John King writes:



    'TEAL 1984  SILVER

       TR6  TWIN CARBURETTER 2498cc     

Completely rebuilt with new engine, gearbox/
overdrive, replacement rear differential &  many new parts,
taxed, mot & serviced, extensive original build file  and provenance.

This really is a superb example of this make and will give the new owner bags of fun.'

PRICE  offers around £30,000.



Contact Johnking@shropshirehoney.co.uk

 or 01694 781 544















 Teal Cockpit








This is the cockpit of Jeff and Mary Turner's powerful (6C/2500)  and stylish  Teal Type 35 boat-tail, built by Jeff nearly 30 years ago, with advice from his old friend Bob Jones.  The simple elegance of the instrumentation, controls and steering wheel are, to my mind, delightful. What do you think?




 Jeff and Mary  in action on the Backbone of England run






 Dot and Phil Massey's admirable and well-travelled Teal Type 35....





...and admirable and well-travelled Dot and Phil on the same corner in the Pennines as Jeff above. 











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... 






...  the newly-restored Teal is undergoing undercoat respray, before a final coat of French Blue.  The engine is 1800cc MGB twin SUs, and John hopes to have her ready to go by Christmas or early in the new year; congratulations for putting another fine Teal (now designated TOW124)  back on the road, John.










Have you ever flown in your Teal?  Of course you have.  But did you know that there were Teals that flew for hours across the Pacific Ocean, and landed on water?  Me neither... 




 This voyage of discovery started when Dot and Phil on their holiday last month in the Channel Islands kindly sent a lovely postcard of a Sunderland flying boat.  Which got me thinking idly, as one does, and I typed Sunderland flying boat into Google images - imagine my surprise when a TEAL came up.  And not one but several.  It seems that Tasman  Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL), the predecessor of Air New Zealand , used our much-loved acronym in the 1940s, well  before Trafford Engineering Automobiles Limited started creating the beautiful Teal cars designed by  Ian  Foster  and Bob Jones,  inspired by Ettore Bugatti.












 Arriving for a trip in their TEAL, HM The Queen and Prince Philip...



...To research the long-distance routes across the Pacific Ocean TEAL Airways New Zealand also used Catalina flying boats in the years after the war:





 As a footnote, Tealers might be interested to know that an aircraft called a Teal is still currently flying; it's a small flying boat made by Thurston and  most useful in locations where lakes abound,  such as Canada and Finland... She's nearly as pretty as the Teals we know and love - and a similar colour ...



 There is more info and lots of photos  of Teal cars  with aircraft further down this page; so now we know why the magnificent Teal badge at the head of this page has glorious wings!












 John Williams of Kent's slender and elegant beauty on a recent visit to Wiltshire.  When you have a chance,  take a close up look at his Type 35 radiator badge and surround  - unique and attractive.  All will be revealed with a close-up in December as a Christmas treat!














Part-finished Teal reluctantly for sale due to new project. Superb workmanship so far, using mainly new parts. Car is V5 registered in my name and checks out on MOT computer. At the moment, the Teal is here with me in France. I could deliver it free to England in the Spring, when my new project is coming from UK, on the return journey. Free overnight accommodation provided for serious buyer. These cars are becoming increasingly rare and valuable. This is a great opportunity for someone prepared to put in a bit of effort. Only looking to recover costs so far, so very reasonable price. I’ll throw in the 2 years labour free of charge!! Please contact me at dave.bugatti@orange.fr
























That fine, loyal and charming Tealer AALDERT POSTMA has just won the Concours D'Elegance at his local car show near Amsterdam, and  has the champagne to prove it...  Aaldert was the originator  of the successful Teals to Tulips rally in The Netherlands this spring, and has had his Teal Type 35  totally rebuilt over the past two years, and converted to left hand drive - a rare beast.   There are more photos of the beauty below (the Teal, not Aaldert - though many think he should win the prize for elegance himself ; Aaldert says there were no lady judges that day....)








Aaldert owns a second rare Teal, a Type 43 built up from scratch in UK over the last two years and now in Holland.  More news of that interesting sporting car shortly... congratulations on flying the Teal flag high, Aaldert.






Talking of flying.... 






"Isadora" is the splendid Teal Type 35 four-seater of Bob Lewis, founder member of the Teal Owners' Club in the 1980s, and with Bob Jones builder of Teals, and designer and builder of Projects of Distinction ; almost all of the widely-admired stainless steel handbrakes fitted to Teals are of Bob Lewis' design and manufacture; he has been a key creative figure throughout the past 30 years of Teal history.  At one stage 20 years ago Bob needed to sell Isadora, but luckily 15 years later he was able to buy her back.  Here she is at Gloucestershire/ Staverton  airport, with - is it a  De Haviland Tiger Moth?  Colin will be able to tell us - he probably once flew her... Isadora is Teal of The Week (TOW) No 33.





