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What will you be bringing home from Beaulieu?
Beaulieu is on our mind! Only a few days away from totally unexpected treasures.  And only a few days away from unexpectedely selling that heap of parts. You'll never know what happens and one thing is sure, whatever you think of Beaulieu, it's never a bore. Like the nearby  sea Beaulieu gives, Beaulieu takes... So what have we got here? A prototype of a Lotus Super Seven van? Well not quite, al...
The World's Fastest (Indian) Cyclecar?
Keith McElroy spotted this sporty cyclecar at Steam & Traction rally at Lake Goldsmith, Victoria, Australia two years ago..! And the mschine is still haunting him. The engine is an aircooled Indian V-twin. Furthermore one can see it is a frontwheel drive. A rather intersting machine We suspect the car is a one-off, and we're sure there are a few friends out there who can tell Keith and a...
Gordon Bennett Balloon Race; follow the flight! (ed.Updated below)

The Gordon Bennett Balloon Race has started last night from Vichy in France. 19 balloon crews took off with balloons filled with hydrogen and the winner will be the pilot who travels the furthest.

The best will stay in the air 70 hours or more open to the elements in a wicker basket. Balloons can only travel where the wind takes them and nobody know...

Hats off - goggles on.

We are lucky to live in this digital age and today we invite you to revisit an old friend we introduced back in 2012. Our picture shows Joan Newton Cuneo in 1911 at the wheel of her Pope Hummer (corr. 1911 Knox) with which she set the woman’s speed record of 111.5 MPH. This was after her previous successes had helped The American Automobile Association  ban women from ent...

The Pierce Arrow must go
What do you do when you find  a superb unrestored 1931 Lincoln Dietrich convertible sedan? No issue for David Schultz, director of the Stan Hywet Concours d'Elegance. He has Lincoln blood in his veins, so he will always choose the 'Lincoln highway'. Even when it will ask for sacrifices in other areas. In this particular case he probably will need to say fare well to the untouched, never resto...
Portugese pumper mysteries
Not a long time ago several interesting fire pumps were exposed at a Portuguese classic car event. The 1930 Citroen C6  (photo 3) or the 1929 Brockway (Photo 4) seem to be fully original while others like the 1929 Buick (photo 5), 1930 Cadillac (photo 6) or 1920s Packard (photo 7) have suffered of deep transformations during the postwars years. The Packard seems to be derived of a grand lux...
A $200 American Dream
Auctions are wonderful opportunities to dream, and we all need our dreams. We must believe that dreams can come true and so when deciding which one car to buy at the 7th annual Auburn Auction held by Worldwide Auctioneers on Saturday August 30th in Auburn, Indiana (Labor Day weekend) we are faced with a difficult decision. One man whose dream came true is Virgil Sciolaro who always admired h...
A long weekend Mystery (Update: 1918-19 De Dion Bouton v8? 1913-20 FN? Minerva? Vauxhall?)

Alain Legrand sends this photo that was shot in Belgium around 1920-1925. It seems the couple depicted just has returned from a long weekend or similar. There's still some luggage waiting in the gravel behind the automobile. A lady passenger is bringing in her luggage to the big house. The car seems nearly new and of american making if we're correct. An interesting detail is the nearly total ...

Killing the AV Monocar gremlins
Back in 1919, a new British Cyclecar appeared on the market. The AV was manufactured by Ward and Avey in Middlesex between 1919 and 1924. One of the more successful cyclecars, it was based on a design bought from Carden and built in the factory they had previously occupied. The first model produced was a mono-car and I was recently invited to drive the only road going example. The V-twin JAP...
What is it? Quiz #377
This beautiful Brooklands rocket is a racer of ill fame. Developed for the 1100 cc class with complicated twin cam engineering ahead of it's time it wasn't very successful. Twin overhead cams and tubular conrods were some of the features of the car that was partially based on the equally complex production car with Italian genes.In order to have a chance of winning the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt t...
Lady in Racing (update: 1919 Eric-Campbell 10 h.p.)
The lady you see smiling from the seat of her car is Violette Cordery – or Violet for short. The car is a 1926 Invicta and it was this marque with which she was closely associated. Her eldest sister, Lucy, was married to Noel Macklin who founded The Invicta Motor Co. After Macklin was wounded in WW1 he employed Violet as his driver and that started a long and successful period of motor sport fo...
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Oily Rag Ford returns to the road
With The Automobile's event exclusively for unrestored cars, the Oily Rag Run, drawing ever nearer, it seems like the perfect time to take a closer look at a truly Oily Rag conservation story. This rare 1935 Ford 22hp coupé was found by owner David Acon in 2012 in the USA. Discovering it was originally an English-market car, he bought the Ford and had it shipped back home. Instead of emba...
What colour to choose for George Roesch's finest saloon?
This is about the dilemma of Stewart Wilkie. While restoring his Talbot Saloon (hear-hear!) he has arrived at the point where he needs to decide about colour. Stewart adds: "Very few of the type 110 saloons have survived as they were broken up for racing spares or converted into racing specials. Even more rare than the standard saloon is the James Young creation. Two were made and only one s...
Art-deco Ruxtons overwhelm at Pebble Beach
Right. Holiday is over and we’re going back to work. Well, okay – just one more look back at Pebble Beach before we do just that. Now, there was quite a lot that impressed. How about a Bentley Speed Six with drophead coupe body by Saoutchik. Yes – a Bentley! Or that gorgeous little 1913 Peugeot L45 racer in between all that big machinery and century-old BIS Mercedes racers.But it’s ...
Pebble Beach 2014: “The most interesting, breathtaking, swoopy cars ever built”
Concourses d’elegance will never get rid of all their stigmas about piano-gloss paint jobs shining deeper than the Kaspian sea and waxed tyres on glass plates. But then you may like to know that Pebble Beach – the concours of concourses that took place yesterday – every year submits their participators and their vehicles to the ‘Pebble Beach Tour d’elegance’ – a 65 mile drive along t...
Monster - A different kind of hot rod
After Tuesday's controversial Lakester, how about this for an altogether different type of hot rod? This Antipodean special started life as a 1920s Crossley 20/70 tourer, owned by Mrs Vida Jones of Sydney. Vida and her husband John were keen motor sport participants in races, trials and hill climbs in a variety of interesting cars – Vida even owned an Alfa Romeo 1750SS at one point. The C...
The Fast Lady
When I saw this photograph, I have to confess the eyes were immediately drawn to my heart-throb from the ‘60s, Julie Christie. We see her here in 1962 posing with her co-star of the film ‘The Fast Lady’ – a 1927 Bentley  4.5 litre Red Label Speed short chassis speed model with Vanden Plas fabric body, painted of course in British Racing Green. Julie Christie rose to fame with her per...
Raceabout with a difference
When you fall for the brawn of an American short chassis racer from the brass age, the Mercer Raceabout or Stutz Bearcat are the ones to go for, right? Not necessarily. There was the Speedwell Speed Car, too. Trouble is, only one of them is known to survive but it is offered in Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale tomorrow.Speedwell has of course nothing to do with these chaps here. The Speedwell Motor Com...
Who knew of Mercedes’ 540K Stromlinienwagen?
We were aware of something special Mercedes was to bring over to Pebble Beach this year. What exactly has been made public earlier this week – it’s a one-off 540K Streamliner – or Stromlinienwagen - of 1938-vintage. Thanks to its slippery shape, hammered from lightweight metals and born from windtunnel testing, plus with a supercharged eight cylinder it was supposedly quick enough to win the...
Lakester – like it or loathe it?
We know many of you out here aren’t big fans of customizing. We can live with that. But how about going all the way when you decide to tackle a customizing job? We say it can lead to something very cool. Take this Lakester, based on a 1928 Ford. As you may know a Lakester is a post-war invention, like most stuff originating from the Hot Rod scene. But this one oozes an atmosphere th...
Steam driven
We are guessing there have to be more steam fans among the British than from any other nation in the world, with steam fairs and steam rallies organized throughout the year. Still then it’s been 46 years exactly this day since the last steam powered train puffed its way over the sceptred isle following the national train table. Since that August-day in 1968 the Brits have only become more obsess...
Monopoly motors
We’re pretty sure that many, many, of our readers will have this little pre-war model car tucked away somewhere in a cupboard, on the attic or in their holiday home. It’s the Monopoly car of course, and like ourselves you too, most probably, insisted on being the car when playing the game as a kid. As a matter of fact Monopoly’s inventor Charles Darrow was born on this day in 1889, co...
What is it? Quiz #376
This light car/cyclecar was built by a company who used the same name as other car manufacturers but was possibly the most successful of them all. This maker had previously built cars under another name. They offered a 2 cylinder model in 1914 and a 4 cylinder model for 1915, the year production ceased. That’s enough clues. We want the name, the year and the type of the car and then some extras....
Two old timers drive around the world
Today we introduce you to Heidi Hetzer, a 77 year old German lady who has recently started a journey around the world in ‘Hudo’, her 1930  Hudson Great Eight. When I say 77 years old, I should say 77 years YOUNG. Her pictures transmit such youthful energy and she is always laughing. It will be fun to follow her adventure on her blog ( in German)  and also in English. She ...
Alice’ all-American adventure
Like yesterday, let’s have another look back. As for this day in 1909 something remarkable happened: Alice Ramsey and three girlfriends became the first women to complete a transcontinental motoring trip, driving their green Maxwell from coast to coast in the US. If you follow us for longer you may even remember the memorial trip some years ago. Anyhow: 22-year old Alice left Hell Gate in centra...
Judge Joseph’s last ride Mystery
One of America’s more intriguing mysteries took place on this very day in 1930: Judge Joseph Force Crater stepped into a taxi in New York city, only to disappear completely, never to be seen again and earning the title of ‘the missingest man in New York’. Judge Joseph was a bit of a scandalous figure, involved with some of the city’s more shady cases – hence the raid. 16,000 Tips from al...
Austin Seven discovered behind furniture
 Due to its small size an Austin Seven can be housed almost everywhere. They are not only sinfully funny machines to drive... after a country ride you can store them in your living room. Not a long time ago we were told about an early Seven kept for a long time in a storage room full of furniture. The situation made us think of these now-famous American tv-programs about storage auction...
VSCC – motor sports galore since 1934
The Vintage Sports-Car Club has become an oldtimer on its own, eight decades after it was instigated. But fortunately it still oozes the same atmosphere of a slightly eccentric members-only social club for gentlemen, and a few women, preferring anything dangerous, which smells of oil and partially unburnt mixture and will be quick when pushed to its surprisingly far-reaching boundaries...
Precious Prescott

There is plenty to see, smell, hear and do, this weekend at Prescott Hill. And feel too. Despite being mid summer the weather made it sometimes feel like it was a particular autumny fall day! But it did not keep the real British toughs (and some from far awide) from racing their vintage machines. First, there was the 80th Anniversary Hill Climb on Friday with 140 cars competing, ...

Grace Valentine
Sharp-eyed readers will remember Grace Valentine appearing here on Valentine’s day 2013 inviting you to identify the car – a 1920 Packard twin six roadster.As always, the comments section produced accurate replies and extras. We learned of her successful career as an actress, but nobody offered this hand-coloured picture so here she is in glorious technicolour, just as such an attractive lady ...
A Hudson through the roof
An accident is always something sad. If the car involved is old it´s even sadder and if the old car was brand new when the accident occurred... good Lord! This is what appears to have overcome the brand new Hudson seen here halfway through the roof of a little hut. Ohoto 2 shows the broken pieces of a railing, too, as well as the ceiling surrounding the unfortunate car, so we can guess what...
A Champagne Mystery (update: plm. 1911 Grégoire)
Remi Weber sent this charming picture of his grandma: "This picture was taken in Champagne (France) in a small town called Damery. My grandmother Henriette was very young, about ten years, so this must be in 1906. She had a servant who would drive her around. The car was owned by her father, monsieur Charles Justin Lepron. He was a wealthy rentier who would spent his summers in this house to fish ...
Contrasts at St. John's Concours
Early in the American summer concours season is the Concours of America at St John's, Plymouth, Michigan. According to our on location witness JP Vandebundt it's getting better and better every year. And there's good reason he's using those two words as by tradition this concours is selecting not one but two best of show cars. One US made car and one of foreign manufacture.  The first - not very ...
A rare pair of 1939 Bentleys
Saturday 19th august saw the re-union of two rare Bentleys at Prescott Hill Climb venue, and even torrential rain and thunder storms did nothing to damped the excitement of the owners. Lawrence Bleasdale has owned his green car, chassis number B125MX for 13 years and at a Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club meeting was stunned to see another 41/4 Over-Drive model with the very next number pla...
Pedalling like Hercules: in the saddle of a 1901 De Dion Bouton Tricycle
In 2012 Geoff Gray bought a 1901 De Dion Bouton motor tricycle in need of restoration. I suggested he first spoke with De Dion tricycle expert Mick Penney who is the UK’s best kept secret for all things De Dion tricycle. Upon closer inspection of the project, Mick found the engine was in a sorry state; and it eventually took three engines to rebuild a single good one. The original fro...
What is it? Quiz #375
Here we have very formal body on a very noble chassis. The slightly Rolls-like radiator may point you in the wrong direction. Yet the location of the factory - be it not British - is not lightyears away from London.  Give us  the Marque, the Year and the Model of the car depicted. And if possible give the coachbuiders name (from another nearby country).  We blurred the coachbuilder's name, whic...
Fast moving girl, or the Princess Braganca d’Avellar

The quality of this photograph begs for close inspection and you won’t be disappointed. The lady in the driver’s seat is Miss Ruth Maycliffe.  Notice I didn’t say she was the driver because this carefully staged shot took a lot of preparation. She would have been driven from  the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue – the imposing building behind the car and...

The most horrendous Hispano ever built?
The french Hispano-Suiza factory of Bois Colombes closed its doors in 1938. Around 120 J-12 chassis had been produced, all these bodied by the most prestigious coach builders of the era. The car pictured above however has a strange body supposedly created in the late 1940s in Spain by an unknown amateur(?) craftsman in the style of the "modern" american cars. In our view the general lines we...
A very wet Tour de France.
We're looking at a rare shot of a very wet day in 1938 with the Tour de France crossing Lille (the backyard of Bruno Vendiesse). Of paricular interest of course is the Bugatti T57 Atalante driven through foot deep puddles in a way you hardly can imagine today. We have seen a few Atalante pictures ov er the years and we're always surprtised to find new details. The car is a two toen version of whic...
Front wheel drive town-car from Belgium?
Some cars by the coachwork alone make you think how things worked in the old times. That is to say, when you were rich.  The 1929 Cord L29 was a serious choice in itself. Not too many front wheel drives around in those days and most certainly not in 'the town-car market segment' (can you name one competitor?). Now let's suppose you ordered a costly Cord L29 chassis and thought "Now all I need is ...
Another thumbnail mystery. (update, coachwork Sodomka)
Radu Comsa found this second miniature photo in the same Bucharest shop. This time no flag or movie title to help us out. So what you see is what you get. We first thought a special bodied Mercedes-Benz, but the hubcaps made us leave that track. We see costly Grebel headlights. Nicely detailed louvre doors (possibly the only real give-away?). Built in traficators and exuberant chrome body fittings...
Jean Panhard, 1913-2014

On July 17 one of the last survivors of the pre-war French automotive industry died at the age of 101. Jean Panhard was the son of Paul Panhard who was a nephew of René Panhard. Together with Émile Levassor René Panhard, in 1890, started the production of cars at the already existing company Perin Panhard et Cie. which had been making wood sawing machines ...

What are you waiting for? Hop in! (update: 1920 Standard SLO)

Allow me to introduce you to Margot Burke.  She was a model when this photograph was taken in 1922 and  is captioned  ‘modeling for automobile advertisement’.  That makes me think America, but the car looks British and right hand drive.. The controls on the steering column look like Morris, but the steering wheel  looks wrong, and there’s no bulb horn visible.  W...

