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1929 Mercedes S Barker Tourer wows at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
A breath-taking 1929 Mercedes S Barker Tourer swept up an incredibly impressive collection of awards at last weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Among the accolades the 1929 Mercedes received on the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California were the Best of Show, the Jules Heumann Most Elegant Open Car, the Class I Mercedes-Benz Prewar Award and the Gran Turismo Trophy....
In commemoration of Bertha Benz
Bertha Benz; the woman who we all know. An important person in the Automobile History. She is probably the first lady to drive a car, and she 'founded' the first fuel station. In Germany, during the first weekend of August they held the "Bertha Benz Fahrt". This event takes place every two years to honour the first long distance run of a motor car by Berta Benz, wife of Carl Benz, in 1888. T...
Rhodesian hunting party mystery
Another mystery car to start the week. Someone's Dad and Grandad obviously on a hunting trip, with each their own Rhodesian Ridgeback breed hunting dog. However, we would like to know what make the cars are in the photo, although the car with the Salisbury, Southern Rhodesian registration, on the left, is thought to be a Fiat, but of what type and which year?Have a good week!...
A Fast Getaway at Lucky Collector
When Bonnie & Clyde made a hasty exit from one of their numerous robberies, a Ford V8 often provided the much-needed power behind their speedy getaway. It’s therefore no surprise that one of the lots offered by Lucky Collector Car Auctions in Washington on Saturday 26th August will likely prove a hit with those in the hot-rod community. Starring as Lot 553, a 1935 Ford Coupe in gloss aubergi...
About What is it quiz #451: 1911 Peugeot Type 135
Yes, Doug, sorry about the fact that you couldn't enlarge the picture. However if you would have downloaded the picture to your computer and enlarged it there, you wouldn't have missed much detail really. The original wasn't razor-sharp either, which you can check hopefully today … No, it is not a Berliet, which had a much higher bonnet, but a Peugeot indeed, as mentioned by both Craig Gillingha...
Ask for input
We would like to ask you something. PreWarCar is always looking for ways to innovate and improve our website. At the moment we are busy building a new website for you to improve mainly the usability. In this process, we would also like to involve you! Are there features you would like to see differently on the new PreWarCar.com website? Maybe something that needs to be improved, you rather see d...
The ultimate car week; Pebble beach
A Concours d'Elegance, a tour, car auctions, car meetings and various forums, all in only 6 days! Yes, this is Pebble Beach!Something every car enthusiast knows and dreams about, car collectors who hope their car is invited and awarded, sellers who hope their car will bring a few bucks and many many many enthusiasts who hope to see and find their dream car. Pebble Beach and the Monterey ...
A mystery Swedish made veteran.
 

Who knows the maker of this unique Swedish car? I do, but it would be great to have more information concerning handling a car of this age. It´s estimated "date of birth" is about 1907 and builder was mr C.J Molin in Eskilstuna who made bicycles for a living.He had an early interest in those "teuf-teuf"-things so he took a De Dion engine and put into his car fitte...

For the Love of the Alfa
      

I myself have never purchased a vehicle at auction but I’m often found wandering around in these settings, minding my own business, amongst numerous potential car buyers. I’m likely to be spotted in a corner, flicking through the generously illustrated pages of a car sales catalogue, so freshly printed I can detect the familiar ink...

What is it? Quiz #451
Normally with the Whatisit quiz we send you to the dusty corners of your archives with makes many of you may have never heard of. This time the make of the car is a very common (and still existing) one, turning it more into a lesson in identification. Although the photo is slightly hazy, all identification features are clearly visible. I regularly have to deal with material which is far more diffi...
A stretching Bugatti girl
The girls of California love to stretch; sometimes a pole is not available. That`s why this time, she used a Bugatti Type 57 C of 1937 (#57664). This photo was sent in by our Californian reporter, Peter Porsche. And was taken at the end of their monthly car gathering in Novato, called Cars and Coffee. A monthly early morning gathering of car aficionados at the local shopping centre, from 8 ...
Classic-Days at Schloss Dyck: so much to enjoy
Since weeks, I looked forward to the Classic-Days at Schloss Dyck in the Lower Rhine region. And like every year it was a fantastic event. Sadly, I was only able to visit the event on Friday, but at the Classic-Days, I anyway prefer the Friday, as it is not as overcrowded as over the weekend. The Friday started early in the morning and just like every year, you already have nice encount...
Definitely the gentleman about town…
The problem with pre-war photographs of cars is that you can very rarely find anything in colour – unless you go right back to 1898!  This coloured image from that date shows a Léon Bollée Voiturette – but of a rather curious type.  Although clearly being piloted by a dapper gentleman in the streets of the city, it is in fact, according to the caption, a Type de course – or r...
Release the Beast at Mallory!

We are still smelling the burning rubber of the famous Prescott Hill Climb but we are already preparing for the next racing event. The Leicestershire circuit of Mallory Park, famous for its superb blend of challenging corners and motorsport grass roots, is set to come alive this weekend to the sight and sound of numerous pre-war motorcars competi...

A very special Adler 6/25 h.p. in Germany
Wednesday August 2nd 2017), I had the pleasure to witness the start of the "Clärenore Stinnes Gedächtnisfahrt", a memorial run organized by the German Adler-Motor-Veteranen-Club (AVMC) to celebrate the famous trip around the world made by Miss Stinnes 90 years ago in an Adler "Standard 6".The cars started at the Central Garage museum in Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt where the Adler motorcars...
About What is it Quiz #450: SHW-Wagen
Well done, prewarcar.com-readers. Of the five answers, five answers had the correct solution. The car is of course the SHW-Wagen, built by the "Schwäbische Hüttenwerke GmbH", located in Baden-Württemberg. It was presented to the public at the Automobilausstellung-Berlin in 1925. This company was founded just four years before, but the company proudly states, that its origins go back to ...
More Beauty!
Which day is it today? FRIDAY! Most of you who regularly visit the website know what this means. Good looking ladies and beautiful cars! This week the ladies do not seem to be mechanics or part of the family portrait. On this photograph, we see two women in the back of a very fine-looking car. Which we think is a 1917 Studebaker. But who are they and what are they doing there? Quite noticeable is ...
Yes, the world’s most valuable car was indeed found in a junkyard….
Ettore Bugatti was a showman. He had the biggest luxury car, which he had designed at the end of the 1920s. The Type 41 was intended to be the most magnificent car ever created, a car for Kings. Oh sure, royalty had Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Hispano-Suizas and Delahayes but park the Royale next to any of those and they looked small. Plus there were over 400 Duesenberg Model J’s so they were ...
Enemies of the road
In a recent post on early Wolseley racers a device was visible on one of the photos, which is nowadays generally known as a nail catcher. Horseshoe nails, next to glass or pieces of barbed wire, were among the most important enemies of a pleasant road trip during the early years of automobilism. Horses were far more abundant than cars in that time and horses tended to lose these nails on a r...
GN Madness; What could possibly go wrong!!!!
   

Once I realised spending my inheritance on paying off some of the mortgage would save us zero money. Combined with the fact there was a GN coming up for sale in France, I could tell there was trouble ahead. As much as I tried to resist, GN madness prevailed! I negotiated the price to almost affordable and then a deal was struck!So far so good I tho...

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