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After 55 years on the road again: 1922 Franklin 'Wind Splitter'
Remember the 1922 Franklin model 10-a V-screen Sedan - the Wind Splitter - found by Larry after 52 years in a one room school house? This was in 2013. Many of us were worried that Larry was going to apply new paint and chrome on the HPOF Franklin sedan. However he stuck to what he found and spent lots of time to get the machine going again. As you can see the engine still look...
Should I add some vitamin to my 1936 Rytecraft scootacar?
Frederick from South Africa wonders which direction to take with his cycle car: "I purchased this cycle car a while ago, it is a mark one with the 98cc Villiers engine. I also have the mark two 250cc Villiers engine, should I restore it back to 98cc or to the 250cc mk 2 version and will it affect the value of this car?"Editor: Well Fred, as they say a car is original only once. You are now o...
The Martians are coming! By Austin Ten
The Canary Islands are a privileged enclave located at the Atlantic Ocean, with the facilities of the European way of life combined with the tropical landscape.. and warm climate. Although it´s one of the regions of Spain, this archipielago has huge South American influences, being one of the most notables of the carnival celebrations. The most famous is the Carnival of Tenerife, at the mom...
Hamilton, New Zealand
Rick Nicolaas writes: "Found some photo's of my birth place Hamilton, New Zealand, around the '20 - '30s. Even at that time and on the other end of the world they had plenty of motor bikes and cars. Most cars were of English make. As a country of the commonwealth it didn't have import duties as other foreign cars manufacturers. Because of the climate many of these cars were pr...
The Spanish Swan Car from the Majorca Carnival
Almost everybody knows about the whereabouts of the famous "Swan Car" discovered in India and now exhibited at the Dutch Louwman Museum. Also in this very same museum can be seen its little sister, the electrically driven Cygnet Baby Swan Car, probably the first car ever made in India.  But what about the swan car pictured above? This photo was taken in Majorca (Spain) during a carnival...
What is it? Quiz #413
You have no idea how much we would like to look under the bonnet of this neat French sports car. It is made by one of those double named French marques that tickle your fantasy and no matter the sound of the name makes you think of good old Britain. These guys made engines you would never think of ! However we are not so sure if this particular car had one of those intricate engines. Probably more...
Pedal cars add to a Glorious childhood
During the recent days and weeks a large number of PreWarCar motoring enthusiasts have been preparing for their annual pilgrimage to Paris for Rétromobile. We therefore hunted high and low for a French 'femme fatale' purring away in a suitable car near the Eiffel Tower. No such luck, but we are pleased to find this picture of a cute young Gloria Vanderbilt whose Mother would take her on freq...
A Delage date for your diary
Louis Delage started his company in 1905 and soon went racing to promote his wonderful cars. Different years - different formulae - different capacity engines. The 1926-1927 Grand Prix formula stipulated 1500 cc engine capacity, single-seat bodies with 80 cm minimum width and a minimum weight of 600 kg for 1926 (700 kg for 1927). Riding mechanics were no longer required, so the engine and gearbox...
How to find the PreWarCar-stand at Rétromobile
The car showing is an interpretation of a never finished 200 HP Fiat 'Land Speed Record Car' project conceived in 1905. Originally the car was designed to use two mated giant four cylinder engines, thus creating a massive straight eight 'avant la lettre' with a chaingang moving in reverse direction (anybody who can explain what may have been the advantage?)The Fiat Land Speed Record car in it...
A 'Dodgy' Mercedes Convertible Saloon
A while ago we posted an article regarding the mix-up of a Mercedes Saloon. It is always a great thing to find out the history and to know the reason why some things happened to a car. This particular car also comes with a great story.Last week we received a message from James Scott Chalmers, who was the former owner of the mystery Mercedes. He told us that when he bought the car, a Dodge 6 cylind...
1920's Motor Garage in Valencia, Spain
William Hearne is avoiding the wet & cold homeclimate and spends the winterdays near Valencia: "June and I always try to get away [when possible] from the U.K. winters. This year we are in Valencia. We find that one sees much more on foot. Yesterday we walked the length of the Turia River Park [around 7 kms]. We came upon this lovely old 1920's Motor Garage. In view of the fact that Barcelon...
A hard to get Church Find (update: 1929/1930 Graham?)
You may have seen this story already in another web location recently. But we thought the find so interesting that we didn't want to keep it from those who may have missed it. by our Rooky Reporter: "If you are the luckiest person in the world, you may snatch up a church full of antique motorcars. I was almost as lucky as that when I found the decaying church which houses a hoard of sleepi...
About Quiz #412: Janemian
The picture in last week's quiz shows the insides of a 1920 Janemaine which has a unique layout and is shown on this page from Motor Age October 1920. Other sources quote a flat twin engine fitted to the early cars with disc wheels which changed later to a V Twin engine and wire wheels. This early disc wheel car has a V Twin of approximately 40° whereas this later wire wheel car has a V Twin of a...
Paris in the spring?
Spring is still far far away, but those who are planning 'to do' Rétromobile next week may think differently. Traditionally the Paris' show will ooze with plans and ideas for the coming season. Clubs, rallies, tours,  races, jumbles, shows and concours present their plans to attract the right audiences. We don't need to present to you the big names. Their marketing budgets reach well into y...
Even More mystery about the DOHC Mystery!
      

Jiri Langer provides us with 'new' old photos of the DOHC mystery engine presented last Tuesday. Despite all 'marine' characteristics (possibly of later date) the engine once was mounted in a full racing car with sophisticated tubular chassis. Check also the B&W thumbnail with transverse front spring. Possibly you recognise the car...

Advertising classics
No need to prove that using a classic for your business is a great way to advertise. Yesterday we gave a recent example at PostWarClassic.com yesterday. It is a coincidence that both are Citroën or is this brand the most romantic and reliable tool to get the message across? Well, at least that is the thought of Michael Kurz. He responded to our call to show your commercially used ...
A mystery DOHC engine? (update: Vanblerck marine?)
   

Jiri Langer sent a few photos of an attractive yet unidentified DOHC engine.  Jiri's estimate is that it is a 1200 cc and he likes to add that some auxiliary parts may be of later date . The engine has no brand markings, stamped numbers or anything. editor: we leave the expert advise to you out there, but our gutfeel says that his is a conversion. Of course we ho...

Monday morning mystery at the opening of Gwelo school hostel in 1911 (update: 1911 Maudslay)
Andre sent us this photo and writes: "The picture shows the arrival of Sir William Henry Milton, then Administrator of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), at the Gwelo (now Gweru) Public School (later renamed Chaplin School), in 1911, to perform the opening of the new school hostel. I would very much like to know what make the car is that he arrived in. Unfortunately only the front of the car is vis...
A not so excellent Excelsior photo?
Matthieu Cuppens from Belgium found this intriguing picture of an unidentified Grand Sport. He wonders if we are looking at an Excelsior racing car. This primarily based on the general appearance and the radiator shape. And of colurse, as Matthieu is from Belgium, and the photo is from Belgium , Matthieu is hoping it is a Belgian made car. Too bad the photo is of such poor quality. Not reall...
What is it? Quiz #412
We were pleased to find these pictures which give such clear detail, but we had to ask our friends what it was. Now we know, but do you? The car was made in France in 1920 and although we don't know how many were made, production was still active in 1923. The unique design incorporates fresh French thinking - rear V twin engine with radiator alongside with connections to each cylinder. We will lea...

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