HOSPITABLE // There are fixed tours to chose from but a personalized tour is a possibility as well. The guides are open-minded, attentive and open for suggestions along the way. There are several pre-planned tours to chose from online at Two Ten Classic Tours. The company is run by brothers Paulo and João who are two very knowledgeable and kindhearted characters.
“João and Paulo made me feel like I was part of a romantic vintage fairytale”
João and Paulo made me feel like I was part of a romantic vintage fairytale.
The third gentleman of the 1935 Austin 10 groaned its way up and down the hilly countryside outside Funchal like a jazzy tune playfully blending into the gorgeous natural surroundings. As a women it’s pretty amazing to also experience there’s no shortage of holding doors, lending helpful hands or treating me to a delisious espresso and showing interest in engaging in an interesting conversation.”
AUTENTIC // Imagine stepping into the same vehicle that toured the island in the 1930s and 40s. Then add the stimulating sensation of riding through the blooming, flourishing scenery of Madeira island. ‘Authentic’ does not even begin to cover this experience. The Austin 10 has been in the family for generations thanks to grandpa Jordão Celestino Marques dos Santos who bought the 1935 A10 Open Road Tourer in 1949. The heartily commitment to the green family member certainly adds to the overall authentic experience.
“The only thing we were lacking that day was the right attire and soundtrack to go with the vintage vehicle, but I know the two gentlemen have the appropriate vintage outfits stored somewhere so that might just a possibility for those interested in the full experience!”
MEMORABLE // This is a very memorable way to experience Funchal and nearby surroundings in a private and historically interesting means of transportation. The Open Road Tourer is an experience in itself: The four wheel brakes are cable and rod operated by pedal or by hand lever on the offside of the speed lever, and the car is classified as a cowled rad due to its hidden radiator.
This Austin 10 was produced at Austin’s Longbridge Plant in Birmingham in 1935 and arrived in Funchal later that same year. After serving as cab service for a decade, the wheel found its way to this family. In 2005 it was thoroughly restored and returned to its original color and state.
“To experience an automobile that has so much soul and history come to live.. The smell of warm leather seats, the sound of a four cylinder 1125cc engine and the feeling of quality materials in the heavy doors that seems to make a homecoming gesture each time the door hinge snaps: a bit of a crush really.”
The smell of warm leather seats, the sound of a four cylinder 1125cc engine and the feeling of quality materials in the heavy doors that seems to make a homecoming gesture each time the door hinge snaps: a bit of a crush really
IMMERSIVE // From Madeira wine kindly served in a gorgeous viewpoint to the (my personal favorite) experience of having fresh coffee at the local harbor dressed in cobblestones; relaxing between dried fish, colorful fishing boats and giggling kids of all ages playing around the idyllic scenery of Câmara de Lobos. Taking a trip with Two Ten Classic tour is as much a journey back in time as it is a way to create lasting memories in the here and now.
“João and Paulo made me feel like a treasured client –but maybe more alluringly: like a woman! This approach allowed me to soak up the atmosphere and I knew I didn’t have to worry about anything but the ride itself. Touring in a vintage cabriolet and being able to feel the gentle wind and the Portuguese sun all at once is something I will never forget.”
João and Paulo made me feel like a treasured client –but maybe more alluringly: like a woman!
Spending the day with Two Ten Classic Tours is an immersive experience and we #BeLeave this romantic piece of history have a bright future ahead.