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A mystery car from another period

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Vasape Suvampradip sent in this photo of a mystery car, that definitely was taking in another period than today.
The man in the photo is believed to be Rhama V. The fifth King of the Chakri-Dynasty in Thailand, from 1868 till 1910.
If that is correct, the photo was taken before 1910.
What we see is a big car, what looks like a little round/pointy radiator, straight bonnet, beaded edge tyres, round roof.
Can you tell us more? 

Enjoy your week.

Monday, 25 September 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Roger and Louise asking for comment

Roger and Louise asking for comment

This charming couple apparently is touring on a sunny day somewhere through the hills of France. Their names are Louise and Roger Barrier, their car is a shiny Darracq landaulette with a chauffeur. According to the license plate, the year must be 1909 or later. So far so good. But what is happening in the photo? It's been some time, since you've had the opportunity to let your imagination flow, so there must have been cropped up a lot of creativity in your minds! Throw it out and let us know what you think of this seemingly compromising situation!

Words and photo by Ariejan Bos

Sunday, 24 September 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

New setup of the weekly What is it? Quiz & Quiz #454

New setup of the weekly What is it? Quiz & Quiz #454
In the past 16 years, hundreds of car quizzes have come by on our website with even many more answers from our readers. As many of the competitors are judges by now, we thought the time may have come to spice things up a little; primarily by a change in the judgment system.

This means from now on, participants will compete in a 6-month competition. So twice a year we will have a new winner for the last 24 quizzes (both as well as count here). If you participate (giving an answer is enough) you will receive 1 point. When your answer is correct, you will receive 3 points. If we declare your answer to be the best and most complete, you will receive 5 points.

In the end, you can miss 4 quizzes. So only the 20 best will count. If you participate in all 24 quizzes, you will get 9 bonus points.

The winner will receive the famous and T-shirt including a badge. Apart from that, there is an additional price, sponsored by Hans Compter Automobiles. The first prize will be the book Investing in cars by Vincent van der Vinne. After winning, we ask you to be the judge for the next period of 6 months and to send in a quiz yourself. You can happily participate again after this period.

We trust you all will keep enjoying our quizzes and we wish you all the best of luck!

The first pre-war quiz:
A well-known German designer of airplanes decided to build cars as well. He built more than 5500 airplanes for the German army before he started with cars. There are not many built and as far as we know, no car left.
We are very much looking forward who knows more about this car. Please leave your answer in a comment before Monday 25th and use no more than 100 words. Good luck!

Saturday, 23 September 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Buick & Flapper Down Under

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It is only on rare occasions that we see a RHD Buick. So when Reg Harris sent this snapshot of a smiling flapper with a - typical for the twenties - drop waist dress we were not only glad for that single reason. Yes the dress is a good pointer for the period in which the photo was shot (around 1925) but to look up the facts we still had to pick up our American Car Spotters Guide 1920-1939,  an indispensable tool for any serious car sleuth. We found this must be a model 1924 Buick  "4-35" Touring. First give-away is the upperlip  radiator design that was new for 1924 and which stayed with Buick until 1928.  The four cylinder models had a painted radiator and nickeled windscreen frame. The sixes however were finished the other way round, er... if we are correct (check - what's in a name -  Also a presumption is that like many other cars Down Under this tourer was imported in chassis form and was bodied by Holden Motor Body Works.  They may be responsible for sensible details that have to do with local climate conditions. Like the light coloured top and the sunvisor stylish positioned parallel with the top windshield frame. The oval rear window we didn't see earlier on Buick either. We're always surprised to see how even high-volume cars of the same year and model almost never are completely the same. This counts for flappers as well of course.

(txt. Joris Bergsma)

Friday, 22 September 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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