A miniature XL bonnet Mystery (update: two 4 cylinders ?)
Radu Comsa has a keen eye for photos in small shops and markets. Even for small photos found in small shops. Last week he found this physical thumbnail measuring 10 x 20 mm! in a Bucharest antique shop. Due to the interesting and its amazing ultra long hood he made great efforts to get the very best scan you can get from a micro picture like this. At that point we didn't know it is a 'wellknow...
Maxwell parts remarried after a 30 years divorce.
report by Joe Goss:"Quite some time back a mystery engine was shown on your site (check back May 2012), images having been forwarded from Mr Foster of Old Cars Weekly. I had answered that it was a lower pan for a 30 HP Maxwell. I did some sleuthing and was able to buy that bottom pan assembly. Now all this time later I had someone made a poster I had at my Chickasha Oklahoma, USA booth. It r...
Hanging on to a 1908 GP Panhard – Levassor
report by Tim Gunn:In April 2012 I was asked to take an Edwardian ladies’ bicycle to a secret location in the depths of the Norfolk countryside for a photo-shoot. I often get requests to provide bicycles for such occasions; however, this time I had advance warning it was going to be special. I had no idea how special it would be. Photographer, Nick Clements; the founder of Men’s File m...
Purposely disabled Peugeot 401 Camionette ?
Peter Hill recently purchased this wonderful looking truck. "Everything appears to be there but the vehicle looks like it has been deliberately disabled at some time in it's life. The fuel pipe has 2" removed, the HT lead is missing and the battery carrier has been deliberately pushed up by a jack so you cannot fit a battery. Is it possible that this was common practise at some time in the p...
High-end Model T touring!
Report  from Peru: The Canyon del Plato  is a canyon that little by little becomes less inhabited and cultivated, but where at a given moment only cacti grow. We follow the river Santo and fully enjoy the ride as we circle through an impressive color palette of mountain landscapes. The road is 'paved' with pebbles which is less pleasant for the T Ford. Gradually the valley gets more narr...
What is it? Quiz #374
This stubby looking European vehicle is not completely honest about its virtues. Its outer looks send you in a wrong direction. In other words, what you see is not what you get. It was available in the depicted four-door configuration, but also as a two-door. It had a thoroughly modern propulsion system and more than that the company is still in business today. So, over to you. Give us the Marque,...
Liberated sisters Dolly and Molly
Most of us who like old cars also like old bicycles. It is a good way to get exercise, they are cheap to run and there are just as many lady riders as gentlemen. My picture shows sisters Dolly and Molly enjoying the July sunshine during the annual Benson Bicycle Rally which follows the narrow lanes of Oxfordshire with views of beautiful countryside and their smiles told me I was right to leave my...
On which Rolls would you put your money?
You may know that we're not really into the money side of the hobby. Still it is a wise thing to think ahead about the day you may have to dispose of your beloved car again. Due to examples recently coming available on the market the issue popped into your editor's head. When talking Rollses there is a massive choice of cars as vintage RR's generally were kept and the percentage of survivors is se...
Mystery Saloon-Convertible mix-up
Two cars. One a Saloon, one a Cabriolet were sold to South America. However, to two locations very far away from each other. Still their chassis numbers are consecutive. The two numbers #410203 and #410203 somehow have melted together in the car depicted above. But how? Or should we say why? Malcolm Forest from Brasil is asking your carsleuth assistance and let's help him after the very painf...
The Flying Lady Mascot concours
Last week was the "20 HP Register Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club Touring from Asturias". Under this long intrincate headline one of these typical turistic rallyes took place, in this particular case in the North of Spain. As nearly all participating cars were beautiful with high quality bodies it made no sense celebrating a concours d'elegance to point out the best car of all, and so the conco...
Who bought these Voisins?
Pieter Veenje is a collector of old car auction catalogues and other publicitary outings. Recently he bought this intriguing announcement of a 1933 auction by Campagne & Morlot in Paris (no information found on them, except location). Of specific interest of course is the fact that the chassis numbers of two cars and two rolling chassis are mentioned, which may lead us to the current owners of...
A 1909 'Selfie'
Ace Cenek tells: "Two photos of a 1904 Cadillac Model B I found yesterday on a postcard at a flea market. I believe this is a 'selfie' because the postcard is addressed to himself with no other writing on the back other than his address (JC Roberts, W. Elkton, Ohio). The Cadillac Model B was made from 1904 to 1905, but, from everything I have found online, it seems to only have had this radiator ...
Over a century of Independence
The lady in the picture has a severe expression but she celebrated Independence Day more than most – living to the ripe old age of 105. Her name is Mary McConnell Borah, daughter of Governor William J. McConnell and wife of Idaho Senator William Borah, and she was given the car through her husband’s connections, as a gift from someone seeking political influence, this being at a time whe...
A Zandvoort Nr 1 Mystery (UPDATE: Fiat Balilla)
Henrik Schou-Nielsen reacted regarding last week's article about Vintage Revival Zandvoort. Henrik owns the ex Willy Oosten Riley Imp that was raced at Zandvoort in the early days. The photo made us wonder about driver and identity of car Nr 1. Probably quite easy, but we couldn't get grip on the picture from this perspective. Now as we think there is little chance to retrace the mystery car we w...
Two cylinders and a 2CV stickshift. Why should you want it?
Do you like lots of metal and bright-work under the bonnet? Do you prefer complexity over simplicity? Do you like to pub-chat XL petrol bills and speeding tickets? Do you love to check the dipstick and do frequent oil changes? Then  better move on as the DKW F5 is definitely not your cup of tea. The light and simple construction of the DKW is a statement of pre-war ingenuity and mid thir...
French Talbot dreams getting real
Some time ago PreWarCar bought a badly neglected French Talbot saloon and since then a lot of work has been done to get it on the road again. Initially most work went into identifying the car as it had no papers and only the chassis number was known. With invaluable help from the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register and the French Talbot Club (thank you Patrice Delangre, thank you Bill Clark, thank you...
Mystery 200 HP Benz travelling Europe? (update: Farman?)
Nicolae sent two photos (click for second one) showing a massive car which presumably is a Benz and ads that he suspects the car to be a Blitzen Benz in touring disguise. Note that the sum of radiator, hood plus cowl are longer than the full passenger compartment..!  Well we don't think it's a Blitzen due to the long chassis. The sheer size of the monster at least suggests we're looking at one of...
America !
In the 1910s-1920s more than 20 different marques were produced In Barcelona.  America Autos was one of the obscure marques which appeared. It was established in 1917 under the direction of Mr Manuel Pazos, an imaginative engineer who developed a first model, the "type A"  with many innovations subsequently patented. Inventions were the "Pazos Elastic Wheel" (with built in springs), an engine w...
What is it? Quiz #373
It's an American car for a change. A fine veteran tourer with rear entrance we suppose. Not telling you if we're looking at a one, two or more cylinder car. One thing is sure this company made one cylinder cars during their full life span. But we understand they also produced two and four cylinder models. Their name has a great fame up to this day, but that's only the name and not connected at all...
One good Morris deserves another
I recently allowed a picture of an elegant lady to catch my eye because she stood beside a 1913 Bullnose Morris Oxford. The caption said… “Our family car in the early sixties, my Mum bravely posing in front of it in the garden. One of my earliest memories was Lord Nuffield presenting my parents with a brand new Morris Minor, as a prize for having the oldest Bullnose still running. It was a lo...
Low budget & High fun at Vintage Revival Zandvoort
Pictured here a Dutch registered type 43 Bugatti (driver: van Ramshorst) at Zandvoort in 1949. Current owner Bart 'Ettore' Rosman will compete this very same car at the Zandvoort Revival. On September 27 and 28, the historic Zandvoort track will once again reverberate to the sound of vintage sports and racing cars. Opened in 1948, pre-war cars were much in evidence in the first years of rac...
Fun sprints and an overlooked concours winner at Het Loo
The Concours d'Elegance Het Loo at the former royal palace in Apeldoorn, Holland had a good contract with the weather gods. It was a splendid weekend. The only factor causing unexpected clouds was the use of alternative fuels like pipe tobacco (single seater Austin 7 Special 'Bob') and wood gas (the Opel Kapitän in the background). Central event of the Concours are the short track sprints org...
Rollses and a Duesy toy in Motor City
RM Auctions are holding a bumper auction on 26 July in Michigan to celebrate 20 years of collector car auctions in Motor City. There is a large selection of American-built motor cars in addition to several high end Europeans. The 1927 Phantom I Brougham de Ville left Derby in chassis form and was shipped to Parisian coachbuilder Henri Binder, who constructed this exquisite Brougham de Ville body f...
A busy road Mystery (update: Edwardian FIAT Tipo 3Ter ? ) ?)
Tony Sloan recently found this photo taken in 1919 in Warrandyte (the suburb of Melbourne ne he lives with a couple of MG PA's). Would love to know the make of the very upright car on the right with the distinctive radiator shell. The radiator looks Bean-like or is it an American car? Warrandyte was an intersting community form an automotive perspective. See this 1905 steam bus for instance. And...
How was your longest day?
Hello to our friends Downunder who just had their longest night of the year. Still we are more interested to hear from you what you did on the longest day in terms of automotive occupations. The stretched Renault tourer - click pic for full length - was shot in 1930, location according to the back of the photo is the tourist village of Barr, Alsace. A day apt like few others to go out and do a nic...
Pre-war honeymoon in colour
In August 1939, newly-married Margaret and Denys Gardiner set out on a 900 mile trip up and down the east coast of England on their honeymoon. They took Mr Gardiner’s cousin Eldred along as photographer and the result is this charming record of tranquil scenes from a country just weeks away from the outbreak of war. Their car is a 1939 Morris 8 Series ll with 918cc side valve engine and 3 speed...
MM-mmm another taste of Italy
You can either spend the price of a new Fiat Panda on the famous see and be seen rally. Or rally the same region slightly more low profile with the Via Flaminia Pre War. Less glamour for sure, yet possibly more fun. However... a sporty confusion last week in Italy. The numbers one and two of the classification on day 4, van den Bosch (1933 MG L1) and Dioncre (1932 MG J2) do not want to take...
Atom - Aston's forgotten saloon
For years the Aston Martin Atom's place in history has has been overlooked by enthusiasts who couldn't see past its rather challenging styling. Now, sympathetically restored by its long-term custodian, the fascinating prewar prototype is the subject of critical reappraisal by marque experts who have realised how important it was in the development of the company. Forgetting for a moment the many a...
Finding a Stutz and more in France
Maybe Aguttes isn't one of the most well-known French auction houses for automobiles, yet this week they certainly have some very interesting stuff to offer. When looking at auctions in France, you would expect mostly French cars, but we never thought to see this 1926 Stutz Vertical Eight AA Victoria Coupé on offer. Imported from the USA in the 1980s, this Stutz only has a total mileage of some...
The GM car you never saw before
Check your Georgano for "GM" and you will find nothing about the Detroit car makers or their wide range of products. In stead you will find a few odd lines of information about the short lived (1924-1928)  French make  Gendron et Michelot. The sad surviving 1927 model CG6 depicted here - check this  similar one in better days - found an owner who took up the recommissioning. Ha...
Not one single 1924/25 Stoewer D10 survived?
Never say never! Despite various remarks that not one single Stoewer D10 survived, here it is. Well here... er.. in Australia where many rare cars survived due to the absence of war and thanks to favourable climate conditions. Sebastien Simon sends these photos as a response to quiz #371 "This is the last known Stoewer D10, seen in Castlemaine, Victoria, last year. All the mechanics hav...
1907 Peugeot SOLD to Portugal (Jun 14, 2014)
Very good for your work, Thanks!Fernando Martins...
What is it? Quiz #372
A small fixed head sports car or should we say 'Faux Cabriolet'? For the insiders naming the marque will be easy, it's the product of some sort of an anglo-french allience, but mind you there's more to it. Not only came the cars of this make with a wide variety of engines. Also the body used to vary in many details. Any car of the make is rare, yet this coupe we have never seen before in 'the fles...
Tie up any loose ends: it's Friday 13
Whenever Friday 13th comes around I remember learning childhood superstitions – never walk under a ladder, don’t step on a crack between paving stones – and expect bad luck on Friday 13th. So far I have been lucky and nothing bad has happened on these occasions,  but sometimes people bring about their own bad luck. My camera’s subject today loves wearing flowing scarves and open air vinta...
A new generation has taken over...
Many years ago Dick Lodge married a Dutch girl. He learned to speak and write Dutch fluently (check under Read More/Lees Meer). Not in last instance because they kept speaking Dutch after moving to the US in 1977. With their luggage also a 15 month old daughter and a 40 year Austin Ten went to the States. The young Lodge family took the Ten for a 7000 mile tent camping trip from New York thro...
Burning holes through mountains or ferrying passengers to a royal tea?
It is always good to meet people who lead a life driven by a passion and Michael Banfield was just such a man. When he died in 2013 he had accumulated a unique collection which Bonhams are selling at auction on 13th  and 14th June in Staplehurst, Kent. The car I would most like to take home is the 1904 Mors 24/32-HP Roi Des Belges. An imposing 4 cylinder Brighton car that repre...
The weirdest Amilcar ever
Yes, the car on the main picture is an Amilcar, we haven't gone mad. Specifically this vehicle was born as a regular 1920s C4, probably wearing a sporting body. Later, in the 1950s it was converted into this nice "Giardinetta", with the particular purpose of being a beach car. And despite its italian appearance, this body was handmade by an amateur body maker called Francisco Ejarque, who owned hi...
Free entry to friendly Concours near Antwerp?
Every year in September since 2004 - this time Sunday 14 - a friendly, almost intimate Concours d'Elegance is taking place in the pleasant gardens of the 'Kasteel Belvédère' near Antwerp. Some 100 truly exceptional motorcars will be displayed and a selection of more mundane but still very attractive classics will be presented before public and jury in true ‘concours’ style. Depicted above la...
You'll never guess this one!
You probably suspect we have gone bonkers disturbing you with a set of post-war beach bum wheels on these solemn pre-war pages (this instead of more appropriate beach bum gear). Of course we have good reason for doing so. For a moment we thought to make this a quiz and let the army of fanatic competitors have pull their last hairs out in despair. We decided that it would be childish so this is onl...
Finding the right Bug for Sally
I bumped into Sally at Chris McPheat’s stand at La Vie en Bleu. She needed a picture of a Bugatti Veyron to allay her young son’s disappointment at being unable to come to Prescott so I offered to help. Once in the paddock I could tell this lady had taste. Her eyes immediately fell upon Roland Duce’s Bugatti 57 with exotic bodywork designed by Gangloff in the early 1930s. Behind the Bugatti ...
The Weingarten Mystery (Update: 1908 De Dion Bouton Phaeton)
We found this photo some time ago and the only information that came with it is - in soft pensil at the back -  'summer of 1909 Weingarten'. The name is of course not the make of the car but the small town in the very south of Germany. The building in the background - we hesitate - looks quite similar to the one which is charactistic for the center of Weingarten. Yet off all of that doesn't help ...
Instead of a 'Special'? (UPDATE: what the basis was...)
Registering a Special is becoming more difficult every year. At least on the continent of Europe. Legislators tend only to register cars with original chassis, suspension and engine. Changes of body are not seen as a problem. Cars with dramatic chassis and/or engine changes are seen as 'new' cars with all the impossible issues involved with that. So it may not be unthinkable that the market will ...
Lean forward to your screen and you may detect the smell of leather, Castrol R and adrenaline...
One of the lessons I learned as a boy was…. ‘ Look after your shoes and your shoes will look after you.’ It has served me well. I have always loved anything made of good quality leather. The smell of it. The feel of it. The timeless craftsmanship that goes back centuries. I came across one such craftsman recently whose website is clear … “Handmade, bespoke leather ...
New School restoration of Amsterdam Taxi
In January 2011 this 1933 Austin Seven 'long wheel base' RP Saloon was unearthened from a Dutch barn. The car was in extremely poor condition, which is a sad thing, especially as it had been in service as an Amsterdam taxi until the early sixties. A new owner had the restoration commisioned from Oldtimerservice Kranz.  It was decided to give the car fully overhauled mechanics and electr...
French life in rural Gloucestershire

La Vie en Bleu; the French inspired motoring weekend is held at the end of May at Prescott Speed Hill Climb. Nestled within the rolling hills of Gloucestershire - UK; the event was started a few years ago to help promote this historic motorsport venue to the masses, and it is now firmly planted in the classic motoring calendar as an event to go to. The latest edition h...

What is it? Quiz #371
Correct, it's not a Bentley. And not even remotely acquainted. It is a fine example of a make that started prior to 1900 and lived up to WWII.  Not too many have survived though and we understand of this specific type not a single one. This photo was found in the family album of one of our readers and he added a great story, that we will share with you together with the quiz results one week ...
Speechless at Stowe School
Stowe School sits in beautiful Buckinghamshire parkland near Silverstone race track. Every year on Speech Day, the school likes to offer parents and pupils something extra and I was invited to bring a suitable car as part of a display of a classics. The rain did not dampen spirits and 70+ automobiles were assembled on the front lawn with strict instructions to bring a drip tray to catch any w...
Moviestar in the Sunset Song
Ian Murray reports about his Locke bodied 1914 ED: "The Reno has been on tour.  It's just had its 100th Birthday and was used in the filming of "Sunset Song" - a story written by the Scottish Author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon. So far this has been the longest trip I've made with it, and across the highest main road in Scotland, the A93 to Spittal of Glenshee. There was a little steam at ...
What became of 'MG1932'?
Graham Rankin sent this family photo: "I recently came across this period photo of my father Kenneth Rankin in his J2 MG taken in 1932 after qualifying as a chartered accountant. The number plate was MG 1932! Does anyone know if the car still exists?"To help us on the way Bas 'MG' de Voogd adds: "The MG and UMG plates were often assigned to new cars by University Motors. This specific on...
An Aprile mystery at Villa d'Este 2014
report and photos by Vincent Juvenelle: Since 1929 the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is arguably the ultimate concours for wonderful cars and fashion. This year, Maserati and Rolls Royce were the featured grande marques, the 'special categories'. Still the 'Coppa d'Oro' (winner of the public voting) went to the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Aprile. Click the picture above for more detail of ...
Hundreds of pre-war Aston Martin parts plus a few cars...
Getting parts for your pre-war beloved one is one of the hard aspects of the hobby. No wonder PreWarCar's parts section works so well. The marque specialists work very hard to have reproduced important no longer available bits. One of the forerunners in this area is Ecurie Bertelli who is offering a massive choice of parts to keep on the road the mere 450 or so Aston Martins produced before 1...
Grand Prix of Pau 2014
Past weekend (17-18 May) was celebrated the annual Grand Prix de Pau Historique in the South of France, this year under a new organizing team. We´ve seen some changes, mainly in the different racing categories, now unfortunately with fewer entries and more modern cars than previous years. Anyway the pre-war scene was well presented, and not only at the circuit, where the "typical" Bugatti 3...
The 'mothball fleet' enters Oily Rag Run
It's that time of the year again already. Time to get your entries in for the only event exclusively for unrestored cars, The Automobile magazine's Oily Rag Run. This year's event, to be held in the weekend of 28th-29th September, will be the fifth, and each year it has got bigger and better as the cult of originality has taken over the old-car movement. More and more pre-war motorcar...
Festival of Slowth 2014
  

Report by Tim Gunn - Photographs Stefan Marjoram

The Festival of Slowth is a little like Area 51. People know it exists, they are curious to know more and for those who do know; try all they can (including bribery) to get an invitation to this exclusive and secret event held in deepest Wales. “But how do I get an invitation?" I hear you cry. Well, you need to be th...

The only RHD Adler Trumpf? (update: at least two)
Bryan Jonathan sends these nice period (and new) photos of the Adler his father once owned. The main picture is showing his brother, in the second photo you can see Bryan's father. He owned the car in the late 1940's after he bought it from a WW2 Spitfire or Hurricane pilot. The later pictures show the very same car but now restored and residing in Slovakia. The car spent most of its 'Engl...
Hasta la vista en Colombia !
Within 10 days the Model T World Tour will resume for leg number 3: South America! Check the little tour they have planned. Driver Dirk Regter is especially interested to see how the Model T will perform climbing to 12.000 feet in the Andes mountains. Any of you who was up this high with your Model T? Starting from Colombia, they will 'do' Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay a...
Use them while you can
Fresh photos from Uruguay by Hans Cornelisse. It seems like Uruguay is the new Cuba... This well used Citroen truck looks like a U23 and is still in nearly daily service. And why not, it's cheap and strong; the U23 was built from 1936 untill the early sixties, so spare parts may be relatively available easy and the Uruguay mechanics are without doubt highly creative in thinking up solutions.&...
Unrestored well preserved Automobiles
 There seems to be a lot of chatter these days about cars being over restored...or original cars that should not have been restored at all. I'd like to present five cars from the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum that have not been restored. The Fountainhead Museum is a living museum. In that the cars actually run with a few exceptions. The Stevens - Duryea runs but is rather d...
What is it? Quiz #370
If you have been reading PreWarCar for a long, long time, you will have no trouble identifying this cyclecar, as it has been mentioned a few times. Although we have not published a picture of this make before, you might find some of virtually the same car that replaced it. This picture was taken when it won the 350cc class during a 24-hour race. The company that made it started in the early twenti...
Chummy Ladies hardly need Spanner Men
Report by Robin 'Gasballoon' Batchelor after a jolly Chummy meet at Chawton House : A few years ago a group of Ladies got chatting at a VSCC event where their husbands were competing and communally agreed about the common thread binding them. They all enjoy driving their vintage cars (but don’t have their menfolks’ need to prove themselves). They all own Austin 7 Chummies. The most experienc...
Hillman Aero Minx sliding window issue
Tim Green´s report brings up a side window engineering issue with respect to his wonderful Aero Minx project: "I bought this car which was a four seater tourer as a collection of bits in boxes. I already have a tourer so didn't really wish to build another one and decided to build a copy of the much rarer streamlined saloon that was unveiled at the 1932 Olympia Motor Show. There are a coupl...
Edwardian giant to stretch its legs at Goodwood
In 1911 Fiat built two giant racing cars to capture the records for the flying kilometre and flying mile. Called the Tipo S76, car number one achieved the mile record with driver Pietro Bordino at the wheel, seen here in a colorized photo. After World War I, one of the two racing cars was broken up by Fiat, the other eventually ended up in Australia. In 2003 Duncan Pittaway, among many other thing...
Identifying a Panhard et Levassor (update: 1912 X19?)
This can't be that hard to solve. Richard Biddulph found this pre 1914 Panhard & Levassor and freed it from a long time museum rest. There is this one little issue. The car has no identity, we just don't know what type and year is connected to the pleasant looking motorcar. The good news is that we do know a few numbers. Chassis identification is 8F-16859 and SU4D2, plus embossed Y. Engine number...
'The World's Best Car' 1914 Mercedes 80/90HP
One hundred years ago (May 1914...!), seven years after Rolls Royce was acclaimed 'Best Car in the World' by Autocar magazine, the UK distributor of Mercedes came with nearly the same words: 'World's Best Car' attaching these to their superior 80-90HP models, available upon request as six cylinder with cardan drive or four cylinder with chaindrive. Obviously they wanted to wake up the Rolls-Royce ...
The only surviving Renault Primaquatre Saprar?
In January last year work was started on this very special 1938 Renault Primaquatre; and now click the mainphoto for today's appearance. The attractive sporty roadster is a - don't stumble over the words - 1938/9 Renault Saprar Sport Roadster by Pourtout. As we picked up from wikipedia a mere 10 units were made. The Peugeot Darl'mat - also by Poutout - came in an 'abundancy' of 105 units and many ...
A National Highway Mystery
Another American tour,  or more likely the celebration or first drive of  the new  National Highway New York-Chicago as proposed in 1902 by the AAA. Interestingly enough the name 'National Highway' is not a big theme on the web, so we suspect the name 'National Highway' didn't make it much further than this photo which we think was. We suspect the picture was taken around 1907-...
This is a most serious hobby!

