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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...
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...
Beaulieu Bluebird
When you spend three days at the annual Beaulieu Autojumble,the three fields are mostly filled with men and their beloved motoring stuff. So it was a refreshing surprise to come across Jackie sitting in the Napier-Campbell Bluebird Special which had only recently emerged from the workshop of Lord Lorne Jacobs. Jackie is no stranger to big cars with big engines because her friend Mike Vardy owns t...
A one-pot, four-valve, four-spark Mystery
The Beaulieu Autojumble always will cough up a few mysteries. This time best  of show  in that respect was the engine Yesterdays (antique Motorcycles) put up for display. An extremely well engineered one cylinder,  approximately two and a half feet high. The Yesterday people think it was created around 1910 yet the machine is ultimately modern in many respects so anything is possible. Let's sta...
Drive slow or… (UPDATE: very rare Peuegeot 402 Roadster and yes it's a Ford)
Our friend Fer likes to stroll around on flea markets, jumble sales and car boot sales and manages to find a little treasure every now and then, too. Take this picture for example, discovered at a 'marche aux puces' in Belgium recently. It shows a beautiful Peugeot 402 cabriolet. And it's not on its own. In fact it came in a stack of 10 photographs, all depicting the same, Belgian registered, 402...
The oldies must go to keep the youngsters interested...!?

No less than 47 pre-war and early post-war Fords will be auctioned on October 1 and 2 in the Dutch flowerbulb municipality of Hillegom. They form part of the largest private collection of Fords in the world, the Den Hartog Ford Museum. In 1997 the Den Hartogh Ford Museum openend its doors to the public and in 2002 the Guinness Book of Records granted it official status as world's bigges...

A SCAP afficionado
We'd like to introduce you to a French friend, Monsieur S.C.A.P. Defrasnes. Apart from his everyday vintage Salmson he has a funny hobby on the side. He likes to fiddle around with a car sharing his initials: a 1913 SCAP of the early Type A. Now most of you will know this name as producer of interesting cyclecar engines; few of you will know it as a motorcar manufacturer. Perha...
Adler and others go Antwerp
Next Sunday, on September 14, tourists and travellers walking the serene gardens of Chateau Belvédère near Antwerp, may be rudely awaken by the sound of sputtering and gurgling four-, six- and eight cylinder engines of days gone past as the estate’s gardens will host a range of classic cars entering the 10th Antwerp Concours. Oh – there will surely be some 12-cylinder sounds, too since Ferra...
What is it? Quiz #378
This great colonial style picture found its way to us all the way from Bombay. A reader's friend recently found it and, like ourselves, wondered about the 5 w's: who, what, where, when and why? Well, some of these have yet been answered as it's supposedly taken in Bombay in 1905. As a matter of fact the couple on the photograph may be known, too, as Mr and Mrs J (Jeff?) Duff Blair with their priz...
Beauty and the Bédelia

Back in May we shared with you the story of the 2014 Festival of Slowth – a celebration of cyclecars and their owners. The event was held in the grounds of Llysdinam Hall in Wales, the family home of Sir John and Lady Carolyn Venables –Llewelyn … both avid car enthusiasts and lover of gardens. Today’s subject is Becky and she is head gardener at the Hall. She took ti...

Metropolis motor keeps on rousing readers
There is no doubt that one of the most daring of silent film projects is Fritz Lang's epic 'Metropolis'. One reader writes: "As I have viewed the film over the years, the question of the make and model of the white limousine, used by Freder in the movie, has never been answered." Indeed, the big chauffeur driven landaulette - clearly modified for the movie - remains a Metropolis mystery of the fir...
An Eastbourne Seaside Mystery (UPDATE: 1908/09 Itala?1907 FIAT?)
Nick Graves sent us above picture of his great grandfather William Charles Butler standing next to an impressive machine. Nick writes that the man was a 'motor engineer' in Eastbourne, Sussex somewhere from around 1910 to 1940. His garage was located at 8, Seaside, as his old business card shows (telephone 1005 - love it). The romantic street name - you can hear the sea gulls cry - has meanw...
What will you be bringing home from Beaulieu?
Beaulieu is on our mind! Only a few days away from totally unexpected treasures.  And only a few days away from unexpectedely selling that heap of parts. You'll never know what happens and one thing is sure, whatever you think of Beaulieu, it's never a bore. Like the nearby  sea Beaulieu gives, Beaulieu takes... So what have we got here? A prototype of a Lotus Super Seven van? Well not quite, al...
The World's Fastest (Indian) Cyclecar?
Keith McElroy spotted this sporty cyclecar at Steam & Traction rally at Lake Goldsmith, Victoria, Australia two years ago..! And the mschine is still haunting him. The engine is an aircooled Indian V-twin. Furthermore one can see it is a frontwheel drive. A rather intersting machine We suspect the car is a one-off, and we're sure there are a few friends out there who can tell Keith and a...
Gordon Bennett Balloon Race; follow the flight! (ed.Updated below)

The Gordon Bennett Balloon Race has started last night from Vichy in France. 19 balloon crews took off with balloons filled with hydrogen and the winner will be the pilot who travels the furthest.

The best will stay in the air 70 hours or more open to the elements in a wicker basket. Balloons can only travel where the wind takes them and nobody know...

Hats off - goggles on.

We are lucky to live in this digital age and today we invite you to revisit an old friend we introduced back in 2012. Our picture shows Joan Newton Cuneo in 1911 at the wheel of her Pope Hummer (corr. 1911 Knox) with which she set the woman’s speed record of 111.5 MPH. This was after her previous successes had helped The American Automobile Association  ban women from ent...

The Pierce Arrow must go
What do you do when you find  a superb unrestored 1931 Lincoln Dietrich convertible sedan? No issue for David Schultz, director of the Stan Hywet Concours d'Elegance. He has Lincoln blood in his veins, so he will always choose the 'Lincoln highway'. Even when it will ask for sacrifices in other areas. In this particular case he probably will need to say fare well to the untouched, never resto...
Portugese pumper mysteries
Not a long time ago several interesting fire pumps were exposed at a Portuguese classic car event. The 1930 Citroen C6  (photo 3) or the 1929 Brockway (Photo 4) seem to be fully original while others like the 1929 Buick (photo 5), 1930 Cadillac (photo 6) or 1920s Packard (photo 7) have suffered of deep transformations during the postwars years. The Packard seems to be derived of a grand lux...

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