Rob Lewis and Isadora.  Rob is one of the great original heroes of the Teal movement, building Isadora and many other Teal Type 35s and Type 59s, setting up a company to build fine classic replica 1930s delivery vans, making nearly every handbrake on nearly every Teal,  losing it all, selling Isadora, and years later buying her back, setting up a most successful firework business, and seen at many classic car shows such as Prescott and Goodwood , showing the flag for Teals. We salute your many successes and your deep contribution to the Teal story, Rob.







Another  major hero of the happy Teal story is Mike Astil, seen here with Joyce on the Backbone of England Run in the Pennines in 2010.  In 1994, when times had become difficult financially to keep Teal production going during a period of recession, Mike offered Bob Jones the use of his premises at Grimsditch Hall in Cheshire, where Bob was able to carry on production of Type 35s and Type 59s in the splendid outbuildings...





Teal Type 35B under construction at Grimsditch; Mike's Type 35 beyond. 





Jaguar-powered 6C/3400 Teal Type 59 at Grimsditch with Mike's Teal Type 35.






Fifteen years later:  Mike and Joyce on the Backbone of England Run, Pennines, 2010. 






Above are just two of the heroes of the Teal story, enabling Ian Foster and Bob Jones to continue creating these beautiful cars - another is Ben Trumble, whose thrilling story can be read on the pages of this website - see index on left ... and there are many more Teal heroes.  If you own, maintain, cherish and drive a Teal, you are one of them.











Ian Foster (right) founder, designer and creator of Teal  GRP-bodied cars from 1983 to 1986 and Bob Jones, designer and creator of aluminium-bodied Teal Type 35s, 43s, 44 and 59s from 1986-1998. They are with Ian and Maggie Foster's original  GRP-bodied Type 35 'HKA' then re-bodied for Ian in aluminium by Bob Jones in 1987.  This fine Teal  was later purchased and enjoyed by Keith Lidgerwood  of Cheshire, who kindly let me try this legendary Teal out 25 years later  on several  sessions around the rural roads of that county; she  goes like the wind, with positive steering and acceleration....but with slightly confusing  6 identical unmarked switches  low on the dashboard - including ignition on/off and wipers on/off...                                          b.c.    








Keith enjoying HKA (aka Le Mistral) in the Pennines 2010














 Finland - Not so Shabby.












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. 
















Today, 5th November 2017, is the London to Brighton for Veteran Cars.  Tealers were there to greet these old classics at Crawley, about the half way point on the sunlit 2017 run; Tealers included Rupert and Jean, Andy Dutton, Shropshire John and Wendy and David Ward. Some of these are classics in their own right.  One Tealer (your correspondent) lives quite near Brighton, so was there to welcome the  mechanical pioneers, many over 100 years old (the cars I mean) at the finish of their 50-mile plus run  on Madeira Drive....


Afternote:   Sadly we hear that there was a collision on Reigate Hill which ended with a 1902 Mercedes upside down in the ditch, and two folk badly injured.   






Several Tealers have taken part in the annual Kit Car London to Brighton run, an occasion of some merriment with many and various machines, including elegant Teals; and those owning MGs will know the annual MG London to Brighton from Epsom Racecourse to Madeira Drive - some lovely old MGs appear for this splendid rally/run.  It doesn't really matter whether your sporting car is 100 years old or 10, it's the fun and cameraderie of the event that matters, isn't it?












Ted Riley in his exquisite self-built, Jaguar-powered  Type 59 (GPB59) in Kildrummy, Scotland (2013) 

See Teal of the Week No 53 on this website for further details and photos of this very special beauty... 







Angelo's handsome Teal Type 35 boat-tail at Brooklands 





 David, Andy, Angelo - the Brooklands Teal Trio  - Flying the Flag for the Marque - New Year's Day 2016







Colin and Fiona Halsey's fine red Vital Spark at Prescott 2016 ; and on the left Richard Ashton's unique and beauteous Type 35.