Billy Steel takes driving his vintage Austin seriously!  Grandad Bill Bridges shot this great portrait and was kind enough to upload the photo to our system, yet in order to make a chance to get the photo in our monthly advert in The Automobile be sure to send the photo in good resolu...

A Fiat 2800 ambulance mystery?
George Nica from Romania reports:  "For a couple of years I am researching a Fiat 2800 that once was running in Romania. (editor: it was depicted on a mid seventies post-card and was seen in 2005 with the registration  1-SJ-2831. Last week I found the car and bought it instantly! It is in a terrible state, missing its engine, gearbox, central bonnet badge and unfortunately both axles are adapte...
A BIG Thank You to all Allied Forces!
We use the words pre-war and post-war on a daily basis and - sorry having to admit this - sometimes nearly as commodities. Not every day we think about the abyss of misery in between those two simple words. Yet every year - on the fourth and fifth of May - the regained freedom is remembered and celebrated everywhere in Holland. On May 4 we remember the ones who gave their lives. Like on the Dam sq...
Eligibility issue for the Festival of Slowth.
David White from the UK brings up an interesting issue: "Attached is a photo of the 1924 Auto Red Bug in preperation for the Festival of Slowth, as you can see I am replacing the 90 year old hickory brake activating rod with a 42 year old broom handle, will this adversely affect my FIA Historic technical passport? Advice please. "editor: the Festival of Slowth  is an inner circle event meant as a...
Who needs an American LaFrance when you can get a 6 cylinder 1909 Premier?
People go to great length and cost to change former ALF firetrucks into edwardian racers with Mercedes looks. Great machines yet as these were never built as automobiles you may experience some issues entering them for events which only allow for cars, not trucks. Others build Edwardian racing specials based on a pre-1914 chassis with a large period (aero) engine. Fabulous hobby, but  depic...
What is it? Quiz #369
It's a rear engined car based on a relatively well known chassis. Much less known is the unconventional streamlined coachwork with superlow drag factor which caused a sensation at the Berlin car show of 1939. Due to the outbreak of WWII little was heard of the car except that possibly it was brought to England after the war. Since then nothing (or?) was heard of the car. As the chassis for most of...
A Lady's Showroom Mystery (update: Custom Model T, Gray or Wolverine?)
Nice showroom situation or is it a car mall?  Two ladies discussing the color scheme of their mid-twenties Roadster while the salesman is practising patience. Is it REO or Dodge like suggested by the writing on the wall behing the car. The radiator and badge looks like REO but not convincing. The partially blocked radiator top may be the give-away.  (Walter Miller Collection)...
A Hotel Savoy Glidden Tour Mystery (update: 1906 Buick and 1905(?) Maxwell)
Car number 30 in obvisously an A.A.A. tour (American Autmobile Association), better known as the Glidden tour, first held in 1905. Quite possibly shot during the 1909 version. There is another shot from the same Glidden Tour -we suppose- and of course we are eager to learn more about the cars and location. In what town is this Hotel Savoy to be found?(Walter Miller Collection) ...
An Alfa Romeo 8C Roadster Mystery? (update: 8C 2900 Touring, chassis #412014)
The Alfa Romeos of this pedigree are individuals and every single one is known one would expect. However, we could not immediately recognise or find the one presented here. A fabulous impressive Roadster with intricate louvring in the nose. Very nice semi cut windshield and partly hidden rearwheels. You guys probably cough up all details within minutes after publishing. We even would not be surpri...
Electro High Wheeling Mystery (update: William Morrison Electric)
Looks like a cold morning when this high wheeled vehicle made its way out next door from Mike's Barbershop (New York, Detroit, Chicago?). Taking the wooden planked slope from inside(?) it may have been a first outing. With the thick snow porridge we're not sure this is the best day for a test drive. On the other hand a high wheelers is basically designed for these road conditions... We don't recog...
Unidentified clearly marked front axle (update: 1922 30HP Minerva)
We wouldn't show something 'trivial' as a frontaxle in this position. Yet we found the clear markings interesting and are curious which machinery was attached. Ian Waller from Australia found this - in his opinion - late veteran /early vintage front axle of a two wheel braker. "It has large RAF hubs and is stamped ' TYPE RRR, then underneath the numbers 50784.The distance between the king p...
A low chassis non-Lancia Mystery? (update: Austro Daimler ADR8 with Neuss body?)
Sebastien Simon: "I would like to propose the appended photo as a mystery car and coachbuilder. Personally, I have an idea what it could be, after having done a bit of research, but on the Lancia Motor Club website I was pretty alone with my views. To me it is not a Lancia... Here is the initial post, by Neil Cundy who was contacted by a Jonathan Borchard who's Grandmother was fortunate enough ...
An RPM Medicine Mystery
Steven White reports: "I have recently bought a 1920 D Type Vauxhall, and have shipped it back to the UK from New Zealand. The car was originally owned by Thomas Beattie, a medical Professor in Newcastle upon Tyne and used up to 1929 when it was dispatched for a long sojourn in a local barn. It remained there until 1955 when it was found by Medical Professor John Walker who finally returned ...
A Cannes 'pedal' car Mystery
A line up of five electric or pedal cars waiting for young customers. They are parked along the former Cercle Nautique, at the boulevard La Croizette nr. 50  in Cannes. Above the entry to the hotel lobby we see an enscription of the Cercle Nautique, the building  was demolished in 1946 making it sure we're looking at an early photo. It made place for the first Palais Festival and after t...
A Lagonda for a Diesel land speed record?
The Lagonda offered in H&H's 24 April Imperial War Museum sale, could easily be described as a barnfind. ‘An ultimate barnfind’ in auction house prose, even. But fortunately H&H left out the obvious nomenclature and just describes this great car for what it is. Lot number 35, or ‘BLP 494’ is a 1934 Lagonda M45 T8 Tourer that has been owned by one family since 1967. It wa...
A newborn Duckling Mystery (update: Louis Noël cyclecar?)
Vincent Juvenelle sends this ultra compact edwardian cyclecar for you to identify. Have you ever seen a more friendly looking  'monoposto' than this one? It has the same tear evoke factor as this new born duckling (also black!), still the car as such seems quite complete. We can see full eliptic front suspension, headlights, a radiator, the lower side of an engine, a small piece of exhaust pipe a...
Happy Easter touring.
Feel like the newborn chick speeding his little roadster along the quiet country roads of the twenties. Free as a bird and nothing to worry about.  Speed, wind, curves, motoring odours  and miles and miles of gravel ahead. Isn't that what we're all after? We wish you a great Easter with many sunny touring miles & kilometers.  If this weekend's egg hunting quiz (below) was too easy for you dig ...
What is it? Quiz #368
An Easter weekend demands for a slightly different quiz than usual. An american friend gave us this photo years ago during the Hershey week.  He explained that this well organised scrapyard in fact is an early recycling yard of Ford (nothing new under the sun). They acquired cheap wrecks and used worn out trade ins to reuse in their zillions of tons of metal eating plants. Now what is the questi...
A Dancing Mystery ( UPDATE: 1927/28 Studebaker President or Commander?)
We're looking forward to a sunny Easter weekend and we truly hope the same counts for you whatever your wheareabouts on the globe. The trees in the background seem to blossom, which suggest it is spring. Not exactly sure about the event which made these girls dance around today's mystery car as if it is a May 1st Pole Ribbon Dance, yet it looks they're having a grand time. However most of you hav...
A sub-compact Cadillac for the Prince of Siam
Recently we received several photos showing early pedal (or otherwise motorised child's cars). This one was sent in by Valery Patrakov: "Here is a photo of little Cadillac made for Siamese king's children in 1913."Well first of all the location and bystanders don't give the impression that the photo was shot in Siam. Maybe in the US prior to delivery? Anyway it is thinkable this was the first...
What happened to the Vietnam Amilcar ?

Glen Robb editor of the Amilcar Salmson Register is interested to learn whatever happened to another Vietnam find: “While on the subject of cars in Vietnam, I was contacted some 7/8 years back by an American (still alive) who had found this car but wanted to know more about it. I told him as much of the history and asked him to make further contact. I wrote...

An end to an era in Enid, Oklahoma
Unfortunately we’d never heard of Oliver Jordon of Enid, Oklahoma until lately. But Mr. Jordon must have been a man to our hearts, there’s no doubt about that. This is his story in just a few lines: in 1945 Mr. Jordon bought an existing scrap yard which he continued to run as a business. He bought and sold cars and parts, which he loved doing. But than, one day in 1953, the local governm...
A back to work Mystery (update: 1910/12 Gregoire 70/4)
An intriguing shot sent to us by Jaap 'Bugatti' Horst. Not often we see period photos of cars in tatty condition. Or do the home made front wings have a special purpose except for hiding the radiator for us? From what we see of the bonnet we think it may be a round radiator; French car? Is the driver/mechanic a military chauffeur perhaps?...
Is this the ex-Vietnam 'CIA' Brescia? (update: no, that was the ex Andre Rheault type 40)
Erik Thomas: "I took this picture of this Bugatti at the 2011 or 2012 VSCCA Hunnewell Hillclimb. This is a pre-war only event near Boston, Massachusetts. I was sitting in my MGTC waiting for my run up the hill, when the owner of the Bug backed it up into the wooded area to have a wee. For some odd reason, those Brescia Bugs always look best off road. If I remember, that car was found by one of ...
A Mercer, Premier, Pierce, Paige Stoddard, Stutz Mystery? (update: 1910 Jackson)
Yesterday we received an e-mail if we still post mystery cars. Well, for those who wonder, here's another one. A fine brass era sports car. From the photo album of Mr. John's  great grandfather. Now what is it? A Stutz Bearcat perhaps? Or the iconic Mercer? Or the mighty 1911 45/55HP 6 cylinder Premier that Bonhams will be selling shortly? We checked some photos and concluded judging various aspe...
Who knows about Dick Brockman?
Corinna from Oldtimer Rehberger in Germany: "About the 1927 RR PI Boattail Tourer (originally this Phantom I #95EF was bodied as an open tourer) we offer for sale we know that it was Dick Brockman who built the current body. He also built several Lagonda bodies in the 60s and 70s in GB. We know about two more identical bodies he built, one of those currently is in the USA. Dick Brockman died in th...
The MG VA CHO17 sixty years ago and today...

Photographer Karel Vermeer has a keen eye for cars and photos. He found this postcard and was not only attentive to spot the MG VA registered CHO17 in the center of Brockenhurst near the station at the junction of Lymington and Brookley Road. He also remembered that the very same 1937 MG VA is currently for sale at these pages! Once more we learn there is no such thing as coincidence...

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Adam's do-it-yourself RR kit
Following the recent debate about the pros and cons of RR we can only add that no matter of what you think of the great marque it is a dream of thousands to one day own a specimen of the automobile with the temple shaped radiator. Here's a 1931 20/25 project without 'clothes' that may be closer to your purse than expected. To take away one worry of the aspirant RR driver. The 'temple' plus fl...
A Gläser Steyr Mystery? (update: body by Keible, Austria)
Igor sends these photos of a recent Steyr find by a friend. So far they have not been able to identify the body of the car. They even are not sure if it is a model 125 or model 225. We don't think the type is a 225 as that is a modern tractor.... Obviously the car has no papers and no ID-tags or plates, which will in general stands for a good puzzle... Our first feeling is Gläser for the bo...
Enjoy the rain of Spain
After some years with the number of entrants descending, this year's edition of the Barcelona-Sitges (56th) the list of entries has grown to nearly 70 cars again. And that's not the only good news: foreign entrants have reappeared in reasonable numbers.  But as everything can´t be perfect this year the usual mediterranean good weather dissapeared and the cars had to battle the elements all...
What is it? Quiz #367
This is a rare tourer made in the USA sporting a most intriguing aftermarket radiator monkey mascot. This make of car was made in small numbers near to a location visited by many of our readers. Despite the low total production of the make was small, this specific car made it to Norway.Not the first to use V8 engines, but possibly the only marque to offer V8 engines alone. Now we may have given to...
A new generation taking over our calendar?

The wheather in western Europe has been outstanding over the last couple of weeks and we all take out the fine machinery that we keep in garages and workshops. A perfect chance to make photos of the car and family. And of course you are more than welcome to send in material like above. Some of these make it as a full page advert in our sister magazine The Automob...

Baltic rallying for Rollses only?

Is this Holland? A dutch registered Rolls and a windmill. Well to be honest this guess brings you a mere 1200 miles off course. This is Estonia at the Baltic sea. A dreamlike country of fairy tales, with the promising town of Tallinn, a quiet and most pleasant backdrop for relaxed vintage touring.The abundancy of Rollses depicted here has nothing to do with local taxes or similar legislation, b...

What happened to Zelia? (update: or is it Lelia?)
David Smallacombe (Australia) is working on a most interesting project: "I am an owner of a 1914 Morris Oxford and I am just starting to restore it. Looking on the internet and trolling through books and magazines I found these photos taken on the sands in Porthcawl  South Wales. The car 'Zelia' is a single seater Morris Oxford fitted with a cowl over the radiator and has a long pointy tail. The ...
愚人節
這是一些時尚的年輕人都喜歡滑旱冰的所有時間的體育賽事,但旱冰鞋在過去體積笨重攜帶不方便,就是它是它脫掉原來的鞋子很麻煩,甚至第一個需要穿在腳下,而這種“風火輪”中只需要一個熱量為自己的鞋,普通鞋會被立即變成了滑冰鞋,和滑輪還可以發出一些熒光,非常漂亮的夜晚,代表“每...
A Micro Roadster Mystery (UPDATE: no Aero)
Mikolay Racki found this car in the barn of a polish car collector who recently died. "It measures about 1.5 meter long. Check details like rear axle, frame constructions, springs, steering, four drum brakes etc. Check details like rear axle, frame constructions, springs, steering, four drum brakes etc. Can you tell me what it was, who made it, what years, where can I find some info about it...
Today’s your last chance!
If you had plans to go to the Techno Classica in Essen, you'll have to go today, as the show will close its doors at 18.00 hours sharp. If you couldn't make it this year, here are some of our personal favorites. Perhaps they can persuade you to go next year. The main picture shows the 1939 BMW Touring Coupé, that -among other achievements- was driven by Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bä...
Daimler's Wall of Fame
When you're in Essen, Germany you can be sure to stumble over one or two products of Daimler A.G. They always try - and often succeed - in creating some downforce in your jaws. This year they presented a most compact 100 years of GP/F1 show case, starting with the 1914 4,5 litre GP car. No way to check all cars individually as they had been stacked in three layers but the effect is immense. They...
An Autovia Prototype Mystery? (update: Brough Superior?)

Tony Clark, who runs the website motoringart, recently obtained an original drawing of a saloon he didn’t recognize. And neither do we. At first guess it looks like the rare Autovia (click main pic), but there are also some arguments against it. First, the drawing was made by artist Will Nickels (1902-1977) and published in The Motor on the 3rd October 1934. This is two year...

Short note from Chickasha
Larry Riches visited last weekend's pre-war swap meet in Chickasha, one of the better kept secrets of the US classic car comunity. Possibly because it's hard to get there when you don't live in the US. And even when you live there - unless your house is in Chickasha - it's a looooong trip. To have an idea, the trip Hershey to Chickashee is something like 1350 miles. Great if you just have tr...
Lancia Epsilon for a good cause
One of the -many- highlights of the Techno Classica in Essen will be the Coys Auction on Saturday, March 29. Among the 60+ cars to be offered we found a true gem... a 1912 Lancia 'Epsilon', Versione Corsa. It's the 20/30 HP 4-litre, 4-cylinder model of which 312 chassis were built, yet only 2 are thought to remain today. One, a limousine, is displayed in the Schlumpf Museum, but this one was built...
Connecticut to Essen per Kelsey Motorette
This week  'Essen' will be the buzz word as there it is where the action is. Twelve halls and several outdoor courts filled with maybe a thousand classics. Plus parts, automobilia, clubs, dealers, a big classic auction by Coys and more. A first stop after entering and after passing BMW Tradition is Germany's largest classic car dealer Thiesen who traditionally is 'camping' in Hall 10, while F...
High wheeling in Melbourne: 1906 Black Motorbuggy
Clarke Mayze from Australia is showing off his very original 'Black' Model 112 Motorbuggy circa 1906. From Georgano we understand Black was a Chicago firm who made high wheelers propelled by a 10HP aircooled 2 cylinder.Clarke reports: 'The Black' is in unrestored condition and was an original Melbourne automobile from new and was owned by a Doctor who resided in the eastern area of Melbourn...
What is it, that's missing? Quiz #366

Everybody is out to enjoy the first days of spring - or depending on where you live - the first days of autumn. So we thought this is the right moment to do a slightly different quiz for the remaining 12000 or something thousand visitors this weekend. Although you can see five cars, we like you to concentrate on the two cars directly in front. One of our frequent readers - we will disclo...

