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Diana Dors sports car fetches $3m at auction (Beautiful auto, car lovers must see)
BBC ^ | August 15, 2010 | BBC

Posted on 08/15/2010 12:14:11 PM PDT by I still care

A sports car once owned by the late British actress Diana Dors has sold for $3 million (£1.9m) at a California auction.

The 1949 Delahaye Roadster, which some have dubbed the most beautiful car in the world, was given to Dors when she was 17.

The sky blue car has been described by auctioneers as "extravagant and outrageous - a rolling sculpture".

Dors, who was seen as the British Marilyn Monroe, died in 1984 aged 52

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TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: automobile; automotive; britain; delahaye
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I don't often post fluff but this car is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure there are freepers that will enjoy this.
1 posted on 08/15/2010 12:14:13 PM PDT by I still care
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I rememeber Diana Dors. She was more beautiful than any sports car.
2 posted on 08/15/2010 12:15:38 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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Take a peek at this. I'm sure there are even better pictures around.


3 posted on 08/15/2010 12:15:47 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

The car fits her. All curves.


4 posted on 08/15/2010 12:19:51 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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I saw the auction. I’ll bet that car gets 2 MPH ;-)


5 posted on 08/15/2010 12:20:32 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.Go troops! " Vote out RINOS. They screw you EVERY time" Jim Robinson)
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I’ll bet that car gets 2 MPH ;-)

Then it's perfect for zzz0bama. He only knows how to drive like a crusty, old grammy.

6 posted on 08/15/2010 12:22:38 PM PDT by library user
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“Some who have dubbed the most beautiful car in the world.”

Some should get their eyes checked. A lot of stuff they park on those fairways in Monterey are junk. Jayne Mansfield had a lot more va va voom than Diana Dors. They all met young deaths. Monroe was really pathetic.


7 posted on 08/15/2010 12:26:05 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats are the party of Islam.)
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I can't decided if it the most hideous car ever made or the most hilarious. It looks like either a nightmare or a cartoon. It is worse looking that a Smartcar.
8 posted on 08/15/2010 12:30:13 PM PDT by Ditter
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I really meant 2 MPG. As for The Effeminate One....I doubt he knows how to drive ;-)


9 posted on 08/15/2010 12:30:36 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.Go troops! " Vote out RINOS. They screw you EVERY time" Jim Robinson)
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To: Frantzie
Some should get their eyes checked. A lot of stuff they park on those fairways in Monterey are junk. Jayne Mansfield had a lot more va va voom than Diana Dors. They all met young deaths. Monroe was really pathetic.

Did you have to work to get that much negativity in one sentence, or does it come naturally?

10 posted on 08/15/2010 12:30:49 PM PDT by Prokopton
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I used 6 sentences. The car is ugly. I said Jayne Mansfield was hotter? How is that negative?

Sadly they all met a young death which was tragic and is a factual statement.

Marilyn was a slut used by the Kennedys - this is largely another factual statement.


11 posted on 08/15/2010 12:34:23 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats are the party of Islam.)
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To: Prokopton

Part of the everything stinks wing of Free Republic.


12 posted on 08/15/2010 12:39:21 PM PDT by Kirkwood (You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drunk.)
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To: I still care

Doesn’t do it for me.


13 posted on 08/15/2010 12:41:26 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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Diana Dors AKA Diana Mary Fluck.

Once married to game show host Richard Dawson (1959-1966)

14 posted on 08/15/2010 12:41:33 PM PDT by Liz
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Well, I still vote for Jayne, I love to see her steppin’ out of the car!


15 posted on 08/15/2010 12:44:25 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Liz

An English accent catapults her to a solid 9.8

Great car BTW....

16 posted on 08/15/2010 12:45:02 PM PDT by Textide
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It is indeed rolling art. Beautiful. Thanks for posting ISC.

17 posted on 08/15/2010 12:48:22 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Textide

Diana does Hollywood in the 50's.

18 posted on 08/15/2010 12:50:12 PM PDT by Liz
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I just recently watched Diana Dors in something on the Internet. Let's see, what was it . . .

Was she in that episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" that the network refused to show, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice?" If so she faked an American accent very well.

19 posted on 08/15/2010 12:52:38 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Zakhor 'et 'asher-`asah lekha `Amaleq baderekh betze'tekhem miMitzrayim.)
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There's fluff, and then there's good fluff. Interesting car. Looks expensive.

20 posted on 08/15/2010 12:53:13 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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Good post.
Hot chick and a really hot car!


21 posted on 08/15/2010 12:54:01 PM PDT by goseminoles
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Whew!! Almost got a woodie just lookin’ at the photo! Certain model Sea Ray yachts (which I’ve never owned) have the SAME effect. ;oD


22 posted on 08/15/2010 12:55:58 PM PDT by Tucker39
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No 4 cylinder under the hood of that sum bitch. That’s a beauty!


23 posted on 08/15/2010 12:57:48 PM PDT by goseminoles
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According to Dors's autobiography, she was once asked and readily agreed to open a fête in her home town of Swindon, England. Prior to the festivities, Dors lunched with the local vicar, during which she informed him that her real name was Diana Fluck.

The vicar became somewhat worried about his planned speech. After lunch, they arrived at the fête at the appointed time. The vicar, totally unnerved about mispronouncing "Fluck", introduced Diana with these immortal words:

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you our star guest. We all love her, especially as she is our local girl. I therefore feel it right to introduce her by her real name; Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the very lovely Miss Diana Clunt.” Wikipedia

24 posted on 08/15/2010 12:58:13 PM PDT by x
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Richard Dawson?! Was he the putz who hosted Family Feud for years? And married to HER?! Just proves that LIFE AIN’T FAIR!


