Two Cheeky Italians – 2018’s Last Toldboden Meet-up

The end of September brought back the sunny weather. It also brought the classic car meet-ups back to where they originally happen – in front of Toldboden Bar & Grill and right beside the canal. Although it seemed like not so many owners believed in the miraculous weather turnaround and the turn-up was pretty low, the meeting definitely had its moments.

SKODA, MORGAN AND THE GODDESS BY THE DAWN

One of the first classic automobiles taking the spot was a Skoda 100L, built in 1976. Although I have not had the chance to speak to the charismatic owner, he matched his car perfectly and I would not be surprised, if he has been the first owner of the white sedan. The car, in very good condition, posed beautifully with the yacht moored nearby.

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Not so long after the Skoda, one of my favourite cars from last few meet-ups came – the Morgan 4/4. Although it is not a true classic, as this particular model was built in 2008, the body lines bring back the feel of 1955, when the production of Morgan 4/4 Type II started.

Last but not least, there was the immortal goddess, which déesse stands for in French. Citroën DS, lowered with its originally built-in, hydraulic suspension, was parked proudly in front of the restaurant’s sign. It looked spectacular! As a fun fact, did you know that the DS was the pioneer in implementing the follow-the-turn headlights? Amazing!

A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER AND A PRANCING HORSE

As per my usual practice, I left my ‘car of the day’ until the very end. But that Tuesday, I had two clear, Italian winners – a fantastic Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce and a race-stylised Ferrari 308GTB.

The Alfa was a proper race car – and the owner himself admitted that he uses and abuses her at various races, including the start in the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix. Neither the bodywork nor the paint was perfect, but in this case, it only added to the character of the car. Although inside one could find a proper rally cage, the dashboard was left unmodified, leaving the lovely spirit of a Quadrifoglio Verde Alfa. I will keep on saying that they do not make such beautiful cockpits anymore. They stopped in the late 80s.

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On the contrary, although the 1976 Ferrari was not the typically-looking 308GTB you will see on a street (regardless how often you see one), it was just imitating its Group 4 counterpart. Painted in Pioneer livery of the original driver, Charles Pozzi, it looked really interesting when the sun went down. Its details started to really blossom with my absolute winner being the yellow headlights, warning that something special is coming. It had a 2.9 litre V8 with four, triple-choked Weber carburettors, generating a solid 255 horse-power and plentiful of music for the petrolheads’ ears. Simply breath-taking!

When the Ferrari left, so did I. Unfortunately, the classic car season at Toldboden is now over. I hope you enjoyed my four reportages and… I guess I will see you next year!

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Text & Photos: Adam Pękala ©

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