A nice spring gathering?
A roadside restaurant and a parking area filled with battered vintage cars. A lunch of the Oily Rag Gang perhaps? It was a very strange scene, discovered by our super active spanish reporter Francisco Carríon: both restaurant and cars are abandoned for years already. Most of the cars have been canabalised with missing tyres, lights and engines... so are they simple decorative objects? These...
1929 Austin 7 Chummy Tourer SOLD (Mar 20, 2014)
sold: 1929 Austin 7 Chummy TourerDr. Heins, New Zealand ...
First Dutch trial a blast!
Despite the lack of hills last Sunday's first Dutch Trial was a big success. Twenty four teams were battling their way through a decent portion of mud and misery. A fabulous spring sun helped to realise big smiles on everybody's face. The mix of cars was remarkable. Not only the expected Austin Sevens and MG's (yes it's a J2 above!), also a Rover Special (click main picture), an Australian b...
1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 2 Door Coupé SOLD (Mar 19, 2014)
sold: 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 2 Door CoupéWilliam l'Anson Ltd. ...
1933 Austin Seven Type 65 SOLD (Mar 19, 2014)
Thank you, responses from UK, all good again.AJ Cole...
Not every MarneTaxi was a Renault

by Fons Alkemade: The other day I acquired a nice copy of the 1911 catalogue of the Société Anonyme des Automobiles “Unic”. Unic cars were well-known in the 1910s and 1920s and the catalogue shows a surprisingly large range of cars, from the cheapest model G2 with twin cylinder engine to the expensive model F1 with six cylinder engine. Besides, Unic was...

Brooklands revisited after 90 years

It's always a special event when a historic car is taken back to a circuit on which it competed in period, but the tortuous journey this Aston Martin has taken to get here makes it even more interesting. The fourth Aston Martin prototype built (and designated A3), had, even in the first few years of its life, been altered several times in appearance and drivetrain. The...

Mystery Block or Coffee Table? (update: postwar Standard)
Matthew Blake recently bought a load of 4 cylinder Amilcar parts from the US and amongst them was this 4 cylinder block having a bore of 58mm. It so far has been to two autojumbles and no one seems to recognise it, although in Reims at the weekend someone thought it may be from a Renault. Can anyone help identify it? It would be a shame to scrap it if it was of some value to someone, but it i...
A B or B or B Mystery?
Most of the times we present you an unidentified car without doing lots of research ourselves. Many times we see in a glance what it is and decide to, often we have a gutfeel in which direction to look. An example of the last category is the photo that came in from Kees van Stokkum, a semi-retired Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati engineer with a fabulous knowledge in his field and the history of t...
A 60 mph three room appartment

Reacting to yesterday's motor home feature Tom Laferriere react with his very recent offering of a 1929 Studebaker, straight eight President engined House Car. Looks can deceive, the vehicle is 100 percent restored while retaining the fabulous looks. So don't say our american friends only like shine. From the outside it's only the tires and wheels and the added safety ...

A massive motor home Mystery (update: Thornycroft?)
Now that temperatures start to rise a little again we start thinking about spectacular motoring weekends. Chris Jones sends this photo. "This motor home was one of many vehicles owned by my Great Uncle Sid. Here he is at Arley (near Kidderminster) in about 1929 with various members of my family. My father is the baby (just visible) in possibly a great aunts arms. This makes even a Winnebago ...
"What happened with my father's birthday present?"

Lesley Farley writes: "My late father, Godfrey Paddick was given the above Aston Martin 15/98 as a 21st birthday present by his rather generous father, Sidney, in either 1937 or 1938. My brothers and I  would very much like to know whether it still exists. Unfortunately this is the only photo we have, so are unable to glean what the registration number is. Our trip down memory lane ...

Underslungs at Amelia Concours 2014
We understand last weekend's Amelia Island Concours (see results) never was better. No clouds but crowds yes.  One of our observers was particularly impressed with the line up of no less than a dozen(!) American Underslung motorcars, like the 1914 displayed above. The US made underslungs are a family in itself and made us wonder, were the Americans first in this, or if not who were? Not too f...
Southern lack of Comfort (update:1930 Chrysler series 70 coupe AA six)
Found and photographed by Bruno Costers from Belgium, deep down south in the US. Yet he has no idea of what he found.        ...
"My father's Mercedes Benz Diesel"(!)
Stephen Whidborne sends in an intriguing set of photos showing his father's car(s). "Would love to know more about it, which model is it, is still around, father had it in the mid 60's. He actually had two, one for spares! Remember he told me it had been shunted at the rear.Was also fitted with diesel engine at the time." We found a 1928 SSKL replica with the license ALB804 which s...
What is it? Quiz #365
A streamliner with highly characteristic tail design. So very few cars were out on the road similar to this that we don't want to give you a lot of hints. Except the fact that it is a european car and that it has a Cotal gearbox. So drain your brain, squeeze your memory and tell us all you know about it. Make. Year. Model/type. And anything relevant. Especially trivial details that are not easily ...
Have some fun at Amelia this weekend
Amelia Island is where the action is this weekend. With the second best Concours of the USA, according to some the best. And with auctions all around, Gooding & Company, RM Auctions and...yes like in Paris here is a third party as well. Hollywood Wheels with their Amelia Island Select and like always, don't overlook a 'new kid' like this, there may be bargains overlooked by others. They h...
The Walter Miller Mysteries, Part VI (update: 1931 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS)
Probably easy for you and we wouldn't be surprised if it's a survivor, or? One wouldn't be surprised if this fabulous bodied roadster is a .......? It's the sheer size of the radiator that makes us think so. It can't be a ....... with a body like that, don't you think? No that same big, fat, flat faced high polished cooler points in another direction. We have our ideas and quite precise to be hone...
The Walter Miller Mysteries, Part IV (update: 1934 Adler Junior Roadster)
Our first thought was BMW 315/1 Roadster, but it's just not close enough. For the czech made Aero Roadster counts the same. A prototype or a rebody of either of these two maybe? Or are we looking in the wrong direction? Should we go to France for research. Or to the United Kingdom after all? Who will step forward and bring light in this roadster matter.Update by editor: well this one didn't last ...
The Walter Miller Mysteries, part III (update: Talbot Lago cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi ?)
It's so easy when you know, yet when you have  no clue of where to begin... French or American? Well it's a RHD, so let's stick with the European options. Delage D8, or more close to Astura? No, we like to place our bet on a late thirties Talbot Lago, also due to the glimpse of a dark and rectangular radiator badge.  We hardly can't imagine that a car like this got lost in history. In that case ...
The Walter Miller Mysteries, Part II (update: 1925/26 Excelsior Adex C?)
An attractive Weymann(?) bodied roadster, or is everything behind the hood shiny alloy?  Also French? You may say so... The hubcaps may help. The placement of the Tecalemit (?) grease point as well.  The radiator profile does ring a bell (Amilcar C8?) but there's really very little to go on. Unless you know of course.Update: Raould Thybaut seems quite confident about this car being an Ex...
The Walter Miller Mysteries, Part I (update: Voisin C23 by Graber)
Walter Miller of the USA - a big name in car literature - sent us an intriguing series of mystery cars that we like to show you over the next few days. As all photos were printed from negatives of unknown source all pictures are of the family 'what you see what you get'.  Are we looking at a Derby Bentley with a vintage 3 litre radiator, or what? The wings look very Bentley-ish at least. Please a...
Icy Frazer Nashes
Having driven some 800-or-so Kilometres to the french Alps in our Frazer Nashes and GNs with plenty of adventure and a few breakdowns and fixes, the fourteen cars and their drivers and passengers headed to Flaine where the ‘Circuit Glace’ awaited them. Having screwed fifty ice studs from ‘Best Grip Power Stud’ into each tyre (new ones with 10mm of tread were supplied by Longs...
Gwenda Hawkes flying 'The Jappic'
You may remember Adrian Ward who is rebuilding the fabulous Jappic. What we didn't know is that superfast lady  Gwenda Hawkes (Stewart) drove the low flying rocket as well : "The photo was given to me by Gwenda when I visited her in Greece in 1976. On the reverse is written, I think in Gwenda's own hand, : 'G.M.S. breaking records 50kms to 100 miles H.S. Jap 350cc (Jappic)...
Found: pre-production Voiturette Bertrand ?

Clemens Heddier from Germany reports about a most interesting motorcar: "I found this car a few weeks ago in the centre of France. It is a very early Voiturette Bertrand Type C (Chassis# 54) with a De Dion Bouton single cylinder engine #993. It seems to be a 3.5 or 4.5 HP engine. The car is belt-driven with 2 forward and no rear gear. 3 Bertrand light cars participated...

The MG 14/40, take a look at her now!
The MG 14/40 pictured above looks truly splendid in its red livery with engine-turned aluminum side panels. It does now and it probably looked that good when it left the factory in 1928. And you may say that it has let a sheltered life. Only not the way you might think... at the outbreak of World War II its then owner didn't want to have it scrapped, because of the aluminum that could be used in...
Hoax or reality? Blitzen Benz pump house find

PreWarCar likes to get in touch with Australian readers who have the time and means to travel the outback.

Report by Jeroen Booij:Oh, how often do we have to hear that all the good barn finds have been snatched up by now? Sure, they get harder to find but there are still some automotive gems to be rediscovered.  Yesterday a message came in triggering all of our senses. It’s t...

Give it a try: the First Dutch Trial
A specialism in the hobby so far exclusively pursued by the Brits has blown over to Holland. The DVSCC will have its first Dutch Trial on March 16. True, Holland is not known for its alps and mountains for testing, but is making up for all that with lots of puddles and spongy bogs in the Amsterdam area. So far 20 teams have entered and despite the fact that the website is in Dutch you're welcome t...
The Forgotten Lagonda

The Lagonda V-12 was the last great expression of W O Bentley's genius - a refined, powerful cruiser that beat the Rolls-Royce-built Derby Bentleys at their own game. A strange choice for a Le Mans challenger, then, but that's exactly what Lagonda did in 1939 with a pair of specially developed cars that took third and fourth place overall at the great endurance race. Less kn...

What is it? Quiz #364
It's a real odd bird. A streamlined, alloy(!) bodied threewheeler built in Germany in the early twenties. They used aircooled 1 cylinder engines (300 or 500 cc) with chain drive to the rear wheel. Not much more to tell about it, except that they claimed the same as Renault with their Sport Spider over 70 years later:  full weatherprotection without a windscreen..! Well this will be all. We wish ...
Size Matters... a Norwegian Mystery (update: Humberette)
Stein Tranvik from Norway sends this charming photo of a hard to identify runabout with a remarkably simple registration plate (from which town?). Stein writes: "What is this? The woman was born in 1888. Her name is Sigrid. The dog probably had a name too. But what was the name of the car? The photo is taken in Norway 1913 or shortly after. The girl did not marry the owner. Maybe the car w...
Watch that Falcon go sky-high! Or not?
H&H, who will offer this 1928 Falcon-Knight Model 12 Tourer during their next auction on February 26, give an estimate of 10.000-12.000 pounds (17.000-20.000 US dollar / 12.000-14.500 euro). However, we think a nice example like this one could (no, should!) fetch more than that. Never heard of the Falcon-Knight? Don't be embarrassed. It is indeed a make that was only produced during a few ye...
A new generation took over the 1917 Gray Dort... 60 years ago!
As you know we encourage to get the youngsters on board of your car. That's the way to keep the tradition and hobby alive. Here we have a fine example of a father who did so 6 decades back! The youngster at the wheel - Gary Cornillaud - is still driving the Gray Dort. Gary reports: "This 1917 Gray Dort, manufactured in Chatham, Ontario was purchased by my father in 1953 and restored in time for pa...
A WWI Mystery Cyclecar (update: 1912 Lagonda & 1905 Piccolo)
Sophia is writing: "We are researching the life of one of our ancestors who fought in WW1. We have found two picture of him in cars. First was taken in Exmouth in 1915 and the Second in Cylon in 1914. Can you help identify the Cars?  Kind Regards  Sophia "Sure we like to help Sophia, yet something went wrong with the upload of the second photo. Can you send that directly to info # prewa...
Hupmobile backseat memories
David Smallacombe reports: "A follow up to the 'Back Seat Mystery'. When Kit Foster and others suggested that the car could be a Hupmobile it brought back memories of my father's 1934 Hup. It was around the early to mid-nineteen fifties and I would have been eight to about thirteen when we had it. As you can see from the photo it was kept as immaculate as our nature strip grass. I cannot recall th...
Pre-war million-sellers in Paris
Three large auction houses – RM, Bonhams and Artcurial – were battling each other during the Rétromobile Week in Paris. In the pre-war department RM had one million seller, a 1936 Delahaye 135 S racing car, winning the Spa 24 Hours that year. The car was sold for 1,008,000 euros. Bonhams sold a 1929 Bugatti Type 35B (chassis number 37371) for 1,610,000 euros. Not a huge amount for a car...
From your 'dearest' Valentine...
February 1939, a well meant message from a wellknown premium petrol retailer. Read it like you want. Now when we read it, we wondered what would have been the first car - or maybe better first carburettor - with automatic choke. Yet keep in mind this may not be the perfect conversation topic when dining out with your Valentine tonight...(Horwitz collection)...
Does this car ring a Bell with you? (update: Itala or Lancia Kappa?)
Phil Cordery gave us this photo. You must know Phil, his stand at the Beaulieu Autjumble is nearly opposite the press tent. He presumes this could be aan automobile of the make Bell. The Bell Motorcar Company used to operate from York, Pennsylvania, now better known for the large Harley Davidson plant. To be honest we had our doubts, untill we realised that Phil of course refers to another Bell......
A concrete reinforcement Find...! (update: 1911-12 Cadillac !)
Cars are found in fields, in barns, in atticks and basements. This chassis however was found in a cement floor....Peter Tönrqvist from Finland reports: "My friend did find this old car chassis in a old house it was used in the cement floor as a means of reinforcement...! He did bring it to me for identification, but I don't have any clue what it can be. There are no markings or numbers foun...
The Kalgoorlie Mystery (update: six cylinder 50 HP Darracq)
Imagine being about four years old and already your father allowed you to drive the family car! Future PreWarCar fans in the making! Unfortunately for us this particular fan will be more than 110 years old as this picture was taken around 1909 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Back then Kalgoorlie was a booming gold town where many made their fortune (and many did not!). In a place like that exoti...
Remembering a Hero
After yesterday's visit to the Rue de Presbourg we went in search for a cup of coffee (it was still morning). A few streets further on we found at the Avenue de Wagram a café that seemed nice and in any case we were attracted by its name: the Brasserie de l'Etoile 1903. And we weren't disappointed. The coffee was good, no problem, but we had a real surprise when we looked at the ceiling... severa...
The Friendly Faces Mystery
You may find it hard to believe, but Paris is more than Retromobile! For a very good reason we are always drawn to the Rue de Presbourg near the Arc de Triomphe. On the corner of the Rue Lauriston stands a grand building that dates from the turn of the previous century. It used to be a hotel especially built for travelers who came to the city with an automobile. The building is richly adorned wi...
What is it? Quiz #363
Earlier posted as a 'mystery car' we were informed by the sender that he pulled your and our leg. It appears he was very much aware of which car this is. More than that he owns the car in perfect condition and is planning to compete it in the 2014 Mille Miglia. The crowd of children in the back plus the young lady are all six grandchildren of the owner. That aside we can asure you that it is no Hu...
Still at Retromobile
The 1932 GN/JAP Martyr Instone Special ... as shown at the stand of PreWarCar. Owner is the organiser of Vintage Montlhery, Vincent Chamont. All day masses of people are packed around the car. ...
Maharajas in Paris
Fifteen maharajah cars are brought together at Retromobile. Presented by the Museo Storico Alfa from Arese is the car that once belonged to Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan III, a 1925 AlfaRomeo RL SS with intricately hammered alloy touring body....
Meanwhile at Retromobile...
We fell in love with the Dubost bodied two seater Panhard Levassor Six SS in brilliant oily rag condition. Presented by Bruno Vendiesse who explains the car has the sporty twin carburettor three liter 6 cylinder sleeve valve. As we mentioned earlier, the maharajas arrived at Paris. Well, their former cars did. This is an ex-maharajah Rolls 20/25 having residence in Switzerland. ...
Update from Retromobile
Sunbeam handstart... it takes two to tango! Hand cranking the V12 aero is a two man shoulder to shoulder job. Sunbeam record car is started for the first time on the continent in nineties years since the speedtrials in Fanoe Denmark in 1924.Lucky you when you visit Paris to find a new radiator for your 1912 SCAR. ...
First Impressions Retromobile
Yesterday we arrived at Retromobile Paris, and as always it is a great privilege to look around while the stands are still under construction and unbelievable cars are driven and pushed around to find their expo destination. We will try to keep track with the most intriguing automobiles and events around us and report to you.Armoured World War l ammunition (?) Carrier ; part of a WW I dedicated ex...
A Camberly Mystery?
Peter Harper sends this most interesting shot of a motorcar. He is trying to find out what vehicle is in this picture and an approximate date of manufacture. The picture was taken in Camberley, England and from other photos in the same box would appear to be early 1900's.  It was thought to be owned by the local car engineer but that is all we know.The car looks familiar with the rounded...
Found near the old Alamo: 1917 Dodge Brothers Winter Touring
Yesterday I purchased a 1917 Dodge Brothers Winter Touring car almost in the shadow of the old Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.   One family owned for the last ninety seven years.  Has sat in the spot you see it since 1937 when they could no longer find the required tire size.In that year the Dodges had only built roadsters and touring cars.  In order to market a winter car t...
Frazer Nash racing gang needs Fresh Noise!

As if the Frazer Nash concept with its wild whining chain gears isn't producing enough aural pleasures with formal racing a group of the gang is now seeking a new fortissimo. Helped with steel studs & ice.  Former VSCC PR Manager Gillian Carr reports:Throughout its 80 years of history, Frazer Nash Car Club members are renowned within the vintage...

Sunbeam 350HP Bluebird clearing its throat after 50 years of silence!
Beaulieu Motor MuseumAndy Watt witnessed yesterday a very special event at Beaulieu Motor Museum when the first public firing of Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird for 50 years went ahead. It needed two men to handcrank(!) the 18.3 V12 Manitou Arab aero engine, check this a video link and a few photos. Best record by Campbell was 150,7 MPH at the Pendine Sands in 1925. The last one is Don Wal...
Voisin C14 Chartam, Chartre, Chartreuse or Chartapola?
While all eyes & ears are focussed on Paris' Rétromobile next week, there is another show this weekend. Bremen Classic Motorshow is the largest classic car show of the northern part of Germany. Swiss dealer Christoph Grohe will be presenting there this amazing unrestored 1929 (confirmed by Stefan Ittner) C14 Berline. The car used to be part of the collection of the deceased Voisin 'amateur' J...
Return to 'the family'

Thomas Rudolf from Strassbourg probably made more pre-war miles than most of you: 350.000 km (over 160,00 miles). A few years ago he said farewell to his fine Hotchkiss and bought a Beetle... A great car, but we were most happy to hear that he has returned to the family, now with a Model A Phaeton. Now he only has to sell the Beetle..."I drove my cars from the thir...

