Tuesday, 16 August 2016

1975, Car spotting: 's-Hertogenbosch, Market Place

Left to right
Parked in front of Hotel Central:
Peugeot 304, Ford (Taunus) 15M (P6)
First parked row opposite Hotel Central:
Volkswagen Type 1 pre 1968 (Beetle), Opel Commodore B, Renault 4 Fourgonnette, Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), Fiat 124 of Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Opel Kadett C, Volkswagen Type 1 1200 or 1300 (Beetle), next to the snack house probably Toyota Corolla ke26 Wagon, unidentified white car, Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), probably Sunbeam Hunter, probably Ford Taunus 12M/15M (P6), unidentified red car, probably Mercedes-Benz, probably BMW 02 Series, unidentified white car, unidentified red car, probably Ford Capri Mk I, unidentified red car (Fiat?)
Trying to find a parking spot:
Renault 12, Citroën 2CV, Ford Escort Mk 1, probably Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Toyota Crown (S60), Datsun 120A Cherry coupé (Nissan E10), Opel Kadett B
Parked first row, bottom photo:
BMC Mini (ADO15), Citroën Ami 8, Fiat 600, Citroën 2CV, Opel Rekord C, Renault 5, Peugeot 204, Daf 55
Trying to find a parking spot:
BMW 1600/1800/2000 (New Class), Vauxhall Victor FD
Parked second row:
Renault 4, Ford Escort Mk 1, Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Opel Kadett B, Opel Ascona A, Opel Ascona A, Peugeot 504, Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), unidentified blue car
Parked third row:
Fiat 850, Daf 44/55/66, probably Ford (Taunus) 17/20/26M (P7b), Mercedes-Benz (type?), Opel Kadett Caravan, probably red Ford Capri Mk I, unidentified dark car, unidentified yellow car, unidentified red car, unidentified white car, unidentified dark car, unidentified dark car, probably Fiat 600
Parked fourth row:
Fiat 127, Daf 44/55/66, Renault 4, Ford (Taunus) 12M coupé (P6), Volkswagen 1200 or 1300 Type 1 (Beetle), Daf 44/55/66 Combi, Opel Ascona A, Fiat 600, Simca 1301/1501, Mercedes-Benz W114/W115, Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 (T2), probably Fiat 124 Sport Coupé, BMC Mini (ADO15)
Parked fifth row:
probably Fiat, probably Opel Kadett B, probably Peugeot 504, Daf 66 Marathon Combi, four unidentified cars, probably Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 (T2)
Parked sixth row:
Toyota Corona Break (T100), Simca 1100 Fourgonnette, unidentified dark blue car (Audi?), Citroën 2CV, BMW 02 Series, probably Opel Rekord C Coupé, unidentified dark car
Parked seventh row:
Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), 2 unidentified white cars, unidentified red car, unidentified green car, unidentified white car
Parked eight row:
probably BMW New Class, Citroën Dyane, probably Opel Manta A, Simca 1100, unidentified brown car
Parked row opposite “Smits”, “Luxe Bakkerij” and “The Society Shop”:
unidentified dark car, Citroën 2CV, four unidentified white cars, red Citroën 2CV, Ford Capri Mk I, Renault 4

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

1974, Cars: Big, City and Jeans Beetle

In 1974 German car manufacturer Volkswagen presents three special editions of the Beetle for the European market: the Jeans Beetle, the City Beetle and the Big Beetle. The three cars were introduced as “Käfer der Käufer” at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The first 1974 Jeans Beetle (S761) was based on the standard 1200cc Beetle. The car, only available in “Tunisgelb” (Tunis yellow) with black trim (no chrome work), was fitted with 4.5x15 Lemmerz GT sport wheels, black side markings with the word “jeans” with matching lettering on the engine cover, and denim “jeans” seat covers with yellow coloured stitching. It was fitted with a rear window heating and a “Ludwigshafen” or “Wolfsburg” radio. The 1975 Jeans II was available in “Brilliantgelb” (Brilliant yellow) , “Marinogelb” (Marino yellow) and “Phoenixrot” (Phoenix red).
Jeans Beetle (S761)
Jeans Beetle (S761)
The City Beetle (S764) was based on the 1300cc 1303 “Super” Beetle and available in “Ibizarot” (Ibiza Red), “Ontariametallic” (Ontario (blue) Metallic) and “Ischiametallic” (Ischia (green) Metallic) with “1303 City” side markings. The seats had broad woven stripes to match body colour, loop pile carpet, inertial reel seat belts, optional head restraints, “Emden” radio, vinyl padded Petri AG steering wheel, 4.5x15 sport wheels, engine cover lock, heated rear window, rubber bumper inserts, interior mirror, and reverse lights.

