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Any colour as long as it's black.

Any colour as long as its black.When we saw this picture we immediately wondered what colour this 1934 Ford would have been painted.  Computer experts are writing new software all the time and it is becoming easier to do very clever things with our computers.
That means some people are enjoying 'colourising' old black and white images with very good results.
Little did the smart well-dressed lady realise that someone in the future would be changing the colour of her skirt to suit the changing colour of the car.


Which do you prefer?
Henry Ford is famous for mass production and we can believe he once said ..."Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black."
He was experimenting with the assembly line, at the time, and only fast-drying black paint allowed for "full-speed" assembly. 
Whether he said it or not, it's good advertising and although we are unable to give you the name of the elegant lady, we can have a stab at identifying the car and we have come up with 1934 Ford Victoria.
As always, we welcome information you can offer about Ford colour schemes and perhaps the lady's name, and before you ask.... No, we didn't change the car's colour. We are not clever enough. Besides, we are too busy mending/driving our old cars and we hope you are too.

Text Robin Batchelor, picture courtesy SHORPY, colourised by 'Motobean'.
Friday, 20 January 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Spotting pre-war cars at InterClassics show

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Last weekend, the InterClassics show was held in Maastricht. It was the first big European car show of 2017 and what a great way to kick off the season! At the stand, we were happy to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and see some of the most amazing cars that were on show: from the extremely impressive Facel Vegas to Ferrari's through the years. What we at were most interested in was to see the amount of cars built before 1940 on show.
Our own stand had 2 cars: a small 1925 Amilcar and a huge Bentley Royale Custom. Completely different cars but both having their own elegance and power. The Bentley with the 2 eight inline engines was the real showtopper but the Amilcar will also feature in the pictures of the many many visitors that have shown up.
In total, we have seen 36 pre-war cars and we were happily suprised to see some of them. They vary from a small Austin to a very luxurious Isotta Fraschini. We saw Bugatti, BMW, Invicta, Bentley, Fiat and many others….

Please enjoy our photos:
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A famous Humber racer in retirement

A famous Humber racer in retirement

A famous Humber racer in retirement

An interesting series appeared in the Autocar of 1910 and 1911 under the heading: Famous cars in retirement. Cars and especially racing cars often received a second life because of their outstanding performances: maybe not enough for the real work anymore, but still enough to impress in daily life. A nice example is this Beeston Humber, which raced with number 31 and with W.G. Tuck at wheel in the Tourist Trophy of 1908. The car didn't finish because of ignition problems. Already as a racer with its 'meat safe' bonnet and water reservoir behind it the car lacked the regular Humber looks, but after the make-over it had become completely unrecognizable. The Autocar commented on the new bonnet that it had 'a distinct individuality', but without a clue the modified car would have been an enigma for any identification specialist. Another interesting fact was that the current owner in 1910 was the designer of the forerunners of the 1907 Rover TT winner as well as of the 1908 Deasy TT racers. His name: Edmund W. Lewis.

Words and pictures: Ariejan Bos

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Mystery Benz look-a-like

Mystery BENZ-lookalike
From around 1912 until the mid-1920s cars featuring v-shaped radiators were all the rage in Germany. In particular, the characteristic radiator masks introduced by Daimler and Benz before WW1 were copied by many manufacturers including Duerkopp and Opel in Germany, as well as by Puch and Steyr in Austria.

The attached car in the photo from my collection shows another of these Benz-lookalikes. However, it lacks the typical badge which was attached to the radiators of all cars from the manufacturers mentioned above. 

So what marque could that be? I am almost sure, it must be a German brand, given the angular shape of the wings, which was another common feature of quite a number of smaller cars made in Germany after WW1.

Of course, AGA springs to one's mind - but their cars had a disctinctive badge on both sides of the radiator, as well. The bonnet louvres looked different, too.

Perhaps one needs to consider the possibility that this a one-off, built by a talented (?) owner using parts from different vehicles. The wings appear to me made in a rather crude manner, whereas the rest of the body is of higher quality.

The carbide lamps would suggest this car was made before WW1, yet they could still be in use afterwards for some time.

Judging from the caps of the two little boys and from the overall condition of the car, this photo was probably taken in the mid-1920s.  

Words and pictures: Michael Schlenger 
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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