Fifteen Maharajas on their way to Paris
From 5th to 9th February Retromobile will feature a special section of 15 cars which belonged to Maharajas at one time. Three of the cars are Indian owned, a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, ex-Cooch Behar, stationed in the UK and a 1930 Delage D8 S, with Figoni body, ex-Holkar which took part in Pebble Beach two years ago and is set to return to India sometime soon, both these cars are owned by Dr. ...
Detroit Monday morning Mysteries (update: Pope Toledo 1905)
A fine period shot of a workshop in the first years of the previous century; our rough guess is 1905-1910. It occurs to us that the general knowledge about cars built prior to WWI is getting very thin. The answers to this weeks quiz point in the same direction. So we are interested to hear if you can identify one or some of the cars in the picture. Take note of the pointed radiators of the cars on...
The Boisset les Prévanches Mystery (update: 1907/08 Lorraine Dietrich)
Richard Rodier sends this fine Edwardian picture of the family Thiry, who are the grandmother and grandmother of Count Hugues de Bonardi. The Domaines des Prévanches in the backdrop is still there and still with the family Bonardi. It is known that back then the family owned two cars, a Morris Léon Bollée and a Delaunay Belville. Richard wonders if the car depicted is one of these two....
What is it? Quiz #362
This car may have something of a Mercedes look about it, as did quite a number of makes of this period, but it was actually built about 190 miles north of London, England. Visually it has no real distinguishing features, apart from the fuel tank serving as an integral part of the dashboard – but that cannot be seen in this view! The make’s name is an anagram of the man that financed this short...
Designer jewelry by Chrysler (update: headlamps found!)
The charming lady approached our stand with an air of  'savoir vivre'. You should know she is a painter and all this play of old man with old cars probably was beyond her scope of interest. Well at least that was our  first impression. There was no way to look around her most impressive designer necklace in silver or white gold. And believe it or not nobody around her thought for a seco...
Th.Schneider from Adelaide via Melbourne to Paris
Over the years there have been many coachbuilders. Most we know, but we had never heard of Domain Motor Body Builders of 348 Saint Kilda Road in Melbourne, Australia. Yet this company produced the coachwork of at least two of the only three six-cylinder Th. Schneider cars that were imported in Australia. And one of those two became famous as on 4 July 1925 a Mr. A.H. Barnes from Sydney lowered the...
Rolls-Royce angled radiators

The Rolls-Royce radiator grille is one of the most recognisable features of any car in history. Its solemn, upright form is emblematic of the qualities of the cars themselves: sober, reserved and dignified, not to mention a little old-fashioned. Of course, there have been occasions where others have taken it upon themselves to alter the radiator, for better or worse, to suit...

Be silent with a Victor!
While preparing the article for the Coys Auction at Interclassics & Topmobile held last Saturday, we stumbled onto a page on Coys website which we hadn't seen before. It's their showroom on which they offer several cars that will not be auctioned. On this page we saw a strange High Wheeler, recently brought from the USA to the UK. It's a Victor that was built in 1907 and has chassis number 3...
Horsley wants to learn about Horsley

John Horsley of the UK is looking for information on the 'Horsley Motor Car', built by Thomas Horsley & sons (gunsmiths from York) based at Central Garage, Black Swan Yard,10 Coney street in York around 1908 and was fitted with a Horsley patented disc valve engine (patent number 25662, later modified to patent number 29896). John found a copy of the vehicle reg...

Rosengart evergreen..?
..because somebody already (barn) found it long time ago. But instead of carrying the complete restoration which the car deserves, the owner preferred to put it in a static display, surrounded by all kind of plants to recreate an "as found" scene. The idea isn´t too bad, do you imagine something like that inside your office? or in the corner of your -large- sitting room? Perhaps a smaller a...
A Campbell Mystery Car? (1931 Voisin based Bristol record car)
Mathieu Cuppens sends this remarkable photo showing a record(?) car or is it a fourwheeler bomb? When you take a look at the back (click main pic) one can read: "La Voiture Automobile Bolide(?) Pouvent Faire(?) 600 Kilom. A L'Heure. photo Meurisse" In a note in eastern european language a reference is made to the cars of Sr Malcolm Campbell.  As the vehicle has a trucklike appearance more than th...
Eye candy at InterClassics
Fabulous material is rolling in for the show this weekend: 1909 Rolland Pilain Ventoux (personal collection Bruno Vendiesse). Just leaving the transport truck: 1935 Alta two litre. And so on: said to be one of seven produced short wheelbase Delahaye 135M competiton cars. Prepared for anything : 1929 Invicta High Chassis with 200HP 4, 5 litre Meadows (presented by LMB racing). Of course too mu...
La Guérin back on the road!
Richard Rodier reports about a car that probably was built as a one-off around 1900 by Mr Guérin in Le Goulet, a village in Normandie . The voiturette was stored  incomplete in an attic during many years and just has been put back on its wheels. Richard is now doing investigations in the village to collect information. Yet it may not be unlikey that you - who live down the ro...
PreWarCar is driving me mad
One of our hardcore visitors since day one. An american collector who likes to go low profile. However not today as you can see. Inadvertedly he didn't realise today is our 12,5 year 'birthday'. He complains that PreWarCar is driving him crazy. Well after checking 4562 daily features and 60,000 cars appearing for sale it's imagineable a Florida pensionado is getting bonkers. Note the 2014 calendar...
A 1933 Packard Special Mystery? (update:lots of Cadillac)
Not an unknown picture. It's been shown around the internet. David Coe is bringing up the issue showing the photo of Hollywood star Buck Jones and his 1933 Packard Special as he likes to learn more about the car and which coachbuilder made the custom changes. Not only the front end with headlight treatment in Pierce Arrow style, yet also the curious tail fin is most interesting. We learned from a...
Mystery sleeve valve engine (update: Imperia 1900 SS)
A few weeks ago Siegfried Otto Hepp - automotive historian from Germany - came up with a most interesting mystery engine. That is to say, he found these photos in an archive with Adler material. Yet so far he couldn't find any documents in the Adler history referring to this prototype. The twin carburettor set-up suggests a sporty ambition, but we really don't know. Looking forward to hear ...
15 year old Bobby crossing Australia with a Dodge
A new generation is taking over... Aside the fabulous shots the fact that we see 15 year old Bobby Robinson at the wheel of the Dodge named 'Isabelle' deep-deep in the far outback  is a story in itself. Four man made an attempt to cross from East to West through the heart of Australia with a 1926 and 1920 Dodge Brothers. Making the best use of available facilities.  Courageous men who deserve ...
What is it? Quiz #361
It's a racing car! In view of next week's show with  Pre War Race Legends we thought let's test your knowledge on early racing. At first glance this may be assumed to be a Panhard & Levassor– the radiator and Lemoine front axle seem to indicate that this is possibly the case – but it is not. It is though a French car (but not made in Paris*). There is one specific feature that ma...
Boys only. Or not?
Maserati has been around for a century (enjoy the first great Maserati show of the year in Maastricht). And since that start in 1914 the make is ever so masculine. The fact that the company was founded by brothers only – from a family of seven children, none of them a girl – says a bit. Prewar Maserati's were hairy machines, with four, six, eight or even sixteen cylinders. Some had supercharg...
Front Wheel Drive Alvis heading for Maastricht
Alvis aficionados will know of course, but to others it may come as a surprise: Alvis really did make front wheel drive cars. In itself FWD was nothing new, but in the UK it was virtually unknown back then. Alvis started experimenting in 1925 with an eight-cylinder racing car. In 1928 the company wanted to produce a car that would be available to the general public. Racing still the best way to ...
A bizarre contraption
Hervé Smagghe recently found this bizarre convertible. We understand the basis is a circa 1933 Opel convertible with an abundance of later additons and modifications. The sharknose hood (make?), the post-war windscreen, strange headlights and so on. We love to hear from you how many different donor cars you can identify in this most 'creative' contraption.          ...
From the land of the rising Amilcar
Lots of people are building Specials. Primarily in the UK (where they invented  the idea) but also many are made or 'under construction' in Germany, France, Belgium and many other countries. However we have to admit that Japan was not the first country that came to our mind in this respect. Untill we received the photos from Sumi Toshiyuki who built this Amilcar Special based on a 1926 ...
A V4 twin ignition Mystery (spark-plug update)

Kees Koster sends this interesting V4, with double magneto and 2 spark plugs (no one sparkplug; see update below) for each cilinder. Size roughly 600 x 600 x 600 mm. The alloy valvegear covers give a modernish look to the concept. Early twenties? We wouldn't be surprised if it's a boat engine but that's only gut feeling. We gladly leave this all to you experts out there.  update: as Pete G...

Arguably the best Aston Martin barnfind in years (engine photos added)
Barnfound DB2s or 4s will pop up with a certain frequency, especially in auction press releases. Yet rarely a more significant, pre-war Aston Martin. We only remember the one presented by Tony Paalman many years ago. Read the exclusive report by pre-war Aston Martin expert Andy Bell who did a truly magnificent find at the south coast by the end of last year: a most original 1929 Sports M...
PreWar Christmas Quiz 2013: The Results!
Before revealing the correct answers to our quiz, we would like to thank you all for the many well wishes. We could see that you enjoyed both the quiz and last year's stories. In 2014 we'll continue as best as we can. Now, for Day 1 we made it easy for you, it was a 1931 Mercedes-Benz 770. And nobody was mistaken with the 1913 Bugatti Type T15 from Day2. Day 3 gave more trouble......
Hope to meet you two weeks from now
We're not sure about the identity of the charming lady depicted, yet the lovely Riley MPH will be on show at our stand with Pre-War Race Legends, 17-19 January in Maastricht Netherlands. The Pre War Race Legends show pavilion will be displaying twelve heroic speed machines of yesteryear - the great-grand-fathers of the Formula 1. No less than 12 pre-war racing cars will be presented; Ren...
A New Year back seat Mystery (update: Hupmobile '34-'35!)
Alexander Vonow from Switzerland sends this great photo of a new backseat generation and writes: "As you can see from the attachment, not a 100% of the new generation is motivated yet to take over. So we keep on motivating! Any idea what car this is?"Editor: Aside the professional quality of the photo our attention was grabbed by the chrome armrests which are also to be seen at the top of the...
Happy Motoring in 2014!
Our hobby is about fun. Here some extreme fun (Model T based?) during an auto-polo match  at Coney Island early 20th century. We may not all go to the extremes, but the fun is the binding factor. Let's enjoy this new year!Now to add a little to the motoring fun of this brand new Year we will slash all ad basic pricing with 50% up to and including Saturday, January 4. For cars, for motorcycles...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 6
Part six and the last day of our Christmas Quiz! This dark blue car dates from the same year as part five, but comes from a different part of the world. Also a luxury car, with a V-shaped radiator grille, and a V8 engine behind it. Look closely and you might see a little star on the trunk.Now all you have to do is guess the make of this car and the makes of which we have shown during the past fi...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 5
Part five of our six day quiz is a 1930s Touring Sedan from a renowned make, famous for high quality and lots of luxury. Its creator named his automobile after a French explorer and founder of the city where the company was established his company.Just write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has been published. Of course you can contact us on all other top...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 4
The automobile featured in part four of our six day quiz was named after its two creators, one a count, the other a mechanic. They started with steam, but soon switched to petrol. Production was quite successful before WW I, but fell afterwards. Their design for the back axle is still legendary.Just write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has been published....
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 3
The past two quiz cars may have been easy, but for part three of our six day quiz we are going to make it a bit more difficult. It's a prototype of a very respectable make which forms the link between the pre-war and the post-war models. We may add that the name of the make is made from the name of the creator and an event he took part in.Write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer ...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 2
For part two of our six day quiz we found a rear end that looks more like a poached egg, than a car. But that's only from behind! The front has a very distinguishable shape, much resembling a horse shoe. This one is red, but many of the make, especially the racing types were blue.Write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has been published. Of course you can...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 1
As we are approaching the last few days of the year it's that time again for our traditional Christmas Quiz. Just like the past few years for six days in a row we are going to show you several cars. This time it's only the rear end you'll get to see and, to make it just that little bit more difficult we have taken out the emblems or licence plates where necessary. Now it's up to you to guess the...
We wish you a white Christmas!

 

A quiet day, a special day like no other. You celebrate with friends, or family, or alone why not. Most of us will see no white christmas, still we all hope for the same. It's this shared thought what binds us all together on a special day like today.

As from tomorrow we will present you some end of year fun which will bring this community even more together. A six day qu...

Warm & Sunny Xmas greetings from Down Under
Greetings from Australia! We always tend to forget that while the days are short and nasty on this side of the globe, that our friends deep down in the south have a cheerful and pleasant Xmas in the middle of summer. So today just to show them we don't forget: click here if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. Terry Lewis (right on the photo) who earlier sent in a charming picture of his ladi...
Drowned Packard truck needs waterpump
Steve Kersten, from Wisconsin USA contacted us that he like to locate a waterpump for his Packard Truck project. The photos and story that came with his request made our jaws drop. The photo above and the first two below show the 1912 truck when it was saved from Nagawicka lake in 1958 where it had remained since 1921! The following photos show what he finally bought through the web and bef...
The very first Cyclecar?
What is the ideal motorized vehicle to carry two persons, comfortably and at low cost? This was the question which the French engineer Norbert Galliot had asked himself around 1907. In a contribution to the automotive journal Omnia of 1908 he came up with the answer: a tandem twoseater with an air-cooled three-cylinder engine and single-chain drive.Around 1907 several car builders...
Nearly ready for Santa: Lancia Kappa 1919
These days all kinds of more and less creative automotive christmas greetings land in our mailbox. This one in particular we like to share with you. Tor Nyhus writes that he has been working thirty (30!) years on the restoration of his 1919 Lancia Kappa. "It will be ready to drive next year. The car was sold new in Norway, and during its life has spent five years under water, so the car...
A twin HP Mystery (update: 1911-1912 Itala)
John Hugh is asking to check this hunting party photo, that is to say the car that is chasing the leaving in correct attire on horseback. John Suspects the car to be Belsize or Humber but doesn't feel very secure. Well, we're not sure either but don't think of a producte made by Belsize Motors.  They seem to have more shoulder-ish radiators.  And Humber would drop off in our view as well as they...
Dutch Dip
An over enthusiast competitor of last Sunday's Amsterdam night rally parked his '29 Rolls Royce Phantom I Roadster a bit hastily and needed some assistance with reversing. Nobody was hurt and as it appears there is only minimal damage to the car.It was at the finish in the very center of the Amsterdam Woods that Reg Winstone (one of the team of The Automobile) said on the surf of a deep sigh "......
Found this weekend: Clement-Bayard AC2V 1905
While we were out with the last check of The 100 Miles these photos came in from monsieur Gouinieau: "If you remember, I am the person who has found a Citroen Traction Avant roadster in a forest. I write you this email, because I have found another car. It's a Clement-Bayard AC2V of 1904 or 1905 (My research let me think, it's a 1905 model). I found this car in a collapsed barn. It came o...
The forgotten sports car: Officine Mechanica

Although today primarily remembered for building trucks as well as commercial coachwork on Fiat chassis, Turin's Officine Mechanica, or OM, were also responsible for some of the finest sports cars of the Vintage era. Their first forays into motor car manufacture came after buying out the ailing Zust marque in 1918. In 10 short years they were producing the 665 SSMM, a ...

See you at the start of the 100 Miles 2013?
At the time we are writing this article, it's still a few hours before the start of the 100 Miles of Amsterdam. Today was nearly pleasant, with temperatures a bit above freezing point. The weather forecast for tomorrow Sunday 15th shows no signs of snow, maybe a little rain. And yes it will be cold. And finally one thing is sure about Dutch weather, you never know until you're there.Participan...
What is it? Quiz #360
After a long research, the owner of the photo contacted us. He couldn´t understand how it can be so difficult to find information about the car pictured, even seeing the marque logo in the front. In a first quick view one can imagine easily that it´s a typical American touring car from the early 20s. Has all the typical features, design and even the Buffalo style wire wheels. There is one detail...
Better to avoid cars today?
Could Friday the 13th really be a day to avoid traffic? Superstition or not – it could well be. Spooky? Do not even come near a Rolls-Royce Ghost, Spirit or Phantom then. Not to mention the Lotus Esprit, Lamborghini Diablo or that fearful Fiat: the 8V Démon Rouge. Too modern for your taste anyway? Do worry, as the scariest of them all is a pre war: the 1938 Phantom Corsair. ...
Barcelona cars in Barcelona
This year's AutoRetro has been especially interesting. Perhaps it was only coincidence - or was this just to please us? - but since many years we haven´t seen this quantity of prewar cars. The positive effect of the 30th anniversary? We don't have the answer, but many stands were dedicated only to pre-war motorcycles, pre-war cars, tractors, buses and lorries, as you can see in the beautifu...
Brandnew Delaunay-Belleville mishap
The above photo appeared in a spanish newspaper in the early days of the last century, when it was not too much of a problem publishing what appears to be a very serious accident. Especially with respect to the unidentified rags in the foreground. On the car the steering wheel has almost dissapeared, it makes one feel sick in the stomach... In other respects the Delaunay Belleville...
Which engine would fit best a 1903 Lacoste-Battmann? (update: keep it as it is)
Andre Howe-Davies reports: "I recently bought this wonderful and original car from the Bonhams London/Brighton Auction, now the fun starts to find the right 4 pot engine. At present it has - and had since 1908 - an unknown twin, well I believe it's a Brush twin from the earlier English company see photos, but what did it have originally? Would it be an Aster type four pot like the one Alex B...
Who buys a Wolseley Super Six?
What kind of man buys a Wolseley? The Colonel! "In mufti as in uniform he is most definitely the Colonel. Years of service have left their unmistakable impression. His very appearance spells authority and command respect. A stickler for discipline with a keen sense of duty. Here is a man who measures things by those inflexible regulations that are so much a part of his own professional life. In ...
A third generation of Model T owners
John Memmelaar jr.  reports: "A while back Tom Rootlieb offered to award a Running Chassis to a winner of an essay contest that he was running.  He was doing this this in an effort to promote the hobby to a younger generation. A member of my family asked me to enter the contest. Without hesitation I said: “Absolutely!“ A poster board was made, essay wri...
Another bumper sitter Mystery (update: 1922 Buick)
Another unidentified lady pedestal. The girls in impeccable attire, note their boots! They must be sisters and the older one on the right isn't too happy with all waiting. She's looking away with an OMG ! how long is this gonna take... Of course we are far more interested in what's hiding behind them, a nice radiator perhaps. To many of you hubcaps alone and overall appearance will make this ...
The meaning of Vintage, Classic & Pre-war
John Bates writes:  "Whenever one reads about 'vintage' cars one usually takes it with a pinch of salt as the term is so often used to cover any car made before about 1980. The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain defines 'veteran' as a car made up to World War One. The Vintage Sports Car Club of Great Britain defines 'vintage' as being any car made from WWI up to the end of 193...
Barcelona barnfind. Ever seen this?
Basically we wanted to keep this ultrafresh scoop for a future quiz, but as from tomorrow it is out in the media and open to the world which would spoil the fun. An amazing barnfind in the very center of Barcelona has brought to the light a collection of more than twenty cars. They have been waiting patiently for over 30 years. Without anybody getting close; the accumulated dust has a 'virginal' a...
A Liverpool Central Motor Mystery?
Herwig Van Genechten from Belgium bought this photo in Beaulieu a few years ago. Yet he still doesn't know what car is depicted. Well the radiator of this fine roadster could be early twenties Delage but we don't feel very sure about this. On to a next clue "The picture is taken in the UK in front of a garage named 'CENTRAL MOTOR Co' in 18 NEWINGTON, BOLD STREET." We understand this was the ...
Season shopping per barnfind?
Most probably you did some shopping during weekend, but less likely you did with an unrestored prewar van. Now seriously, this beautiful 1938 Dodge Panel Truck popped up suddenly in the center of Lugo (North of Spain), near the shopping center. It appeared that the car was in a neglected garage with lots of stuff that the owner wanted to reorganise. Among all rubble and junk the Dodge c...
An Estonian Grand Touring Mystery (update: 1908-1911 Beeston-Humber?)
Rain Vaikla is asking our help in identifying this impressive brass era touring car. It belonged to Heinrich von Stryk, last private owner of the Voltveti (Tignitz) manor in Pärnumaa, Estonia. He is said to have bought the car from England in 1911 or 1912. It is him standing beside the car on the first photo and sitting behind the steering wheel on the second. The third photo depicts the ca...
What is it? Quiz #359
After a week with Model T's and Thanksgiving why not a Truck? And that's what it is. For those who have visited the museum it may be easy. On the other hand it's not one of those museums seen by 'everybody'.  According to sender, the truck seems to be an orginal, not a later conversion. The US manufacturer was active in producing wagons and carriages nearly half a century before the first aut...
Sorry Simone Steen! (update: 1927 Chrysler model 50?)
Hardly a comfy position to land your behind on the sharp top of the bumper, just to have a nice pic. The sweet dog seems wiser having chosen for the soft curves of the mudguard. Photo collector and car historian Eduard Hattuma sent us this photo depicting Simone Steen for our 2014 calendar. She didn't make it in the selection. Possibly as the editors were in doubt which car Simone is presenting? W...
Now, what would be your pick of Packard?

