'All Good Tealers Go to Heaven' says Angelo:  certainly he and Antonio are on their way, following the lead of David and  Sharon ahead.... a lovely image - thanks Antonio. 













































A dozen or more years ago Ted Riley commissioned the building of an ATLANTIC TYPE 57 COUPÉ, the chassis to be built by Bob Jones with bodywork by Dicky Dawes.  The resulting attractive-looking car, with clear echoes of the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique, was fitted with original Marshall headlights, a Triumph 6C/2500cc engine and art-deco type dashboard and steering wheel... 











The Atlantic Type 57 (with Teal origins) is dark green in colour and was put up for sale in April 2008 by Ted Riley as new and unused with new MOT and tax exempt. Offers over £15,000 were invited. This unusual Atlantic in the Grand Tourer tradition was later offered for £22,500. It is certainly a striking design, and it would be interesting to hear how she handles from someone who has driven her.



Do you know where she is?  Any help would be much appreciated - replies on the Discussion Forum page, please... 


Update 16th Feb 18:  David W. has determined by use of the Government website that the Atlantic Type 57 Coupe has not been taxed or MOTd since 2012/2013.  Has she therefore gone abroad?  All info welcome. Thanks.  Oh, and the website indicates  that the Atlantic has  two litres  under the bonnet...




Below: 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique... 








...voted by many classic car enthusiasts at numerous shows 'the most beautiful car in the world'.  Agreed?
















Original Bugatti Type 49 being re-framed and re-bodied by Teal Cars owner Bob Jones at the Atlantic Business Centre,  Altrincham, Greater Manchester circa 1990.  Teal Type 59 on trade plates top right.  Cousins?




(photos: Bob Jones - thanks)


















 Chester Teals





















Happy Valentine's Day, Teal lovers....









(as opposed to difficult Tealer quiz - could be misinterpreted) 










Question 1:  Please name the five Tealers in the photo  above.



 Question 2:  What is the registration number of the Teal? 


Question 3:  Where was this photo taken? 


Question 4:  When was this photo taken? 


Question 5:  Are Tealers a)   Fun-loving extroverts ?


                                            b)  Anoraks?


                                            c)  A bit of each?





Answers on the Discussion Forum  2018 Page, please ...


































A wave of Tealers.  But wait a minute, isn't someone missing, as Colin is gently pointing out...? 





ah, there she is.... 









Maggie sensibly in focus 















Do you know this Teal? (It's now designated Teal of the Week No 155). Tealer David Ward has a copy of a 1990 magazine called YOUR CLASSICS in which it is featured, but neither he nor I are familiar with this Teal.  Some  early Teal Club members may recall seeing it, perhaps, and may remember who the owner was, and where it went to....














Do you know that registration number CKH 850T?  It isn't registered  anymore, but is she now  under a new plate?  And what's that mascot on the dummy radiator filler in picture one?  Do you recognise those unusual hooded headlights?   Could she be on the Continent?  Has David discovered a new Teal of the Week for our records?  

Any answers would be much appreciated on the Teal Discussion Forum page of this website, or direct to Thanks, Tealers.














PLEASE NOTE:  Many items, photos and news, have been moved from this page recently and may be viewed on the TEAL NEWS 16 page of this website (see index left).  Thanks. 



















































Shakespeare rightly tells us that a rose would smell as sweet by any other name.  But would your Teal if it was called something else?  Come to that, what DOES your Teal smell of?  Old leather? Warm Oil?  Hob Nob biscuits?  Wet tonneau?  Sweet smells to Tealers all...





Many more Teal names to come, names like Phoenix, Spirit of Malvern, Pur Sang and Isadora, for instance... and there's another Teal Red Baron, sold in Southern Germany (Teal of the Week No 91).












Angelo's  Pur Sang










Rob's Isadora - picture not too sharp - if you have a better one, please send to, Rob. Thanks! 
































Ron and Sheila Stamp have decided, with great reluctance, to sell their beloved Teal Tourer. After many happy years with this fabulous car and enjoying so many great experiences and friendships through the Teal Owners Club, their Teal Tourer is now for sale.


