Out of the ordinary: Europe Street Cars- Volume One

It can make your day.

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It’s a moment that all car enthusiasts crave.

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There is something so exciting when you encounter something out of the ordinary. You might be zoned-out walking along the road or focussed crossing the street, then suddenly you catch a glimpse. You just have to take a closer look. Like a furry Ferrari in London, we get excited when we witness anything just that little bit special.

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Our time in Europe thus far has provided us with many daily doses of automotive inspiration on the street. This post covers a couple of months of images of cars throughout England, Belgium and Turkey. It’s Volume One. We’re pretty confident that we will have plenty more street cars to share with you over the coming months.

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It doesn’t take much to transform a ‘regular’ car into something that is interesting. Take this E36, in East London with some neat wheel fitment.

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Not far from Avebury circle in the county of Wiltshire, this E-type was as clean as when it left the factory in the early sixties.

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Nearby, the town of Marlborough delivered some tasty finds. In addition to the R8 and 911 (see first two images), the fresh styling of the Boxster is just as impressive in the flesh.

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Brussels, Belgium delivered a unique Automotive flair. With our visit to Autoworld we were truly impressed. Moreover, we also caught sight of some pretty rad street material.

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Enter this gorgeous Lancia Fulvia. Oozing period character and patina, looking ready to hit the alpine twisties.

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There is something strangely appealing to that forward rake ride height.

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When we posted this image up on facebook, it received a lot of positive comments. Who would say no to a red Bavarian drop top with colour-matched shoes?

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We really love early Volvo’s. Very cool.

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Like waffles and chocolate shops, Porsche’s seemed to be everywhere in Belgium’s capital.

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We had a good look at this sinister looking Opel Speedster. Check out our recent ‘Share your ride’ feature on Toine’s track toy to learn more about these awesome machines.

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The best looking hatch on the market today. Mercedes A-series hatches really do look spot-on, particularly in a matte finish.

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We couldn’t resist a sneaky visit into Mercedes main dealership in Brussels, to take a closer look at the CLS- Shooting Brake.

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And ofcourse to appreciate the three-pointed stars rich heritage.

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What are your thoughts on the Alpina wheels on this BM? We’re undecided.

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Not sure what this is? We didn’t know either at first. This swoopy sedan is in fact a Tesla Model S. The Model S was released in Europe late last year.

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The rear view is a tad high and awkward looking. However, with it electric credentials, the range topper S Model is packed with an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivering an impressive range of 426 km. That’s certainly enough for the weekly shopping run!

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Back in the capital of the UK now. This time it’s Alfa magic in East London.

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And the classic E-Type’s sweet six purrs along the Thames South Bank. In coupe form, one of the best looking cars ever. Period.

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Near Hyde Park, we caught glimpse of automotive contrasts to the extreme. No need to further explain really.

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The correct colour for any Gullwing.

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The hip and funk of Brixton, brought us this quaint Karmann.

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Simple styling in an understated hue.

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If you really want to see some top-shelf wheels in London though, you really need to check out Chelsea and Kensington.

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Within a couple of square kilometres from the Chelsea High Street, your senses can be overloaded with the automotive smorgasbord that is on display.

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I have never heard a GTR quite like this one. To say that it set off a couple of car alarms is an understatement.

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This is the Chapel street of London. You want to be seen here.

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Park up and flaunt it.

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This is where the big money toys come out to play.

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Although the modern exotica is tempting, this quintessential Ferrari probably appeals to us the most.

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This is one of 455 Pininfarina styled 330 GT 2+2’s.

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Pleasingly, its  wire wheels and midnight blue bodywork were not perfect and showed some signs of daily wear. With some usage, from all angles, it’s a true beauty.

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We nearly missed this FF, with its subtle metal work.

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Ferrari nailed the styling of this rakish Hatch. The FF has a top speed of 335 km/h and it punches from zero to 100 in 3.7 seconds. Ferrari modestly claims that the FF is the world’s fastest four-seat car.

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We spotted about 3 Rolls in this area…only in Chelsea.

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Now for a complete contrast. Let’s head to the gateway of Europe and Asia- Istanbul, Turkey. While we didn’t spot a huge array of car talent, we did sense an interesting approaching to ‘stance.’

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We’re not quite sure where these two were off to? Hopefully, not the crusher.

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A Seat with some form of stance.

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A nicely executed BMW.

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This Mustang seemed out of place here.

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This wasn’t the only taxi in Turkey that has received the ‘Stance treatment.’  It sure got us taking a second glance.

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We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the Street cars that we have encountered so far from our time in Europe. Please share this post if you enjoyed our coverage. Better still, hit up our online store and check out our range of tees and stickers.

Stay tuned for more coming soon to Driven Threads.

Thanks for your continued support.



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