Seen from a European viewpoint Packard is probably the most desirable make of car. And yes of course we do drive our Model T's and Model A's, and yes we like Chevrolet, and yes we've heard from Duesenberg and yes we know about Chrysler. But Packard has something appealing in its name, in its fame, under its bonnet and of course the highly distinguishable radiator which makes it mor...

One car, three names: Sperber, Colibri, NAW (update: 1915 Sperber)

Juha Kaitanen came up with this nice period photo from Finland and wonders about the make. As the radiator shape was familiar yet the badge not very clear we started a litte search and found this wonderfull photo of a Colibri with two geisha lady drivers. Working from there the road to the Norddeutsche Automobilwerke was open and the car appears to be a 1913(?) Sperber. Georgano rightu...

The ex Farman Panhard of Mr. Georges Leys?
 We received a photo from Richard Rodier asking: "Who can identify this car owned by a member of our family around 1900? Mr Leys was was a great amateur of cars, planes and gas balloons around 1900 and was a friend of Henri and Maurice Farman. The photo was taken at Mr. Leys' Chateau d'Alosse, near Orleans." First of all we saw some similarity with the 1902 Panhard with Farman at th...
Trying to locate 1939 Opel Super Six cars, not named Kapitän
We received a nice report from mr Franklin Moquette about his 1939 Opel Super Six, which is part of a small serie of Opel 'Kapitän' cars which did not receive that particular name. He is now trying to locate the last surviving non-Kapitän Opel Super sixes. “The Car Show of Geneva has been for over one hundred years an event where the great car brands present their new models. Next year ...
Old Boys Chatwork
Prior to the November 21 sale RM Auctions and Sotheby's rolled out a massive pr-campaign for their first New York auction. Clever thought to jump in the timelapse between Pebbles and Amelia. Superb central Manhattan location, First class cars, High end valuations. And then pray and wait hoping the bidders won't sit on their hands. Well that's not the way they work at RM. They want full buyers at...
Out now! The 2014 calendar
Splash! Thank you photographers of Lea, Anna, Lily, Heidi, Emily, Kate, Helen, Chrissie, Norma, Gillian, Annabelle, Jetty, Andy, Chriss, Marga, Frederika, Lin, Jayne, Mireille, Sofía, Hyacinte, Mieke, Susan, Margaret, Tilly, Vivienne, Jacqueline, Annie, Cynthia, Leslie, Marlene, Annelies, Frederika, Judy, Ginny, Yao, Dieuwke, Rebecca, Sofía, ladies group 'Pedals and Pedals', Lois, Monique, Toddy...
A Midwest Mercedes Mystery?
A gloomy workshop photo not giving away too much. Sender Jeff Perkins found several interesting lumps somewhere in the Midwest of the USA. This one we like to highlight. "This is the last of what I found, nothing for sale but nothing being done. Helper claimed this was a 1904 Mercedes but I thought those were chain drive?" Well Jeff, not sure what you have there but it looks like somebody is...
An Overdrive (!/?) Transmission Mystery (no: Winton! )
 One of our frequent US visitors sends photos of a very nice, yet unidentified gearbox."I write to you for your dearest help. My garage spit forth this all aluminum 4 speed OVERDRIVE transmission in nearly New /No Wear condition. The all-aluminum case is a high quality one piece casting with the frame mounting holes 13 X 17.5 inches on center. The shafts ride on ball bearings and are house...
Ask your wife for a Barcelona weekend: special Vip-Trip
Planning to visit Barcelona for the 30th AutoRetro December 5-8 or still pondering? AutoRetro is the most important indoor show of Spain where you can expect a flood of Hispano-Suizas and mucho-much more. That aside we now can offer a most attractive PreWarCar-Vintage Dream package that may help in your decision making.  Part of the deal is a VIP entry ticket to the show, lunch or dine...
Zero breakdowns at Oily Rag Run

While fully restored cars have their place – and sometimes a full restoration is the only way to keep a car on the road – we have a real love for original, unrestored and, yes, slightly scruffy prewar cars. Our friends at The Automobile magazine take their enthusiasm for 'Oily Rag' motoring to another level, however. As well as running a large fleet of ...

Cole 100 years on from 'The Standardised Car'
The history of the Cole Motor Car Company begins with its founder, Joseph Jarrett Cole, (1869–1925) who was born, March 23rd 1869, on a farm near Connersville, Indianapolis. After graduating from high school and then attended the Richmond Business College. He settled in Indianapolis in 1888. Cole started working in the carriage business as a salesman (1888-1896) for the largest carriage bu...
What is it? Quiz #358 (update: free EXTRA info!)

It is a superb vintage sports tourer. So far so good. The bad news is that we took the liberty to blank out the radiator emblem and even did cut off the radiator mascotte (by the way without causing a scratch to the real car!). The good news: the country where this car was made did not produce too many different makes. As soon you have the right country you're getting ...

Morrocan daydream

Fresh in from Morocco, a few highlights from Wico Mulders' photo report covering the first days of "Peaks of the Atlas", a rally for - primarily - pre-war motorcars. Without indulging ourselves in tourist brochure writing, we cannot deny that the landscapes and old towns are 'fabulous' and 'breathtaking'. Time seems to have parked here since the days these cars were bu...

Portugese touring Mysteries (update: an Aquila below?)
Eduardo Relvas sends these fine vintage photos. "Recently I stumbled on a post in a Portuguese forum and I'm very active in asking to help identify these vintage cars. They were found with the estate of the poster's wife's aunts, who were born around 1893/4. From his supposition, these cars were rentals, maybe for a trip to Fatima, Portugal's prime religious destination. Nothing else is k...
Bush Mechanics

This is roadside repair pre-war style! Allistair Smith reports: "A little while ago I was chauffeuring my parents in their 1926 Vauxhall on a rally here in Queensland, Australia; when I noticed that the 1928 Essex in front was leaving a trail of liquid. It soon pulled over and we did to. We found that a Welch plug had come out of the engine (pic 1 and 2). Some miles from home and withou...

Mystery Wire Wheels on a 1908 Mercedes
Harry Hickling of Australia is puzzled by the wire wheels on this 1914 Mercedes Simplex 35 HP (engine #2662 ; commission number #6595/1125): "The wire wheels and hubs are at least 100 years old and have been on this 1908 Mercedes from at least 1914. The wheel centres have serial numbers 115049, 115050, etc.  The hubs and wheels do not use splines! (editor: well, it looks like a si...
A Day to Remember
Today is November 11th, the day we remember the end of the First World War. The Great War ended this day 95 years ago at precisely 11.00 hours GMT. So today, think of the fighting men who lost their lives in the line of duty, but also of the women. Especially those driving the ambulances that carried the wounded men from the front. Most were women from 'well-to-do' families as they were the ones w...
Lancefield of London winner at Hilton Head Concours

The 22th annual Hilton Head Concours d' Elegance was held last weekend November 2-3 on the fairways of the Port Royal Golf Club, South Carolina, USA.Best of show this year went to a 1929 Stutz coupe bodied by Lancefield of London (owned by Richard and Irina Mitchell of Montgomery, Texas), one of five examples made but the only one that was supercharged. Also presen...

Homesick for summer
It's getting colder and darker every day and those pleasant long summer days and nights seem years behind us.  The young lady enjoys the silence and beauty of the gorges visited with the big Citroën Six, click the photo for the spectacular surroundings. Do you recognise this particular stretch of road? Keep in mind that some black tarmac and white lining may have been applied since this photo. T...
A Lorraine-Dietrich Diesel prototype?
You may know Lorraine-Dietrich for its elegance, for its technical features (6 cylinder overhead valve engine designed by the renowned engineer Marius Barbarou) and/or for its achievements at 24 Hours Race of Le Mans: first and third places in 1925, first/second/third in 1926.

This car, also known as the 15 cv or Silken Six, usually was fitted with spor...

What to do next? A new classification proposal (update: + Resurrection)
Following up on various discussions over the last year Craig Little came up with the next classification; of course you are welcome to react: Craig Little: "Allow me to offer the following listing of categories (given a multitude of grey areas) that could perhaps allow for a more accurate and honest description of a period vehicle. Of course this would involve agreement on the part of all owners...
Yesterday.... it was a fine mess we found ourselves in
Yesterday was one of those days to remember. A hacker's attack to the hosting company which is servicing both PreWarCar & PostWarClassic. Together with us some 60,000 other websites were down from early morning until late afternoon. Leaving us in despair and with little options than making phonecalls and answering e-mails. Those moments you're happy when you have some material at hand to ill...
A non-Bugatti 7-seater Mystery (update: 1915 Cadillac Model 51 )

Jaap Horst sends on this mystery photo he received from Canada (people who send photos to Jaap, always hope their photo is showing a Bugatti; check below why..).  The original sender wrote: "This was my wife's grandparents' car circa 1920-30. First, is it a Bugatti and if not, what kind of car is it? She would love to know. Thank you. GB." Well it's clear what it's n...

Kellner Confusion Mystery (update: Hotchkiss AC6?)
Hugo Modderman questioned whether Paris coachbuilder Kellner had built any bodies for Model T Ford ambulances during World War I. He had searched the Kellner archives, and the only photo of an American ambulance he found is shown here. We posed the question to George King, who researched and built the replica we featured in that item. Geoge responded with several citations of period accounts...
What is it? Quiz #357
It is a true English car. Engine, chaingearing and all. With London-to-Brightonthis Sunday we invite you to identify  the fine veteran tourer depicted. This is a situation which can occur in the 2013 edition as well, now entrants are invited to keep up with the speed they have in mind... So we advise the participating gentry not to overdo.  We wonder what the lady depicted said to the constabl...
Do's and Don'ts at The 100 Miles of Amsterdam
After yesterday's posting at the website of our VSCC friends various questions came up regarding the exact regulations for cars participating in The 100 Miles. Well of course it won't hurt to read the regulations carefully. But the essence is this: any state of the art equipment as available on the market prior to 1940 is allowed. This means that you can do  lots and lots of upgrades to most ...
The conductor's hobby

Beaulieu seems ages ago, but we didn't want to leave out the charming history connected with one of the steals in the Bonhams sale. Martin van der Zeeuw reports on this 1937 Ford V8 fire engine that, after its working life at the New Hampshire (US) fire department, was owned by a world-famous… orchestra conductor.

In 1930 Arthur Fiedler was ...

Tyre-chat: Michelin Super Confort 1935-2013

Anybody who has owned a Veteran or early 1920s car with beaded edge tyres will tell you how important it is to keep them inflated to something around 70 to 80 psi. Even today vendors of  cross ply tyres suitable for Vintage and Classic cars will advise inflating them to around 30 to 35 psi especially for fast touring or competition driving. Having done this it is not ...

A Busy Bee for personal use
The mustachioed gentleman shown above has good reason to have his picture taken. His name is J.A. Mansfield and he must sure be proud of his own creation. As a garage owner in Mansfield in the UK, he started the construction of this single-seater from scratch just after World War I, perhaps influenced by the Morgan of that time? When finished one year later, Mr. Mills named his creation "The Busy ...
A Monday morning movie mystery? (update: photographer's prop car)
This interesting brass era or edwardian speedster if you prefer that nomenclature, was spotted by Tom Laferriere at the recent Hershey show. He nearly managed to buy it, but we guess somebody else made a better offer. Anyway, Tom wonders was it a movie prop perhaps?  The chassis is wood, the fueltank is good for luggage but not for liquids. Anybody who knows or remembers?...
Swedish barnfind: 6-cylinder(!) Brasier Torpedo
Report by Per Westerberg who found an undated 6 cylinder torpedo bodied Brasier and is looking for information:"In december at a Monday evening meeting of the AHK (Automobilhistoriska Klubben), I had a chat with a fellow member I never met before. I told him I´m deep into older cars before 1925. He said: “I have a Brasier that I´ve been thinking of selling”, and I almost fell off the chair. ...
Ladies at work
Gillian Carr reacted to our request for 'Proper Cars, True Ladies' 2014 and sent several highly attractive photos from her VSCC activities. This weekend may be your very last chance to do similar or even better shots as the deadline for sending photos is November 1st (use office&prewarcar.com; while exchanging & for @). Though we receive lots & lots of nice photos, not all are apt for ...
The Racing Brasiers (update: on the road again!)

Most enthusiasts only know the name Brasier from the early victories the Richard-Brasier marque had in the 1904-05 Gordon Bennett Cups. Not surprising really, as the Brasier name lived for less than 30 years under a variety of guises, but as French motoring historian Sébastien Faurès Fustel de Coulanges discovers in the latest issue of The Automobile magazine,...

Cheers for Volunteers (update: by Kellner?)
George King, of North Franklin, Connecticut, was a man with a mission. A Model T Ford specialist who rebuilds engines for the fellow enthusiasts, he set out years ago to create a faithful replica of the Model T ambulances used in World War I. Built on standard T chassis, many were bodied in France and sent to the front and driven by volunteers, even before the United States entered the war. ...
One stop shopping for a 1913 Alfonso and a 1913 Nazarro
Some makes are frequently seen on the auction circuit, others seldom or never. A Hispano-Suiza isn't really a rare vehicle, as we have currently six advertised on PreWarCar. But a 1913 Alphonso XIII Model T15 is a whole different matter. This one was built in the Paris factory and shipped to Australia in 1914. However, due to the outbreak of World War I, it was off loaded in Aden and kept in stora...
Grand touring mystery from Russia (update: Darracq ?)
Ivan Barantsev sends this not too clear yet intersting photo of a very large limousine photographed in 1914; probably in Russia. The car seems to be 1908-1910 production. The photo was found in an the album of an unknown family that once lived in Kharkov before Russian revolution came in 1917. Except for the exceptional large and high bonnet there is little to go on.     ...
Packard low rider
The headlines for RM Auctions' Hershey sale last week touted the top-selling 1933 Chrysler Model CL Imperial Roadster, which sold for $704,000, including commission. PreWarCar readers, however, possibly are more interested in the unrestored cars. Perhaps the most interesting car at that level was Lot 235, a 1926 Packard Eight Series 236 Sport model. The Sport, body style 246, was a uniq...
Ghost Story: Quiz #356
As we close in on Halloween we will see more and more ghostly gossamers in the trees. Last week at Hershey, there were apparitions aplently, as car owners draped their vehicles in plastic sheets. Underneath the camouflage, then, what do you see here? Some hints: It is a companion make to a major American manufacturer, one that could be loosely considered a sporting model. Its launch, however...
The Wail of the Siren
What child doesn't love a fire engine? This young lady clearly enjoys cranking the siren on the Buffalo Brockway from Westhampton Beach, New York, even as she shares the chore with her little brother. The Buffalo Brockway was just one of many pieces of fire apparatus at this year's AACA Hershey show. If there was a prize for the longest apparatus it surely would have been won by this America...
Bitsa Buick
Sooner or later, they say, you can find anything at Hershey. Sometimes, though, it's hard to know what to do with it. Take this 1927 Buick, for example. Unless you had a similar car with front end damage or rotten sheet metal, you'd be hard pressed to use these pieces. Even a hot rod project seems pretty far fetched - sedan cowls and doors do not a rat rod make, at least without the back of ...
Fast Rolls for a Speed King
If you are an adventurer with a passion for speed, you're bound to treat yourself to some fast wheels. Hubert Scott-Paine was such an adventurer. His love of speed first took him to the air in 1909. He went on to become director of an aircraft factory in the 1920 and then became interested in powerboats, both building and racing them. One of his boats was Miss Britain II in which he achieved a w...
The Kids Are All Right
The nice thing about the old car hobby is that it's family-friendly. With a sufficiently large car, you can take the whole clan on an outing. Many of today's enthusiasts, in fact, grew up on car rallies, tours and annual visits to Hershey. Today, however, we put far more stringent requirements on the transport of infants, toddlers and young children than was the case when we were young. What...
Break or restore ?

We get lots of requests from people who want to know the value of their car. It’s virtually impossible for us to do so, as to really value a car you have to see it in the flesh, so to speak. An example of this kind of request comes from John Ecklund who lives in Argentina and sends these pictures of an Citroën Traction Avant. He told us that he saw it in Mendoza ...

The 1912 Velie and I.
A restoration story by Curt Van Hoesen: Back in 1959 my high school auto shop teacher; Mr. Ken Powers recruited me, and others, to help him restore his 1912 Velie. Ken had gotten this car from a man named Neibling, who had an antique car museum in Topeka, KS. They had a terrible flood in 1951 and their building was completely flooded. Ken was a friend of Neibling and spent weeks helping hi...
What has the future in store?
Sometimes a picture of an automobile shows more than just a car. The focus for this photo is not the 1901 Locomobile steamer with the three well-dressed ladies and the accompanying male. Look closely at the old man watching the gentry about to leave for a trip to the country. The expression on his face clearly shows his astonishment of that new-fangled thing. But maybe even more his face mirrors...
winning caption: Is that lipstick?
With more than thirty comments we sure had a tough time deciding the best, but in the end we choose “Is that lipstick?” as it is super short, but also tells a whole story! Well done Piet Kooij! Please mail us your address so we can send the PreWarCar badge. What really is happening on the photo is told by Frans Vrijaldenhoven: “This photo has been made on June 24, 1939 in Scheveningen, The N...
Lots of parts at Hershey?
Planning to buy lots of stuff at Hershey? In that case it might do you good to visit RM's auction on Thursday. Go and have a look at this 1910 Schmidt truck. Never heard of the make? Neither did we and we couldn't find it in Georgano's Commercial Vehicle Encyclopedia. Anyway, it was made in Crossing, Illinois. The Schmidt Brothers Co. used this pre-production model as a testbed for their future ra...
Heavy stuff at Retromobile
August next year marks the start of the First World War 100 years ago. The Great War, as it was known, involved the mobilization of almost four million men and thousands of vehicles, tanks, trucks, tractors and motor cars. Retromobile, to be held in Paris from February 5 to 9, will commemorate the start of the Great War with an 4.000 square foot diorama featuring many of these wartime vehicles. Am...
A Bugatti T40 Aerodyne Mystery?
Mr. R. Rodier from France came up with this interesting set of three photos, shot in August 1928, 'somewhere' in France. An intriguing 'aerodyne' coachwork like this, probably based on a type 40 must be known. And probably the owner as well. A first lead is of course the registration plate 99-46 -?- X3. Anders Svevelt already found another photo of the car to be found at the archives of the ...
Why don't we celebrate 1863? The 150th birthday of the car

You may remember that the French in 1984 celebrated the centenary of the (French) automobile. In the years 1883-1884 Edouard Delamare-Deboutteville and Léon Maladin had patented and constructed and even driven a tricycle equipped with a gas engine. Many have argued against the French claim and if you take a look at the 'evidence' (there are no contemporary p...

