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1933 Austin 7 TV 9935

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Author: Graham Coulson Sunday, 25 January 2015

I have been looking for my old car for ages but with no luck. The reg is TV 9935 1933, when i had it it was peacock blue and i had restored all of it. This car was owned by the person that set up and started the Prewar Austin 7 Club and was the first car to be registered in it. Has anybody seen this car or do you know where it is ???.


Lord Graham Coulson

The sad demise of an Armstrong Siddeley Saloon.

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Author: Peter Saturday, 03 January 2015

Dear Editor,

In most respects your 'Editors Choice' for the 3rd January 2015  could not have been more unfortunate, especially when related to the comments expressed in Mr. Mawer's letter of 25th March 2014.
The car described as a 'Armstrong Siddeley 20HP Burlington Sports' was one of several 20HP cars co-owned by me in the 1960's to 1980's. At the time it was complete in every detail and still carried its very interesting and unique BURLINGTON (this being the coach-building arm of Armstrong-Siddeley)  Sports Saloon body. The only part of the car requiring any real work to restore were the wings and running-boards which - and I do remember correctly -  had been badly repaired at some point. The car was completely restorable and probably represented the only survivor of its particular body style for its year.
The car represented in the advert however, bears no relationship to either any car ever manufactured by Armstrong-Siddeley or, for that matter, to any car that would have been constructed by anyone who understood the nature of motor vehicles and car body design in 1933 (experimental cars possibly excepted. I know motoring history and there are always some oddities). Armstrongs did actually make a few competition cars but they looked nothing like that.
I used to keep my peace on most matters related to the despoilement of cars by the ignorant, but I have become increasingly offended by the destruction of perfectly restorable cars to produce traversties of what real Vintage and Post-Vintage sports cars were. I say this in the knowledge that a number of Siddeley Specials, an even rearer beast, have been destroyed - even though complete and very restorable - to make similarly bodied 'Specials' (dare one call them that? I would not!).
I would go on, but I think that I had better stop before I grind my teeth to powder.

Yours most sincerely, Peter Maguire.

note of editor:
would you be so kind to provide us with one or more photos of your Burlington Sports Saloon

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

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