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The Three Graces.
Antonio Canova's neoclassical statue 'The Three Graces' is said to depict the three daughters of Zeus - Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia who represent beauty, charm and joy.  The statue came to mind when we saw the picture of Hannah, Jessica and Annie taken at Chateau Impney's Hill climb recently. As the three young ladies posed beside their favourite cars before going in to the saturday evening bal...
PWC Workshop: to electronic or not to electronic?
More and more classic cars have electronic ignition (some pre-wars even electronic petrol injection!). There are great fans and there is strong opposition. So we throw the 'dead cat' on the table and show you the how to and love to gauge your opinion either pro or con...Altough not original, one can have its reasons why to equip his car with this modern part. Today we would like to give you some e...
Is it an Ansaldo or a Mystery?
Leonhard Thomas sends this photo of a fine vintage  roadster; with dickey seat?Leonhard adds: "On the reverse of the photo is written ' note the difference  in complexion of the 'southerner ' and the 'northerner ' ! I do hope you can ID this vehicle.  I think Ansaldo. "Well Leonhard, let's see what our highly knowledgeable visitors have to say in this matter. Regarding differen...
The Karachi Rooftop Rolls Find
Man, are we lucky to be in the first position to see things like this. We nearly dropped from our chair when we saw the first pics that came in through Shahzeb, our Pakistan friend since last year's 4C Beijing-Shanghai Rally. He wrote: "Found on the roof of an old high-rise apartment in Karachi, Pakistan. "Without having seen it with own eyes, we think we look at a 1925-ish 20HP Tourer. Our R...
Celebrating 15 years of PWC in the wet
To celebrate fifteen years of PreWarCar there was a small reception during the Concours d’Elegance at Het Loo. And when we say it was in the wet, we mean that quite literally, as it was wet outside the PreWarCar stand as well as inside. While the rain poured down, several bottles of bubbles were opened to toast Joris’ continuing effort to bring us our daily dose of both prewar and postwar st...
A Rolls Royce Binder Mystery
Car historian Timo Laitinen from Finland sends us this old advertisement. This Rolls-Royce Phantom II was shown in the 1936 Paris Motor Show (Autocar Oct 9, 1936).  Maybe Cord had given some ideas for styling...? The text says: "After being on exhibition for two days this car was withdrawn". What happened to the futuristic looking Rolls with Binder body?...
PWC Workshop: making a speedometer drive
MAKING OF A P/N - TYPE RIGHT ANGLE SPEEDOMETER DRIVEDid you know that Jay Leno makes parts for his older cars using the same process I do? I'm sure he started this method before me, but he has a deeper wallet! I was fortunate in having received an original speedometer drive with my PB. The housing was all cracked and nothing turned but all the pieces were there for me to recreate it. My ...
Keeping her barn fresh or give the full monty?
When people see a derelict example of a car they like,  it immediately fires their imagination in one of two ways :  either to give the old girl a bare-chassis rebuild, or confine their work to a mechanical refurbishment and lovingly retain as much patina as possible.There is just such a car in Brightwell's sale being held tomorrow in Herefordshire - a 1933 Alvis Speed 20 SA Vanden Plas Tourer w...
A Giza Tourist Mystery (update: Panhard & Levassor )
Mahmoud Ezzeldin sends this beautiful photo showing a mystery Laundaulet making a tourist photo stop near the pyramids of Giza (or Gizeh). More precise, it looks like it is the north face of the Great Pyramid (compare the main entrance as shown on G-Earth). From the shadows we can deduct this must be late afternoon. Of course all this doesn't help to identify the motorcar in the picture. The flat...
Direct heritage of iconic marques forever gone.
Direct automobile links of econic marques forever gone ? Messier-Bugatti-Dowty & Hispano-Suiza  become Safran.The French aerospace giant Safran recently published a press-release explaining that Hispano-Suiza is now renamed Safran Transmission Systems and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty now is  Safran Landing Systems. Possibly not everybody realises, but the names Bugatti and Hispano-Suiz...
What is it? Quiz #424
This car was especially designed for competition in a country, where reliability trials were thought to be more effective for car development than road racing. One of these trials was held during a number of successive years and had rigid rules with respect to engine as well as body dimensions. Hence these trials influenced strongly car design and especially aerodynamics. The name of the trials li...
Sprints, smiles and silver linings
The photo captures all elements in a nutshell. Great cars from the early days of motoring, vintage, pre-war, post-war and smiling girls. Sprints on the palace driveway and dark clouds plus lots of silver lining over a superior location. This was last weekend's Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo. Large crowds didn't let themselves defeat by massive showers, luckily limited to the morning hours. Not...
3 Free Invitations for the Antwerp Concours d'Elegance
Greg Mackie from Australia was kind enough to send a photo of his magnificent 1924 Minerva AB in response to our recent search for great unrestored cars. Too bad he was not in the position to send over the car for last weekend's show, but we are very grateful that he took the trouble to share the photo with us. Like the owner the car is very much unrestored and still kicking. Perhaps he will recon...
Unusual wheels for Citroën (update: made by D.F.)
Craig Little is a very active restorer and highly knowledgeable with twenties Citroëns. Still he will stumble over small and larger mysteries form time to time. Like this one:"I recently aquired these wheels and think they mey be worth of investigation. They come attached to a pair of B2 Citroen type front hubs which  are fully equipped  with the readily recognised Citroen aluminium whee...
A Vintage underdog

If you happened to be in Presteigne for the VSCC's Welsh Weekend back in 2014, you will probably recognise the car pictured here. It was parked up in the High Street, drawing a crowd of curious and confused onlookers. If you weren't there, chances are you will struggle to identify the large, understated coupé.

The radiator...

About Quiz #423 - 1913 Meteorite
The car in last week's quiz is a 1913 Meteorite and this image of another 1913 model helped us identify the date - the registration numbers being just 5 digits apart. Initially named Meteorite Motors Ltd. until 1921 when they re-named the company Meteorite Cars Ltd which finally closed in October 1924.The company concentrated on making munitions during WWI and in 1919 the works was taken over by ...
What did you keep of the last 15 years?
Sorry chaps, the results of last week's quiz will be published tomorrow due to the nature of this special day. Dig up some memories and have a good chance to win one of 15 nice prizes. Today it is exactly 15 years ago that PreWarCar went online: Monday, July 2, 2001. Yeah, the years flew by like nothing, still one or two things happened over time. But no worries, after 15 pre-war and 15 post-...
A Drophead Polka Dot Mystery ( update: 1936 Hanomag Rekord Cabriolet?)
She comes out with a cheeky smile to the observer, well to the photographer.  We found the scene at a marketplace where nobody wanted her as the car is both unknown and only part visible. We have a slightly different view on things. We have a soft spot for polka dots and unidentified cars. Maybe you can help us with the last bit. No matter the british appearance of the car it is a photo shot prob...
Throwback Thursday: Sonia Delaunay finally in 3D ?!
Over the last 15 years we have published three times about the fabulous avant garde designs of Sonia Delaunay;  in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015. So is today's fifth publication perhaps somewhat superfluous? Not! We'll never find the proof that our publications are inspiring  but fact is that coming weekend a unique hommage to the work of Sonia will drive up to the PreWarCar stand at Concour...
PWC Workshop: remaking a 'minor' radiator fitting
Bob Ward from Australia sends his latest project. He is working on a 1935 Hudson 8 cyl roadster. The problem with his car was that the cast iron fitting attached to the radiator top tank has rotted and is irrepairable. Also there is little chance of obtaining a usable replacement so he decided to make one of a block of steel using a manual lathe and mill.  And so he did. 10 Kilogram...

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