TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 67
Formerly owned by Mike Wells of Sussex , this rather fine Teal Type 35 four-seat Tourer is currently for sale in Essex for £34,995...
... the handsome and immaculate tourer is powered by a BL 1800 cc gold seal engine, and is well equipped with instruments and weather protection ; more photos may be viewed at
where incidentally Keith Lidgerwood's Teal Type 35 two-seater No 1, Le Mistral, may also be viewed on this Total HeadTurners website, where it is also for sale for £29,995.
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 68
This is an unusual-looking Teal, in that the chassis and front cross members of this quite early (1987) blue Type 35 two-seater are painted red, not a look you see every day in the Teal world...
...but this Teal has a distinguished history, having taken part in an early Teal Owners' Club run to Reims, to Southern France and into Spain in 1994; she is one of the first Teals to be fitted with the Triumph 6-cylinder 2500 cc engine with 4-speed gearbox and overdrive on 3rd and 4th, rides on the 15-inch 8-spoke alloy wheels, and is equipped with black leather seating. Here she is in France in 1994 (one from far end) at the old Reims circuit:
Hard to see? You're right - here's a close up:
and again outside the old Bugatti factory at Molsheim (left hand end) :
[The unusual and stylish car in the foreground is a high-quality GRP kit replica on a Sherpa chassis, built for Kit Wallis, which joined the Teal Continental trip - rather like a Bugatti Type 55, perhaps? Rather lovely.... Glen Ibbotson, who led the 1994 France and Spain adventure (as he has so many successful Teal runs at home and abroad - thanks, Glen) comments that it is a pity that this Type 55 kit didn't go into full production, as it had all the makings of a lovely replica...]
Teal of the Week no 68, the subject of this piece, was owned initially by a Londoner, then by Derek Ormston of Folkestone, and was put up for sale in November 2006 for £7500
Do you know where she is located now?
( With many thank, as always, to Andy Dutton, to Colin Andrews who was on that Continental run in Puddle Jumper, to George Rainsford who took the photos nearly twenty years ago, and to Glen Ibbotson, who led the 1994 Teal trip...a quartet of distinguished Tealers, who are all still driving Teals in 2013)
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 69
Bill van Leemputten is a long-standing Tealer with a delightful-looking classic Teal Type 35 boat tail...
This is a seriously good-looking Teal, worthy to be shown to the general public for their appreciation and education. And in case there are technical questions to be answered, that's Bill in the hat at back right....
Only a few weeks ago in September Bill was in action on the Teal East Anglia Run based in Lowestoft. Here the Teals are in Southwold, with Bill's in the foreground. Did you notice in the top and bottom photo a serious-looking red horn, half-hidden behind Bill's number plate, which looks as if it could administer quite a few decibels to unwise idlers. Your Teal's a beauty, Bill.
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No. 70
Bob Barrett's handsome Teal Type 35 poses beside the river in late afternoon summer sunlight....
I like this dashboard; it has a quiet and elegant simplicity, understated and therefore richer than any (like mine) which are over-crowded with instruments and badges... and of course the magical Bugatti steering wheel sets off the stylish image; lovely.
The profile is classic; any knowledgable person passing would nod, and mutter quietly to themselves sotto voce 'Bugatti thirty five, about 1927; in good nick' . They'd be wrong of course, you and I know that, but I think we can forgive them, looking at these delightful classic lines...
Teal Of The Week - No 71
Our Tealer colleague Aaldert Postma from The Netherlands owns two fine Teals - a lovely Teal Type 35 boat-tail shown here, which over the past two years he has had rebodied, changed to left hand drive, rebuilt , repainted and rewheeled (see below) ; and a 'new' Teal Type 43, which will feature as Teal of the Week in the near future. Here's the beautiful dark blue Type 35:
Most of the structural work was beautifully created by Mike Hall in Evesham, and then detailed finishing, painting and wheels were completed in The Netherlands. Here's what Aaldert's Teal looked like a few years ago, before the work began:
What an excellent conversion from this early grp Teal to an aluminium beauty, as well as the many other unseen changes created. Congratulations Aaldert and Mike for putting a very fine Teal back on the road; we look forward to seeing her on a UK Teal trip, when Aaldert is ready (and has time - Aaldert retired once, but he's now bought the company back!) .
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 72
Chris Poolton is a long-standing and distinguished member of the Teal Owners' Club, having built his magnificent Teal four-seater tourer nearly 25 years ago (that's her on the left in pole position at Stoneleigh, with an impressive double-row of Teals in support). Chris and his wife Jean also edited, typed and printed our lovely Teal Spiel magazine for many years, indeed it was thanks to them (and Captain Sensible) that Teal Spiel was kept going on a regular basis through some thin times for magazine articles, and maintained firmly on the right track.
Chris explains how his Tourer came to be it's fine and subtle shade of steel blue/grey, which looks so distinguished on this Tourer: "the Teal was always meant to be a completely 'green' project, which is why I threw away the donor MGB engine and fitted an electric motor instead; then came the decision on colour - obviously I had chosen British Racing Green, but Jean wanted electric blue. We compromised; because I'm colour blind and chose the colour at the sprayer's - we ended up with British Racing Purple!'
"When the car was finished, trimmed and on the road it was the only truly electric Teal. But then I found the lead wasn't long enough to travel far from the socket - I even tried a curly lead. It was now summer and we were looking forward to our holiday with the car on the Continent, and then some bright spark completely ruined things by telling me that the mains voltage in France was only 110V anyway."
So Chris's delightful Teal Type 35 four-seater tourer now runs with an 1800TC engine. This bit is true.