Violet - unusual Teal 35  (6C/2500 Triumph) with removable windscreen and external rotary overdrive lever.   (ex Brian Crook, now in Eire) 













Leg 1 of Spider Run 1 ran from Land's End to Glastonbury.   En route it took in the pretty Cornish seaside port of St Ives, which welcomed the Tealers whole-heartedly to the town and to the quayside....  the sun shone brilliantly, but ...




Stuart kept his hood up, just in case.  Do you know any other Teal Type 35 boat tail with a hood?  Me neither.  There's Aaldert's lovely Type 43 with hood, of course.   Seven years after these photos were taken, on Spider Run 2,  we came back to Cornwall via the south coast, St Austell and St Michael's Mount...





Cornish Tealer Peter Colley was there on both occasions, with his unique Teal four-seater: 








A  stylish Teal Type 35:  unusual  mudguards  and doors... and weatherproofing!















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.... 





















Teal Owners' Club President's Trophy, presented by John Elwell,   founder with others of the TOC, and of Suzi and Blue Beast  fame....









below, A typical Teal AGM, with some of the happy attendees, Grasshopper and Stu's Rolls .... 
























A splendid Teal Type 59 spotted in St Remy de Provence in 2013.


Does anyone know this beauty? Do you know where she is now? Suggestions on the Discussion Forum would be most welcome.   Thank you.  


ANSWER :   David Ward emails to point out that this Teal Type 59 is now back in the UK, and is in fact our own David Brown's beautiful Type 59 seen at many a Teal show and rally this past couple of years... thank you both Davids.


See Teal of the Week No 47 and Teal News 11 pages for more photos.











Actress Mena Suvari beside her 'Bugatti'  in the film of Ernest Hemingway's novel 'The Garden of Eden'.   In Paris the young newlyweds depart for a long honeymoon in steamy Spain, driving in style in the Bugatti given to him by her as a wedding present. There are some good shots of the car in the equally-steamy film; in reality this footage is, of course , of an elegant Teal Type 35.


This Teal Type 35: 











Next: two rare sights on Teal rallies... 













You can watch this film free (1hr 36 minutes) with all the Teal action on You Tube  by typing in to your browser, and when Youtube comes up, type The Garden of Eden 2008 into the search box; or type into your browser:   Be prepared for varied action of several sorts....



This Teal/Bugatti has not been MOTd or taxed in the UK since 2007 (the film was released in 2008), so is presumably still on the continent, hopefully being used and loved.  Thanks D.W. 





















CLASSIC CAR QUIZ: 1) What make of car is this below? 2)  Is it Foreign?  3)  Approximately what year was it built?















Answers on the Discussion Forum, please.   Lovely, isn't she? 



ANSWER:  She's a LAGONDA RAPIER , built in November 1934 with an 1104 cc motor and spotted at a country car show near Salisbury.   Well done those classic experts Vince and Andy - spot on with your  car recognition.  Here she is from the front:







PS: DAVID WARD also knew the answer to this quiz, and gave us a useful tip; if you know the registration number of any UK car, enter it on the website below and it will tell you when the car was made, first date of registration, engine and whether it is MOTd and taxed.  In the case of most Teals it will tell you the date of first registration of the donor car.  Try it on your car(s). Endless fun!











Glorious Teals 







(Dot and Phil at Colin and Irene's )





Classic Profile - Type 35 boat-tail














Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic 













 Grasshopper 2010 Lincolnshire






Shropshire - the lonely road ahead (and a song to be sung) 

















Wiltshire Shadows 
















 South Africa












Austria (Ulrike's Teal across the border on holiday from Munich) 









  Teal Eating Club (Normandy Branch)







Rain Expected 





















Road Fund Tax Exemption 



You may have noticed a thread on the Discussion Forum pages about applying for Road Fund Tax Exemption due to the age of your Teal.  Here's a cheerful note  from Dorset about what happened to Tealer Ron: 



I applied for a year's RFT in the normal way and paid my fee as I always have. A month later I had a nice letter from DVLA explaining I had applied using the wrong form but they would be enclosing my new Reg Papers showing HISTORIC as the only change , and a  note to say that a refund would be issued in due course . It arived the following day , a full refund. So (touch wood) no bother what so ever, did not even have to ask ! Thank you DVLA.


