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A Dutch household Mystery
Moano Spierings asked us if we could identify N-440, a fine veteran car. The car doesn't look like a big mystery to us, yet as we made a zillion mistakes over the years we rather leave it up toyou. Anyway in our view it looks like one of the founding fathers of the coal scuttle hood era. The lid on top, the angled louvres it all seems quite clear. Aside the motorcar. The person at the wheel w...
American Coal Scuttle Hoods after 1905
By Ariejan Bos:Recently I showed you some European coal scuttle bonnets from after 1905. Several reactions made me feel the need for a similar overview for the American industry. A difference with the European industry was that a continuous line between the pre- and after-1905 coal scuttle bonnets (or hoods in proper US language) does not really exist. In 1908 Palmer-Singer produced the Skimabout,...
What is it? Quiz #419
It's very old and it's French.  The two cylinder has an extraordinary design. The manufacturer(s) are from an engineering family. They never made large numbers of cars, yet they were all impressive or very impressive.Well, there's a fair chance that you remember the make by now! So we won't spoil you with even more hints.  But do you also know the type? And even better, can you...
Throwback Thursday: A splendid tow car... (by Kit Foster)
Earlier published nearly fourteen years ago (Christies was still into auctioning cars!)  on the first of August, 2002. Some short notes by our good friend Kit Foster. Super loyal supporter from near the very start of PreWarCar. Not sure if he googled-in or found us by other means. Anyway he helped, advised, corrected(!) and supported PreWarCar.com a zillion times over the years. Kit, thanks a...
Looking for Puls Preselector Gearbox History
 

Even if you never heard about the German company Pulse this may be of interest to you. Especially if you are a fan of the British Wilson or French Cotal preselector gearboxes.  This is what Peter Meyer wrote us:"A few days ago I had a phone call from Dr. Chr. Puls, managing director  of  the company "Puls-Getriebe" in Karlsruhe, South Germany, who i...

Alfa service station on the Mille Miglia
Tuscany is full of surprises; you expect (and for sure get) great food, the exquisite wine and the awesome views. But being an automobile afficionado you want more. Just stopping at a garage during the recce of the Via Flaminia we got in touch with the Franco, the son of the old owner of Autofficina Bellini in San Casciano in Val die Pesa (for that name alone you would go!). As it appears, t...
Guess where is the Ford V-8 (update: 1937 Model 78 Roadster)
Yes, in the main picture there is a 1937 Ford V-8 Cabriolet. And it´s not dismantled or incomplete; the car is in reasonably good conditions. Could you guess where it is? If you don´t believe us please check this picture (2) of a closer view taken after some minutes moving the surrounding stuff. And that´s what I had to do personally. After many visits to this old workshop - open since th...
Lantilly: the French festival of slowth
It is not without humour that the organisers of the Vintage Revival Montlhery are offering another event at the Chateau de Lantilly in the heart of the Nivernais region on 25th and 26th of June.  Their slogan is "Saucisson sec, red plonk and Charentaises (the felt tartan slippers)". It sets the spirit in which the participants are invited to bring the most improbable cyclecars and infernal ma...
About quiz #418: post-1920 TB Thompson Brothers Cyclecar.
The remains of a cyclecar shown in last week's Quiz 418 were not very easy to recognise. The big 'giveaway' in this case was of course the 'Brescia' like radiator. Long time visitors may remember the TB Radiator Mystery. We had loads of response back then, but it must be said that this earlier photo had the TB logo showing which is quite helpful... The project showing last week was photographed ye...
A next generation of Friday Ladies
Element SelectionLast Sunday's article about the Beforty rally produced a lot of response. Also messages from people who's (grand-) children actually get the chance to drive in old cars. A thing we want to encourage.John Memmelaar from Oakland, US sent us a very proud email showing his 13 year daughter who restored a Model T and learnt to drive it properly. Don't worry too much for an encounter wi...
Throwback Thursday: 'The Café Mystery' solved after 11 years!
Very frequently we publish a mystery and very frequently you lot come up with the correct answer. However, sometimes it takes a bit longer, like the solution to this Café Mystery dating back from January 2005, eleven(!) years ago. Ariejan Bos decided to have a look at all our (un)solved mysteries and after a lot of research he came up with the correct answer to this one. It's none of the makes al...
PWC Workshop: making new valves for a 1905 Peugeot
Part of our beloved hobby is the restoration/ maintanance of your old motorcar. Just recently we have started a series of  repair projects under the name "PreWarCar Workshop". In this PreWarCar Workshop report we would like to show you the making of new inlet and exhaust valves for a 2 cylinder 1905 Peugeot Type 125. In this case, I've had 2 broken inlet valves last season (one was on the magni...
Which De Dion-Bouton did Arend find? (Upd. mid 1920s type IW + Vermorel ! )
       

