Author Topic: Solved: Wendax 1610 - Austin-Healey 100 Coupé by De Mola  (Read 694 times)

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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2015, 08:38:12 AM »
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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2015, 09:01:53 AM »
Vesters & Neirinck ? Don't think so but...

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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2015, 09:13:16 AM »
Is this coachbuilder known for other cars ?

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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2015, 09:26:53 AM »
Bidée?

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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2015, 09:31:56 AM »
Vesters & Neirinck ? Don't think so but...
Not by them

Is this coachbuilder known for other cars ?
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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2015, 09:36:38 AM »
De Mola ?

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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2015, 09:56:23 AM »
Yes! The car has been a puzzle before, but with a modified front: http://www.autopuzzles.com/forum/index.php?topic=12831
According to my source it was built in 1956, not in 1954 (perhaps using a 1954 car).

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Re: Wendax 1610
« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2015, 09:57:45 AM »
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Re: Solved: Wendax 1610 - Austin-Healey 100 Coupé by De Mola
« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2015, 10:02:06 AM »
So that is the car restored by Faralli in this way:

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Re: Solved: Wendax 1610 - Austin-Healey 100 Coupé by De Mola
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2015, 10:20:51 AM »
That is a very interesting find indeed!
According to an article from Ruoteclassiche, the car was bodied by 2 Italian brothers, Umberto e Bruno De Mola.
King Baldwin's cousin, Count d'Assche, bought an Austin Healey 100, chassis #bn1/150649 in January 1954. It was soon bodied in a racy berlinetta by De Mola and it was used in some races and sold in 1958. It had a bad accident with a tram and was rebuilt by De Mola again, in the form we see today. Colour changed from green to white in that occasion. The car was restored at the highest level by Faralli Restauri.
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Re: Solved: Wendax 1610 - Austin-Healey 100 Coupé by De Mola
« Reply #35 on: June 14, 2015, 10:28:37 AM »
That completes the story. Note that on the third small picture on my collage you can see the car with the standard front, but already with the new top.

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Re: Solved: Wendax 1610 - Austin-Healey 100 Coupé by De Mola
« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2015, 10:42:58 AM »
Yes, but with different headlights and the air intake took the place of the AH trim on the side...yet another version!