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Mystery Firetruck in Kathmandu, Nepal (Upd.: Morros Commercial, or Fiat?)
Christopher Haas stumbled over a seemingly deserted firestation at the Durbar square in Katmandu. It almost looks like an official firestation with the hoses packed on the side left and right. Yet we can assure you that Kathmandu has modern firetrucks as well. Next question of course is what machinery we're looking at.  The big Dennis on the left is a Big Four? Or a G-type? The car on the right i...
Cars you wouldn't expect at the ACD Museum
What kind of cars would you expect to find in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum? Right...! A line up of dozens of A, C & D automobiles. But Catherinus van Zwol who recently visited the museum took the trouble sending a few unexpected cars. Cars like a 1913 IMP V-twin cyclecar, that was built in...  - you either know or will never guess - in Auburn as well!  But even more unexpected is the super ...
What is it? Quiz #421
Literally a rara avis in this part of the world the mystery car must have felt itself at home in Egypt, a country which consists for the major part of desert. The make established its fame in one of these gruesome rallies crossing several of these and much more. In this case it is easy to tell too much, if we haven't done so already … So tell us make, year and model and all other details you dig...
Throwback Thursday: a few bites of 2011 Montlhéry.
One of the things we don't regret having done over the last fifteen years is taking up a cooperation with Vincent Chamon/Vintage Montlhéry. PreWarCar is supporting the event mediawise and with awards in various categories; like 'Spirit of the Event' which in 2011 was granted to the tandem seater Sénéchal in the main picture. In our humble view Vintage Montlhéry has developed into one of the be...
PWC Workshop: Fitting a supercharger to an MG TA
by Tony Hillyard:A few years ago I decided that I should buy something a little different by way of a prewar car.  Over the years I have owned literally hundreds of old cars.  The majority pre 1940.In April 2009 in the Automobile Magazine (get a 2009 back issue) a saw an advertisement for a 1939 MG TA in the process of being rebuilt with a new "Q" type all aluminium body by Compound Curvatures. ...
Porsche's Magnificent Mavericks

The formation of a new motor company is fraught with difficulty. Even if you skip the usual problems of launching a new car by simply amalgamating existing manufacturers into one new brand, how do you go about promoting it? Back in 1932, when Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer joined forces to become Auto Union, they planned a two-year barrage of newspaper adverti...

A Concours Invitation for Unrestored, Well-preserved Cars
During the 2016 Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo a new category will be on display, judged and awarded: Unrestored Pre-1940 Automobiles which are still usable and close or very close to the condition they had when they left the factory. A special award for the Best of Unrestored will be provided by PreWarCar-PostWarClassic. The above shown Regal Underslung has lost its paint in the course o...
Wolseley 12/48 coupe,
Hans Donkervoort: So I found my Wolseley 12/48 coupe, now I've been busy for a number of years and hundreds of hours been busy restoring it. On my website you can see the progress. donkervoort.info...
Amédée and Dauplay from Le Mans revisited.
We had a long telephone conversation with veteran expert Malcolm Jeal regarding the recent two cylinder 1899 Amédée Bollée quiz car. He was kind enough to take the time and look up whatever was available. Yet hasted to add that information regarding coachbuilder Dauplay is as scarce as information regarding Amédée itself. It is his impression that car journalists of the period were ...
Pierce Arrow Revisited
Last Monday's 'Mercedes-Simplex' mystery appeared to be a 1909 Pierce-Arrow Model 40. Not a very strange mix-up as many makes of car were following the Mercedes radiator style prior to WWI. This making the identification of some cars extremely difficult as their designs are sometimes even more close to each other than is the case with modern cars. Anyway, a few readers asked if any more photo...
Throwback Thursday: congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Pueche !
It is over eleven years ago that we posted this photo showing the just married Mr. & Mrs. Rafael Pueche from Madrid.  When we asked our readers what was their favourite article from the past, Rafael immediately answered that this still is his favourite posting. We like to congratulate Rafael that even after 11 years of marriage he is still such a big fan of his wife as the day he married ...
A Staggered Seats Mystery (update: 1922 BNC "DZ" )
Spotted by Simon Brand somewhere between Sainte Maure de Touraine and La Chapelle Blache de Saint Martin, as you probably know this is about halfway between Le Mans and Limoges in the middle of France. A refined cyclecar with 'pointe bordino' and a white topped driver that perhaps was born around the year the car was built. The car is very much 'dans son jus' and possibly being tested for the upco...
What's the early history on this very low mileage 1919 Austin 20HP?
Peter Maguire & Jacqueline Readwin recently bought a hardly run-in' Austin 20 HP with intersting body:"We purchased this at the Coy's auction in April. The description is that it is a 1919 Austin 20 HP. with a factory-built body, rather than one by an outside coach-builder. It was described as a 'Drop-Head Coupe', however it is actually a body style described as an 'All-Weather...
A Mercedes-Simplex Mystery? (Update: 1909 Pierce Arrow Model 40)
Hugo Modderman sends this nice period shot. The car obviously is pre WWI . He bets it is a Mercedes Simplex. Yet he wonders why the car has a Dutch 1923 registration. Probably it was imported form Germany into Holland as the family who owned the car lived a long time in Germany. The numbers painted on the radiator may be the first registration. The car is shown here during a very early spring...
A 700 mile weekend: Valom-Mesch
Even in China they know that Holland is a very small country. So you may be surprised to learn that we have a tough long distance rally for vintage cars (that is to say 'long' in the Dutch way: 300 miles) organised by two enthusiasts of the Dutch Prewar Austin Seven Club: Hans Mazee and Bart Mooij.With mostly Austin Sevens participating  (here a sample of 21) the Valom-Mesch is probably one ...
These ladies are still smiling near Count Dracula's castle. (update: old quiz car...)
An old friend would like to know the make/model of this vintage touring car.  Collective family memory says it's a Nash but no one is sure but it does bear a strong resemblance to a late 1920s model.The picture is taken next to the entrance of the Royal Castle of Bran, better known these days as Count Dracula's Castle from the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. The two ladies in the car...
Throwback Thursday: Who's that guy next to Dirk Regter?
In 2012 The Model T Wolrd Tour started and moved from Europe down to Capetown. The tour continued in Houston and they did something close to 16000 miles in the US within a few months. Yes, all that on their own 1915 Model T wheels. After that they did the full tour of South America and after that they experienced a horrible set back when the car was crushed while being transported on a trailer thr...
A petrol sipping Austin in Brisbane (UPDATE: est. 35 mpg ! )

A few weeks ago we asked you to send in your memories  about fuel consumption tests in the past. Reg Harris from Australia did send this report. It may be a good thing in this super green era to set up something similar and show how efficient some of these old cars can be. Maybe even close to one of those modern German Diesels...UPDATE: we asked Reg what his fuel consumptio...

1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible SOLD (May 10, 2016)
Vintage & Prestige cars...
Mystery six in line and body remains (update: 1946/47 Rover P2 engine?)
Mr. Andersen is sending a curious request asking you to indentify an engine and part(?) of a body of which only the firewall is showing.  We wonder is there nothing else to see or doesn't Mr. Andersen want us to see the full picture? Very strange. Anyway this hobby is full of strange corners and let's say intriguing people.  Anyway he cannot identify the 6 cylinder engine with its slightly...

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