Sunday 30 October 2022

1974, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes III

 Fiat 130 Maremma Concept
- Designed by Pininfarina
- Based on the Fiat 130 Coupé
- Produced by Pininfarina, Cambiano, Italy, 1974
- Showed at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show

Fiat 130 Maremma Concept

Fiat 130 Maremma Concept
Fiat 130 Maremma Concept

Opel OSV 40 (‘Opel Safety Vehicle’)
- Designed to resist a crash up to 40mph (65 km/h)
- Based on the Opel Kadett C
- Produced by Opel, West Germany, 1974

Opel OSV 40
Opel OSV 40

Sharp 3S-111W (Portable Television)
- Designed by ?
- Manufactured by Sharp Electronics, Osaka, Japan, 1974

Sharp 3S-111W

Sharp 3S-111W

Argine chair
- Designed by the Libidarch Group, Turin, Piedmont, Italy, 1974
- Manufactured by Gruppo Industriale Busnelli S.P.A., Italy, 1974

Argine chair
Argine chair

Meridian Ceramic Wall Clock
- Designed and produced by the Howard Miller Clock Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA, 1974

Meridian Ceramic Wall Clock

Cover artwork for the Deutsche Grammophon series of classical compilations for the Canadian market by Holger Matthies, 1974

Mozart Festival of Hits
Beethoven Festival of Hits
Tchaikovsky Festival of Hits
Stockhausen Festival of Hits
Festival of Hts Russian Rousers
Festival of Hits before Baroque
Verdi Festival of Hits

Monday 24 October 2022

1973, Cars: Volkswagen Brasilia

In May 1973 Volkswagen do Brasil introduced the Volkswagen Brasilia as a successor for the ageing Beetle (Fusca in Brazil). The new car, designed by Marcio Piancastelli, was available in a three-door and five-door hatchback body style. The Volkswagen Brasília used as standard the 1600 cc air-cooled engine of the Volkswagen Beetle, the chassis of the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and the styling of the Volkswagen 412. Volkswagen also offered a 1300 cc ethanol-powered engine option.

Volkswagen Brasilia three-door (1973-1978)
Volkswagen Brasilia five-door (1973-1978)

Total production (1973-1982) reached over one million cars including exports to Chile, Portugal, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, and the Philippines. From March 1976 knock down kits were exported to Nigeria where the car was called Volkswagen Igala. The Brasília was also assembled in Mexico from 1974 to 1982. In 1978 the Brasilia was face lifted with new tail lights, and bumpers.

Volkswagen Brasilia three-door (1978-1982)
Volkswagen Brasilia three-door (1978-1982)

Volkswagen Brasilia English/Spanish (Brazil, 1973)
Volkswagen Brasilia Spanish (Mexico, 1974)
Volkswagen Brasilia Portuguese (Brazil, 1974)
Volkswagen Brasilia English (Brazil, 1975)
Volkswagen Brasilia Spanish (Mexico, 1977)
Volkswagen Brasilia Portuguese (Brazil, 1978)
Volkswagen Brasilia Spanish (Mexico, 1980)
Volkswagen Brasilia Spanish (Mexico, 1981)
Volkswagen Brasilia Portuguese (Brazil, 1982)

Saturday 15 October 2022

1972, Car Spotting: Beek, West German Border, Netherlands

Front to back
Opel Rekord A, Opel Kadett B Caravan, Simca 1000, Opel Kadett B Limousine, Simca 1100, Ford (Taunus) 12M (P6), Peugeot 504, unidentified car probably Volkswagen 411 or 412, Mercedes-Benz W114/W115, the rest is unidentifiable.

Parked on the other side of the road, right to left
Unidentified car, Volkswagen 1200/1300 (Beetle, Type 1), Renault 4, unidentified car probably Opel, Simca 1301/1501, Citroën GS, Opel Kadett B, Volkswagen 1200/1300 (Beetle, Type 1), Simca 1100, Ford Granada/Consul Coupé, unidentified van probably Bedford.

Wednesday 5 October 2022

1971, Television: "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes"

The British anthology television series "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes" premiered on 20 September 1971 on ITV (Independent Television). The series was produced by Thames Television. Two series of 13 fifty-minute episodes were produced; the first aired in 1971, the second in 1973.

Douglas Wilmer as Prof. Van Dusen in the episode "Cell 13"
Robin Ellis as Charles Dallas in the episode "The Missing Q.C.s"

The series presented suspense or crime stories starring detectives who were contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes.

Ronald Fraser as Horrocks in the episode "The Looting of the Specie Room"

Sara Kestelman as Hagar and Philip Locke as Vark
in the episode The Mystery of the Amber Beads

Recurring detectives:

  • Douglas Wilmer as Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen
  • Peter Vaughan as Horace Dorrington
  • Kenneth Colley as Farrish
  • Petronella Barker as Miss Parrot
  • Peter Barkworth as Martin Hewitt
  • Ronald Hines as Jonathan Pryde

Opening & Closing Credits "The Affair of the Tortoise"