Teal Type 35 Boat-tails 








This website tells the inspiring story of  TEAL CARS over the 35 years from inception in 1983 up to  December 2018.  It details the imaginative personalities who created Teal cars, the many diverse marks of Teal, the adventures of Tealers in Britain, Europe and all over the world, and the happy comradeship that these cars generate.  I hope you enjoy the website - please forage freely in the 50-plus pages listed down the left hand side - you will find more than a thousand photos of Bugattis (our inspiration) and delicious Teals, including  many  classic gems.








The Sky Blue Teal website tells the stories of dozens of Teal trips/rallies/get-togethers over the past 35 years both at home and abroad.  And right now in 2019 many more  TEAL gatherings are planned such as  the Teal Owners' Club tour of Dorset;  Drive It day at Bicester; the Ludlow/Shropshire Tour; Prescott/ Gloucestershire at the Bugatti Club;  the July tour of the New Forest from Winchester; The Uxbridge Classics  Show;  and The KOP Hill Climb all  planned, with more to come... we hope you will enjoy them.















Two Teal Type 35 four-seat Grand Tourers plus three Type 35 Boat-tails

(hood, tonneau, umbrella - showers expected...)








There's more Teal info on line at www.facebook.com then search Teal Owners Club and/or Bugatti Imitations. Also there are many delightful videos of Teals in action on www.youtube.com ; then type into the search box Teal Bugatti. Type in Teals The Grand Depart for a short video of eleven Teals on Spider Run 2 in 2014...









 Five years after the first Teal was built, early Tealers got together to found the Teal Owners' Club, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018.













Much Teal info has recently   been transferred from this page to the Teal News 18 page (see index left).











Skyblueteal was started on 1 Jan 2007 and updated weekly;   After twelve years it has now changed from 1 Jan 2019 to an historic  reference source for Teal cars for the 35 years from the first Teal in 1983 to December 2018, and will now be updated occasionally. 





 Now here's a fine old vintage classic....


CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales  one page from the end of this website
Here at last is  a little bit about this website and its contents....

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).    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,  and illustrations of  the building of  Teal cars at home.   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, Yorkshire, The Lakes, Northumberland, The Borders and Isle of Mull, The Peak District, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, and Wales. In addition there are descriptions of two glorious 'Spider' runs, in 2007 from Land's End to John O' Groats, and vice-versa in 2014 with numerous Teals taking part. Also 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 celebrate lovely Teals, and each-others' company... Do join  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 ..... welcome  to the vivid world of Teal cars.  













To purchase an original vintage 1920s Bugatti such as the legendary Types 35 or 37 would cost  at least  £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)
Early  Teal.   Kit Car Magazine, July 1984
Outside the Hatchet Inn, Lower Chute, Near Andover, Hampshire;
This excellent pub is still there 35 years later,  looking much the same.
See Teal origins  (page two) for the story behind the launch of  the first   Teals.
 ( Thanks to Andy and 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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