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Another unidentified lady pedestal. The girls in impeccable attire, note their boots! They must be sisters and the older one on the right isn't too happy with all waiting. She's looking away with an OMG ! how long is this gonna take... Of course we are far more interested in what's hiding behind them, a nice radiator perhaps. To many of you hubcaps alone and overall appearance will make this an easy guess. Too bad the orginal white or gray coloured tires ar seen so little nowadays. The nr. 1 reason appears to be the quick aging and wear of this type of natural rubber tire. Yet we can imagine that with todays technology it must be possible to manufacture a white or gray tire that will hold up reasonably well. Come on tire & tyre makers of the world, surprise us.
(photo collection Eric Prunczyk)
John Bates writes:
"Whenever one reads about 'vintage' cars one usually takes it with a pinch of salt as the term is so often used to cover any car made before about 1980. The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain defines 'veteran' as a car made up to World War One. The Vintage Sports Car Club of Great Britain defines 'vintage' as being any car made from WWI up to the end of 1930. It defines 'post vintage' as 1931 to 1940. That leaves 'classic' as cars made after World War Two but with no end date. I think that needs rectifying and would suggest a cut off for classics as 1959. After that date I have no thoughts but would welcome those of others.
Editor: thanks for your notes John. However you should understand this webmagazine is not meant specificly for UK. It is meant to connect old car fans worldwide. The readership is primarily USA, UK, Western-Europe, Australia, New Zealand and some 80 more countries. The meaning of words like antique, classic, vintage, pre-war and more etcetera is different depending of which part of the world you live in. You may know that in the USA the wording 'classic car' is preserved for a certain group well defined cars (see website of the Classic Car Club of America). And yes the word vintage has another meaning as well. Think of 'Late bottled Vintage Port' , a phrase which doies not go back further than 1964. A vintage Mustang is a well respected expression, even though not acceptable to your eyes. Having said that an international classification of car age categories is simpel when you would only refer to twenties, thirties, fifties, sixties, etcetera. Finally the expression 'pre-war' has a different meanings depending on your age and location. Too older car afficionados a pre-war car is a car built before WWI . And if this is not the case, WWII started in different years depending on where you lived, starting with the german invasion of Poland in 1939 and last th e USA in December 1941. In other words, there's more under the sun... Looking forward to hear any additonal views. JB
(photo shwowing our recently acquired undated Talbot M75 Saloon, is it vintage or post-vintage?)
Basically we wanted to keep this ultrafresh scoop for a future quiz, but as from tomorrow it is out in the media and open to the world which would spoil the fun. An amazing barnfind in the very center of Barcelona has brought to the light a collection of more than twenty cars. They have been waiting patiently for over 30 years. Without anybody getting close; the accumulated dust has a 'virginal' appearance. While most of the cars are post-war, this is a real pre-war gem.
Would you have known this is an Otro-Ford (spanish for the different Ford)? It's a Model T in disguise. Built from 1922 - 1925 by the Vizcaya brothers in Barcelona. When you click the photo and take a look at the front suspension you will notice that the coachbuilders took the trouble to hide the transverse spring by fake dumbiron surrounds to give the car a more upmarket appearance. The organisation of AutoRetro will expose this and a number of the other finds at the show and managed to transport the cars without touching the dust of three decades.
We're not sure if any of the exclusive PreWarCar VIP tickets are left, but you could give it a try. When you go to Barcelona, be sure to bring a pair of handgloves.
(Photos Francesc Palau)
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