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2 CV Titre Cadillac
A collection François de Dardel
As drawn by Hergé, with a photo of the corresponding "real" car.
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The first three from "Tintin in the land of the Soviets"
Mercedes 1925
Mercedes ~ 1925
Mercedes 1925 Genre Amilcar CGSS
Amilcar
Amilcar Genre Amilcar
Amilcar
This first album contains a few less characteristic vehicles.
The next two cars from Tintin in America
Ford 1930
International
or Ford 1930?
or Citroën?
International
Ford
Citroën 1930
Bugatti 37 1928
Bugatti
Bugatti type 37 The other cars of this albums are inspired by real cars, but Hergé did not care to draw exact reproductions.
The most famous Ford Model T from Tintin in the Congo
Ford T
Ford Model T
Ford Model T        
Three vehicles from The Blue Lotus
Chrysler Six
Oldsmobile
or Bugatti
Chrysler 1931
Bugatti T50
Automitrailleuse
Armoured car
Automitrailleuse Renault Chrysler Six
Renault
or Chrysler
Chrysler 1931
Chrysler 1931
From Cigars of the Pharaoh
Phaeton
Lincoln phaeton
1926 Lincoln Pas une Amilcar
A Bugatti or
Amilcar racing car?
Bugatti Type 35
Amilcar racing car
pas une Amilcar
...or Alfa Romeo?
Alfa Romeo 1934
Alfa Romeo 1934
This racing car is a clever hybrid of Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and Amilcar.

Hergé took later on great care of reproducing the cars in their minute details, so that a fragment of the grille or a wing are enough to identify the vehicle. This kind of perfectionism was fully implemented around 1936, beginning with the Broken Ear. In previous albums, many cars are approximations whilst later, there is almost no doubt to identify them.

The next three from The Broken Ear
Hotchkiss
Hotchkiss ~ 1912
Hotchkiss ca. 1912 Ford 1936
1936 Ford
Ford 1936 Amilcar
1934 Morris
Morris
Two tow trucks
Dépanneuse
Tow truck from Black Gold
Chevrolet 1936 truck Dépanneuse 2
Tow truck from The Crab
Ford 1937 truck    
The next nine from The Black Island (Attention: there are two versions of this album*)
Humber Pullman
1936 Humber Pullman
Humber Pullman Vauxhall
1935 Vauxhall
1936 Vauxhall 25 GY Austin Taxi
Austin (?)
London taxi 1933
Jaguar Mark X
Jaguar Mark X
Jaguar MK10 Triumph Herald
Triumph Herald
MG 1100 Ford Zephyr MK III
Ford Zephyr
Ford Zephyr
Hanomag
Hanomag
Hanomag MG 1100
MG 1100
MG 1100 Dennis
Dennis
Dennis fire truck
    * See Variations       
King Ottokar's Sceptre
Opel Olympia cabriolet
1938 Opel Olympia
See the other Opel below
Opel 1938 Ford V8 cabriolet 2 portes
1937 Ford V8 2 door convertible
Ford cabriolet 1937 Ford V8 phaeton
The same Ford V8 here as a phaeton
Ford 1937 Torpedo
LaSalle
1934 LaSalle
La Salle Chevrolet 1932
1932 Chevrolet
Chevrolet 1932 Gillet 1931
Gillet 1931
Gillet
The 1938 Packard coupé of King Muskar of Syldavia and two more Ford V8
Packard
1938 Packard
Packard 1938
Packard par Ted Benoit
Ford V8 2 portes
Another 1937 Ford as a 2 door sedan
Ford 1937 2-door sedan Taxi Ford V8
The same Ford from The Seven Crystal Balls
Ford 1937 4-door sedan
The four versions of this 1937 Ford together. There is a fifth example in the original version of the "Black gold" published in French in the Petit Vingtième (see also: "all cars"). It must have been a truly popular car in Belgium for Hergé to have used and re-used it...
The Crab with the Golden Claws
Renault NN
Renault NN
Renault NN
Renault NN
Renault NN
Amilcar Compound
or Tatra?
Amilcar Compound
Amilcar Compound
The following five from The Seven Crystal Balls
Lincoln Zephyr 1938
1938 Lincoln
Lincoln Zephyr 39 Opel Olympia
1938 Opel
Opel Olympia Simca cinq
1939 Fiat or Simca
Simca cinq 39
Fiat Topolino
Buick 1936
1936 Buick
Buick 1936 Taxi Ford V8
1937 Ford V8 taxi cab
Ford 1937    
The next seven from Land of Black Gold
Citroën 5 CV
Citroën 5 CV
La vraie 5 CV Ford 1948
1948 Ford
Ford 1948 Ford 1939
1939 Ford
Ford 1939
Morris Six
1948 Morris Six
Morris Six Lancia Aprilia
Lancia "Aprilia"
Lancia Aprilia Buick "Eight"
1949 Buick "Eight"
Buick 1949
See also variations   Jeep
Jeep Willys
Jeep    
The Jeep, the two American cars and the fire truck of Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon
Jeep
Jeep Willys
Jeep Dodge 1949
Dodge 1949
Dodge Ford 1949
Ford 1950
Ford 1950
    Coach
Bedford
Bedford    
The Calculus Affair — This album has the most cars of all
3 in one pict
3 in one pict
VW 1955 Citroën 15/Six
Citroën 15/Six
Citroën 15/Six Simca Aronde
1954 Simca Aronde
Aronde 54
Lancia "Aurelia"
Lancia "Aurelia" B20
Aurelia B20 Citroën 2CV
The 2 CV of Thomson and Thompson
Citroën 2 CV Mercedes 300
Mercedes 300
Mercedes 300
Jeep
Willys Station Wagon
Willys Jeepster Peugeot 203
Peugeot 203
Peugeot203 Opel 1953
1953 Opel Rekord
Opel
Chrysler 1955
1955 Chrysler
Chrysler 1955
Chrysler 1955
Peugeot 202
Peugeot 202
Peugeot 202 Rover 75
Rover 75 1954
Rover P4
Autocar Saurer
Saurer coach
Saurer coach Bordurian convertible
Bordurian convertible