An unusual and happy experience. Thanks, Ron.  Any other comments are most welcome on the Discussion Forum.  See, for instance, The Egham Racer's comment on the Discussion Page.











Winter's Coming: 







Kit and Chains for the serious sporting motorist? 

 (Caracciola in Sweden, 1930s)












 Bobby Knutt 1945-2017



Sad news reaches us today from Sheffield:  Yorkshire-born actor, comedian, club stalwart  and Tealer Bobby Knutt has died.  Born in November 1945, Tealer Bobby Knutt  became a famous face on television, playing starring roles in Emmerdale and Benidorm.  He was also a star name around the Yorkshire clubs as a stand-up comedian and was well-respected and liked in the local community.  In the 90s he was often seen in his Teal Type 35 boat-tail (see his Teal below), and was a close friend of several Yorkshire Tealing Folk, who are greatly saddened by his parting. As one Sheffield Tealer told me today (25Sep2017):  "We were best pals for 58 years".  R.I.P. Bobby Knutt.








Bobby Knutt's Teal.  Still in Yorkshire 















Teal of The Week No. 82 (above) is For Sale in Germany, and the owner, Herr Hubert  Radermacher   has been in touch giving details of this fine Teal and his phone number. Please see the Discussion Forum of this website for details and the phone number.  I have asked Herr Radermacher   what price he will be asking, and await his reply.  She's a beauty!   See also Teal of the Week No 82 on this website for more pictures...

























 It rains on Teals sometimes; and on Bugattis.






 Pretty girls enjoy Teals (above);  and Bugattis. 














NOW  SOLD (October)



The wonderful Phoenix is for sale - see further down the page - then have a chat with Neil Bridges - the final price is negotiable... make Neil an offer which he can't refuse.






















The Autumn edition of Teal Spiel, our Teal Owners' Club magazine has arrived from Editor Suzi and Sub Andy, who is  also Club Secretary.  And it's a cracker, packed with articles about Teal events and plans for events to come, particularly celibrating our Club's 30th anniversary next year.  You are invited to have your say about future  celebratory events (by Andy) and to take part in a  splendid Teal photo competition (by Suzi)... See the magazine, lucky Club Members, for further details...




























Teal Pilot's Kit 






Teal canvas side-screens system 


With the racing windscreens and the canvas side-screens  fitted it's surprisingly snug in the cockpit; with the tonneau also fitted so it covers the passenger seat and is unzipped down the middle, you can collect a range of goodies snug and dry on the passenger seat: route map, packet of chocolate hobnobs, extra-strong mints...the choice is yours.  And if your Teal is fitted with a heater, the tonneau and side-screens trap the warmth inside, resulting in toasted toes in February. All good.











There's quite a nice-looking Teal Type 35 boat-tail for sale from Ivor Bleaney garage in the New Forest - for £44,000... came from the factory in 1980, apparently (hmm no such 'factory' existed in 1980 - probably date of donor car logbook).









Anyone know this car?  Unusual seating.  More details at:













Teal Type 35 B - lowered chassis, new suspension system: 





Teal Type 35B Front Suspension


Both photos taken at Bristol of Tony Williams fine 35B - now owned in Wirral, Cheshire by his brother Dave Williams 











T and P stop on the Teal Rally?  No worries:












Cheerful Tealers on the Continent (Angouleme then Spain 2008)... 





Same trip:  Dot/Phil, Andy/June going rapidly downhill 





 Pyrrenean Tealers -  photos thanks to Lavinia Alecock















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 Teal 4-seater Tourer hand-built by Teal Cars. 1800 cc MGB engine, tax exempt, aluminium body with full tonneau cover, roof and windows. Best front brake covers ever (see photos below).  21K miles.  Offers over £21,000 - make Neil an offer he can't refuse on  phone 07730701149.

Available for inspection in  Yorkshire 


More Photos Below 













( ps: Isn't she a beauty - one of the finest Teals built )







TEAL EVENTS - 2016/2017


Details of Teal Owners' Club events are listed on the new TOC club website with when, where and who to contact.  Teal rallies, car shows, parties and get-togethers are all there in TealSpiel magazine for members or here's the website link:


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 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 and 14 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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