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The first Dutch trial

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Author: R.Mawer Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Hello, I have read the comments about this event. All of them praising it. I have submitted one of my own criticising it, however, in the thread. I have made it clear I do not like unecessarily harsh treatment of old vehicles in any country, not just in Holland. I am now getting old & it seems likely that my British Salmson saloon,on which I have worked so hard myself, repairing the body (new timber framing, sunroof, headlining, aluminium panelling, steel inner wings, etc.) will end up having the body destroyed to make one of these "trials cars" or maybe a "racing car" by someone who does not care at all for its long past history, & attractive body lines. It was my grandfathers car, & I am beginning to think the kindest thing to do will be to have it scrapped, rather than let it be made to look sad & ugly like many of the cars in this trial, that were once the pride of their owners, & their families. When I drive this car, I am driving back into the past, but it seems most old car owners dont want to know anything about this. Do they only see them as modern "kit cars", easy to build because they have a chassis? It is heartbreaking!
So I am hoping you will publish the short notes I have submitted in the thread for your article. I do not expect you to wish to publish this letter to yourself, of course-your readers wouldent like it, I suppose.

Yours very sadly, R.Mawer.

Thanks for your service ! 1900 Bertrand

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Author: Clemens_Heddier Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Dear (PreWarCar),

I would like to thank you for the excellent service offered by your website. I got photos and infos from all over the world. Photos from Russia/Siberia. Today I am in contact with Kees Kosters and Fons Alkemade.

Kees knows the previous owner and could offer the missing parts. Fons knows more about the history.

Thanks again for your service and help.

Regards and keep motoring

Clemens Heddier

New Zealand Spyker in Finland

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Author: Juha Kaitanen Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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.

Best wishes

Juha Kaitanen
Turku, Finland

Running Mystery Car to be Auctioned

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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

Stuart Mumby


Car pricing (or lack of it!)

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Author: david Scott Wednesday, 02 October 2013

I 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!!

David Scott

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.  


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