What is it? Quiz #355
Not too good a photo when enlarged, but it's all we have. No photoshopping was necessary as we couldn't spot any logos on this miniature automobile. Also we have very little information about it, but we do know that it was a prototype that never went in production. There's a story that its creator, who normally drove a large prototype six-wheeler saloon, grew tired of always having to take hitch...
Guard your possessions!
Car theft has always been a problem. Many accessories have been invented to prevent it. Yet here's one we think that can't be beaten, as the owner of this 1937 Ford left his pet fox to guard it while he (or she?) went shopping. Would you dare to come near the Ford? We wouldn't!However, as today is World Animal Day, we think we would try and fill the tin with a little water.(photo courtesy Shorpy...
Feeling the Meccano Mood?
Most of us, the males of a certain age anyway, have grown up making constructions of Meccano. Cranes, trains and of course automobiles. However, growing up means leaving the Meccano sets behind and get on with life. As you get older you start longing back to just putting things together. Do you feel the same way? Maybe then you'll need to take a look at this project especially for grown-ups which ...
A 'quiet' Circuit des Remparts 2013
The circuits located inside towns have a special interest for every speed lover.  Legendary tracks like Monaco, Estoril or Angouleme are remembered due to the intricated curves and daring design. Every year in the last days of the summer the "Circuit des Remparts d'Angoulême", France is challenging venue. A classic car event which reunites lots of interesting cars in a varied range: rally ...
A Brussels barnfind by Bernard (update: how to define 'barnfind')
Many of you know Bernard Marreyt as an eclectic collector and very active dealer in the european scene. You'll always find him where the action is. So it didn't come as a total surprise that of all people he ran into this fine collection of vintage and classic cars. At first sight it almost doesn't look real. More like the month October in an American classic car calendar. Yet this is not the case...
Lancia Aprilia Pygmee racer Mystery
Marco Giorgi from France has been asking around in various places to find out more history and background about this tiny dirttrack racer which was designed by a Mr. Marius Dal Bo. More photos to be found on Marco's  blog. Who can help?         ...
Revival Glidden Tour still making a point
The first AAA-sponsored automobile tour was simply a coordinated group of early automobilists headed to the 1904 St Louis Worlds Fair, but the next year, thanks to the generosity of Charles J. Glidden who donated a $2,000 trophy, the tour became primarily a publicity vehicle to counter the "toys of the idle rich" perception and to promote the reliability and utility of early cars. As the...
A roaring twenties jewel
There is something fascinating about the everyday cars professional race drivers choose to drive. Clark famously owned a Lotus Elan because he liked it, and not "Because I have to". James Hunt's A35 van was always a great talking point - he didn't see the point of driving fast on the road. Fangio probably chose his humble Renault 4cv for the same reason.Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam was ...
The Spanish Grand Prix Centennial
Last weekend saw one of these rare events for pre WW I cars as announced earlier at these pages. The "race" lead through Madrid and Segovia´s mountain range, just like the original edition one hundred years ago. Perhaps it was a bit hard for some of the 30 entrants, with a finish at the 1880 meters high pass  "Alto de Navacerrada" which resulted in very low speeds for some cars, of cou...
A 1909 Jackson light test for 'The 100 Miles'
The oldest competing car so far in The 100 Miles of Amsterdam is a 1909 Jackson. Not too many people have the courage to wake up their brass machinery for the tough winter-night rally. Laurens Klein has an other view on things. He drives his motorcar at least once a week and full year round, so the night rally will be the cherry on this year's cake. Laurens bought the car in parts and was a bit su...
Josef Ganz`s Volkswagen. A when and where mystery?
Ivan Barantsev spotted this photo in a recent auction. It was described as a Fiat Topolino. Probably that`s why the maximal bid remained very low, while in fact it is a very unusual photo of the very rare Volkswagen ''Superior", but not the usually 'Kaefer'.  See also Ganz Volkswagen and Josef Ganz. Anybody of you who can date and name the location of this photo more or less precise? ...
Made to fit Derby, Turcat Méry and more: Cime six cylinder
Three weeks ago we showed a six in line mystery. The engine was quickly ID-ed as a rare french made Cime. This was again confirmed with the pictures above of the same exact engine mounted in a Derby K3 chassis. Vincent Chamont (organiser of the Vintage Revival Montlhéry) recognised the engine as such and asked Pierre et Michel Broual to send these pictures. In this case there is no dynasta...
Church is coming your way. (update: about the arms of the bishop)
Tired of a tough week of work? Want to go to church, but like to stay in bed a little longer? No radio needed, no TV-preacher, no web-service. When you lived in Belgium in 1916 this fine rolling altar could come your way. Not sure it was meant for army service or other open air congregations, but click the thumbnail below how well equiped she was when in full service.  Anton van Luijk - who...
What is it? Quiz #354
It is a five door stationcar, surprise! Now when you click the main photo you'll get to see the front and possibly you think "Hey easy, american thirties stuff." Not so! It's a european made car. Basically it is not that hard to identify this car. Yet we have to admit a very good coachbuilder made some  changes in the forties. For the rest we leave judgement all to you. Describe Make, Year &a...
Gearing up for the 2014 Ladies Calendar
Thank you for sending all these charming photos! On a regular basis we receive requests from readers if we will do a 'Proper Cars True Ladies' calendar again this year. Of course we will! In fact the 2014 edition will be Nr. 6. So be sure to send in your photos or pick-up your camera and go out for a proper picture or a lucky snapshot. Traditionally all selected senders receive the calendar at n...
Packard leads the way In Luxemburg

Paul Linster reports about the 'End of  Holiday Rally in Luxemburg', in french "Randonnée de la Fin des Vacances", with 22 pre-war participating automobiles. This time ncluding no less than 3 different Packards, a 640 Roadster1929, an 833 Touring 1931 and a cabriolet 1933), two Plymouth products, being a PC and PD and Overland Whippet. European made competitors we...

Youngest vintage sports car fans of Japan.

One of our Japanese readers sent the following report about the ongoing restoration of an Austin Seven Nippy. Beside the fact we always love to hear from far away friends, it was also the young age of Atsunori Tsubota (22) that caught our attention."I loved vintage sports cars already at young age and wished to get an Austin Seven as my first car. But I ...

A militarised racing Mystery (update: SAVA !)
Martin Shelley sends this intriguing photo of a racing car spotted by him at he Museum of the First World War at Diksmuide in Belgium. "There is no informative caption of this car picture, and obviously the car is an old competition car which has been pressed into military service and has subsequently suffered damage and is lying abandoned somewhere on the western Front in Belgium or northern Fran...
Abandoned scrapyard Mysteries.(update:1934 Pontiac & 1940 Plymouth)
report by Francisco Carríon: Is there anything better to find along the way than an abandoned scrapyard? Well, perhaps to know what it is what we found. The two cars have been resting outside for decades, and partly due to this they are not easily identified:  no badges with the marque or model, no numbers, or any id plate on an engine... The more modern one in front (with clear remains of...
66 years at Madresfield
 The VSCC has been visiting Madresfield in Worcestershire (by kind permission of the Trustees of the Madresfield Estate) for sixty-six years, the first event being held in 1947. The event has always been held on the Gloucester Drive, which was also the venue for speed events held before WW11. In later times it was also the location for a scene in the 1965 film “The Magnificent Men in ...
Tyre chat? Winning captions in picture below.
Update: the first in response by David Smallacombe was best in our view. No sleezy associations with rubber, just perfect use of the subject and what is visible in the photo. Congrats David. Please contact us at info~prewarcar.com (exchange ~for @)earlier text: Is there a copywriter hiding somewhere inside you? You're looking at a recent print ad by Longstone Tyres announcing a new series of 400/4...
Double Duck Mystery Phaeton (update: the "Toast-rack Tourer" ?)
We thought we knew all about Donald Duck's cars. We all know his adventures with the 1934 Belchfire Runabout "313", earlier described on these pages (somebody even built a 3D lifesize tribute). But than we received this postcard from historian Frans Vrijaldenhoven showing the Duck family on its way to a party. Keeping in mind Donald's limited income we concluded this must be a borrowed motorcar ...
The essence of the hobby: Beaulieu
Still slightly exhausted from three days of Beaulieu + the long way home we flipped through our photos and found these two shots of cars at the stand of Bernard Williamson, former president of the Veteran Car Club (of Britain). In the foreground his nicely patinated 1910 Maxwell Runabout. Sold on the spot. And right behind it his new project baby: a 1907-ish looking Rover. He sold the good car and...
Celebrating 100 years of Morris cars (update: oldest?)
What better way to celebrate the anniversary of a car by driving the earliest survivor of the breed? Whilst many of the oldest examples of cars have been consigned to permanent static display in museums around the world, we are happy to report that the oldest known Morris-Oxford is alive and well in private ownership and is driven, as intended, on a regular basis. This year the car celebra...
Meet Rod Wade, Adventurer
110 Years ago H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker were the first to drive coast-to-coast across America in their 1903 20 hp Winton. Their journey took about sixty days. Now enter Rod Wade. He's about to do the trip all over again, although he and his trusty 1930 Model A, nicknamed Tudor Rose, aim to do it in sixty hours! No mean feat, but both Rod and Tudor Rose are no strangers to an adventur...
Ivan Mahy bought a new car.
by Fons Alkemade: Some weeks ago I visited the Mahymobiles automotive museum in Leuze, Belgium. I have been in the museum regularly for the last seven years and every time I come there Ivan Mahy and his team surprise me with another project they have finished or are busy with. Only this year one of Ivan's biggest wishes has become reality: a restoration workshop in the museum. The museum is ...
What is it? Quiz # 353
This is the kind of quiz, where we are not going to use many words. It's the photo that should do it. So study it carefully. All we can tell you is that the idea originated in 1903 and to help you along a bit we have included a picture of the inventor (on the left in fur coat). Tell us who he is, and what you know about his invention. Any other information is welcome of course, but do not use mo...
A game of Golf, anyone?
Introducing a new model can be done in many ways. But what to do with a new pick-up model? Chevrolet seemingly got tired of the usual bales of hay, so they asked the cast of a musical to do the honors. These four girls are dancers from the cast of the Broadway musical 'Follow Thru" a very popular comedy about country life that included a scene about golf. Chevrolet took the girls in their factory-...
First call from... and last call for Morocco.
The first motorcars were the hi-tec toys of the rich and famous.  And one would expect the first royalty to buy an automobile to be from the "Old World". Not so. The first sovereign to buy an automobile was Sultan Moualy Hassan I of Morocco. A Daimler, the very first one to be sold.  A similar car is on display at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart. If the original car is still in Morocco (...
A wobbly Wednesday Mystery (update: 1899 Tour de France)
Visiting a friend´s garage we spotted these framed photo clippings from a French but otherwise unidentified newspaper with photos of three veteran racing voiturettes. In the article there are some mentions to the Decauville marque and the car in photo two seems to be a "regular" Decauville from around 1898. However, In the main photo you can see a mystery racing car with evident signs of an...
Pick up a Benz during Beaulieu!
Calling all fans of the three-pointed star. We suggest you take a look at the digital catalogue of RM Auctions, who will have their next auction at Battersea Evolution in London on September 8 and 9 (the Beaulieu weekend!). Lots of cars, but the main attraction will be the sale of a fabulous Mercedes-Benz collection, started by an European gentleman. All in all there are 75 lots, spanning Mercedes...
A fine six-in-line Mystery (update: Cime six cylinder or Renault PG6?))
Within a few consecutive hours we received the same set of photos from Ed Fallon and Arnoud van der Sman. This mystery engine turned up in a Californian warehouse and is so far not indentified. Due to the compact size (see dimensions) we would not be surprised if this is of french making, but don't take our word for that. We even tend to think of theis very rare french cyclecarmake that p...
Own a piece of MG Race History
By editor Rutger Booy: Ask any schoolboy to draw a sports car. What do you get? Four wheels, a small, two-seater body and of course no top. To sum it up: what the kid draws is the basic shape of a 1930s MG: wire wheels, flat tank with strapped-on spare wheel, spartan body with cut-away doors and a fold-flat windscreen. A shape that continued well into the 1950's. That shape started with the arch...
What are they selling? (update: 1938 Plymouth)
Is it art they are selling? Is it palmtrees? Home decoration? Fashion? No we understand they are trying to sell the car and photographer Lars Plougmann took the assignment quite serious. Possibly slightly too serious.  When selling a classic car - no matter what the condition is - the photos are very important.   Too often we see horrible photos picturing very nice cars, parked behind an indus...
Roads are meant to be flat
Today we are used to roads that can be driven on at all times. But it hasn't always been like that. In the early days roads were not paved. No problem in summer, except for the dust, but in winter they would become rutted or could turn into real quagmires after heavy rainfall. These roads needed to be regularly graded. At first this was done by a horse dragging wooden planks across the surface. ...
A Bordeaux Bugatti Mystery (update: #57197 Stelvio by Gangloff)
What an abundance of information in this otherwise nearly deserted center of Agen, soutwest France. The building with clock was identified as the old Marché Couvert which was  demolished in 1970.  The postcard is stamped 1951 but the photo may be older of course. Parked under the ach of La Grande Fabrique, an outlet for workman's clothes we find a wonderful Type 57 Bugatti with two tone conve...
A summer Serendipity.
The Twenty Second Summer Serendipity* was held on Sunday the 25th August at The Royal Oak, Herefordshire (also known for the VSCC's new year gathering).  Mark Garfitt and team organised despite grayish skies a splendid mid-summer gathering of vintage and pre-war cars and their owners, a low-key event and all the better for it! The Landlords Richard and Liza McBain made us all very welcome for t...
Oh, those barns!
Being an auctioneer does have its advantages. UK based Richard Edmonds recently was contacted by the daughter of an elderly gentleman. He owned, she said, four old cars, one of which she thought was only suitable for scrap. Of course Richard paid her a visit and lo and behold found a 1928 Lagonda 2 litre high chassis which the owner had used until around seven years ago. To the rear of the prope...
The 100 Miles of Amsterdam, Fifth Edition
What's it gonna be this year? Rain, snow or ...? In a country like Holland you never know. What we do know is that, whatever the weather, the roads will be narrow, the edge of the canals very close and the darkness treacherous. However, there will always be plenty of fun along the way, a hot cup of soup to get you going again, and at the finish a well-deserved prize if you are fast enough. On the ...
What is it? #352
It is an attractive vintage roadster with true pedigree. One could say that it is a car that can mingle unnoticed with other roadsters of the twenties in Europe. And without proper inspection this may be true. anything vintage of The marque is connected with two famous names in the industry. Regarding the engine, feel free to give it a closer inspection.This manufacturer started with building f...
Mystery aero car. (update; DKW-Kaiser?)
Terry Boyce did send us this fine postcard scene, shot at unknown location. Yet as the postcard was made with Italian Ferrania paper Since 1923) it could well be the case it is in Italy. The aero car is located on a bridge or at least at a plane that is considerably higher than the street or quay in the background. It may help to ID the exact spot. Regarding the propellorised contraption, i...
Thornycroft & Hemming progress thanks to PWC readers.
Martin Shelley reports on the progress within restoring his 1909 18Hp Thornycroft.  "With a 1908TT replica body (a much nicer wording than 'no body') attached, The Thornycroft (see previous article) can be fettled mechanically without the touring body in the way. "I have now finished restoration of the engine using every conceivable original internal except for the main and big end...
The Wengler Roadster (update, not Wengler, but Wendler !!!)
Miro Mraz reports about an oldtimer event in mediaeval Trnava a small town east from Bratislava, Slovakia. A car that you may expect at major events but not immediately. Here is the fabulous subcompact 'teardrop' coupe based on the BMW 319/1 by swiss coachbuilder Ernst Wengler. Extra interesting as the work of Wengler mostly is quite conservative. According to Miro possibly four were made ev...
Pebble Beach honors back to 'made in USA'
The 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance "Best of Show" title was awarded to the voluptuous 1934 Packard 1108 Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, NJ. The Cassinis are well-known classic car collectors who previously won "Best of Show" at Pebble in 2004 with their 1938 Horch 853A Erdman & Rossi Sport Cabriolet (which was auctioned last year for $5.17...
The only surviving Napier T20 40 H.P? (update: three in total?)
Chester McKaige from Melbourne Australia is seeking your help:"For my sins, I'm restoring a 40H.P. 6 cylinder Napier that left the factory on 25th April 1907. It has had a hard life after seeing service in North East Victoria and was cut down and turned into a tractor and later a saw bench. Luckily the rear axle and other bits and pieces have remained with the car. However I'm still missing a few ...
A fabulous Movie in the making
A landscape that makes you cry with beauty. A selection of cars that hits you right between the eyes an deep in your stomach. A history background that makes you wish you were born 100 years earlier, the haytime of the Targa Florio.  Add a filmmaker that understands the essence of these ingredients. Here you have the recipe for a movie that will draw us out of our cars straight to the box o...
Good heavens, what on earth is this?
Many classic car events have a competition for best period clothing. Often people search come up with brilliant costumes of the same era of the vehicle presented. No matter what you think, this is also the case in the picture above. The owners of the car in the background appeared in front of the judges as you can see: the driver dressed correct in the 'average'way and the co-driver in space...
Two Edwardian Russian Mysteries (update: 2 x 1914 Benz)
Frequent contributor Ivan Barentsev -russian carjournalist - is sharing these two photos of unidentified cars in Russia, pictured around 1916. He is eager to learn what they are. Both cars seem to be in use as army officers transport. The first - judging by the exotic attire of the bystanders - must have been taken in the eastern part of Russia. Kazachstan possibly. The car itself is a big t...
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Russo Baltique found to be an Austin! (update: 1910 Austin (UK) 40 HP)
For a long time it was believed that the car in these pictures is a Russo-Baltique. This famous brand of Russia showed its strengths in various competitions, racings, mountain climbing up mount Vesuvius in Italy and in the 1912 Monaco rally 1912.  French inventor Adolphe Кegresse, who lived in Russia for a long time, designed the driveline for the Russo-Baltique. Interstingly only recently...
As close as you can get: chassis #4323
Enough has been written about the Type 35 Bugatti. Enough has been said about its virtues, its character, and its few weaknesses. Enough has been reported about the replicas. Enough, enough, more than enough. So if you are ready to buy one you know what you're up to. You know what to look for and know about the pittfalls. You studied the books. You listened to the experts, maybe even pai...
A High Wheeler Mystery (update: 1909-1912 Chase)
Colin Balanescu recently found this picture in an antique store in Bucharest Romania. The photo has been taken at a 1930 parade. You can see the year "1888" painted at the front of the car but its significance is unknown. The car seems a contraption of Model T and a high wheeler. But maybe one of the readers can bring any light in this? ...
A not so shiny museum in Canada.