25 posted on 08/15/2010 12:58:36 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: I still care

I saw a British-racing-green 1958 Austin Healey with shiny wire wheels, spinners, wood dash and tonneau cover sitting on a trailer the other day, which made this car look silly with its exagerated lines.


26 posted on 08/15/2010 12:59:20 PM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM - America's inevitable road to destruction.)
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Interior shot. And this is 1949. Amazing.

27 posted on 08/15/2010 1:01:36 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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Most all the Delahayes were very swept back and aero in an Art Deco way. To each his own, some think they’re stunning and some think they’re cartoonish. I waver back and forth.

Viewed purely as “car” in the American idiom, they’re somewhat nonsensical. Not that we didn’t produce a few “boutique” vehicles ourselves along these lines.

The French do what they do for their own reasons, always have and always will. Seldom does it match our own expectations or aesthetic sensibilities, but when they hit a homerun it’s really something else. This roadster is one of them, as is practically any DS19 through DS21.

I think it’s great, a masterpiece of craftsmanship in steel, chrome, wood and leather. Is it practical at all? No, not really. But, for the right person of means, with the persona to pull it off, this no doubt was a conveyance without peer for making an entrance.

I’m glad it’s been cherished and maintained for us to enjoy. Thanks for posting the photo.


28 posted on 08/15/2010 1:06:56 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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But where do you plug it in?!


29 posted on 08/15/2010 1:08:46 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Liberty Valance
Is that a pic of the car? That is an absolutely gorgeous 1949 interior. I need to drive it and use that little thumb shifter to the left of that superb wheel.
30 posted on 08/15/2010 1:11:14 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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Yup-—he’s the one. They had two kids together.


31 posted on 08/15/2010 1:15:47 PM PDT by Liz
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I have a 63 Dodge. It gets 9 mph. So you are probably not far off.


32 posted on 08/15/2010 1:15:57 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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“Once married to game show host Richard Dawson”

Interesting! He was a cutie pie himself. You only mention his game show career, he was also in Hogan’s Heroes, one of my faves.


33 posted on 08/15/2010 1:17:46 PM PDT by jocon307
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She does look a bit like Marilyn.

34 posted on 08/15/2010 1:20:04 PM PDT by Liz
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Dawson later married one of the contestants on Family Feud.


35 posted on 08/15/2010 1:23:32 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liberty Valance
My favorite is the Delahaye Type 135, from 1938:

Free Image Hosting

36 posted on 08/15/2010 1:26:22 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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Tastes change

Lagonda 1939

Lagonda 2009

37 posted on 08/15/2010 1:26:27 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: I still care
Obviously the inspiration for the '58 Bulgemobile:


38 posted on 08/15/2010 1:27:11 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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I think it is beautiful. Granted, the lines are extreme. But many of the things we think are beautiful have such over the top styling. The Chrysler building comes to mind. Or even old Hollywood fashion.

The grill of the vehicle is a little much for me (I respond more to the side view) but it seems to match its owner.

Here is another extreme car.

They horribly repainted it for an ad, but it is from a famous movie.

A hint (paraphrased): "Cosmo, get out of the hideous thing. You look like a whatnot".


39 posted on 08/15/2010 1:34:39 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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Is it practical at all? No, not really...

A guy at work drives a '73 Citroen SM, in very good condition. I'll bet he'd have a spaz attack viewing this car. Practicality is out the window when taste is in charge. And a taste which leans toward French design... Besides if plain old utility had the final say, none of us would ever be allowed to like anything. It would be a plain, generic, boring world with no place for Industrial Design, or Diana Dors, or the French for that matter. When it comes to impractical cars, I'm more of a TR3 kind of guy. But there's something about this car...

40 posted on 08/15/2010 1:36:22 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: RegulatorCountry
WHOA!
41 posted on 08/15/2010 1:41:35 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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Nice body.
Nice body.


42 posted on 08/15/2010 1:43:08 PM PDT by Jack Wilson
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Cary Grant drove this?

Topper?


43 posted on 08/15/2010 1:43:49 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.Go troops! " Vote out RINOS. They screw you EVERY time" Jim Robinson)
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OMGosh. I did the same thing. 9 mpGallon!

It gets a lot more than 9mph, I'll tell you. That car could blow the doors off most modern cars.

This isn't mine, but looks just like it. We are wresting with how much to restore it, as it is truly all original. We even have the original aluminum keys and hubcaps.


44 posted on 08/15/2010 1:46:35 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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I have a 63 Dodge. It gets 9 mph.

That's one slow Dodge.

45 posted on 08/15/2010 1:48:52 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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Good grief, there’s a perfectly fine Buick Roadmaster convertible under there somewhere.


46 posted on 08/15/2010 1:49:17 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Liz

She was mistaken for Marilyn on some occasions.


47 posted on 08/15/2010 1:49:58 PM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: Seven plus One

Those SM coupes were great, the Maserati engine had issues with the timing chain that were very expensive as I recall.

First one I ever saw in person was owned and driven by Burt Reynolds. He apparently fell in love with the Transylvania County/Jackson County, North Carolina area while filming a rather infamous movie in the vicinity (the stereotypes perpetuated and magnified by which they’re still living down, lol) and built a home on a mountaintop there, named it World’s End or something like that.


48 posted on 08/15/2010 1:52:37 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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‘Monroe was really pathetic.’

Jayne Mansfield’s wasn’t very nice either. At least she left a lovely daughter.


49 posted on 08/15/2010 1:52:37 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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I guess my extreme reaction comes from the fact that I don’t like to be stared at, and you would be stared at if you were in either of these cars.


50 posted on 08/15/2010 1:53:27 PM PDT by Ditter
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