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Author: Juha Kaitanen Wednesday, 13 November 2013Hi!
I posted you 2012-07-04 a photo of a Spyker automobile in Finland. After this I received interesting information about the car which changes the history of the Spyker. This car was the very first car in Lokalahti, a small commune close to town called Uusikaupunki. The Spyker was brought there by Finnish immigrants from New Zealand. When the original owners of the car returned to New Zealand they left the Spyker in Lokalahti. The car was then owned by Paavali Vähätammisto.
The photo is taken in front of the house at Hermansaari village. Behind the steering wheel is the original owner of the Spyker. His lastname was Hedlund and he returned to New Zealand. Now I wonder if folks from down under could provide any information about this valuable car and its owner´s later history.
Sometimes it takes quite a while to find the truth.
Author: Joris Bergsma Wednesday, 23 October 2013
A car which has been in continuous use since 1908 is still not fully identified.
The engine is a british made Regal. Further identification has not yet been possible. Can you help?
See the Daily Mail article on this fascination 1908 car
Author: david Scott Wednesday, 02 October 2013I am about to complete the sale of a property I don't need or want and am vaguely contemplating putting some of the proceeds into a classic or vintage car, way above any sum I would normally have thought appropriate, but hopefully as a hedge against inflation/depreciation.
Why do vendors, (and that's mostly dealers), have such a phobia about putting prices in their advertisements? I don't know about other people but my immediate reaction is they have vastly over-priced the car and would be embarrassed to publicise the price as no-one sane would enquire about it? Certainly there is no way I would ever enquire about an unpriced car, just to afford the vendor the opportunity to make some patronising, snide and snobbish hint that "If you need to ask the price you cannot afford it"?
Is there no way people can be forced, under threat of not publishing the ad perhaps, to put a price on every vehicle they sell? I don't go into John Lewis or Waitrose and have to ask how much an item is!! Yacht brokers selling similarly-priced yachts publish prices? Even estate agents, a breed if anything more deeply loathed than car dealers, publish at least a guide price if it's a seven figure price so you know where to start at least! What's the big problem?
I can see a case for a unique or very rare multi-million Pound car of unimpeachable provenance priced at several million, but here we are only talking five-figure prices, less than £100k. Until such time I shall continue to enquire solely about cars with a price tag, preferably from private vendors (and thereby avoid wasting the doubtless "valuable" time of the sharp-suited salesmen in the dealers offering these over-priced cars) or haunt the auction houses where similar, albeit less pimped-up cars, can be bought at a fraction of the price!!
Editor: David, you should not compare the pricing of cars with that of houses, yachts or art. The car trade originates from the trade in cattle, more specific horses.
Author: Joris Bergsma Thursday, 19 September 2013Dear Editor,
The 1937 AC has been sold. The sale was a result of the exposure on your web site. Congratulations to both of us! Frankly it sold to the first person to respond to the advertisement ( the first hours of posting). However as I waited for the transaction to complete I received no fewer than 4 inquires per day. all from PreWarCar.com. I am very appreciative of your help and expertise. I look at the web site daily and never miss your interesting articles and the cars that are presented. In fact it was the 1934 Talbot advertised on your web site that got me thinking about a change from the AC to another "bottle of Pre War wine" to taste. So the Talbot is now coming to my garage. You are quite responsible for a lot of PewWar car activity, enjoyment and experience!
All the Best,
Editor: Hope you enjoy your new casque of burgundy!
Author: Joris Bergsma Friday, 23 August 2013Dear Sir,
Can't open NEW SPARES SECTION.
Editor: We understand some people have problems reaching this page:
As we cannot repeat the issue from here we suppose it has to do with a few distant hubs or servers that we cannot control.
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