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A Dutch-German coproduction of the early 1920s

 

 

Take a close look at the photo. At first sight it may look like an ordinary luxury car but in fact, it is an ambulance. We don’t know exactly when this luxurious automobile was transformed into a utility vehicle, but we do know that the car is a Spyker C4, built....

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About Quiz #441: A circa 1913 Diederichs taxi

 Although originally involved in the weaving industry, the Diederichs brothers already early had an interest in mechanical transport. In 1878 they built a steam tricycle followed by the development of a heavy oil engine which they showed....

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David and the three girls.
When we found this picture we, of course, smiled at seeing the girls enjoying themselves with the car, but it was the car that jogged our memory back to December 2014 when we learned all about the 'David' Cyclecar in an article in The Automobile magazine. We confess we .......
Matching Numbers!
How much? And is the car matching numbers?These are (too) often the first questions asked when amateurs (I prefer to use the French word “amateurs” because I want to underline the meaning of the word in English) approach me about a.......
‘La Belle Epoque’, an important period in the car history
Throughout its history, the automobile has known a certain period in which progress, renewal, and development grew significantly.  This period in French and European history is called ‘la Belle Epoque’ (19th century-WWI) and can be characterised as a period of.......
Made in Beaulieu: 1913 Lion Peugeot V4D
Hans Compter, known from these pages as perhaps the largest source for parts of vintage cars is now looking for parts himself. Last year he acquired the depicted 1913.......
A French (?) Monday Mystery Coupé de Ville
I am not sure whether the magnificent Coupé de Ville on the attached photo is really a mystery to other prewar car enthusisast - at least it's one to me. My gut feeling tells me it might be a car from a French manufacturer. Maybe fellow enthusiasts from across the .........
The history of racing cars: Early underslung racers
In a previous post on the history of the underslung car in Europe I had expected comments as I had omitted the earliest examples: in the racing world the concept had been applied already much earlier. In fact, the first, though only partly underslung car was the 1899 Amédée Bollée racer, which competed in the Tour de France of that year. These racers with bathtub-like bodies had a very ...
What is it? Quiz #441

Textile and textile-producing machines were the core business of the manufacturers of this taxi with nice round radiator. Cars and engines were their hobbies and only a very small number were made. In fact you see more than 1 percent of the entire output. And although the driver indicates that his cab was free, the chance of getting a ride would have been very smal...

A pioneer lady driver, Lucie Dasse
Lucie Dasse, a pioneer lady driver Looking at period pictures of old cars, one sometimes wishes to have been born 100 or more years ago, to have eyewitnessed the birth of the motorcar. Or even have participated its inception...  In Belgium, it would have helped if you were a hands-on person not only in the obvious cities with long-time experience in engineering like Liège (FN), Ant...
The most complete Rolls Royce collection?
Just live your passion,this is what Miguel de la Via must have thought in the eighties after a successful business career.Being a car lover he started with the fundamentals for any collection; (re-) building a castle to host the collection. Near Bilbao he entirely restored the 14 th century Loizaga Tower and build a castle around it. In the year 2000, the job done, he set out to live his hob...
PreWar Workshop: Casting a cylinder head

As most people in the hobby know, a large portion of the pre-war car enthusiasm is sourcing or repairing parts which have been worn out or destroyed in some other way.In this case, it’s a cast-iron cylinder head which has been repaired over and over again over the years. Last time, David Palmer of Cast Iron Welding Services Ltd did a fabulous repair on it, which last...

Unic tourer on a mystery trip...
This time, I would like to share a prewar car photo from my collection where the identification of the vehicle - or at least its manufacturer - was no problem. "Unic" it says on the radiator, which refers to the company founded in the western suburbs of Paris in 1905 by a certain George Richard who had been building race cars since the turn of the century. Unic appears to have offered a rang...
Three Neighbours in Paris
Retromobile-Paris: I think, I mustn´t tell you, that the "Retro" is the most fascinating anually show for vintage car enthusiasts?! As we all have been there or at least read about this years edition and seen many pictures of the show, here are my personal highlights, that of course are the three mouth-watering Voisin. Before I entered the show, I only heared rumors, that Christoph Grohe "m...
About What Is It Quiz? #440
Last week's quiz was sent in by an owner of the car featured. Mr. Reinhard Bauer won the PostWar Christmas Quiz and was kind enough to come up with a quiz himself. The car that was subject of this quiz is a 1934 Prage Baby Cabrio. A beautiful Czech built car. We received 6 answers. According to Jaroslav Exner it was not a very difficult quiz. He responded with "I think, that everybody kn...
A rare 1907 Mieusset
Some weeks ago on Ladies' Friday I showed you a lady at the wheel of a Motobloc. In another image the same lady was seen standing beside a car, of which the left wheel was just visible. Above you can admire the full picture: it is a Mieusset, and although the license plate dates from late 1906 it is the new 1907 model. Established in Lyon Mieusset was one of these makes, which operated in t...
This weekend at Amelia Island: eclectic collectables
Those who will be visiting the Amelia Island Concours and preluding festivities are now running in circles if they like to attend all auction previews and sales. As usual Bonhams (offering a fine mix) and Gooding & Company (concentrating on mostly 'modern' cars)  are of course present. RM Sotheby's has decided to add to the joy and pre auction stress by organising not just one but two a...
My fathers first car: a 1938 Opel Olympia

Rothaar-Mountains 1956: My father, 17 years young and a real automobile aficionado, is on a visit at his cousin´s farm where he was told, that a new car, a Mercedes 170 S-D will be bought. And immediately he starts to dream about buying his cousins old car, an Opel Olympia, built in 1938. He could drive to school with his friends, and that as a pupil in a decade, even most teacher...

Ruby or Chummy: it sure will give you a smile
The car every classic car enthusiast knows. Many have owned one themselves, most likely as (one of) their first car(s). The car we are talking about is the one and only Austin 7. At the Brightwells auction tomorrow, there will be 2 lovely Sevens on the block. Austin is in the first instance developed to meet the needs of young families. Making motor cars accessible for everyone at all levels of so...
Mystery Monday: an Edwardian car
Chris Capes-Baldwin sent in this fantastic Monday mystery. The photo was taken in Belfast, Northern Ireland, probably in 1914. The man at the wheel is Walter Macklin. After the Great War Macklin went on to be a works rider for the Scott Motorcycle company and ultimately ran a well known BMC Workshop. The photo was submitted on behalf of his grandson.This shouldn't be a difficult one; a very recogn...

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