Teal Tourer 4 Seater.


              Aluminium body with stainless steel fixings and high quality finish in British Racing Green.


   18” Spoked wheels including spare and chassis

                      wax-oiled from new.


Triumph 2 litre 6 cylinder Twin carb engine with unleaded cylinder head and 4-speed gearbox with overdrive.


Leather seats and double duck hood with side screens and a full tonneau cover.


This Teal was built and first registered in 1993 by Ron Stamp and owned by him since. It has an MOT until         August 2018.




Phone: Ron Stamp 01925 635717

or email 


or email Teal Club SecretaryAndy on













Tealers may have noticed that our favourite cars are now being called Bugatti Type 35 Tributes on certain websites.  here's an example:


 and a photo:






Regulars on this website know that this is a Teal Type 35.  They may be surprised at the date it is claimed to be made (one shouldn't mistake the date of the donor car's registration) and they know roughly what it's worth. The asking price is £64,500. 










FOR SALE : a piece of Teal history, one-off four-seater two-door
tourer. Built for Teal factory engineer/chassis builder Peter Farrell by himself and Teal Cars owner the venerable Bob Jones, it is really 15 inches too long for my garage, and must go. See Teal of the Week No 64 on this website for details of this impressive, historic and unique Teal. More photos there and below...

Complete engine rebuild roughly 3000 miles ago by Teal expert David Ward, the Egham Wizard, now effectively an 1800 twin carb MG.

Comes with hood, tonneau and side screens, ready for anything the
British climate has to offer. Can be viewed in Hertfordshire.

Price guide £22000.00 phone 01923441152 or email

She's a stylish beauty, and a genuine slice of Teal history; nicknamed in the Club 'The Cream Cracker' or 'Jacob', here she is with her creators, Peter Farrell (left) and Bob Jones (centre) with Ian Foster. - Ed.


























Total Head Turners of Essex have an early  Teal Type 35 Boat-tail for sale ....1800cc MG twin carb motor.







See Teal of the Week No 106 on this website for a bit more history.... 




























 Talking of Old Classics....


CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 57,  one page from the end of this website
And now , at last, a little bit about this website, its contents and why it was set up .

Welcome to SKYBLUETEAL, the website for lovers of Teal cars, fine British sports cars full of character, lovely to look at and a delight to drive.


There are many photos of owners' cars on the website as we build up a visual record of every Teal we can find in Teal of The Week (TOW), and   we explain  a little of the history of  Ettore Bugatti, the legendary designer and manufacturer  whose  delightful  and highly successful racing and touring cars of the 1920s and 1930s inspired Teal cars. The history of Teal cars is detailed with many historic photos, and there are pages showing the building of Teal T35, T43, T44  and T59 cars in the 'factory' .


Just for fun, there is a   tour of a fine  Continental Teal T35 (Dutch Treat) and of  a lovely Teal from Dorset (Black Beauty).    Features include a  page of Tealing in the  pioneer years of the 1980s, photos of Teals and Tealers in Wales and Yorkshire on the 2008 Triangle Run, the Lake District and Scottish Borders on the June 2009 Rally,  illustrations of  the building of  Teal cars at home,   and picture reviews of the wonderful variety of Teal  cockpits, dashboards and tails.   There's a special page on the Teal Owners' Club (TOC),  detailing  how to join the Club, and the many Club benefits.    The exciting  annual   Circuit des Remparts at Angouleme is covered, and  Teals in Action 2009  shows our Teal cars where they are meant to be:  on the road;  there's full coverage of The Teal 2010 Backbone of England Rally, and there are stirring Teal Tales of Captain  Sensible campaigning  in Britain, France,  Spain, Germany Switzerland and the Netherlands,  and also new Teal News pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12,13,14,15 and 16 with dozens of snippets of the latest information about Teals and Tealers, and reports of our Teal adventures and rallies in 2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016  and 2017 in Sussex and Hampshire, Kent, East Anglia,   Lancashire, The Peak District, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, Wales and unusual adventures in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as well as overseas trips to much of Europe including France, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and  Portugal.  We hope you enjoy these tales which are an excuse to enjoy our lovely Teals, and eachothers' company... Do join us at The Teal Owners' Club (you don't have to own a Teal) - email our Club Membership Secretary at

- you'll be most welcome. 