Arend Drenthe found this converted into an 'auto-tractor' car with a De Dion-Bouton engine in it. These conversions were popular in the 30-s to provide small farmers with a motorized help at little cost, as they could not afford a regular tractor.  So they used old 20-s cars and stripped, modified and often shortened the chassis for work in the field.Arend...

Under 40 kids with pre 1940 cars: Beforty Rally !
The Pre-War motoring world is getting older. A big worry to many of us. How to get the attention and enthusiasm of the next generation for the very old cars. In .The Netherlands the problem is not different from anywhere else.  A couple of years ago the Dutch Pionier Automobielen Club came up with the idea to organise an event strictly for people under 40 years old, but drive cars b...
What is it? Quiz #418
 It is a cyclecar. And believe it or not, it is an 'Office Find'. They were found a few years back by one of our most loyal readers. The full story to be expected next week. Be sure not to let deceive yourselves by the Brescia shape  of the radiator. This one was made in the same era but in Britain, not France. The ambitious restorer of these remains will be happy to see that t...
Sporty ladies in the Lumière family
Ariejan Bos recently acquired this most attractive picture of two ladies and their sports car. It seems that like here at the PWC headquarters the wheather is still a bit chilly. And yes without a proper cowl or windscreen a quick drive can be very fresh. Ariejan is analysing the picture below. We only asked about the chassis(?) plate. Is it the makers plate or a body plate of this 1907 La Buire C...
Throwback Thursday: The ultimate barnfind? (+ 2 crated Napiers?)
This feature story was earlier published in 2005. It is part of a looking back on 15 years of PreWarCar history. And Rutger Booy suggested to show this piece as today it is exactly 104 years ago that unsinkable Titanic went down...with at least one magnificent Renault CB Limousine plus maybe several others.  EARLIER TEXT:When we saw this cross-section of the Titanic, we immediately started drea...
Some extremes at Techno Classica 2016
Tucked away in a dark corner of the Techno Classica one could find the best connecting bridge between cars and the dawn of BMW history. The well known beast called BRUTUS was created 20 years ago making use of an early twenties BMW 46 litre V12 bomber engine. In the large BMW stand the connection was a light BMW engined aircraft suspended over early BMW motorcars. It will be 2027 when we ca...
PreWarCar Workshop: pouring Babbitt bearings
Part of our beloved hobby is the restoration/ maintanance of your old motorcar. Just recently we have started a series of  repair projects under the name "PreWarCar Workshop". This week, we like to show you the subject of white metal bearings, brought to you by expert Charles Qua. With his directions and 'secret' tips we managed to pour the babbit of our ow Amilcar. It's no rocket science. 1. ...
Mystery Sunday in Brasil ( upd. Daimler or Excelsior by Henri Labourdette?)
The photo may be of poor quality, not so the large and refined tourer which is the subject of the same snapshot. On board of the attractive boat tailed coachwork we see two couples and three children and we think the situation is still not cramped. But let's start at the front of the car. The low bonnet and 'expanding'cowl give a Daimler-ish appearance. Yet the body looks more like of French origi...

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