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Changing the route: Bergsma is history

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After almost 15 years the end has come for editor-in-chief Joris Bergsma. Yesterday evening, at just after 23.00 GMT, the Pre-war Post-war Publishing team came to an agreement to end their relationship in good order.

Within the last few months an untenable situation developed as the opinions expressed by Bergsma increasingly emphasized on the profile and image of PreWarCar and PostWarClassic. This saw the PWC head offices in Amsterdam divided into two camps. Bergsma's increasing interest for unrestored cars, saloons and 'bread and butter' vehicles were considered as counteractions to the business opportunities for PreWarCar and PostWarClassic.

The appointment of a new chief-editor is expected later this week. One thing is sure, though: the future will be bright. The emphasis will slowly but surely be directed towards the top end of the classic car scene, with more concours reports from throughout the world and an increase in high-end restoration work.

It's been a very tough decision and the team, which from now on will be running both PreWar Car as PostWarClassics websites without Bergsma, want to thank Joris for the fantastic work he did for both websites. Joris has made an invaluable contribution to the pre-war car scene and due to his efforts thousands of cars have come into the hands of new owners, a large number of who have been made enthusiastic through his webpages. We wish him all the best for the future.

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Desirables at Duxford

Desirables at Duxford.

H&H are holding their next collector’s car auction on 15 April in The Imperial War Museum at Duxford and as we perused the catalogue our eyes opened at lot 18, a 1929 MG 14/40 Mark IV Tourer. One of only eleven Super Sports 4-seaters known to have survived, it boasts a tuned 1802cc four-cylinder engine, Marles Weller steering box, improved four-wheel drum brakes and uprated suspension complete with Andre Hartford shock absorbers. The fitting of an SU carburetter, coil conversion and indicators tells me this car has enjoyed regular sporting road use and previous owner, the late Robin Barraclough, would want it no other way. From the same stable comes a 1931 MG M-Type with half the estimate and half the engine capacity of the 14/40, but this popular little car enjoyed much sporting success winning gold medals in the 1929 Land’s End Trial as well as Team Prize and class wins in the 1930 24hr "Double Twelve" race at Brooklands. It is described as …”an amazing car to drive.”

There are no less than three Sunbeams on offer, the earliest being a 1920 Sunbeam 16HP Tourer with 3 litre 4 cylinder side-valve engine and handsome royal blue coachwork. The 1925 Sunbeam 20/60 Tourer boasts a 3.2 litre 6 cylinder engine with overhead valves and black coachwork and maroon upholstery. “A decidedly handsome and imposing Vintage Tourer, this `Supreme Sunbeam' is worthy of close inspection.” The third Sunbeam is a 25hp Saloon from 1934 painted in maroon and black with a robust 3.4 litre ohv engine and estimated at half that of the 1929 Lagonda High Chassis 2 litre CCS Saloon. One of only two close-coupled Weymann Saloons to have survived, it has been maintained to a high standard by its engineer owner and used extensively around the UK including trips as far afield as the Orkneys and Shetlands – “A wonderful, extremely rare Vintage Lagonda offering comfortable and capable touring with vital protection from the British weather!”

Vinot-Deguingand started building cars in 1901 and ceased production in 1926. This make was invariably known as plain Vinot once firmly established and were sold in England under the name La Silencieuse. The 1914 AM4 Tourer offered is a 12/14hp powered by a four-cylinder 1692cc monobloc engine allied to four-speed manual transmission. The former featured pressure lubrication; while the latter employed a vertical change mechanism (3rd and 4th being sited under 1st and 2nd within its cylindrical casing). It was bought by Douglas Dixon in 1954 “in complete and original condition, only in need of a repaint” and he has “done many thousands of miles both on rallies and long runs for my own pleasure”. It entered the current family ownership upon the death of Mr. Dixon. Another car from 1914 is the Ford Model T Surrey described as “extremely rare, possibly unique”. It is a 6-seater with Surrey top and is said to have been traded by the original owner in the late 1920s for a Model A, remaining with the same dealer until 2000 when it was shipped to UK vendor who undertook a painstaking restoration and improved its performance by adding high compression alloy head and pistons. If nothing above takes your fancy, then will you be tempted by an Austin? Either a 1934 Austin 7 Opel 2-seater tourer or its big brother, a 1928 Austin 12/4 Heavy saloon.

(Text Robin Batchelor, picture courtesy H&H)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Nash Quad in Holland

A Nash Quad in Holland

Tony de Vries: "In 1997 I bought three boxes of glass black and white negatives in an antique shop. Mainly because it had a lot of old motorcycle pictures just went through the pictures and found some old cars as well.  Hope you can identify this car for me."

editor: Well, that for sure must be a Nash Quad, a succesful 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel brakes and 4-wheel steering (!) truck that was developped for among other things ammunition transport in WWI. It looks like this one had a military purpose as well and maybe the experience with driving and or maintaining this versatile beast formed the basis of the succes of the D & V garage. We will show you a few other cars they had a bit later this week. In the meantime have some fun with starting up this Quad

Monday, 30 March 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

La Vie au Grand Air...

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Nowadays 'La Vie au Grand Air' is the name of a French organisation which is helping deprived children. Not so in the beginning of the last century. It was a well known magazine about the wonders of a new century. Biking, ballooning, boating and motoring! Weekends and holidays were a new thing rising in popularity at steamtrain speed.  The magazine hooked in with the new trend and helped their readers feed their fantasy.  Rural France opened up, especially with the easy transport which came available.
Renault was one of the big players as you may know, also when it came to BIG. The 1925 Renault type 45 features a 9 litre 6 cylinder and is one of the largest and most powerful cars of that time in Europe. You probably know that the car currently resides in the US with Hyman Ltd. But we should say resided, as it's on its way to Europe again. Planning to make its entry at Techno Classica Essen mid April. Let's hope the car will find a European buyer, no better a French buyer. With a car like this the French countryside is always near. Looking at this magnus opus of Billancourt we can only dream to take it for a long sunny, summer, Sunday drive only to get out in a Van Gogh landscape for a beautiful picnic.

(photo courtesy Hyman Ltd.   Hall 6,  Techno Classica Essen, 15-19 April)

Sunday, 29 March 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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