My Car Quest

December 7, 2021

The Strange Case of the Ghia Cobra

by Wallace Wyss - If I had to name a culprit, who was behind the appearance and disappearance of a Ghia bodied Cobra roadster I'd say Alejandro De Tomaso. The quirky Argentinian was a customer of Ghia first, having them build his fiberglass mid … [Read more...]

The Importance of a Carrozzeria to an American Automaker

by Wallace Wyss - Car companies make mistakes. To me, one of the dumbest moves Ford did in recent decades was to let go of the hallowed name of a famous carrozzeria (coachbuilder) they had bought degrades ago, namely Ghia. … [Read more...]

The Last Tjaarda Pantera

by Wallace Wyss - Can a car designer go back in time and correct the things he didn't like on the car he designed that was put into production. According to the author of Tjaarda, a new biography, he can. Tom Tjaarda, some 35 years after he owned … [Read more...]

Nearly Forgotten: Lloyd Cars From Germany

by Robert Maselko - The recent attempt by a Chinese company to revive the Borgward brand, called attention to the storied past of that long defunct marque. For those not following along, Borgward was a premium German car from the northern city of … [Read more...]

Design Critique: De Tomaso Mangusta

by Wallace Wyss - I remember the first time I saw one, in roughly 1968-'69, before the Pantera was announced, in Michigan outside a car museum, in Hickory Corners. The owner was crawling underneath it to adjust the transmission with Allen … [Read more...]

Another Volkswagen – The Type 34 Ghia

With the many car events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic we will not see the car action we are accustomed to at this time of year. I thought it would be a good idea to reach back into the My Car Quest archives and occasionally re-post … [Read more...]