Teal Type 35 Boat-tails 








Skyblueteal was started on 1 Jan 2007; it has been updated most weeks for the past twelve years.  It is now changing from 1 Jan 2019 to a reference source for Teal cars, and will not often be updated, except in the case of errors, of course.

The Discussion Forum, which must currently be monitored nearly daily in case of indiscrete posts, will no longer be available from 31 December 2018.  I thank all Tealers for their kindness and loyalty to this website, which has clocked up an average of 10,000 hits a year for  an unbroken twelve years.  Happy Tealing in those delightful sporting cars!


( you can  catch up with more Teal info on line at www.facebook.com then search Teal Owners Club and/or Bugatti Imitations. )



   There is an excellent website which will copy every page of my SKY BLUE TEAL site  perfectly legally onto your own desktop or laptop computer.  Go to  www.httrack.com   and download their  free and easy-to-use website copier. It's simple , straightforward and logical, and there's a You tube video for guidance if you wish... It takes about 40 minutes to download the whole Teal website, but if you set it up while you're eating, sleeping or out, the whole Teal website as it stands  (60-odd pages) will copy onto your own computer, with about 1,000 photos of Teals and Bugattis.  I've been using it for years.  And you can use it again and again (free) for other sites as well. Then look in the 'My Websites' folder, and  particularly for 'User Images' if you want to see all the photo....  Enjoy the site, lovely Tealers.





















This lovely Teal Type 35 belonged to Ron  Arnold from Dorset; does it still, or has it since been sold?  Please tell us  if you know who owns this splendid car now. Thank you. (PS: For more photos please see the Black Beauty page on this website - index left)









On  Sunday 25th November 2018 Tealers got together to celebrate both 30 years of the Teal Owners' Club, and the coming Xmas season, at The Barns Hotel Huntington, Cannock WS12 4PB for the annual Chritmas lunch/raffle/speeches/hugs at 1200 for 1230...

Afterwards:   The Barns did us proud:  Thirty-five Tealers enjoyed a hearty four-hour lunch and much greeting of old friends and comparison of axle ratios and turning circles; photos of Teals were exchanged on phones, Bob Chairman's speech was enjoyed and a splendid raffle raised money for Club funds, ably and amusingly administered by Phil and Dot .  Tealers had come from far and wide, including Aaldert and Willy from near Amsterdam, Rupert and Jean by train, Richard and Cynthia from Lowestoft (good to see you back on your feet, Richard), David and Sharon from  Egham in a smart, rather fast Mercedes registered EGH4M, and many other members from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Shropshire, Middlesex, Essex, Sussex, and most other counties of Britain.  The Onyx was ably represented by Vince, and the Replicar by Harry and Aaldert. Thanks to Bob, Tony and Dot with Phil for pulling together this happy, cheerful, irreverent crowd of Tealers; there are some photos of the gathering on the Teal Owners Club Facebook page.  Oh, and there was a rebate for Teal Owners Club members on the cost of the lunch, thanks to Dot's careful stewardship of our funds. Thanks!











Birds of a feather : Replica Bristol Scout flanked by Fiona and Colin's and Wendy and John's Teal Type 35s in Shropshire

 (photo Wendy, many thanks)












 It Happens...


(photo Len Ibbotsong - thanks) 







Where  is  this famous TEAL cafe? 






Tealers have stopped for a T and P break at this fine remote cafe on the right many times.  But where exactly is it?  Near a famous pass? Answers on the Discussion Forum page please...  (photo:Wendy, thanks)











1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic... Poetry?  Sculpture?  High Art? All three? 







Bavarian  Type 37 with period paintwork 







Teal 35 Spider Run 2 - Francesca (before the storm) 






Harry's Replicar - power Source (700 watts) 







Bugatti Type 51 - Mr Burgess at Chateau Impney 





Mr Burgess exits, physically unhurt ...









2003 MG TF and 1993 Teal Type 35 

(Stable Companions) 








Don't try this in your own  garage without a chaperone on hand... 

 (Film: La Grand Bouffé , with Marcello Mastroianni  acting his socks off)






Pat Burns' Fine Teal Type 35 boat-tail in Wales.




Pat was a leading light of Spider Run 1, which included parts of three legs within Wales, driving his admirable (and well-lit) Teal...






Tealers David and Janice in their totally-delicious (and powerful) Jaguar-motored Teal Type 59 on their way to the Shuttleworth Collection of early aircraft Nr Biggles-wade, Bedfordshire. 









Teal Type 59 - the other end - what a pretty yet purposeful stance... 








Hans VanDijk's Teal from the Netherlands appears to be going at some speed - love those yellow headlights - thanks for the artistic picture, Hans... (all photos of Teals look pretty artistic, don't you think?)







Teal Stained Glass (not quite a religion ?) 










 Memories of Summer 






Wolfgang's delightful Teal Type 35 boat-tail in high summer  meadows in southern Germany - a perfect picture... 










Rarely used, but nice to know it's there.... 
















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Much Teal info has  been transferred from this page to the Teal News 18 page (see index left) to make room for more data on this Page 1. 





















 Talking of Old Classics....


CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 60,  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, 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 and 18 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, 2017 and 2018 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 dot.massey@btinternet.com

- 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 Skyblueteal.co.uk 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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