Here is  Isadora again; Bob  recently re-engined Isadora, and also took her to the Goodwood Revival this year in company with several other Teals (see Teal News Page 8).  Bob has set up a Facebook page for the Teal Owners Club, where you can see more pictures of Isadora and of other Teals - go to www.facebook.com and tap in Teal Owners Club.  Bob/Rob Lewis is also a leading light in the world of firework displays through his company Celebration Fireworks - putting on magnificent shows and winning major prizes internationally...



Bob Lewis and Isadora 









Teal cars and old aircraft seem to go well together - indeed the Teal cockpit reminds many  of an early aeroplane - here are a few more photos of different Teals with historic aircraft (and in some cases historic Tealers...) 




Colin Andrews taxying his  historic Teal  'Puddle Jumper', having just flown the Tiger Moth behind....




Neil Bridges' classic Teal Type 35 four-seater ' Phoenix ' at RAF Marham with the superb Avro Lancaster .  Neil spent a busy day flying in light aircraft with the Marham Tornado pilots, and proved a natural;  must be all the practice in his several Teals...








Brigitte with poser Brian at The Shuttleworth, Collection, Biggleswade.   ' Jolly good show, chaps... '



 Brigitte again, now owned by Andrew Smith, at his wedding with his wife  Jane    swinging  the prop of his other classic, the yellow  1946 Piper Cub at White Waltham, Maidenhead...


....and Brigitte seen from the air  at the wedding  celebrations:






 Of course, for supreme Teal and aircraft photo one needs Angelo's 214 and Concorde:



Copy and paste, click,  then all will be revealed... 















I noticed a few  mornings ago that the www.skyblueteal.co.uk  hits counter was recording 80,001 occasions on which someone has logged on to our Teal website to find out more about these delightful sporting cars and the people that drive them.  My thanks to all those loyal Tealers and new browsers who over the past nearly eight  years have encouraged and enhanced this website with fine photographs, dramatic deeds  and enthusiastic support....








Tealers Angelo, Antonio, David and Cliff attended  on 20/21 September  the dramatic hill climb near Princes Risborough in the Chilterns known as The Kop (  http://www.kophillclimb.org.uk/home.html  ).  On the way Antonio captured these lovely autumnal photos of two unusually fine Teal Type 35s:






 and the busy classic car scene at the show....







 with much attractive machinery (thanks, David):













Just Lovely....












Do you remember clearly  the Teal Triangle Run in the summer of 2008? No, me neither, but I remember that  it was fun, and that  it has been  a major  omission from this Teal website.  So I've written  a photo-essay on that happy eight-day run departing from the aircraft museum at RAF Cosford, west into Wales at Lake Bala, to Caernarvon, to Chester, Jodrell Bank  and  Holmfirth, and across the North Yorkshire moors to lovely Robin Hood's Bay. You can find this essay, with many photos of our run,  half way down the index at left at Teal Triangle Run - 2008.  I hope you may enjoy the happy memories it triggers. 









...if you'd like to copy this whole website into your own computer, including more than a thousand photos of Teals, use the excellent  and totally legal website copier provided by Microsoft Windows at www.httrack.com ; then you'll find this Teal  website in it's entirety in the 'my websites' file  in your Documents folder or your HTTrack folder. It works, and you can update your download any time. Recommended.




Your favourite photo or Teal of the Week may have been moved to the Teal News 8  page or to the Teal of the Week 121-140 pages ; it's quite fun looking, and sometimes one finds something quite unexpected...








Note: Previous  Teals of the Week are shown on the  Teals of the Week 1-20 website page,  Teals of the Week  21-40 page, Teals of  the Week 41-60 page, Teals of the Week 61-80 page, Teal of the Week 81- 99 page, Teal of the Week 100-120 page, and Teal of The week 120-140 (see index left) - the aim is to build up week by week, in no particular order,   a data base of photos of  as many Teals as can be found . 







Favourite Photos



Can't find your favourite photo or Teal news item?  Have a look at Teal News pages 1 to 8  towards the end of this website, to where  items  previously on Page 1 are transferred.

Want to buy or sell a Teal? Tealers may like to browse 



(Type Teal Bugatti into their search box at very top of  their page)

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 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 and 7,  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." 
Adrian Flux Insurance support our Teal Owners' Club magazine Teal Spiel.  They   specialize in sports car and kit car insurance, and offer up to 15% off  for Teal Owners' Club members, limited mileage discounts of 1500, 3000 and 5000 miles per annum,  and can also offer an  agreed valuation on your Teal.  If you are thinking of getting an insurance quote for your Teal, one option is to call 0800 089 0035, or  log onto www.adrianflux.co.uk/kits for their specialist department.


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)


Please enjoy the website - and the Teals...