Josh Chaffin, a Sacramentan now displaced on the east coast, recently sent a clipping from the Economist detailing the history of Magyar (defined as 'of the Hungarian people') microcars. The Economist is one of the world's best magazines, so I knew this was gonna be good.One look, and wow... just wow. Hungarian cars make the Isetta look normal. They make a Crosley seem opulent. The car above, the Fesztival, has a body made of pig's blood, chicken feathers and shellac. No, I'm not kidding. I dug around a little bit and found the article online here. It's well worth a read and there are plenty of great pictures.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Pig's Blood, Chicken Feathers and Shellac
One of the best parts of being known as the 'weird car guy' is that people send me cool stuff. Magazine clippings about Crosleys appear under my windshield wipers and on my porch, and quite a bit of stuff comes in over the interwebs.