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A 'Lucas, King of the Master Bedroom' story
Richard Thomas writes: "I got these headlights at a swapmeeting looking very sad, I was told they were off an American PT boat, but after I cleaned off about six mm of tarry paint, I found a Lucas King of the Road badge and on the underside of the headlight bucket I found the following: RLH 803K. Could I please impinge on your patience and knowledge to ask what year these were made? And what...
Hans Davids' pre-war racing career?
Jan Roosenburg writes: "I am looking for information on the Dutch driver Hans Davids from Rotterdam. His post-war accomplishments are documented, both in the ex Ecurie Ecosse C-type and the factory supplied Aston Martin. However, he was also active in pre-war years, first on a Velocette motorcycle, then in a 1934 Railton and finally in a Wolsely. He successfully drove the Railton in the 1934 Alpin...
About Quiz #383: Buick Master Six
Well, that was fun! Lots of good and better aswers coming in. One answer - though not correct - was quite interesting as it told us about a make of car we never heard of before: the CWS T-1 , which was the first car ever produced in Poland. According to Wikipedia some 500 were made between 1925 and 1932. No the car depicted here - photographed near the entrance of the castle of Bran now better kn...
Ode to Netta the navigator
When driving abroad it is essential to have a map, and even more essential to have a map reader. You’re driving on the opposite side of the road, there are frequently beautiful views to distract you and roundabouts drain your intellectual powers for many kilometres. So we were very lucky to have Netta as navigator and many days of continental motoring were made more enjoyable by never missing a ...
Mystery at Bleasby Hall (Thornycroft, Sunbeam, Siddeley Deasy, Sunbeam, Phoenix or Lanchester?)
Anthony Morton sends the above postcars showing his homestead Bleasby Hall. The picture has puzzled him for some time now as he would love to find out which car is depicted.  We suspect he is entertain the same dream as we would have when owning Bleasby Hall: to bring back  the same exact car to the house! Now to get you going Anthony took the trouble to enlarge the picture a lot, click the pict...
The fate of a 1934 Matford Saloon (update: 1936-1937)
We like to hear your opinion in this. This car is owned by a dutch guy who reports that this once was a 1934 Matford saloon (with the wellknown - small- Ford V8). Somewhere in life the car was converted from saloon in convertible. The owner S.F.J. Huijser likes the car inparticular due to the headlight design. It's been two years or more already when he found the car and fell in love at fir...
Three twenties beauties found in chateau.
It still happens. We received this message from Alexy , a 32 year old classic car enthusiast from the UK. He recently bought three cars in a chateau in France. The cars were part of the estate that was shared recently between several children of the family. a1924 Citroen Type C 5Hp, a 1929 Fiat 514 sedan and a 1919 Mathis. he Fiat and Citroen sat on blocks since the second WW ii and hav...
Landed from Mars?
Richard Biddulph writes: "I just took this Delage in as a part exchange. It has come with no papers or history whatsoever. I want to know what year it is & if the body is original to the car etc. We literally know NOTHING about it."Editor: Well Richard, you're slightly overdoing, it didn't drop on your showroom floor from outer space. You know lots of things. Like that it's a four cylinder - so...
What is it? Quiz #383
Here's a fine family touring photo, shot in eastern Europe, probably late twenties. A chauffeur plus two well to do couples. In the background a chinese style (?) porch.   This is a slightly different quiz, as we don't know what car we are proposing!  So in this case you know as much - or as little - as we know. But this produces an extra challenge, you need to tell us what it is and...
A late autumn Convert
Autumn is my favourite season. Out with the woolly jumpers and corduroys and enjoy the changing colours whilst driving your vintage car along leafy lanes. Digby had two friends staying – he would take one in his Deemster and I would take the other in my Bullnose Morris. How gracious of Neil to allow me to take his girlfriend Rachel in my car while he and Digby followed in the Anzani-engined race...
An English Model T mystery

English ford Model T specialist Neil Tuckett recently had this most unusual car for sale. It is a Manchester-built 1920 car with what is believed to be unique English coachwork. A true Oily Rag car, it is in an entirely original state of preservation with evidently genuine low mileage. Just look at the lavishly buttoned and pleated cloth interior, all utterly...

Winter is early in Cameron
Winter has shown its pale face early this year in Cameron Wisconsin. Yesterday Ed Fallon - US President of the American Gozzy Club (whatever that is..?) -  decided 16" of snow is just perfect for the local Fall Tour. However after a few miles of stinging snow in the face the organisers had to cancel the tour and reschedule for early next spring. Ed writes that he is looking forward to see oth...
The cast iron Lambda Mystery
A very nice shot of the 1923 Lancia Lambda currently on offer by Christoph Grohe. He will bring the car to AutoRetro Barcelona three weeks from now. Christoph asked us to bring up a little mystery connected with the car which he has not been able to solve so far. Opposed to all other Lambdas, this specific car has no alloy engine block but a cast iron block. Not numbered; only marked CGC (pro...
An Austro Daimler Mystery? (update: or is it Gräf & Stift)
Peter Skofic sends this lovely Sunday out portrait. To the well educated observer there's not only a big happy family but also a large & low, attractive motorcar in the picture.   "Could anybody of your readers recognize this car? The photo was taken in early 30's in Maribor, Slovenia. I know some of the kids showing in front of the car but the car itself is a mystery for me. Can anybody help me ...
About Quiz #382: No winner: 1924/25 Rhemag 1 Litre
We never know what will happen with our weekly quiz, but certainly the Rhemag made by the Renania Motoren Fabrik A.G. (Weikonsee, Berlin) seems to have been too hard, even to our more experienced readers... because we haven´t received one single response! Not one reader dared trying to guess for marque or model. To us there were two distinctive clues about the car´s origins: The Continetal...
Wooed in a W.O.
If you were a young lady in 1957 England you would expect her choice of interesting young gentlemen to be driving old Austin Sevens or Bullnose Morris cars rather than a new Austin A 35 or Hillman Minx but Sylvia was attracted to a different class of boyfriend – one who drove a 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer with “4 seater sports coachwork” as ordered by Bentley when the car was delivered new...
One day all this will be yours
You may remember Tim Green's Aero Minx project? Due to the project he was a magnet for all Aero Minx material as you can imagine. Tim writes: "This photo was sent to me by Mel Bray. It is of his late Father with his beloved Aero Minx Streamlined Saloon early in WWII. Mr Bray compiled a page in his photo album entitled 'I leave all this' before going off to war. The page included snaps of...
Across the Channel with Clément-Bayard
On Saturday 8 November an auction will be held in Lyons at the sumptuous Hôtel des Ventes des Brotteaux by Aguttes Auction House. The opening lots starting at 2.30pm consist of automobilia with a very nice collection of Dinky Toys, a good book collection of Ferrari interest, badges, pins,mascots, prints and posters and ending with an exceptional collection of childrens’ pedal cars. But before t...
A French Special Mystery
Paul Kuster found this rather special Special a few months ago in France and since than has been researching the identity and history of the car with the help of Yves Rebet. So far he has found a lot already. The car was constructed in 1948 by Guy Henault who was 19 years old back then. Correct, Guy is now 85... The car was made making use of solely pre-war parts. Paul Kuster identified a Mathis f...
Click to open the barn doors
Looking at the main picture most of us can imagine interesting cars parked inside having collected dust over many years. And though in many cases it appears to be no, in this case it was yes: a beautiful collection, most of them american and prewar, unused and covered by dust. An usual "barn find"? Not entirely. Some of the cars, as the Ford V8 of photo 4 seems to have been subject of a...

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