Friday, March 28, 2014

Tour along the magnificent Croatian Adriatic coast


Mr. SANY ANTONIO from Croatia (click his name to read more about him and his passion for the 124 Spider) is the initiator of a magnificent 15-days tour next June when the roads are not that full and the weather is NOT TOO HOT yet. A perfect period in which hotels and good private accomodations are still available.

Two years ago Sany Antonio wrote: It would be nice to meet some new Spider enthusiasts / friends, and for sure it will be an unforgettable Spider tour, with the top down along the ADRIATIC COAST, over to the Islands, then to DUBROVNIK and back to Split and in the mountains to PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK.
If needed, I can arrange accommodation during the roundtrip, here on the Northern coast where I am at, or in Dubrovnik where one other Spider Club Croatia member has rooms/apartments too to rent, right down on the water.

In my own Spider collection today, I have a 1970 BS1, 1971 BS1 USA Racing, 1975 CS1, 1983 DS Pininfarina Azzurra, 1958 1200 TV Pininfarina Spider, 1957 1200 Pininfarina Spider (in restoration process), 1986 Maserati Spider 2500 Zagato, 1976 A.R Alfetta GT Sprint Veloce 2000 Injezione and a 1968 Fiat Dino Spider (in restoration process).


Now - Spring 2014 - Sany Antonio repeated his unique offer and wrote:
I hope to hear from you and meet you and some of your Spider enthusiasts from Northern Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom) here in Croatia for a magnificent long Spider round trip along the Adriatic coast .... with the top down. Also other open roadsters are more than welcome !

Anyhow, I seized this new opportunity right away and booked meanwhile a motorail train that will bring me and my Fiat 124 Spider in one night from Düsseldorf (Germany) to Villach (Austria) close to the Slovenian border to avoid driving boring highways southwards. From there it is only 250 kilometres to SELCE (near Rijeka) where Sany Antonio will start his unique Croation Adriatic round trip.

Total length of the 15 days trip in Croatia about 2000 kilometres.
Needless to say, that your Spider (or Roadster) should be mechanically in top condition.

Let me know and send a message to

Participants must be registered before May 1. 2014
Details about the day-to-day Adriatic Coast / Croatia round trip program you find HERE.
Information about motorail trains to Villach you'll find HERE.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On repeated request: electrical schemes

Two of the frequently visited pages of my former web site were the pages with the electrical schemes. Because these pages were still on my external hard disk, I repost these pages with pleasure on my blog again.

Click HERE to open the complete electrical schemes of the 124 Spider - USA versions 1970 in four parts that can be downloaded and printed.
And subsquently click HERE (or below) to get a compilation of 46 (!) electrical circuit schemes according to the below-mentioned specifications. These files can be downloaded and printed as well, to use it as you wish.

    • Relay Location
    • Key to 1976 124 Spider Wiring Diagram
    • Fuse A and Unprotected Circuits
    • Fuse B
    • Fuses C, D, E, F, G and H
    • Fuse 1 and Inline fuse
    • Fuse 1
    • Inline fuse and Unprotected Circuits

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tjaarda Design - part 6 - Ghia DeTomaso

In the spring of 1967, ALEJANDRO DE TOMASO gave a call to Tjaarda asking if he was interested to rejoin Ghia. Even if having a reputation of being rather difficult and demanding, De Tomaso was full of ideas and had many projects in mind. In fact, the ten years Tjaarda spent at Ghia the number of prototypes and production cars which emerged was startling, to say the least.

GIORGETTI GIUGIARO had worked at Ghia before Tjaarda's arrival and had started to rebuild their reputation with such cars as the MANGUSTA, the MASERATI GHIBLI and a number of show cars.

LEE IACOCCA, then at Ford, came along to work with De Tomaso to produce the Pantera, the Deauville, the Longchamp and a long list of prototype study models used as incentives for Ford production vehicles, the most famous being the FORD FIESTA, being produced in great quantity.

By 1975 the reputation of Ghia had grown to the point that Ford bought the Ghia company outright. De Tomaso left in 1976 to set up his own small empire with Maserati, Innocenti and the Guzzi and Benelli motorcycle companies, however Ghia continued on as the Ford European Design and Prototype Center for many years until closing down for good, in the year 2000.

Following is a list of the cars which Tjaarda designed while working at Ghia from 1968 to 1975 with DeTomaso, then to 1979 with the Ford Motor Company of Dearborn.

SERENISSIMA 3500 AGENA                                   prototype    1968

ISUZU SUPER SPORT BELLETT                              prototype    1969

ISUZU STATION WAGON                                         prototype    1969

LANCIA FULVIA COUPÉ                                          show car     1969

LANCIA FLAMINIA MARICA COUPÉ                         show car     1970

FORD-DE TOMASO PANTERA                                  production  1970

DE TOMASO RACING CAR                                       formula one 1970

MUSTELA COUPÉ                                                   show car    1971

DE TOMASO DEAUVILLE 4-DOOR                            production   1972

DE TOMASO LONGCHAMP COUPÉ                          production   1972

ZONDA COUPÉ                                                       prototype    1972

FORD FIESTA                                                         production    1973

PANTERA II                                                             prototype    1973

MUSTELLA II                                                           prototype    1973

GHIA COINS                                                            show car    1974

FORD MAVERICK                                                    prototype    1975

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Life - and money - is better in a classic

At the HAGERTY web pages - see my former blog - I learned, that the auction price of the unique and extremely rare 1966-1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder, designed by Tom Tjaarda, moved up exceptionally in the last 7 to 8 years. Just have a look at its spectacular rise HERE and HERE.
To be exact: it quadrupled in a period of 7 years !

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