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The new Oldsmobile; the F-series
For 1928 Oldsmobile introduced its 'F' series of automobiles.  The cars featured a longer chassis with a 113.5 inch wheelbase and larger more powerful flat head six cylinder  engine with 197 cubic inches putting out 55 horsepower at 2700 r.p.m.. These differences set the line apart from its predecessors. The series featured twelve different body styles including this fully restor...
What is it Quiz #437 The 10 mistakes of raising chickens.

Raising chickens can be a very rewarding process. Besides providing you with fresh eggs, it can also be a teaching resource for your children and a way for you to become self-sufficient. There are a few mistakes that people, however, make when they first start raising chickens.

I came across a website about raising chickens, when I searched for a c...

Spotting pre-war cars at InterClassics show
Last weekend, the InterClassics show was held in Maastricht. It was the first big European car show of 2017 and what a great way to kick off the season! At the PreWarCar.com-PostWarClassic.com stand, we were happy to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and see some of the most amazing cars that were on show: from the extremely impressive Facel Vegas to Ferrari's through the years. What we at ...
A famous Humber racer in retirement
  

A famous Humber racer in retirementAn interesting series appeared in the Autocar of 1910 and 1911 under the heading: Famous cars in retirement. Cars and especially racing cars often received a second life because of their outstanding performances: maybe not enough for the real work anymore, but still enough to impress in daily life. A nice example is this Bee...

Mystery Benz look-a-like
From around 1912 until the mid-1920s cars featuring v-shaped radiators were all the rage in Germany. In particular, the characteristic radiator masks introduced by Daimler and Benz before WW1 were copied by many manufacturers including Duerkopp and Opel in Germany, as well as by Puch and Steyr in Austria. The attached car in the photo from my collection shows another of these Benz-lookalikes...
Best Snowmobile in the world?
Richard Biddulph, the man behind Vintage and Prestige Cars is a real classic car enthusiast. He sent us some snow pictures of him and his Rolls. This is the way to use 'the best car of the world', isn't it?Motoring back from Dublin a couple of years ago in minus 5 degrees.  Took the boat from dublin to holyhead then drove the A5 through Wales acting like I was on the retreat from Moscow ...
About What is it Quiz #436: A circa 1913 Luxior
Five answers, of which 3 jury members (Fried Stol, Alan Spencer and Robbie Marenzi), all sent in Luxior as the solution. Malte Jürgens and Christof Vandenburie were the other two. And they were all correct, because that is what it is: a circa 1913 Luxior.The conspicuous wheel hub was a feature on PreWarCar some time ago. Apart from the 1913 chassis to which this wheel hub belongs, only a 1912 doc...
Fräuleins fettling on friday 13th.
When a reader asked for help identifying the car above, we quickly thought it would be an easy and fun piece of detective work.  One caption mentioned Bugatti, and then a friend who knows a thing or two about Alfa Romeos got all excited and suggested it may be a long lost Alfa P2 with road-going bodywork ( because of the distinctive filler caps.)  The same enthusiast then wondered about a Jano d...
A front wheel drive mystery?
We received this photo from Peter Skofic, who is curious to know more about the car: "At the first glance the car looks like Citroen but what puzzles me at this particular car is the front suspension, especially on its left side which makes me thinking about front wheel drive. This photo was made in Maribor (Slovenia) in 1960 at the ceremony when fresh students got "baptized". The picture wa...
A great car guy left to Four Wheel Heaven
Farewell Jan! Your knowledge but more important your charm will be badly missed in the Old Car World. Jan Bruijn, most of you probably know him through his showroom of  Style-e-Auto in the north of The Netherlands. But Jan was much more than a man buying and selling cars. His education at the Design Academy of Eindhoven is visible in everything he did and what he left us. No wonder that ...
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
As we perused the lot list in Worldwide Auctioneers sale at Scottsdale on January 18th, we started to weigh up two British beauties to see which we might prefer.The 1937 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre Fixed Head Coupe is a coveted 'one off' example with particularly striking Coachwork by Park Ward. The original owner was one Miss F. Pickles, who is understood to have at first desired a Drophead Coupe, but soo...
Snowed-under mystery car
Our comrades "down under" might not particularly appreciate it, but I'd like to present this photo from my collection showing two snowed-under cars which was taken in March 1940 in Lebanon (!). You have certainly noticed the writing "Palace Hotel Becharre" on the photo.  Even people in the Northern hemisphere are hardly aware of the fact that snow is not that unusal in mountainous areas...
PreWar Christmas Quiz 2016: the results!
Thank you very much for all the New Year wishes. Judging from your comments you had as much fun solving the quiz, as we had putting it together. It wasn’t too difficult, as almost all of the responses were correct. We asked for only the names of the marques that were named after an historical figure, but many also gave us the model names. For those few with incorrect answers this is what you sho...
What is it? Quiz #436
A well-dressed couple in a small French torpedo, just before the Great War. The make was only a footnote in car history and its existence like so many others was cruelly ended by the war. The car was rather conventional on the inside, but its name radiated light and luxury, like the environment in which they were driving. Interesting is the unique shape of the wheel hubs, which you could have seen...
The radiator keeps the ladies warm
When the Oldsmobile Company wanted to promote their car in 1920, ( we think it's a Model 45-B ) they asked two cheerful ladies to dress up warm so they could photograph them sitting on the wings ( fenders) of the car.It is not particularly clean, so perhaps it was an impromptu photo session after the occupants were taken by the beauty of Rock Creek Park ?Either way, the ladies look warm enough clu...
Is this 'special' up to the Bentley standard?
Specials: the beginning of endless discussions in the classic car world. Some time ago, we had such a discussion with JP from Victorycars and he told us about a Bentley special that he had on his stock list. To be honest, we were not immediately convinced, so he invited us over to take the special for a spin and experience the car first-hand.    The basis of the car is a 1938 Ro...
PreWarCar Workshop: An exploding dynamo
When you start up your beloved vintage machine and the ampere-meter reads a steep discharge, something might be going on with your charging device (when equipped!). In this case, I wanted to check the status of this dynamo and took of the brush cover to see what I would find.Well, if you find what you see in the picture on the right, something did fail. In my case, the commutator had come loose an...
An early Belvallette car body

This 1891 Panhard & Levassor dogcart was one of the first cars of the famous make and probably used by Hippolyte Panhard himself. In P&L code the type was a P2C of 1.5 H.P., in which the P stands for the Daimler engine, the 2 for the 2 cylinders (in V) and the C for chain drive. The car was not only bodied, but practically built by the well known coachbuilding firm Belvallette frères. Their o...

New Years Resolution
The New year has started, new plans are made and also new goals are set up. Leif Ortegren has sent us this Pope Waverley Electric advertisement which says it all. The message is: I am resolved; which we changed a bit:I am resolved that I will not allow my business to crowd all the joyouness out of my life during the coming year.I am resolved that I shall give myself and my family all the happiness...
Wishing you heaps of Motoring Fun in 2017 !
Isn't that a great start of the year! A Mitchell racing machine idling while posing for the photographer after a good day at a dirt track (note the mud/snow chains).  May we say that the car is showing off in fine pre-concours condition? When you click the photo can also better see the ergonomics cread for the driver. The seat tilted backwards and the steering column lowered, both also good f...

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