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Upcoming Saoutchik Book, Vol.III in particular

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Author: Charley Marsteller Friday, 01 August 2014


I want to thank you for your post on the upcoming Saoutchik Book (3-volume set).

First, has anyone ever published a book on this famous coachbuilder before?   IF YOU KNOW OF SUCH A BOOK, please advise!   Thanks much.

Obviously, obtaining a book rich in color photos of Saoutchik designs is my goal! 

Second, it sounds like the upcoming Saoutchik book sounds right on target--particularly volume III which is rich in the color photos we all seek.

I have been told that this volume would run about $300.00 (est.retail, but probably soon to inflate).   This implies that the total set might run as high as $900.00.   Is that a good guess?

Third:  are you supplying the book, for sale, to your readers?   I am looking to gift a set to the new AAU Auto Museum, SF, CA

Regards, Charley 

Editor: Dear Charley, Thank you for your mail. You can find all the order info here: 

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


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