Thanks, Chris and Jean, for keeping our Teal Spiel magazine going through thick and thin - and also for the splendid style of your elegant Teal tourer - she's a beauty.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 73
Long-standing Teal Owners' Club member Gary Day of Glamorgan's fine-looking early Teal Type 35 ; the drop steering arms in the manner of Bugatti are particularly unusual and attractive, as is the personalised registration plate....
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 74
Built by Trevor Gay. MGB 1800 Engine. Bought by Norman Phillips in Surrey in 1996. Sold Jan 2014.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 75
At Henley last September 2012 Tim joined Colin and Irené Andrews' Teal Oxfordshire Ramble (six Teals) with his newly acquired Teal Type 35 boat tail shown here above and below...
... and further below being inspected by a panel of Teal experts.... Tim himself is central in the leather jacket...
...following the Oxfordshire run, Tim's Teal enjoyed a successful suspension/steering reassessment at David Ward's garage in Egham, and we hope Tim will be able to join future Teal runs in his handsome Type 35.
TEAL OF THE WEEK NO 76
David Wilson and his wife Maureen from Fife were early and dedicated Tealers, David having started building his red 4-seater Oscar in 1985, and being involved in many Teal events for the next 21 years in Denmark and UK, including the famous Ian Foster Birthday Bash at Lakeside on 4th/5th July 1998 (photo below). This was perhaps the biggest ever gathering of Teals in one place; David Wilson's Oscar is right in the centre, the red four-seater with a boot rack.
David's B-series engine shown below was bored out to 1998cc, and a high lift cam, special distributor and electronic ignition fitted, so she went rather well at home and abroad ....
Here's Oscar at a famous local landmark, and below is the neatly-instrumented cockpit.
David was well known throughout the Teal club for his splendid moustache, which features in several photos and cartoons on this website's page 9: 'Teals in the 80s- New Images', the photos being provided jointly by Dave and his friend and Teal colleague Lindsay Crighton, another Teal pioneer of 'Bluebottle' fame, which is also shown on Page 9...
In 2006, after David's 21 years of Tealing, a London dealer came up to Scotland to buy Oscar, and then sold it on to its current British owner....
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 76 (AGAIN) *
David Thomas from Wadebridge, Cornwall bought this Teal Type 35 four-seater in 2007; for the next three years he made improvements, including stripping down to chassis level, rewiring and respraying, fitting a new petrol tank, boring out the engine from 1800 to 2000cc, fitting electronic ignition and also a high-lift camshaft. Sadly in August 2010 David had to sell his handsome Teal since he was no longer physically able to drive it...
This good-looking Teal Type 35 is now owned by Teal Owners' Club member Gordon White... a classic Teal with rich history (see below).
*FOOTNOTE: This Teal had originally been put on the website as Teal Of The Week No 109; but as I considered it furthe, the car looked somewhat familiar. It is, I believe Teal of the Week No 76 (David Wilson's OSC 789P "Oscar"), rebuilt, renumbered, rewheeled, sprayed blue rather than red and looking good. The key was the engine: here's Oscar's - compare with above).
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 77
We were in touch with the owner of this lovely Teal (Andrew Halls) about three years ago, when I think I remember it was for sale. If you are the current owner, do please let us know - this is a very lovely looking aluminium-bodied Teal Type 35 boat tail, and you must be the envy of many Tealers and other classic car enthusiasts, at home and abroad.... Thank you.
Teal of The Week - No 78
This early Teal has been owned by three current Tealers: Neil Bridges, who discovered her in a garage in Wales in 2011, John King who took her to France with Wendy in 2012, and current new owners Michael and Mary Colley... each of these owners carried out major improvements to make this a fast and desirable early Teal.
Neil Bridges enjoying her at Welshpool...
...and Neil at Bewdley with fellow Tealers including Aaldert, Phil and Keith; and higher above Aaldert, Colin, Glen, Pam and Dot....
Wendy and John King then took SUY to France and Spain, and happily home after many adventures...
and new owner Michael is now with Mike Hall fitting a brass radiator surround and aluminium bonnet before putting her back on the road this spring. This attractive and sporty Teal has given much pleasure to many Tealers.
TEAL OF THE WEEK - TOW No 79
This fine-looking Teal was spotted at the September 2012 Circuit des Remparts, Angouleme, by Rupert, Jean and other touring Tealers. The driver was not in attendance (it's not that chap behind in Rupert's photo), but the Teal Type 35 boat-tail was widely admired, and possibly mistaken for a Bugatti, of which there were many in attendance.... here's another shot (below). Is that a French number plate, and if the owner is browsing this website, do please get in touch - you have a very fine-looking Teal - admirable! Thank you.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 80
Many Tealers will have read in Teal Spiel or on this website of Richard Ashton of Lowestoft and his construction over recent years of a new Teal Type 35 boattail. The modified chassis was from Norman Durban and took account of the SVA regulations re steeering and dashboard profile. The bodywork consisted initially only of the last Dicky Dawes boat tail, an engine-turned bulkhead and a dashboard with the regulation bevelled lower edge; the rest of the body was built by Mike Hall , a master of the wheeling machine. Richard and an experienced friend then started to constuct the Teal to address the many needs of SVA/IVA - a considerable challenge.This has involved engineering skills, a good eye, sound judgement, infinite patience and not least the flexibility to adjust designs to meet all the requirements of safety necessary to register a new car nowadays; that Richard has overcome all difficulties to produce the beautiful dark blue Teal VV 5072 (above and below) is a tribute to his determination, skill and persistence.
Happily this lovely Teal passed all tests and was launched onto the Suffolk roads this Summer. Richard then led a group of delighted Tealers round the East Anglian Ramble from Lowestoft Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club to Southwold this September...
Congratulations on creating this beautiful Teal, Richard, which is a credit to you and to our Club.
More Teals to come....on the next Teal of The Week 81-100 page - hope you're enjoying this great variety of individual, attractive sporting cars...