TEAL OF THE WEEK – No 89
Paddy O’Brien is a friend of Bob Jones, and lives very close to him near Manchester; in the 80s and 90s Paddy was Bob Jones test and demonstation driver for Teal Cars at shows, exhibitions and from the small Teal ‘factory’, showing potential buyers the beauty of the Teal and its handling capabilities on the road. Often Bob Jones would be seen driving Paddy’s Teal, and vice-versa…. Our Club secretary Andy Dutton recalls vividly being given a demo run in Paddy’s Teal before picking up his Teal chassis from Bob Jones under the arches in 1992 (below)… Andy’s build became the beautiful and powerful ‘La Tecla’ of Le Mans, Angouleme and Molsheim (see Teal of the Week No 3)
More photos of Paddy’s demonstrator Teal:
Bob Jones in Paddy’s Teal at a car show ( and sales opportunity).
Paddy’s Teal in the scoop, and Bob Jones posing….
This website is greatly indebted to Bob Jones and to Paddy O’Brien for sending us many photos of early Teal activity from 1986, including photos of the six different locations of Teal Cars around north and west Manchester, early Teals being built in the ‘factory’, including the first aluminium Teal Type 35s, the Teal four-seaters, the Types 43, 44, 52 and Type 59s, test runs, car shows and exhibitions right up to 1998. These photos are found throughout the website, but particularly on Pages 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Thank you Bob, Paddy and other skilled engineers (see Teal History pages) for all the pleasure you have given Tealers down many years through the creation of these lovely sports and touring cars.
TEAL OF THE WEEK – No 90
This lovely but unusual Teal Type 35 boat tail was spotted near Tunbridge Wells, Kent in June 2013. Why unusual? Let me add a few more photos – although you’ve probably spotted it already…
You’re right, there are at least two unusual aspects to this Teal. First in the photo above the exhaust appears to come out over the rear axle, as Andy Dutton pointed out. Also in this photo and in Photo 1, there appears to be an unusual lateral chassis extension, only on the left hand side; I wonder why?
Comment 1: several Tealers have suggested that this is not some extension to the chassis, but a heat shield for the exhaust pipe which exits low down forward left and passes under the side of the passenger cockpit, thereby saving passengers from the risk of burns. Thanks David, Andy and Vince.
Comment 2: The lucky owner is Phil Calver of Sussex, TOC member who exhibits his Teal often at the Hooe near Bexhill Old Motor Club summer meet (visited by the Tealers South East Ramble in 2010,where Tealers Rupert and Jean met up with Phil. Thanks Rupert and Phil for the info).
Comment 3: Distinguished Tealer Bob Lewis writes on 16.7.2015: ‘ I can confirm that car of the week number 90 was built by Dennis Campbell from Yate in Somerset. I did lots of work on this car for Dennis in the very early 1990s. The outside exhaust is covered by an aluminium heat shield as suggested. I have often thought I would like to know where it is now. I have posted a photo on The Teal Owners Club Facebook page of me about to drive the car back to Yate after more cosmetic enhancement.’
Thanks Bob! (See above for lucky owner Phil Calver in Sussex)
ps: the numbers of Teals of the Week are building up – 90 now – and I’ve saved a cracker for No 100! Hope you’re enjoying our many and various Teals around Britain, Europe and the world…
TEALS OF THE WEEK 91, 92 and 93
In Germany in 2009 at least three Teal Type 35s came up for sale, two of them at Fine-Cars-Bodensee in Langenargen, southern Germany. The first one is
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 91
This aluminium-bodied Teal Type 35 was imported into Germany in 1996 with the UK Registration ORJ 931R. It is nicknamed The Red Baron (not to be confused with the 1987 Red Baron, Bob Mills’ 4-seater, Teal of the Week No 9). The Teal in Germany is fitted with an MGB twin SU 1800cc engine, and the sale details are given below, going for a reasonable Euros 46,999 in 2009.
Note: this Teal sometimes has a number 7 painted on the radiator grille, and sometimes a No 4 on the bonnet and tail; same car.
The second Teal Type 35 from Fine-Cars-Bodensee in 2009 is not so cheap as The Red Baron above, and is
Teal of The Week No 92
This aluminium-bodied Teal Type 35 for sale in Germany in 2009 is described as being in excellent condition and very fast, fitted with the Triumph 6C/2500cc engine, which may perhaps explain the then sale price of Euros 48,999.