City Beetle (S764) in “Ibizarot”
City Beetle (S764) interior
The Big Beetle (S763), based on the 1600cc 1303 S “Super” Beetle, was available in “Moosmetallic” (Moss (green) Metallic), “Ontariametallic” (Ontario (blue) Metallic) and “Hellasmetallic” (Hellas Metallic) with “1303 Big” side markings. The car was fitted with 5½ x15 Lemmerz “GT” sport wheels, special velvet upholstery, loop pile carpet, inertial reel seat belts, wood veneer dashboard, vinyl padded steering wheel, special wooden gearshift knob, engine hood lock, heated rear window, rubber bumper inserts, and reverse lights.
Big Beetle (S763) in Hellasmetallic
Big Beetle (S763) in Hellasmetallic
Big Beetle (S763) interior
(note: S stands for “Sondermodelle” (English: Special Edition))
Left to right: Jeans Beetle, City Beetle and Big Beetle
Left to right: City Beetle, Big Beetle and Jeans Beetle

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

1973, News: Coach from Soignies ends up in river

On 18 July 1973 a Belgian coach from Soignies carrying 49 tourists from Soignies, Braine-le-Comte and Tubize crashed on the Rampe de Laffrey near the small town of Vizille, Isère, France. Shortly after nine o'clock the brakes of the coach, driven by Albert Lechien also the owner of the firm, failed. The coach missed a curve at the base of the RN85 aka route Napoléon, near its intersection with the bridge over the Romanche, and overturned into the river. 43 people were killed and 6 injured.

At the same place there have been coach accidents in 1946 (18 deaths), 1956 (7 deaths), 1970 (5 deaths), 1975 (29 deaths), and 2007 (26 deaths).
Memorial Stone

Saturday, 23 July 2016

1972, Car spotting: La Rochelle, France

Front, left to right:
Fiat 124, Citroën DS, probably Opel Kadett A Caravan, Renault 4, Citroën Méhari, Ford (Taunus) 17M/20M RS Coupé (P7a), Opel Kadett B Caravan, probably BMW 02-series, Renault 15, Renault 4, Peugeot 403 Break, Opel Kadett B Caravan, Citroën Type H, Renault 4.
Second row, left to right:
Simca 1300, Simca 1100, Peugeot 403, Renault 4 Fourgonnette (F4), Peugeot 404.
Third row, left to right:
Probably Renault 16, BMC Mini (Austin/Morris, ADO15), probably Peugeot 204, probably Ford Cortina MkII, Ford (Taunus) 12M (P6), probably Renault 6, probably Opel Kadett B. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

1971, Film: “Jo”

The French comedy "Jo" is released on 1 September 1971 in France. The film, directed by Jean Girault, stars Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Bernard Blier and Michel Galabru. The music was written by Raymond Lefèvre. The story is based on the play "The Gazebo" by Alec Coppel (1958) and filmed in 1959 under the same title with Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds.

