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Please deliver your views, opinions, ideas and more in  our  mailbox.
Yet keep in mind, that if you are rude, too  loud or too long we may edit or not publish.
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Pre-war Model T Hot Rod ?

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Author: Joris Bergsma Friday, 19 June 2015

Dear Editor,

There is an ad for a "1922" Ford Model T Hot Rod at your website. Do you consider that being a "PreWarCar"?

Best regards,

Gunnar Geijer

Dear Gunnar,

 This is a question that's coming in frequently since the day we started back in 2001. We do not 'consider' the cars in the adverts.

If you would take the trouble to check all the adverts and would visit all the cars in person you probably would come to the conclusion that 50-100 cars in the adverts are built after 1940. And still you would overlook one or two.

In other words. It is totally impossible for us to decide which is a true car or a good car or what is an honest advert. We just show what's on the market. 

 When  leaving out the most obvious 'wrong' cars like your Model T, all brandnew Bugattis, certain Rileys, post-war Rolls Bentleys, Auburn replicas  and similar creations we would give the false impression that all other cars are 'good', which would make things even worse.

 the Editor

Amazed by a 1910 phenomenon

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Author: Jon Brooks Monday, 15 June 2015

Hi there.

My name is Jon. Very new to the veteran car world, having always been more of a 60s/70s kind of person.

Just wanted to share a quick video I pulled together on a 1910 Phanomobil in South Australia. Such a beautiful machine and part of a culture I just didn't know existed.

I'll be looking for more stories like, for sure. 

Jon Brooks 

A letter from South Africa

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Author: Hans Zwets Thursday, 28 May 2015

Dear Editor

I have been wanting to write to you for a long time to tell you how much I enjoy your Prewar Cars website.  Although I speak Dutch fluently my written language leaves a lot to be desired, so I hope you will accept my writing in English.

When I saw the photos of Fahrenheit Street it galvanized me into writing. I was born in the Hague in 1941 and lived in that street until my parents emigrated to South Africa in '48.  My mother ran a dry cleaning shop right across the road from the then Dr Herman Bacing School.

I have been playing with prewar cars for over 44 years  and have 5 fully restored oldies - a 1912 Rover Colonial, 1925 Bullnose Morris, 1929 Model A Ford, 1934 Austin  12 Ascot and a 1934 Rolls Royce 20/25. 

A friend of mine - Ced Pearce, told me about your fabulous articles about  8 years ago and I have been a slave to your magazine ever since. First thing every morning I read the stories like other people read the Bible.  The articles are amazing - so interesting and varied and I have learned such a lot. 

I am am a member, and past Chairman, of the Crankhandle Club in Cape Town. We have  great little clubhouse in a 160 year old building in Wymberg a suburb of the City. We have over 500 members owning more than 1300 cars. We have a very active membership who enjoy a busy programme with at least 8 activities per month. We welcome visitors from all over the world and would love to have some Dutch visitors . I could e-mail you our monthly magazine " The Chronicle". To give you an idea of our activities. I will be in the Netherlands in September and would love to make contact with you. 

Yours sincerely and with thanks

Hans Zwets

regarding Editors Choice 1937 Bentley Derby

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Author: Joris Bergsma Friday, 15 May 2015


The landau bars on this car have been put on backwards. Actually, they have been put back on the wrong sides. Am I the only to notice this?

Steve Diggins

About copies & plastic replicas

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Author: Erik Thomas Thursday, 19 March 2015

dear Editor

I am not trying to be critical, but I see the nose of the camel under the tent here. 
Pre war specials are of course welcome anywhere at any time. This would be something that is comprised of pre war parts, but intended to run in races, hillclimbs, or whatever. There are endless expamples of these, some better than others, but most are pretty neat.  Reboded, re-engined, whatever.  Then there are tool room copies of pre war cars. The Bugatti T-35 replicas come to mind.  - those are true to pre war design, and are also in the "sprit" as the parts are interchangable with oroginals. 

The awful, American made copy in fiberglass of a Mercedes 500K or SSK with a chassis of a modern Ford and with a dashboard full of weird modern gages, plus an automatic trasmission is NOT something you should alllow to be advertised, or sold or even shown on this fine web site. Sadly, these advertisements  seem to be appearing in ever increasing frequency. Now, there are old bastards like me who can spot a fake "Across the crowded dance floor at El Morroco" - Tom Cahill -  However, I do fear others less jaded and perhaps younger are not so keen on the difference.  Thus, I think these spurius and misleading copy cat vehicles should be banned.  Well, really crushed, or taken out to sea and dumped into really deep water. 
But more importanly, these are NOT pre war cars.

Best,   Erik Thomas 

answer by Editor:

Dear Erik,

This is not the first time we get this question. It comes up one or two times every year. When we were living in an ideal world this would be a perfect idea. Draw a clear line between the bad cars and the good cars and ready, Great ! Unfortunately we do not live in an ideal world. Some cars are easy recognisable as replicas, fakes, bitsas of whatever you want to name them. Others are much more hard to recognise. By taking out or refusing the most obvious examples, we would give the impression that all remaining cars are ok. Which is not the case. You need to know what you're doing when you are buying cars like these. These are no KIAs, Hyundays, Toyotas or whatever you can get with 12 years guarantee. These are specialty vehicles. Before buying one, become an expert, hire an expert, or get hurt ! 
On the other hand, if you want to travel the world and inspect personally all cars advertised here to prevent wrong cars to be advertised, you are most welcome. 

be wise, take care

Joris Bergsma 


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