 Perhaps you already own a Teal, or maybe you might be considering buying and  driving a Teal one day; either way, it's a rewarding and exciting experience ..... we welcome you to the vivid world of Teal cars.  













To purchase an original vintage 1920s Bugatti such as the legendary Types 35 or 37 would cost  between £250,000 and £500,000; with an authentic racing pedigree, the price of such a car would be well above a million pounds. Bugatti cars of the 1920s and 1930s command such a high premium because of their rarity, the engineering skill of their designer, Ettore Bugatti (see page 3),  the beauty of their lines and their outstandingly successful record as racing cars over  the two decades before World War 2.

The Teal Type 35 was designed in 1983, and much  refined in the late  80s and 90s, to provide a car with the Bugatti's beauty and performance at an affordable price.  To drive  a Teal behind the twin racing aero screens is an exhilarating (and windy!)  experience, since suspension, steering, handling and exhaust note are all successfully optimised  to replicate as far as possible the exciting sensations of 1920s open-air  motoring.   More details of  Teal history, design, construction, engines, suspension,  and some  estimated  prices   are given at page 2.  


Original Teal - 1984 - Ian and Maggie Foster's Type 35 
(Photo Maggie Foster - thank you)
 See Page 2
The same early Teal, in 2010 (below)
 Now aluminium-bodied with 18-inch wire wheels,substantial headlights  and windscreen, restored by Keith Lidgerwood, here on the Backbone of England Run in June 2010, photographed with Keith,  and Guy and Mark Foster, Ian and Maggie Foster's twin sons, who helped dad Ian build the Teal in 1984. 
Early  Teal.   Kit Car Magazine, July 1984
Outside the Hatchet Inn, Lower Chute, Near Andover, Hampshire;
This excellent pub is still there 30 years later,  looking much the same.
See Teal origins  (page two) for the story behind the launch of  the first   Teals.
 ( Thanks to Andy/Kit Car Magazine for photo )
Teal Type 35 two-seaters

Oxford and Cambridge?  These aluminium Teal Type 35 two-seaters with 18" wire wheels are photographed  at Laycock:  Peter Haywood's dark blue beauty was driven by him and Neil from their  Isle of Wight homes, where Peter is restoring a Riley Kestrel when he's not motoring in his Morgan Plus Four or Teal, and  Neil fettles and drives his pre-war MG J2 - for more see Teal News page one, Item 31.  The pretty sky blue Teal is now owned by Andrew Smith from Buckinghamshire ( see Teal News page one, Items 2 and 17).




Teal Type 35 Four - Seater  Tourer

Glen and Maggie Ibbotson's fine dark blue four-seater at the Knowsley show;  for more about Glen and Maggie and their Teal  [Captain Sensible] see the Teal News page one, Item 13, and Captain Sensible's amazing and delightful Teal Tales, one page from the end of this website.



 A very pretty Teal Type 43 Four Seat Tourer, designed and built by Bob Jones

(photo -  Bob Jones - thank you)


the handsome Teal Type 44 Four Seater grand tourer, designed and built by Bob Jones

(photo -  Bob Jones - thank you)



the delightful Teal Type 52s  ('Bugattini') 

(photo -  Bob Jones - thank you)



                               Teal Type 59 - high performance sports car (with admirers) 

    (photo  -  Bob Jones - thank you)

Below: Teal Type 59 at Speed



Teal Owners' Club  Lakes and Borders Run,  Scotland
"The sun on your back, the wind in your hair, the winding road ahead, and good company at the long  day's end -  all's well with the world." 


This is not the official website of Teal Cars, or of Bugatti, or of any organisation or club whatsoever;  the website has simply been created to share information and images with fellow Teal and Bugatti classic car enthusiasts.  We hope that you enjoy the website in the spirit of fun in which it has been created.  Happy Tealing.....













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