The second to last stop on
my awesome in adventure was Europe in Waalwijk, The Netherlands. It’s a pretty impressive dealership with a huge showroom and a pretty eclectic inventory which included one of my favorite cars of all time. E&R Classics
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An Intermeccanica Indra. 127 of these were built between ‘71 and ‘74 as a joint venture between Intermeccanica and Opel. They were powered by 327, or 350 V8 Chevy, or Opel straight 6 engines. This one probably has a V8 going by the warning sticker on the back telling you to look out for hot exhaust pipes. This car was a sort of a predecessor to the Bitter CD. Opel and Intermeccanica had set up a dealership network to sell these in the U.S., but GM suddenly cut off selling parts to Intermeccanica and ordered Opel to stop selling Indras at their dealerships which proved disastrous for the Italian company. This led distributor Erich Bitter to start his own car company with cars built by Baur. This is one I had never seen before. A 1938 Oldsmobile pickup. And it really is an Oldsmobile. It’s basically a GMC pickup of the era, but badged as an Olds for export. They were built from ‘36 until around 1940 and I don’t believe Oldsmobile sold any trucks in America. And this is one of my dream cars. A 1963 Autobianchi Stellina one of the prettiest, and slowest, sports cars ever built. If I had an extra 30 grand sitting around, I would have bought this car in a second. This was the first Italian car with a fiberglass body. It’s unibody with a steel frame and uses Fiat 600D mechanicals which means a screaming 29 horsepower. 502 were built between ‘63 and ‘65 when it was basically replaced by the Fiat 850 Spider. This is an Auto Union van that was sitting out front. A very fancy Jaguar pedal car.