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A Bentley-London 'Muppet' Mystery?
Louise Browne sends this picture and adds: "This has been sitting on our heart for the last fifty years or so. My father was an engineer and in the past he was a racer and stuntman. I have no idea what this is. I had thought it must be a radiator blanking cap, but I can't seem to find any brass ones. Is this the real McCoy and did it come from a very early model? It's probably really easy so sorry...
A great day at Beamish Steam fair
James sends his report on the recent steam fair: "I have enclosed a selection of pictures taken at the Great North Festival of Transport at Beamish Open Air Museum which took place over the weekend 9th – 12th April, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend will a great selection of vehicles on display. These ranged from my 1925 Morris Oxford through to a 1912 Silver Ghost once owned by Harland & Wo...
What is it? Quiz #393
It's will be the first truly sunny & warm weekend, so we decided to give you an easy one. A very nice havana shaped racing car with not too much engineering efforts on the front part. For those who hate the use of white wall tires (or tyres) this early 1920s racing photo must be an unpleasant revelation... In fact the history of white wall tires is going back to 1914. Anyway don't expect any m...
Students of Amsterdam (UPDATE: 1931 Model A Convertible Sedan 400-A)
Our student days can sometimes be the best days of our lives and when we see nine young ladies crammed into a Model A Ford with ‘mortar boards’ on their heads it tells us they have just graduated and are off to celebrate in the traditional way by throwing them into the air. The building behind is typical Amsterdam School architecture and possibly in the Rivierenbuurt area - can you identify it...
A 1910 'Lobster' SZ Mystery
Well, well, that's not the car you would expect in strong reformed Holland of the early 20th century. It's one of the sporty one cylinder Sizaire Naudin of course (listen to that) and contrary to our expectations the Dutch had an official SZ importer in those years. Ed van de Beek spent his Easter holiday sorting out the photo files of his wife's family and stumbled upon this little gem. Details a...
Reincarnation of a GP Lorraine Dietrich
If you had been at Silverstone last Saturday, you would have had to work your way through a crowd to get a close view of the car causing such a stir. Photographer Stuart Matthews had to wait 30 minutes before being able to take this picture. The focus of attention was a 1909 Lorraine Dietrich – the result of a heroic ten year rebuild by car restorer extraordinaire Richard Scaldwell. Scaldwell to...
A Feuerbach Radiator Mystery (UPDATE: 1912/1913 Apollo)
Bruce Woolley from South Africa: "I was wondering if any of your readers may be able to help with this mystery radiator. I'm hoping to find out from what car it is. I've made a close-up from the plate and took a picture from the top side. The mounting holes are 585 mm 23" and 640 mm 23" high." ...
A delightful Dilambda

Participants  of the 2013  100 Miles of Amsterdam rally may remember this beautifully mellow Lancia Dilambda from its valiant performance in the 2013 event. Although driver Guido Gast didn't manage to hustle the big tourer to the top of the results table, he did walk away with the coveted prize for Most Original Car – not surprising, as the Viotti-bodie...

