TEAL OF THE WEEK – No 64
Peter Farrell, seen here with his wife Carol, worked closely with Bob Jones between 1986 and 1998 as a cornerstone of Teal Cars, building steel Teal chassis and shaping the aluminium bodywork for Teals at Harrowby Mill, Farnworth, the Atlantic Business Centre, Broadheath, and at Viaduct Road. This unusual, one-off Teal four-seater was build in about 1989 for Peter by Bob Jones and Peter himself, partly as an experiment to see if this design of Teal would be strong enough to support two proper full-length doors, a rarity in the Teal world…
The car has a striking appearance, with a substantial hood to cover the 4-seater, full length running boards with treads, and a high-sliced bonnet – but might perhaps have looked more imposing in a deep red, blue or green instead of white (personal opinion!) . Bob and Peter’s conclusion was that this was not a Teal for production, and it remained an interesting one-off, with no Teal Type number assigned. Incidentally, Peter’s wife Carol created Teal wiring looms, and worked in the office and posting out Teal spares, and Peter’s brother Ken built Teal body parts, floors and bulkheads for Bob . Should you wish to know more about the early history of Teal Cars, there’s lots of info and photos from Bob Jones at Page 4 of this website: Teal History – Harrowby Mill. Also see below for updates on this unique Teal’s story…
UPDATE 1– 5 DECEMBER 2015/31 March 2016: this unusual Teal has been in Belgium with owner Mr van Audenaerde for many years….
Excellent News! June 2016. This unique Teal has been purchased in Belgium by Tealers David and Janice (already Type 59 owners), and will be returned to England after 27 years in Belgium to undergo some updating and return to our British roads – bravo!
UPDATE 3: April 2018
This unique Teal has now been sold to Total Head Turners of Essex, who have painted it blue…. and fitted the larger 18 inch wire wheels; and here’s the result, for sale by Total Head Turners of Essex in June 2018 at about £59,000:
UPDATE 4: January 2019 This fine one-off Teal has now been purchased from Total Head Turners and is happily residing in the Cotswolds with John D. Here she is (below) in January 2019; doesn’t she look handsome? A true Grand Tourer…
TEAL OF THE WEEK – No 65
Tommy Gunz is a spritely young fellow from Lincolnshire who has taken to Tealing in his fine pale blue 1800cc Teal Type 35 boat tail, and has recently been seen meeting royalty near Whitby with other Tealers (he’s the good-looking young chap in the blue shirt kneeling at Her Majesty’s feet ), and also seen at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club on the Teal September East Anglia run…
In Southwold, Suffolk, Tommy’s is the palest blue of these Teal Type 35s; he’s changing in the blue-striped beach hut. We welcome Tommy most warmly to the Teal Owners’ Club (I know, I know, I’m a bit late…) and wish him happy motoring in his lovely Teal.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 66
A friend who lives in Alsace in eastern France needed some spares for his Fergus Wren (photo at the bottom of this section), so he crossed the Rhine near Strasbourg to visit a nearby garage in Seelbach, Germany, which specialises in restoring, servicing and selling older British sports cars. And there at the back of the garage, marooned among many fine old MGs, he spotted this dusty blue sports car. He knew I had a Teal, so decided to investigate further….
It is a rather fine aluminium boat-tail Teal Type 35, of course, powered by a 6-cylinder Triumph engine, wearing Dutch number plates and fitted with a Bugatti steering wheel… the owner of the garage, Herr Júrgen Deusch, tells me that it not for sale, but is owned by one of his customers. It was in for servicing.
An attractive cockpit, with rather comfy-looking divided seating – no sliding on the bench here! Do you recognise this Teal, know who originally owned it and when it left UK? That Teal badge between the carburettors is rather unusual, isn’t it? This is only one of many Teals to be found in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany; more are to come in future Teals of the Week.
The Fergus Wren is a British Kit Car, predecessor of the Fergus Mosquito (as owned by Keith Lidgerwood). It is a replica of the 750cc Austin 7 Ulster of the 1920s/30s, but powered by a Morris Marina 1300cc motor. Here is my friend Christian’s Wren, bought in UK at the beginning of this year, rebuilt and since repainted. Isn’t she delightful?