A third Teal for sale in 2009 in Germany is
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 93
This Teal Type 35 is an earlier car, with the smaller alloy wheels, Registered in UK as EZ1974, not yet registered in Germany, but with UK VIN and engine numbers given, possibly with an 1800cc engine , only 4000 miles registered on the clock, and one had to enquire about the price to the sellers, F. MILTZ and company.
A thought about the above three cars: if at least three Teals were for sale in one year in Germany, and perhaps 10-15% of Teals are sold each year, how many Teals might there be on the Continent when one thinks of France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Italy as well? Oh, and there are two Teals in Cyprus and two in Malta. Perhaps an estimate of 50 Teals on the Continent could be on the low side. What do you think?
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 94
The Spirit of Malvern, Teal Type 35 boat-tail RCY 37, was displayed at this car show by proud early Tealer Frank Whatley, who owned his own garage in Malvern, had previously worked for Morgan Cars, and was a first-class engineer and mechanic. Frank and his green MG-engined Teal were at the early Brooklands Banking Teal display in 1994 (see front right in photo below) alongside Andy Dutton in his then newly-built silver Type 35 (front left in photo).
Later Frank also built a Riley replica kit car and brought it to the Stoneleigh show, with his female partner driving his Teal. Here’s Frank’s fine Teal at Stoneleigh in May 2007…
Thanks to our Club Sec, Andy Dutton, as always for this and so much more Teal info…
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 95
Reims in NE France, with a happy Teal ambling through the show. We don’t know who owns her , but in France ten years ago Andy Dutton spotted a poster for a nearby show in Laon, which appears to show the same Teal starring…but the photo’s been reversed at the printers: same driver, same helmet, same goggles, but the handbrake’s on the left, as is the cockpit.
A further Teal Type 35, has been discovered in France – and she’s an aluminium beauty… (but see below for update)
Dr David Ward, Tealologist , comments:
‘I can see it’s an early chassis with a Triumph engine (exposed Triumph gearbox), and unusually for an early car it has floor-hinged pedals. False dumb irons also…‘
Update: 7th August 2015 – Andy (Hawk Eye) Dutton, Teal Owners’ Club Secretary and experienced Tealer points out that this lovely Teal looks very much like the French Teal spotted in the Laon area, noted on the Teal News 5 page of this website, and recorded as Teal of The Week No 95. He’s correct, of course -many thanks, Andy.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 96
Peter Colley from Cornwall is the lucky owner of this striking Teal with unusual weather-proof cabin of Peter’s own design and all home comforts, and is shown here and in the following photos at Lands End ready for the 2007 Spider Run Leg 1 to Glastonbury…
and at St Ives…
and finally en route in close Teal company in 2007; it is possible that Peter Colley may be helping Tealers plan their way over an interesting route from Exeter to Land’s End during Spider Run 2 at the end of June 2014.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 97
It’s the 25th of September 1994 in Pordenone a small town north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomite mountains between Italy and Austria. It’s the start of the annual rally, and this handsome Teal and its proud owner (unnamed) are lined up ready for departure. Is this Teal still in Italy? Keep your eyes open on your Venetian holiday, please! Photo: Bob Jones – Thank You
TEAL OF THE WEEK NO. 98
This fine-looking Teal (JBU443V) has appeared for several years on internet websites, but I regret to say I don’t know who these chaps are and where their fine boat-tail Type 35 is based. But my ignorance will surely be corrcted by Tealers out in the real world who know the car well. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to update me. Here are a few more clues:
TEAL OF THE WEEK No.99
Sadly this pranged early Teal Type 35 boat-tail (GRP) no longer exists. Once the property of Stuart Whitworth (back left, later the enthusiastic owner/driver of TOW No 35 and a stalwart of the Club), it was exchanged some years ago with Mike Hall for another Teal chassis, and has recently re-emerged as a beautifully-constructed Teal Type 43 by Mike Hall for Aaldert Postma. This 2013 Teal may be seen by the eleven Teal drivers and their crews heading for The Netherlands in April, and will also feature on this website in the next few months. Note at back left also in the photo the lovely period van designed and constructed by pioneer Tealer Bob Lewis ( see TOW No 33 ).