1899 De Dion Bouton by the Motor Manufacturing Company
Derek Magrath: "I am re-building an 1899 De Dion Bouton 2-1/4HP tricycle which has been in the same family from new. What makes it even more unusual is that it was made in England by the Motor Manufacturing Company of Coventry. It uses a combination of genuine De Dion parts and parts made under licence by MMC - the De Dion bade is displayed on the surface carburettor, and the crankcases have the ...
About Quiz #392: 1927 Induco Landaulet
Quite some French cars had this kind of Rolls-Royce like radiator in the 1920s and several of these were mentioned by the participants in this quiz. But no, it is not a Guilick, it is not a Montagnac (an example of this very obscure make was offered for sale recently in France), it is not a Bignan (not really obscure and with a slightly different radiator), it is not a Ravel, it is not a Jean Gras...
Hop in, Honey
Fresh from Shorpy’s wonderful archive of images comes this picture of a lady looking happy in a Packard. We think it’s a 1923 Phaeton Sports 126 with custom body by Pullman ( or do you know different?) and there are some interesting details to explore in the excellent quality of the 5 X 7 glass negative. We would expect the Packard to sit on its usual solid wheels, the original wheels stud hol...
Dusty treasures in Houston
Worldwide Auctioneers have a treat in store when they offer a long concealed assortment of pre-war, brass era and steam-powered motorcars from the Sawyer's Sandhills Museum during The Houston Classic Auction on April 25th, which runs in conjunction with the Concours d'Elegance of Texas at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa. The collection features a fascinating group of rare and venerable motorcars tha...
1923 Citroen B2 Torpedo, Luxe, Tourism Luxe, Torpedo Sport or...?
Craig Little lives in a citro-dilemma: "In an attempt to clearly define what type of B2 Citroen I own, I have been pouring over the book 'Citroen 10 HP' by Bernard Laurent and Revue Technique Automobile’s Citroen 1919 -1926 in the 'Les archives du Collectionneur'. With minimum ability in French and in far away Australia, the task is not easy. Given many variations in name and details in the ori...
Two-stroke and four-stroke in Essen
Many of you will be aware of the Techno-Classica being held in Essen this week and COYS are holding their next auction on Saturday 18 April at this event. Before we discuss the cars on offer, have a quick look at this 1922 Anzani motorcycle just because it has survived over 90 years without ever being restored and is described as excellent condition. It won’t take up much room and it’s yo...
One Mystery, a Renault, a Citroën and an Opel (UPDATE: Hispano Suiza)
Two weeks ago we showed you a Nash Quad in Holland. From the same man, Tony De Vries, come these pictures, printed from glass negatives - showing in front of De Vletter & Groenendijk in Rotterdam: "I can only identify one of them as an OPEL (last picture below). License plate on the big car is H 14039. Hope you can identify these cars for me."Well we see a nice Edwardian Renault town car. Th...
An Abadal and Amilcar pedal mystery
Jean Pascal is a vivid collector of pedal cars and is asking you to help with some extra information regarding two of his cars: "Who has some information about the above pictured pedalcar that was made to look like a spanish made Abadal? Or regarding this Amilcar made by Medel from Spain? Click here for Jean Pascal's complete collection of pre-war pedalcars.Editor: regarding th...
What is it? Quiz #392
It is a taxi. One of the rarest french cars we have ever seen. To be honest we had never heard about the make before we received this photo of a collector who picked it up at a jumble. Total production over the lifecycle of six years was no more than 50 and probably a lot less. The make produced various types and various bodies and when you hear about the engien they used, you will say 'Ah, sure....
There's a hole in your piston, dear Heidi, dear Heidi...
We introduced you to Heidi last year (click) when she started her ambitious trip around the world in “Hudo”, her 1930 Hudson Great Eight Saloon. She started in July 2014 following (more or less ) in the footsteps Clärenore Stinnes, who made a similar journey from 1927 to 1929. Heidi’s travels have taken her through Eastern Europe, Central Asia, China, South Asia and Australia and it was in ...
White BMW 315/1 with white spots in its history
It is hard to compare a BMW 315/1 with the superfamous 328. Still you will. So let's say it is the 'poor mans' 328... but still a highly attractive car and only on very rare occasions on the market in restoration quality. Currently the pretty roadster is is not road worthy and according to Christoph Grohe it is in need of a ground off restoration. In a way he is right as it is scruffy wherever...
A Brisbane Find: 1924 Crossley 20-70
Frazer Sloan sends a pride report about a rare Crossley he found in Australia: "This Crossley came from Brisbane and I think can be considered 'barn find'. It was the property of the widow of a well known Crossley enthusiast in Australia. I bought it because I couldn't afford a 30-98 Vauxhall! Contemporary road test reports listed it as one of the best sporting touring cars, amongst greats su...

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