All the cars in Borduria sport the famous moustache of Plekszy-Gladz.
And another 15 cars from the Calculus Affair on my page "bits and pieces".
From The Red Sea Sharks
    Panhard
Panhard
Panhard 1957 And several more in bits and pieces.
The next three from The Castafiore Emerald
Alfa Giulietta
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Alfa Romeo 1955 Citroën Ami 6
Citroën Ami 6
Citroën Ami 6 Peugeot 403
Peugeot 403
Peugeot 403
Peugeot 403/7
From my photo album.
From Tintin in Tibet
    Cadillac 1938
1938 Cadillac
Cadillac1938    
From Tintin and the Picaros
Picaros page 20
Mercedes or
Zil inspiration
Mercedes 600
Zil 111
???
Land Rover 109
Land Rover ???
Chevrolet 1951
Chevrolet truck
Coach
Jonckheere coach
Jonckheere coach    

More on variations, sundries, and the complete list of 173 vehicles. Finally, a last page contains all cars together with a picture of the original vehicle that inspired Hergé.

It should be noted that after World War II, the settings and accessories, including cars of Tintin albums were drawn by the "Studios Hergé", which included several other artists such as Jacques Martin, Bob de Moor and Michel Demarets.

See also my links : Tintin and : cars.

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If you don't agree with the information and data on this page, don't hesitate to send me your comments. If you have a better picture of the original cars, I would be grateful to incroporate them in these pages.

All pictures are obviously © Hergé, but this page was prepared by François de Dardel, who keeps the copyright of this study. You can imagine I needed hundreds of hours to research and identify all the cars. I was content only when I had found the perfect match in form of a photograph of the real car.

This is not a commercial site: I have nothing to sell. It is only a study I made for my own enjoyment — and hopefully for the pleasure of some of my readers.

I started these pages in March 2003. The following year, in 2004, the Éditions Moulinsart published a book on the same subject: "Tintin, Hergé, les autos", with additional information on some of the cars, adorned with a few typos and a commercial promotion for the miniature cars distributed by Atlas.

Many viewers of these pages have helped me correct mistakes and identify some of the cars. My sincere thanks to all. Alphabetically: Mark Ashbridge, Iñaki Azpiazu, Eric Banzinger, Luc Balleyguier, Alfonso Barrola, Joris Bergsma, Frans van Bree, Michel Casaubon, Jean-Luc Coudray, Thierry Dubois, Jean-Marc Durieux, Thierry Federspiel, Daniel González, Claude Goritte, Marcus Hoogveld, Nick Knoll, Timo Laitinen, Ingo Menker, Thierry Milan, Pascal Monnin, Franck Noyalet, Yann Saunders, Guillaume Villemagne and Livio Zanone.

TicketYou probably know that the 2006 Brussels Car Show was held on January 12 to 22 under the motto of Tintin's cars. A sign that the bout of fever that struck me in 2003 is contagious.
You can see a few pictures on their site, which has the bad manners of refusing your access unless you load the last version of Flash... I am grateful to Pascal "Quattro" for the ticket.

Updated on 21 December 2013

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