15 thoughts on “Festive Teaser 4”

  1. For a beginning, I’d say:
    Brown bag => Bruno Sacco => W126.
    Hercules with a sword => Ercole Spada => I.DE.A => Lancia Kappa.
    The bird would then be with the Fiat 130, but I couldn’t find any birdy name associated with this one.

  2. I guess I was still in the Italian thinking mode and didn’t look for English bird names. Since I’m not even able to name most birds from pictures in my native language (German), I was also unsure what bird to look for in translations…

  3. I did Google translate and a male blackbird is Merlo in Italian, there was a Giusseppe Merlo who was an Italian tennis player who died in 1991 so he could have been the right age and era to have gone out and bought a Fiat 130 [Someone must have done] but Paolo Martin- designer of the Fiat 130 is probably more direct and likely, even though Martins and Blackbirds are members of different families. Well done Gooddog- I’m assuming you’ve got the right answer.

  4. I find that Paolo Martin designed only the Fiat 130 coupé, from which some internal details were taken for use in the B series of the 130, so he would not appear to fit well with a picture representing a sedan.
    Apparently the 130 sedan is an internal FIAT work made by the “Centro stile FIAT” directed by Gianpaolo Boano, son of the notorious “carrozziere” Boano.
    So the “martin/merlo” connection to the Fiat 130 sedan is perhaps a different one…

  5. Blackbird the song is from the Beatles White Album 0f 1968, produced by George Martin. If that has anything much to do with Paolo Martin, who may or may not have been involved in the 130’s styling, which some attribute to “the Boanos father and son”.

  6. Neither Paolo Martin nor Pininfarina were involved in the 130 Berlina’s design – that was all Centro Stile Fiat. Was George Martin a 130 Berlina owner?

  7. I can only conclude that cars and ornithology are not mutually compatible enthusiasms…

    1. Only when I go out to deep country when a few times per winter as they deem necessary, local farmers throw chicken carcasses out into fields, and hundreds of starving bald eagles have a fine old feed. It’s quite a sight. They overwinter in the area, and due to huge Bay of Fundy tides nearby, feed on fish in the shallows twice a day — if they’re lucky and not too frozen to get even wetter!


  8. Robertas, hi. Once again you’ve stumped me with your excellent quizzes. I’ve not been close with any of them but it’s fascinating to see them unfold.

    And Bill, with your eagles; does Sheffield Mills have any connection with my home town back here in the UK? It sounds quite a spectacle

    1. Probably no connection with the real Sheffield. As in a myriad of cases, the Briton abroad would come over all warm and fuzzy when they found a spot in the new world or the antipodes they liked, and give it the name of the place from whence they came. Bristol apparently leads the way in such things. At least our town of Liverpool is on the Atlantic Ocean. Sheffield Mills is farmland with only the shadow of the ridge between it and the Bay of Fundy to remind anyone of Yorkshire dales.

  9. It’s really not that difficult – anyone with a smattering of Italian, and a modicum of knowledge of passerine taxonomy and late ’60s Fiat history ought to have it worked out by now.

    As before, answer at 11:00 CET tomorrow unless anyone gets it before.

  10. Simon successfully picked up the Brown Bag and Hercules’ sword, but stumbled at the cheery corvid.

    The third individual is the marvellously-named Felice Cornacchia – “Happy Crow”, who was the bodywork engineer for the 130, working alongside Boano and under Ettore Cordiano, who was lead engineer for the project. Cornacchia’s career advanced in the post-Giacosa era; he is best known for being lead designer for the first generation Panda.

    1. Unfortunately, the bird shown is a European blackbird and most definitely NOT a crow. Crows have black beaks and are bigger. A blackbird has the characteristic yellow/orange beak and the ring around the eye. That is why I referenced the Beatles Blackbird song.

      I may nor be a birder, but I know a crow when I see one — several reside on my property and caw at anyone entering or leaving the house, and back in schooldays in rural Hampshire, the difference between blackbirds and crows was well explained to us.

      A crow? Dear oh dear. An incorrect clue, then, and a dig at us non-ornithologists to boot!

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