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Digging for bargains at Duxford.
Nearly any auction post-sale press release will shout New Sales Record. The interesting thing however is that when you actually visit auctions things often are much more quiet. Yes, certain cars will go through the roof and big suprises do happen, but the majority of cars behave quite predictable and for the connoisseur there are always steals and bargains to be picked up. We checked the long...
Nick Georgano's holiday pictures (Alfa or Lancia Pininfarina?)
Exclusively made available to PreWarCar from the new issue of Autodromo (nr. 8) - the superior classic car magazine of Spain - photos made by Nick Georgano several decades ago in Spain. We invite you to identify the three cars depicted here. Picture 2  Picture 3In the  same issue an article about the racing cyclecar Autocicla Garriga. And there is much more yet for that you'll have to check...
Preserving the Automobile on your way to Hershey

On 6th October - just perfect when you're heading for Hershey - Bonhams are holding an auction in Philadelphia at the Simeone Automotive Museum entitled ‘Preserving the Automobile’.

The first 253 lots offer hundreds of books and brochures,  then lamps galore, some carbs, magnetos, instruments, horns and mascots – the rare 1928 Lalique ...

Add your name to the make
It is a sad story. One of the most illustrious names on the road and on the track is fading and will vanish altogether. The FIAT group has lost faith in the brand of Lancia. Since 1906 the name gathered fame with great innovations and inventions. Later this fame was followed by fabulous rallying and racing results. Over the past 108 years the development of the motorcar owes much to the techn...
A love story Mystery
Wendy Warren is seeking help with her family history research: "If you could identify this car....." and adds: "I wish I knew more. The photo was taken in Leire, Leicestershire. The man was a wealthy Leeds businessman who met a Leire shop-girl in Leeds – and please don’t ask me or the family how she got to Leeds because they have no idea. He was widowed, fell in love with her, married her and ...
About Quiz #379: No winner: 1919/20 Dobi
Yes we knew that this car is very difficult to guess, but we never know what will happen. This time only two courageous readers dared to send in an answer, and one of them came quite close. Roger  told:  "This is à Cyclecar (Autociclo) David manufactured by Jose Maria Armangue in Barcelona"; almost but not completely correct. The car pictured is a very rare Dobi, a cyclecar marque based...
A Swallow on the kitchen table
As Summer ends and Autumn colours slowly enrich our countryside, Swallows start to gather for their annual migration to warmer countries, but not this one. A 1931 Wolseley Hornet Sports Swallow 2- seater. The egg-shell blue car stood out in the car park at Kop Hill Climb last weekend so I had to find the owner. I found Lorna busy investigating the operation of the butterfly in her carburetter aft...
Magnets, Hen Houses and an Emperor.
RM Auctions are holding their next car auction at Hershey, that mecca for old car enthusiasts to mingle amongst thousands of stalls to buy and sell their autojumble stuff. There are 180 lots in their catalogue and many come from the collections of John Moir (1st session) and Jeffrey Day (2nd session). Lot 257 is a 1905 FIAT 60 HP Five-Passenger Tourer by Quinby & Co. and is a truly fabulous motor...
The Cohender Mystery (update:1913 Cohendet)
Recently we were lucky enough to be allowed to examine a very old family album. Obviously we were looking for photos with cars, and after a short 'yes!'. In many  photos the car pictured was a little "voiturette" which at a first glance seemed like an early Delage. The general size and lines, the shape of the radiator, and especially the two distinctive filler caps located behind the bonnet made ...
Liberation Task Force
Karel Vermeer is travelling on a frequent basis from Holland to France. Last week he stumbled over the Liberation Task Force only miles accross the border between Belgium and Holland.  "On our way back from France we thought, lets have dinner in  Valkenswaard. When we arrived at the village there was a parade of the Liberation Task Force - just like 70 years ago on 16 & 17 September. There...
Charleston commuter
Chris Leigh-Jones reports from wonderful historic Charleston. Would you know of any better place in the US to use a french vintage car? Chris wrote: "In the past I did the 2 hour daily commute from Littlehampton into London. Luckily my wife convinced me to emigrate and now the commute takes only 22 minutes in the rush hour of Charleston, South Carolina. I drive the Bug perhaps 20 ti...
Eastbourne revisited

Rick Ford responds to our earlier feature about Eastbourne: "Your story of early motor engineers in Eastbourne was splendid. But let us travel to the west and back in time to perhaps the turn of the Century? The New Forest occupies much of southern Hampshire and on its eastern boundary flow the lower reaches of major chalk streams, the Avon, Test and Itchen. The fly-fishing offered, a...

What is it? Quiz #379
It is a lovely cyclecar with outspoken radiator, nice cocky wings, interesting frontaxle and 'desirable' beltdrive. The radiator is topped with a figurine which looks like a flamenco dancer, yet that's not very clear and we're also not sure if it's a factory item. The photo is a bit unclear due to the fact that it was printed for use as a postcard. We understand this is the two seater sports versi...
It's only a fish
When I have guests staying from overseas I like to take them to Oxford and all its architecture and museums and shops, but on the way there I turn down a small side street and stop. Out with the camera and take the picture that is always the favourite. A shark in a roof! It’s known as the Headington Shark and when ‘Kat’ came to stay from Germany, a ride in my Bullnose Morris would have bee...
A new life to my 1929 Chrysler Imperial Le Mans Roadster
The 1929 Chrysler Imperial Le Mans roadster series 75. They call her "The Breeze" (click main photo for current condition). She's a former stockcar restored in Australia in 1976 (photos 5,6,7) and once more in The Netherlands in 2007 (photos 1-4 ). Now she 'new' and roaring again and doing 95 miles/hour.editor: Well Mr. Legrand, let's hope you don't try this 95 mph on a daily basis. Er... t...
The 24-pot Zandvoort Revival Challenge
Due to an unhappy decision of the Zandvoort Circuit management the Zandvoort Vintage Revival is in the same weekend as the DTM, a championship for souped-up post-2010 saloons. Revival organiser DVSCC however has picked up the challenge and will use the weekend to learn the hamburger kids about real race cars. A fabulous field of 69 articipating  sports and racing cars from six countries....
Avions Voisin mystery Drophead & Dealer Sign
Slightly similar to the Voisin Drophead coupe sold at Bonhams recent Beaulieu sale. Yet the one on this photo sent by Vincent Juvenelle seems more elaborate. After counting the bonnet louvres we concluded that the car is probably based on a C14 chassis. Vincent who only recently found the photo wonders who could be the coachbuilder. Now that we're talking Voisin, you may be able to help your edito...
The fate of the South American cars
The pictures accompanying this article were taken one month ago, but  these american cars have not been moved for many years. Still this can´t be considered as a "barn find"the . The owner is a classic car dealer and they are parked in the cellar of a storehouse where also other cars in much better conditions can be found. So, what is  the case? Ten years ago the european classic car mark...
A new generation of pre-war car rescuers
Report by Francisco Carríon (on right in photo): The continuity of the pre-war car hobby among young people is under fire. Just a few days ago we wrote about the auction of the Fords from the Den Hartog museum to attract younger people. But as many of us know, true interest usually arises from participation in the hobby: being a co-driver in rallies, helping -where possible- with a restorat...
About Quiz #378...: no winners: 1905 l'Elegante
Crikey, not everything is what it appears to be. We just learned that once more when the answers for the latest quiz car came in. There were just three of you giving it a go, and two of them followed our ideas about the colonial car in question. A Rover, or so we believed. Neil Rankine wrote: “It's a Rover 6hp single. These had a solid rear axle housing and transmission tunnel to gearbox & engin...

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