural France in the best traditions of Summer Teal runs, under Sensible guidance, seeking culture, landscape, tranquillity, good food, a glass that cheers, companionship - and occasionally petrol.  We wish them bon voyage, and look forward to sunny pictures of lovely locations ( and Tealers).









Many items and pictures have recently been moved to the Teal News 13 page of this website.  A Teal News 14 from June 2016 page will also shortly be introduced... 












 Over the late May bank holiday many  Teals came together from all over our country  for the La Vie En Bleu meeting  at the home of the Bugatti Owners' Club at Prescott, near Cheltenham.  The splendid array of fine cars, Tealers and  tents made a major impression - judge for yourself from these pictures of stylish classics in fine weather. Thank you Jean, Rupert, Neil and David  for the pictures...







No hoods required.... 






 Double rows of Teals...







Teals  and Tealers fly the flag for The Teal Owners' Club ...







Dizzy was there with happy owner Vincent.  Dizzy has enjoyed some recent updating in the most capable hands of our skilled, friendly Teal engineer David Ward, who himself enjoyed the trip in his magnificent Dolly (DNA).   Oh, and I've just noticed: that's a  neat place to rest one's  coffee mug....







Colin and Fiona's Vital Spark enjoying the sun - C. and F. run our TOC Club website at www.tealownersclub.org  - thanks from all...







Tealers relax in the Gloucestershire sunshine... 





Vincent sizes up a little beauty ...





 Angelo on Pole







Rupert and Phil take a temporary break to look at some nearby fine steam engines... 





 A line-up to be proud of....



 A glorious sight on a happy weekend - and in an appropriate location....but the fun didn't end there. John Honey-King then led the Tealers on a glorious tour:









At the Cotswold Air Museum; sharp-eyed viewers will have noticed  that the front two cars are not Teals, but very welcome members of the Teal Owners Club. 


Aviation enthusiasts will have noticed the Gloucester Meteor jet fighters in the background. Your correspondent was lucky enough to train on these beauties as an RAF navigator at RAF Stradishall in Suffolk in 1964, and here we are below in Meteor Night Fighter Mark 14s in training colours:






(Nothing to do with the Teal Tour, but the pull of nostalgia was too strong for me to resist...)  Back to the tour:




 One of the many joys of rural Shropshire is admiring a tail of Teals snaking up the Long Mynd, one of A.E. Housman's glorious Blue Remembered Hills; here on top of the world Phil and Dot greet the camera from their glorious blue remembered Teal.




 Shropshire is well provided with many fine stately homes, and Wendy and John Honey-King being a Shropshire couple were able to lead Tealers to some of the finest...










The air blowing across the high hills along the Welsh border is uplifting , and therefore condusive to gliding. Among the company were skilled air pilots Neil and Colin.  We must ask if they became airborne.


Speaking of Colin, it is well known in Teal circles that he is rather fond of his grub. Colin has never knowingly passed an open feeder, and here the lovely Puddle Jumper outside Mr Bun The Baker bears silent witness to Colin's abiding search for sustenance. 






Puddle Jumper (and Colin) are two of the most respected and senior members of the Teal Owners Club - what a beautiful Teal,  with a magical split screen windscreen.  Colin's not bad looking too.






Mind you, Neil Bridges wasn't far behind Colin in the British Bun stakes.  Here Neil's splendid four-seater Phoenix  awaits his guiding hand.  Thanks for these happy  photos, Neil







Onwards to Ironbridge and Bridgnorth, traditional Tealing country... 








Altogether a great Teal Tour, culminating in a happy three-course meal for all Tealers at John and Wendy's lovely Shropshire home  - Tealers say a warm  thankyou to  Wendy and John King  for navigation, friendship and hospitality...


















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Some Fine Blue Teals... 
















 Teal Type 35B












and Teals of many other colours too! 























I believe this Teal is for sale - she's Isle of Wight based and about £14K.  Angelo has the details and more photos.  Thanks for the heads up, Angelo.... 

















Details of Teal Owners' Club events are listed in detail on the new TOC club website with when, where and who to contact. I've counted fourteen different Teal rallies, car shows, parties and get-togethers over the next eight months. Here's the link:


copy and paste into your browser for full info...










 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, 9,10,11,12,13 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.  














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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