Claude Gensac played the wife of Louis de Funès in 5 other films: "Le gendarme en balade" (1970), "Hibernatus" (1969), "Le gendarme se marie" (1968), "Les grandes vacances" (1967), and "Oscar" (1967). "Jo" also marks the eighth collaboration between Louis de Funès and director Jean Girault, after "Pouic-Pouic" (1963), "Faites sauter la banque" (1964), "Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez" (1964), "Le Gendarme à New York" (1965), "Les Grandes Vacances" (1967), "Le gendarme se marie" (1968), and "Le gendarme en balade" (1970).
Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard and Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard
Michel Galabru as Tonelotti, Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard and
Bernard Blier as Inspector Ducros
Synopsis
Comedy writer Antoine Brisebard (Louis de Funès) has financial difficulties and tries to sell his country house to an English couple. Unknown to the world, however, is that Brisebard is the victim of blackmail since his wife Sylvie (Claude Gensac), a famous actress, is the daughter of a robber-murderer. His blackmailer known as Jo often visits him to pick up the money. Faced with ruination Brisebard prepares to get rid of Jo, planning his deed under the guise of trying to write a new script for a crime play...
Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard, Bernard Blier as Inspector Ducros and
Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard and Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
Main cast
  • Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
  • Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard
  • Michel Galabru as Tonelotti
  • Bernard Blier as Inspector Ducros
  • Guy Tréjan as Maître Colas
  • Ferdy Mayne as Mr. Grunder
  • Yvonne Clech as Mrs. Grunder
  • Florence Blot as Madame Cramusel
  • Micheline Luccioni as Françoise
  • Christiane Muller as Mathilde
  • Jacques Marin as Andrieux
  • Carlo Nell as Plumerel
  • Jean Droze as Riri 

"Jo" Trailer

Thursday, 14 July 2016

1970, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes

Volkswagen Porsche 914/16 Murène, design by Heuliez, France 
unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 1970

Volkswagen Porsche 914/16 Tapiro, design by Giorgetto Giugiaro (Italdesign), Italy 
unveiled at the Turin Motor Show 1970

Bayer Visiona 2, design by Verner Panton, Germany
unveiled at the IMM Köln Möbelmesse / Cologne Furniture Fair 1970

Philips 22 GF 303 UFO Pompon record player, design by Patrice Dupont, France

JVC 3240 Videosphere Television, Japan 1970

Dress with decorative long metal laces, design by Paco Rabanne, France 1970

Dresses designed by André Courrèges, France 1970

Clarks shoes adverts, Ireland 1970

Braun HLD 4 hair dryer, design by Dieter Rams, Germany 1970

Interior design from Sherwin Williams brochure, USA 1970

Sunday, 10 July 2016

1969, Television: “Der Kommissar”

3 January 1969 "Toter Herr im Regen" ("Dead Man in the Rain"), the first episode of the German television series "Der Kommissar" (The Police Inspector), is broadcast on the German network ZDF. The series, written by Herbert Reinecker, starred Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller of the Munich Mordkommission (Murder Squad). Keller's team consisted of Kriminalhauptmeister (Police Inspector) Walter Grabert (Günther Schramm), Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines (Reinhard Glemnitz), and Kriminalmeister (Detective Sergeant) Harry Klein (Fritz Wepper) who, in 1974, was replaced by his younger brother (also in real life) Kriminalmeister Erwin Klein (Elmar Wepper).
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller
Left to right: Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines,
Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert,
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller,
and Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein
Left to right: Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines,
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller, Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein,
and Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert
Left to right: Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller,
Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert,
Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines, and
Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein
"Der Kommissar" format is a whodunnit with a murder victim, a group of suspects, and a police detective who reasons out who the murderer is. Sometimes Kommissar Keller gathers all the suspects at the scene of the crime, reconstructing the murder in a Poirot or Maigret manner. A total of 97 black-and-white episodes (55 minutes each) were filmed and broadcast between 1969 and 1976.
Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert and
Emely Reuer as Kriminalassistentin Helga Lauer
Elmar Wepper as Kriminalmeister Erwin Klein and
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller

Main Cast
  • Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller
  • Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert
  • Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines
  • Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein
  • Elmar Wepper as Kriminalmeister Erwin Klein
  • Emely Reuer as Kriminalassistentin Helga Lauer
  • Helma Seitz as Kriminalassistentin Käthe Rehbein
  • Rosemarie Fendel as Franziska Keller 

Opening and closing credits