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What is it? Quiz #395
Quite probably one of the last chaindriven examples of the illustrious make with double name. An ingenious engine that made driving and racing much more enjoyable as it killed vibrations to a minimum. Since the early years of the twentieth century they appeared in races around the globe - including the Vanderbilt Cup Races. The car pictured above is of course of a later date. The high bonnet is a ...
Her grandfather's name was Ettore
The Vintage Revival at Montlhéry was a fabulous event where it was impossible to visit all the cars and all the people, but we were lucky to be introduced to a lady and her car with a special link - the car was made by her grandfather. Caroline brought her 1928 Type 43 Grand Sport Bugatti for a weekend's sporting motoring around the famous banked track south of Paris which was built in 1924 ...
The 1911 Mercer Toy Tonneau revisited
Since publishing our review of the forthcoming Dragone auction last week, we have received some comments which demonstrate the passion with which enthusiasts unravel the history of old cars. The 1911 Mercer Type 35 Toy Tonneau deserves a more close attention. Alan Ballard is a knowledgeable man with a 1911 Mercer catalogue in his collection and believes the Dragone car to be a Type 30M. The catalo...
The butterfly 5000 Mystery (Update: Renault Camionette ADV max 500 kg.)
This can't be a big mystery. A fine, not so large delivery truck which is in a parade, summer festival or carnival, who can say? We found the photo some time ago at a fair and have no background at all. Just that the H-36221 is a dutch registration from the province of Zuid-Holland. And that you can read "5000" in the middle section of the bumper. The car is so obvious, but this 5000 - or is it 50...
Too large for the photo Mystery
Paul van Banning writes: "On a collectors market I found this photograph showing an impressive landaulet, probably around 1910. The photograph was large ( edit.: too large for his scanner), so front and rear are shown separately. The owners had probably no financial sorrows and could afford to pay a  private chauffeur. The question is the make of the motorcar. On top of the radiator a st...
On the way home from Montlhéry
Remember the remains of a French built special that were found by Paul Kuster? He came to meet us at Montlhéry last week and told us that he was planning to meet the earliest owner on the way back. The now 86 year-old man - Guy Henaut - proved most forthcoming and invited him to his home. "The car has a beautiful story with wonderful and funny anecdotes. After a search during nearly a ...
Highlights and Oddballs: VR Montlhéry 2015
During a short silence at last weekend's Vintage Revival Montlhéry we asked a young british journalist for his opinion on the cars present. "When in the UK at an event you will see fabulous cars that you have seen many times before. Here at Montlhéry I am baffled about the number of carmakes you have never heard of, plus cars that you've heard of once, but never saw in reality."And yes, outside ...
About Quiz #394: 1922 Rolland Pilain 8 cylinder
The silent movie from which we showed you two shots is L’Inhumaine, directed by Marcel L’Herbier and released in 1924. Quite a lot of famous names from the art scene of the 1920s contributed to this film (see Wikipedia for an extensive description). It had already been resetored in the 1970s but only recently the different scenes got back their colours (e.g. all the scenes with the racing car ...
MG J type in fifties Alpes Maritimes

Karel Vermeer recently found this charming picture of an MG J type with French registration number ending with 06. This means it was registered in the department Alpes-Maritimes. The atmosphere and abundancy of French cars makes you almost think the car is a M-onet G-oyon, but of course it isn't. By its tatty looks the MG is well used, and by the looks and the attitude of the charming lady we...

Mercer, Stutz and Great Gatsby
The 2015 Greenwich Car Event Weekend Auction is being held by Dragone Auctions on Saturday May 30th at their facility in Westport, Connecticut and cars on offer range from a diminutive 1915 Briggs & Stratton Flyer to a glorious 1911 Mercer Type 35 Toy Tonneau. The Mercer is still as fabulous today as when it was restored back in 1960 and is a wonderfully original example of the make of car that wa...
Patience pays off with Pakistan Amilcar find
We recently received some pictures from a gentleman in Pakistan who was understandably enthusiastic to share his story. Shahzeb Malik is 32, married with two daughters and has a passion for old cars. He gave his wife a 1961 VW Beetle and were the first couple to participate in Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan (VCCCP) cross country rally in 2011 and have been regular participants since then...
A Page-Adrian Mystery?
Dave Foster from Laoag City (Philippines) sends this friendly letter and intriguing issue regarding a seemingly not identified make of car: "These advertisements cropped up on a Stationary Engine forum I belong to as the Page Gas Engine Co obviously specialised in stationary engines. It is believed that the car only progressed to prototype stage but this is not confirmed. It does seem suprising th...
The Left Hand Drive Delages Mystery
Peter Slootweg is a happy Delage D1 driver. At a recent PAC meeting we met and discussed the fact he has a LHD car. Peter himself wondered about this and so far has not found the answer except for one lead: "From a Delage-acquaintance I received a couple of pictures with Delages from the roaring twenties, all bodied by the house of Chavet. It appears (though I don't know for sure) that the body on...
A Macoco Alzaga Unzue Mercer?
Charles Walmsley: "We hope some smart reader can tell us what car this is, we do not know. Dont know the location either, sorry. This is the Argentine driver playboy Macoco Alzaga Unzue (Indianapolis, Monza, etc) with his co driver Rodriguez Larreta." We may be terribly wrong, but the car has a few features that remind us of an early Mercer which it probably isn't....
What is it? Quiz #394
Like old cars, old movies are restored. This recently happened with a quite famous French ‘artistic movie’ from the early 1920s. We will not yet disclose its title since this will make this week’s quiz too easy (Google and internet…). It was broadcasted recently in Europe and though the story isn't about cars at all (but about unanswered love and things like that) it contains some very nic...
First date on a vintage picnic
Winter is behind us and we have (hopefully) finished the annual maintenance on our old cars ready for summer. There are plenty of events organised for us and our cars, but we hope you will make the most of any good weather by inviting some friends on a picnic. The picture shows the day our writer invited Louise on a (first) date in his 1922 Bullnose Morris Oxford. She brought her daughter a...
Downing Street 10 motoring Mysteries (a far out adventure with RR Silver Ghost Limousine by Hooper)
Today is Election Day in the UK. We don't like to dwell on politics, especially if it's not about our own country, so we limit ourselves to the next car expected. And more important. Which car is depicted here and when? Sender of the photos has no more details. Looks like a Rolls-Royce limousine which is more or less as expected. But what more can you say about it? We just found out here that Art...
Jowett International 2015 Tour in Holland
Donald van Mourik: "Last weekend there was the Jowett world meeting in Schoorl, Holland organised by Dutch Jowett clubmembers. I visited the start of the tour on Sunday morning and it was wonderfull to see these beautiful cars. Even from Finland the couple drove their 0,5 ton truck (photo 2) all the way down to Schoorl. Super!" Find more about Jowett here. Do you have any stories like D...
Resting racers and rusty rollers
Wednesday 13 May is a date to put in your diary because Brightwells are holding their next auction in Herefordshire with buyer's premium at just 10% plus VAT, excellent on-site café, free wi-fi and they are happy to look after your car for weeks after the sale (terms apply). With such a buyer-friendly introduction let us have a look at what’s on offer. How often do you find a Frazer ...
Alfa Romeo Monza built from PreWarCar parts!
Do yo think we are a bit thin on pre-war Alfa-Romeo parts lately? This may be the reason....Chris Leigh Jones writes: "Built over 4 years from parts collected from 14 countries but mainly sourced from New Zealand where a few specialists have a real skill set in reproducing pre-war Alfa parts. It will have a supercharged 6C 1938 2300cc Pescara engine of around 200 BHP when completed this ye...

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