Alfa Romeo 1300 Duetto – For Sale

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Many of us will dream of owning a Sunday Car – a preferred classic car – that can be enjoyed in the right climate but for a limited amount of time. The aim is not to add materially to the mileage whilst ensuring that it works well when needed with  minimal trips to the mechanic. The dream is for you and your nearest to enjoy, pose a little, relax and breathe.

One of my clear favourites in this precise category is the Alfa Romeo 1300 convertible. I have celebrated this wonderful vehicle on several occasions in the columns of Aestheticons. Please click on the highlighted following links to read our previous posts – Alfa Romeo Spider and Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

The difficulty for many of our UK based readers is the availability of good stock of this beautiful car in Right Hand Drive. Well here’s a potential solution.

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The guys at the amazing Swiss-run curation site – in a nutshell comprising classic cars and associated lifestyle – Classic Driver –  Classic Driver – are busy celebrating their 20th anniversary with 20 Limited Edition Aston Martin DB11! Yes they launched in 1998 on the internet, geez I have shoes older –  Church’s Brogues . They are also currently running a campaign for an auction to take place on 7th July 2018 and by Historics at Brooklands. One particular vehicle to feature at this sale is a red – is there any other colour – 1970 Alfa Romeo 1300 – Alfa 1300 Convertible  – It carries a guide price/estimate of between £22,000 – £27,000. My feeling, whilst I am rubblish at valuations, is that looks like a particularly good sweet spot to kick off the innumerable pleasures of owning a classic car and enjoying classic motoring.

As many will know the Brooklands Museum is a venue particularly close to my heart – please see my previous post Mike Hawthorn – 1958 Formula One World Champion.

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This charming example of the Alfa Romeo Duetto is a right hand drive version and pre-dates the rather challenging era of added rubber bumpers that, in my view, detrimentally affected the aesthetics of this wonderful car in later models.

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STOPPRESS – Don’t know if you have yet had a chance to look at the listings for the Historics at Brooklands auction on 7th July 2018? A deeper study of what’s on offer has disclosed another classic Alfa Romeo – this time a left hooker – with an estimated value at between £50,000 to £60,000. A 1290cc 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta – simply one of the most stunning Alfas ever made.

 

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Image credits – with grateful thanks – Classic Driver and Historics at Brooklands https://www.historics.co.uk

 

Pantone

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Life is sadder when bereft of colour. Pantone, is an iconic brand that has colour at its core – with its Color Matching System .

Virtually every known corporate colour needs a trusted route to ensure the reliability of its use world-wide.

Coca Cola’s red – unofficially Pantone 484C, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk’s purple – Pantone 2685C, EasyJet’s orange – Pantone 021C that has led to frenzy of work for Trade Mark lawyers as its a very similar shade to the orange as used by both Orange Mobile and Hermes – Pantone 151C.

The company produces and sells its iconic Pantone Guides, that are used by many graphic designers and printing shops, and contain a large number of colour variants that are individually identified by a Pantone allocated number for ease of reference. These allow  designers to “colour match” for products pre-production. The Pantone system comprises in excess of 1,100 spot colours.

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Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has declared a colour “Color of the Year” allowing those involved in colour trendsetting businesses including fashion and consumer goods to designs future products to stay on theme.

For several years Pantone has licensed certain colours for the development of various lines of merchandising that have brought their distinctive colours – and Pantone numbers – into the home and office in a variety of attractive ways.

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Greenery 15-0343 Mug in Pantone “Colour of the Year 2017” Please click here to buy on AMAZON Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Greenery Mug

In 2007, X-Rite Inc., a supplier of colour measurement instruments and software, purchased Pantone Inc. for $180 million.

STOP PRESS – In line with their annual trend setting policy PANTONE have just announced their color for 2019 – and it is a fabulous and vibrant shade of orange called “Living Coral”

See here the link to PANTONE’s announcement Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

Images courtesy of Pantone, EasyGroup and CocaCola Inc.

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