Friday, 26 February 2010

Beauty basking in the sunshine

See more stunning shots on this FreshEngine YouTube video

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Two more 'best-loved' beauties

Many thanks to Hermann Egges of
for sending two more examples from his fantastic
collection - Aston Martin DB, and MG TF Safari

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

A real beauty in blue

This Bugatti Type 40 Roadster, found near Lille in France, formed
part of the Arlette Schlumpf collection and is now owned by Peter
Mullin who's planning a museum in California

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Where's this beauty sleeping now?

Kev wonders if anyone knows what happened to this
S registered Honda 750 Four (SOHC) K7 sold in Southall,
West London in about 1995. Wasn't running properly at the
time (on only three cylinders I seem to remember)

Monday, 22 February 2010

Beauties biding their time

Many thanks to John Sims for letting us have a glimpse of these
two revival projects Mick Pacey has in hand at Export 56,
renowned Porsche restoration specialists, which will certainly
be brought back to their former glory. The red 911 is particularly
special as it's one of very few with a factory fitted sun roof.

Beauty in Dakar

"When 'spring is in the air', an open Land Rover will do,"
says Stoffel Mulier who spotted this propped-up beauty
last week in Senegal, Lac Rose, Dakar

Jeroen's collection of beauties

Many thanks to Jeroen Booij for these beauties spotted on his
travels, while doing research for his book 'Maximum Mini'.
Clockwise from top left, Sarcon Scarab, Zagato Mini, Pellandini,
Landar R7 in a Japanese shed, and Fletcher in a scrapyard

A real beauty in Pomport

Tatra, spotted at the Chateau de Sanxet in Pomport, South of
France, and part of the collection owned by Michel Dovaz

Bel Air beauty in a blanket

Thanks to Andrew Morang for this snow covered old
Chevrolet Bel Air in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Beautiful Beetle boneyard

Andrew Morang's photo of the Volkswagen graveyard
outside Raymond, Mississippi, forms part of a bigger picture
Andrew's painting, which includes all manner of man-made
sleeping beauties, take a look at his World of Decay blog

Thursday, 18 February 2010

A site full of sights for sore eyes

Many thanks to Hermann Egges of for sending these two UK examples from his fantastic collection of sleeping beauties. The Rolls, above, is easy to identify, under
the camouflage, below, there's a well-settled Jaguar XJS

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Beauty in bandages in Belgium

Thanks to Jan De Reu for spotting this wounded soldier and thanks
too to Lennart Schouwenburg of
for more details on this car ... "Story`s go that this car was the
Torino Saloon show car in 1953 and raced in Canada in 1955 among
many other races such as the 15 May 1955 Cumberland races.
We would like to ask your readers if anyone has a picture of this
car racing at 1955 Sebring with start number 100!" The car is
currently undertaking a full restoration and will go back to its
original livery. You will see it back on track again soon!"

Is this the best UK-based sleeping beauty ever?

Arguably the best sleeping beauty ever discovered in the UK was this
1937 Bugatti Type 575 Atalante discovered in a doctor's garage in
Newcastle in January 2009 where it had lain virtually untouched since
doctor Harold Carr bought it in 1955 for £895. Watch the newsclip on
YouTube as the car's discovery and £4m valuation was announced

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Beauty going to les chiens

Thanks to Philippe Jaillon for another stunning photograph

Monday, 15 February 2010

Two beauties in Alsace

Thanks to Benny Graf-Saner for this pair of beauties, spotted
at the écomusée near Colmar

Beauty in a field

Thanks to Frank R. Schulz for this fine 59er Impala in a field

Beauty in the workshop

Packard Eight, with 19,000 kms on the clock, stored since the 1950s, about to be woken up by Jack Braam Ruben. And here she is, below,
having her first play in the snow for a very long time

Beauties in France

Thanks to Philippe Jaillon for these undisclosed beauties in France

Beauty in the garden ...

Thanks to Gerard Lansink in Oldenzaal for this shot of a Lancia Dilambda
he's busy restoring. And here's a shot of how the project's going ...

Lancias sleeping

Many thanks to Theo Jansen of Jancia for these beauties ...
clockwise from top left ... Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertible, Lancia
Gamma Saloon, Lancia Beta Montecario, Lancia Aurelia B20,
see the Jancia site for plenty more semi-retired Lancias like these

Friday, 12 February 2010

Bigger than average beauty in Devon

Thanks to TB for spotting this slumbering giant in Devon.
You can read about her glory days here or possibly here

Monday, 8 February 2010

Beauty beyond caring

The remains of a Land Rover spotted in a remote valley in the Kunene Region of the Namib desert by Dave Pineo

Beauties in Uruguay

Thanks to Adrian in Argentina for these 'el reposo del guerrero'
near the Uruguian city of Piriapolis, on the Atlantic Coast

Saturday, 6 February 2010

A calendar's-worth of contenders ...

A classic collection, so far, please keep them coming to ...
Have you got a better beauty than any of these?

Friday, 5 February 2010

Beauty emerging from a long sleep

Charles Strong of LTV VW club says: "Here are some pics of my sleeping beauty, Ferdy, fresh from being pulled out of her bed after a 14/15-year sleep last summer. Last on the road around 94-95 after being carefully looked after, from new, by my grandad!" Books that might be useful: here and here and here
Now fully restored and looking good, thanks to Steve Prior for the photo of Ferdy refurbished

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Beauties in the outback

Thanks to Paul Playoust for these beauties spotted outside Sydney

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Beauty in the potting shed, Portugal

Thanks to Steve Screaton for this 1954 (Steve thinks) Chrysler Windsor Deluxe spotted in the shed of a small company making terracotta products, not far from Tomar, in October 2009

Cadillac de Ville sleeping in the woods

Many thanks to Reinfried Marass for this beauty in the forest

Monday, 1 February 2010

Beauty blending in with the woods

This car is so far in the woods there is no way to figure out how it was able to get that far in, says Jesse of But he describes it as his favourite abandoned car shot, and he's taken quite a few. Thanks for that Jesse.

Beauty in Lefkada, Greece

Mercedes Ponton spotted in Lefkada last year by John Garrett

Beauty in Sri Lanka

An early VW pick-up spotted in Sri Lanka by Mark McCullim

Beauty in the garage

Thanks to Paul Axworthy for this shot of a 1971 series IIa military Land Rover, which was retired to a garage after finding too many problems to fix, now bought, fixed and driving again.
And here she is wide awake in the snow last month.