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The 1911 Cambridge Supercar Mystery
Derrick Wells sent us this picture and writes: "This is the car that belonged to a friend's grandfather whilst he was up at Cambridge in 1911.  It was thought that it may be a Lancia, but I would be most grateful for a definite identification."Editor: dear Derrick, to be honest, we would eat our Panama hat if this would be a Lancia. Looks more like one of the Benz 90 /100/200 HP chaindriven monst...
How to spend a million dollars at Amelia?
Bonhams are holding their Amelia Island Auction on 12 March at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club and such is the variety of desirable cars on offer, we started dreaming about which ones we would buy if funds were limited to a mere US$ 1,000,000 The 1911 EMF "30" two seat Racer caught our eye for open-air motoring from the brass era. Its dark blue livery and business-like appearance is tempting, ...
A 'sheet-shaker' Tatra 57b 1940
A nice photo of a lesser known Tatra, a 57B of 1940. It made us think of the sheet shakers, a photographic 'pre-adobe photoshop' trick to add a neutral background to a car photo. Mocci Demartis, collector from Sardinia - mentions not only the rarity of the car. This one was used by the germans as a personel car in WWII (in military 'grau' of course) and later was kept in the Resistance ...
Old Romanian aristocracy enjoying a Diatto?

Hey, don't you think this is a nice soft focus Sunday shot? Ken Skuse sent it and writes: "I am an Englishman ex RAF who came to Romania in 1993, and stayed on as an NGO having inherited 100 orphans, and as you see I am still here. I came across a photograph that I could not resist, in the archives of a collector in a town called Bistrita Romania, at least fifteen years...

What is it? Quiz #389
It's a very rare edwardian beauty. Saying it has an imposing radiator is an understatement. It's massive! Still behind all that you will not find more than a two cylinder engine, which is quite capable by the way. When you pick up your Georgano or similar you can limit yourselves to the cars made in the US, more specific Pennsylvania. Although the marque didn't live much longer than 10 years they ...
Miss Stapel says Goodbye to a 1935 Adler Trumpf (update: or Favorit?)
It is always pleasing to be able to share with you pictures from family motoring albums taken by previous generations and today is the next one from Hugo Modderman, our vintage car expert friend who has premises in Monaco and Rotterdam. He inherits his passion from his father who obviously had good taste – not only in cars. The picture shows a beautiful girl happy to oblige when her Father, Mr...
Won in a wager – 1929 Talbot-Darracq K74
Imagine the scene: the early hours of 1st January, 1948. The new year's celebrations have begun to subside, and the focus has turned to a game of cards. Perhaps suffering the effects of a little too much festive spirit, one player makes a high bet – the ownership of his Vintage motor car, a 1929 Talbot Darracq. Of course, he loses his hand. The winner thinks nothing more of it until several hour...
Old collection and 'cave' finds at Clasicauto Madrid
Since 20 years Clasicauto Madrid is one of the major motoring events of Spain. One pavillion with three floors of which one is solely dedicated to cars, while the other two are full of stands with parts and automobilia. This year - contrary to the usual picture - the most interesting vehicles present were pre-war machines. The most striking was the Bugatti T30 shown at the stand of Pueche and whic...
220 Miles to attend a boring meeting
Last Sunday we attended the year meeting of the Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club. Who wants to talk about event evaluations, member contributions, year reports, financial prognose of a club and all that? The good news is that the club spirit is that good, that due to good leadership the boring part of the meeting was hammered away in a few minutes more than half an hour. So that the best pa...
The Pub Taxi Mystery (update: 1903 White, Model C)
Luke Collison: "This photo was recently found. It is believed to be the first taxi in Aberyswyth Cardiganshire in about 1915. Local records show 29EJ is registered as a 1917 Overlander(?) 12 HP Towing model 75 Blue 4 seater, but I am not convinced this is accurate. Could it even be a steam car given the very square front and bonnet? My great grandparents are in the photo and I believe it is outsid...
The heartbeat of the Finland winter

Recently we received this amazing winter picture from Seppo Asikainen. As we only received a very small version we first thought it is a drawing or the result of photoshop training sessions. As we were intrigued we asked Seppo to give us some explanation... This is what Seppo answered: "The image is real. It has been photographed 27 F...

About Quiz #388: 1923 Hispano Suiza pace-car "Aerodynamic Terramar Special"
Last week quiz was apparently too difficult for most of you. We have received only two answers… and both correct, but with a difference: One was completely correct, while the other one said mistakenly “only two cars were produced”. But sorry, this car a one off. Built in 1923 for the opening day of the sensational Terramar Oval Circuit (located just outside Sitges, near Barcelona)...
Auto drama in Autódromo
Next week sees the publication of the tenth issue of Autódromo, the superior classic car magazine from Spain, and on its front cover we see El Professor Ignacio Barraquer standing proudly beside the magnificent Mercedes Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier which he bought new in 1938. The lady seen sitting in the Alfa Romeo RL ‘Targa Florio’ is his wife Josefa and we suspect her expression and her polk...
A Komnick van in Danzig?
Mateusz found this old photo from Central Hotel in the Pfefferstadt street in Danzig (now Gdansk) in Poland. He also found this car dealer plate connected to the same street. It is a dealership for Komnick, DKW, Opel and BMW. A Komnick dealer? Yes sure Komnick! So the question from Mateusz is as simple as ever. What could be the make of car showing up here in front of the hotel. It could be Ope...
A Maserati gearbox Mystery (Update: no Maserati gearbox!?)

This interesting gearbox came in with the parts adverts last week. It intrigued us immediately. How to date this box without being an expert? Well much larger you cannot depict the Maserati logo so that's a start. So yesterday we started to google for the Maserati trident logos. And then the mystery thickened. Although you can find the logo in a thousand varieties they never look like this on...

"It's him! Same ears!"
Sorry that we let you wait so long! After 'Edition 5000' came out on January 10 a small avalanche of great photos, stories ...and more came in. So many that we had to wait until today before we were ready with publishing and telling you about the results! Yet today we like to let you know about the winners of the Edition 5000 competition. An amazing load of e came in. It only confirmed to us...
Greetings from Luang Prabang, Laos
We love pictures from old cars, shot in remote places. Hans van der Putten sends this solid piece of garden furniture: "Remainders from the french colonial past rot away in a hotel garden near Luang Prabang (Unesco Heritage), on the banks of the Mekong river." Laos was under french colonial power and 'protectorate' until 1953 which makes you think the Citroën truck should be dated earlier. We ma...
One of six 1927 Packard Touring cars made for the British market.
   Steve McDonald from Florida (USA): "My investigation reveals that Packard built six RHD model 343-290 long wheel base touring cars for the English Market. This is one of the six, built in early 1927. I was recenty contacted and told that mine is the only remaining of the six. (I invite disagreements as part of any historical learning process if my facts are incorrect.) After manufactu...
What is it? Quiz #388
A serious racing car of a famous make, yet not very well known for racing. This car appeared in the early twenties at one of the famous banked oval circuits of Europe. From our source we know that not too much is written about this particular car, yet that it's known and derived from a well known sportscar / tourer of the same era. Sorry but we will leave it with this, the racing experts will ha...
Damsels in Delage
Now that the razzmatazz of Paris has died down, let’s travel to the South West of France to a place called Saumur beside the River Loire. Let us also ignore the fact that it is Friday 13th today and concentrate on tomorrow’s date – Valentine’s Day. Photographer H. Armstrong Roberts captured this romantic image in 1928 of two girls deep in conversation and we are left to guess at the subje...

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