In the majority of automobile museums you need sunglasses to check the exhibits. Not so with the pre-restoration collection in the Reynolds Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada. Most if not all cars are meticulously unrestored and show their age without shame. Dirk Regter bumped into the museum while crossing south Canada in eastern direction. Unfortunately he di...

What is it? Quiz # 351
No photoshopping this time, just an original picture of a beautiful sports car. Low-built with excellent road-holding and a very advanced engine. No expenses were spared during its development as the founder of the company who made these cars, had made its fortune manufacturing railway sleepers. It was designed by an engineer who had also had a hand in the development of a certain Spanish-Swiss au...
Son of a Gun: Winchester
Mention the word "Winchester" to the average person and most will think of the famous "Gun That Won The West". Virtually no one conjures up the Winchester motorcycle which the gun company marketed briefly in 1909-11. Winchester didn't actually make the bikes carrying their distinctive logo on the tank; a mere 200 were produced under contract by the Edwin F. Merry Co. in San Francisco, which ...
A French-Romanian Mystery? (update: Lancia Astura, Delage D8, Hotchkiss?)
A forgotten classic movie from the 1960s is the French/Romanian co-production "Steaua fara nume" ( "A star without name.") After many years Adrian Pascu-Tulbure recently viewed it again and was amazed to see another forgotten classic starring in the movie. Clearly, it's a very luxurious European model from the late 1930s. But what could it be? Adrian comes up with several possibilities: Horch 930,...
The last true cyclecar? Neander-JAP
One of the real surprises at last weekend's Schloss Dyck was this amazing four wheeler two seater. Ernst Neumann-Neander was a German motorcycle specialist who built a series of very interesting lightweight (race) machines and aside that a small number of more or less streamlined one-off 'cyclecars'. This 1939 attempt is the very best example. Based on a tubular chassis, powered by a 1000 cc JA...
Schloss Dyck, the 'usual stuff' and two teasers
This weekend saw another highly succesfull Classic Days (Germany), not to be confused with the French event under the same name last May. The well patinated castle Schloss Dyck and its lovely gardens and park seem purpose built especially for the event. If it wasn't for the Bratwurst and perfect German organisation you could think - like one of the visitors told us -you were at a Goodwood of two d...
It's time to get the kids involved
You may know that we are campaigning this year to encourage a new generation to get involved in this old man's hobby. Giving them a ride and let them experience that what old cars is about is one thing. Stewart Wilkie chose for another route when he gave this historically important clock to his grandson. It is a clock bearing the statement "officially used at the Gordon Bennet Cup 1903 ". ...
The day after 'black' Saturday
Perhaps you have just returned from your holiday, perhaps you have just started. If the latter, you may have been caught in a congestion on the highway. Especially in France, where yesterday holiday makers created the mother of all traffic-jams: 850 kilometres or 530 miles! It will have taken some time before the savnat said: "You have reached your destination". Therefore we suggest to take it e...
Best headline:"Clearly, your husband doesn't spend much time maintaining your car."
In summertime the poor devil in official attire can expect anything in the streets. This time a striking blue vintage convertible guided by a young lady in companionship of a truckload of cabbage kids. Give us your best caption to express the feelings of the angry policeman and you may win the brass-enamel PreWarCar badge. Add your line in the comment box below and do so before Saturday, August 3...
Custom bodied 1918 Pierce-Arrow living in disguise for 50 years
This Pierce-Arrow was built as a custom body by Don Lee coachworks  in California. The car ended up in the 30’s in the possesion  of a minister and the story goes that the members of his church decided to update the look of his car. Being in the depression money was in short supply and this seemed to be a cost effective way to give the car a more modern look.  The modifications gave ...
'Just the usual? Or something more refined?'
Michael Ware found this advertising postcard at the Motoring Picture Library in Beaulieu. The reverse of the postcard reads "The two Theo multiple pumps are connected to the one set of tanks, thus enabling two clients to be served at the same time with the same grade of spirit or different grades. The above duplicating system reduces delay in service to a minimum, which could be obtained otherwi...
Rolls-Royce find in Frankford, Philadelphia
 The most interesting and unusual of finds tend to come when you least expect it.  Adolfo Massari and Andrew Mastin were only a few days into relocating Luxury Brokers International to their new facility here in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. As Andrew pulled up to the new shop, he could hardly get out of his truck before an SUV pulled up beside me, put down the window, and asked, “Hey...
Detroit: from rags to riches and back, and up again...
Tomorrow, July 30, it will be 150 years ago that the man who changed the face of Detroit - Henry Ford - was born. It is a sour grape this memorial day comes so very short after Detroit filing bankruptcy. We all know Henry's history: the fight against the Selden patent; the five-dollar day; the Tin-Lizzie and the success of his V-8. Starting in the humble shed -pictured above- his empire grew ...
Tearing through the mountains... at 30 mph!
On July 15-19, The HCCA's North Carolina Regional Group held their 62nd (!) annual tour in Hiawassee, GA, along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge which straddles the GA-NC state line. The NC Region allows cars through 1927 to tour and this year's attendees brought about as diverse a group of cars as can be seen in a group of 60 or so vehicles. Three Locomobiles, three air-cooled Frank...
What is it? Quiz # 350
The last few quizzes have been (relatively) easy, so it's time for a more difficult one. Or so we think, as we have been proven wrong many times by the depth of your knowledge. The creator of this little three-seater was an engineer who is said to have invented a gyro-compass for boats and airplanes, although we could not find anything to back up this claim. He built several prototypes of light ...
Nanny on the move!
By Michael E Ware: Today we are being encouraged to buy electric cars and councils are contemplating erecting plug-in charging points for them. The slightly eccentric William Dunkley from Birmingham was a maker of prams, hobby horse tricycles and pedal tricycles for children. In 1896 he manufactured a very strange looking car to run on coal gas. In 1900 he made a second, this time a conventional...
The Cold Case Mysteries Part II (Upd. 1920s France or Spain?)
Here's a mystery that we published way back in 2005. Few will have seen it as we had not as much readers back then as we have now. We have recently published another old-time mystery and that one was indeed solved! So let's try again with this one. It was called "The Soapbox Mystery", but nobody could identify it. Not strange, as we didn't have a clue if it was factory built or a homemade con...
Too easy to identify?
By Stuart Tallack: Is the attached photo too easy to identify? It is more than enough for anyone who has sat in the driving seat of one. Look at the instrument on the left of the photograph. It is the distinctive Lancia petrol gauge. When you press a small button on the dash, lights on the gauge indicate the level of the petrol. Most of the gauges no longer work because of the multiplicity of litt...
Centenary of the First Spanish Grand Prix
Enrique Castells from Spain wrote to tell us of the upcoming Centenary of the very first Grand Prix of Spain: The history of this Grand Prix is a worthy one. In 1913 the RACE (Real Automovil Club de España) organized the very first Grand Prix of Spain, which took place on 13th June of that year. In 1913 seventeen cars took place in the Grand Prix, with entries from prestigious brands such a...
Old, but not garbage, trucks
After reading our recent article on street cleaning vehicles, John Elema checked his library to see if he also  had some pictures of old garbage trucks. He couldn’t  find those, but he did discover several other treasures in a Spanish book dating from 1927: Victor W. Pagé's  'Autocamiones modernos de gasolina y eléctricos'. On the left we see an army truck in CKD (complete...
To Race or not to Race, that is the question (Upd. See Comments Pro and Contra)
This week we received a press release from the organizers of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR). They announce that they have added a "competitive element" to the Run (read the press release here). The object is to drive the odd 60 miles to Brighton within a previously set time frame and prizes are given to those who remain within that time frame. Of course the LBVCR is not a race ag...
The keyword is supervision
We suggest you take a moment to read the comments on the article about the 1939 Oldsmobile that we published last Wednesday. Whether or not we should any let anyone touch our precious automobiles is of course up to the owner, but it can be done! Take the example set by Andy Watt. He brought his Berliet to a rally in Germany, where this bevy of young ladies were part of a group of youngsters visiti...
Who was Pierre de Crawhez? (Upd. inventor of circuit racing?)
In a magazine dating from August 1909 we found several pictures of an expedition through Africa. There were no captions, except that one of the participants was Baron Pierre de Crawhez. We found a picture of him driving a Panhard, but that's about it. And we couldn't find anything about the Africa expedition, yet it must have been quite an experience, judging by the photos. Who can tell us more ...
Hands off! Or not? (Upd. White Gloves!)
When visiting a car show, we all too often see truly beautiful cars that have a small sign behind the window. Most of the times they read something like: "Don't touch me!" occasionally followed by: "I'm not a lady." We do understand these signs because when you have just washed and polished your shiny antique, nothing is more annoying than wiping off the greasy fingers of passersby. But it came ...
Rough Red and Blue-ish Grey
It's an important year for Vauxhall. Not only was the company founded 110 years ago, but this year also sees the centenary of their greatest model, the 30/98. A fully road-equipped 30/98 was capable of speeds around 85mph, and when stripped for action the company guaranteed a top-speed of more than 100mph for the later overhead-valve model. Today the 30/98 is much sought after, but hard to find si...
A Monday morning car made in Allentown?
What a great photo to start the Monday with. It's the interior (click main pic for larger version) of the Bethlehem Motor Corporation from Allentown, Pennsylvania. They were in business from 1917 until 1926, with production exceeding 3,500 units in 1919. This photo was probably taken in early 1920, when they were working on one of the four models they offered in that year, ranging from 1-ton to...
A Flying story
Occasionally PreWarCar takes to the air. This time with a story by Nigel Hamlin-Wright, who you may know as one of the great photographers of our calendar: It’s about 20 years ago now that I received a call one Sunday morning from Jean Salis asking if I’d like to attend his airshow with my Avro 504k at La Ferte-Alais? ‘Gosh, yes, I’d love to’.With the aid of some French motoring ma...
What is it? Quiz # 349
When travelling, we always keep an eye on the scenery, and so we could hardly miss this advertising sign for a fruit stand alongside the road. Of course we stopped to take some pictures. Although it seems gone to the dogs, we think this small and once swift automobile, will not be very hard to identify. Especially when we tell you that it was only in production for a few years. It was cheaper th...
I Like Action!
"I Like Action!" is a great headline for an advert but we doubt if moviestar Ginger Rogers was really that enthusiastic about her 1939 De Soto. Previously she had owned exotics like a Duesenberg which even starred in her movie "The Gay Divorcee" (scroll down a bit) with Fred Astaire. Yet the De Soto was probably a more usable car, especially when she wanted to go shopping with her friends. ...
Centenary of the first Cyclecar GP (Upd. some confusion about Morgan and a book!)
By Fons Alkemade: This Saturday, on the 13th of July, it is the centenary of the very first Grand Prix especially intended for cyclecars. On the 12th of July 1913 the Automobile Club France held its 'normal' Grand Prix (the 13th edition, not to be confused with the Grand Prix de France of which the 3rd edition took place on the 5th of August the same year) and the organization had decided to have ...
The Skinnie Moore Mystery (Upd. One of four original Super Six racers)
Suppose you want to go racing, we think the stately Hudson isn't the first car that springs to mind. Yet there have been several racing drivers who tried their luck building a special around the powerful straight eight and Hudson even competed at Indy. But some drivers tried hard, yet remained in the shadows. Like the driver in this picture that was taken in the early 1930s. According to the text ...
The A-Z of the first Morris-Oxford Light Cars.
Book Review by Michael E Ware: This is the centenary year of the first production car leaving WRM Motors of Oxford, and this book gives you much of the detail behind the starting up of the company and the first cars it produced. At 192 pages this soft covered publication is definitely a book as opposed to a booklet, but at under £5 it is extraordinary value. It is packed with information, much of...
Keeping our streets clean (Upd. also Bergmann and Saurer)
Here on PreWarCar we mostly deal with pre-war sports and luxury cars. But they weren't the only ones to be seen on the road. Occasionally we have shown you some trucks and buses but there were other utility vehicles. Those of you who have been at Retromobile in February, have surely seen this remarkable Renault streetsweeper. But Renault wasn't the only ones who made these kind of vehicles. Anothe...
Visions of Tomorrow
Ninety years ago Henry Ford had a vision about his company strategy that talked of "One Ford, one plan, one team and working together". This idea was translated by his advertising department into an ad campaign about Ford providing affordable, safe transportation to everyone. The advert "Opening the Highways to All Mankind", showing a family that overlooks a hilly landscape dotted with cars and ...
Damsel in Distress
In literature a 'damsel in distress' usually means a lovely, young girl who gets herself into trouble and needs a man to rescue her. And surely, what full-blooded male hero wouldn't hesitate to stop when spotting this damsel at the side of the road. We would certainly stop! Ehh... now what to do with our two left hands?....
Packard down, Lincoln up
Not too long after the sad news of the sale of the old Packard buildings we're happy to annouce that construction has begun on a Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. It will be located on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum, which currently contains several vintage auto museums and archives. The 15,000 square foot building will be patterned after an original Lincoln dea...
Triumph Motor Club Annual Rally at Broughton Castle.
David Thomas was kind enough to send a report of the Pre 1940 Triumph Annual Rally: "The cars may be old but the mood was distinctly modern thanks to the Bloxham School Band that played at the Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Clubs 52nd Annual Rally held at Broughton Castle near Banbury (UK) on 16th June 2013.      Despite that rather gloomy weather some of the participants were clearly not going to le...
Fiat 501 in Skoda disguise.
George Nica recently found this Skoda popular. Nothing amazing about that and he neede lots of parts for his other Skoda project. After trailering in the car to his home the big surprise came. Underneath the Skoda skin a full Fiat 501 was hiding. A cunning craftman had shortened the chassis and stretched the Skoad body. Also the original 18" wheels are modified to 16" (don't try this at home...
Phoenix Veteran to be hot-rodded?
There are things worse than changing a tatty saloon into a sports special... Bill Savage reports from Australia about an edwardian Phoenix which is in danger to be slaughtered for a hot-rod project!  Owner says he probably will sell it to a hot rodder to chop up, as "he's had it with trying to sell it" (FYI, no idea how he was offering the car but for certain it was not offered here at PWC). Bill...
The Vivian Frederick Seal Rolls Mystery.(upd. circa1920 Daimler Type 45 with dummy radiator)
Steven White sends this very nice Silver Ghost picture and adds: " Vivian Frederick Seal, was for many years chauffeur to Malcolm Campbell. During the First World War he was an army chauffeur driving staff cars during which time he was awarded the Croix de Guerre in 1918 while serving as a Private in the Army Service Corps. This is likely to be when he learnt his trade so the photograph probably ...
What is it? Quiz #348
It is a western european sedan that could benefit from a little drop of SWISSVAX. More important, we finally present an easy quiz trying to get you on board again. Nothing hiding in the picture. Just a clear view of the car's nose with everything on it. Tell us as accurate as possible what it is that we are showing. Give us 1. the Make, 2. the Year 3. the Type. 4. the Bodywork. Howe...
The Rovin Racer Mystery
If we were given a chance to try and race this little cyclecar, would we turn our back like this young lady does? Certainly not! And we're glad to say neither does she, because here she is again. But of course you are wondering what racing car she is demonstrating here. Certainly you have heard of the small cars that the French brothers Raoul and Robert de Rovin built from 1946 until 1961 in the...
Where is Volume II of the Scrapbook or Historical Reference?
    Peter Johnston writes: A while ago I obtained an old leather trimmed accounting ledger made into a scrapbook full of ‘vintage’ car cut outs. I read it many times and for a while now it has sat on my bookshelf untouched. I have however recently taken it to 2 VSCC race meetings and the interest it caused was unbelievable. People even recognised some of the famous drivers sitting in the ...
Well preserved Wolseley at Bangkok concours
Last weekend Bangkok saw the 37th Glossy Heritage Concours in Bangkok. Stuart Penketh (text & photos) reports: Bangkok, is usually noted for its traffic jams, but it’s not always been like that! In 1904, a grand total of three cars were cruising Bangkok’s streets, (but no record of the makes or Owners)! In that same year King Chulalongkorn’s son got an illness necessitating him...
Berliet, it's not just a truck ! (UPDATE: 1911 'survivor' replica)
Vincent Juvenelle sends this very nice illustration of a true 'torpedo' body in a 1914 Berliet catalogue. The car is described as a 22HP Torpedo Sport with a topspeed of 110 km/h, a very good performance before the WWI !Vincent has never seen a similar car of this era with a tail as long as this one and wonders if anything like it has survived.update: Peter Ransom reports there is one known surv...
XL Longuemare carbie Mystery (upd.: Model B 'manual')
Eric McKaige is asking about this large Longuemare carburettor. The throat = 45mm.  Diameter of main body is 360 mm. "I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they were fitted to and were they any good. I have something in the back of my brain that tells me they weren't the best  carburettors  in the world at the time but I'll stand corrected. It came with my 1907 Napier but S.F.Edg...
Austin Seven Tickford lost in the USA? (upd. FOUND ! )
Last week we received this charming e-mail: "I get your emailed newsletter, and it prompted me to ask you if you could kindly try to locate a 1934 Austin 7 hp Tickford Cabriolet that I sold in 1966 to a Mr Ronald (?) Atwater, via a Kier Helberg. The registration Number was BMD 67. I attach a photo, showing the hood raised, before folding down over the back, the whole being wound by a chromed ha...
Molsheim in Edinburgh
Scotland is characteristic due to its beautiful landscapes and towns. The mountains, the lochs and the intrincate roads make the perfect backdrop for classic car rallyes. This may have been the thought of the organisation of the annual Bugatti International Rally that is celebrating this year the 50th anniversary of the Bugatti Owners Club. More than 50 Bugattis of almost all kinds and years...
Mors chain gang racing

The vast, chain-driven Mors racing cars from Paris are among the most evocative and romantic of the early Grand Prix monsters. Even still photographs of the barnstorming giants, built by Louis and Emile Mors and designed, initially, by Henry Brasier, conjure up all the smells and sounds of the gruelling city-to-city road races of the early 1900s. Although har...

Fer’s Ferry Mystery (upd. Ballot? DFP? Crossley? Spyker? Bentley?)
Frequent contributor Fer Cools from Belgium often visits antique markets and almost always comes home with an interesting find. Last Sunday he found a real treasure, a color photo of the Dutch village Tholen on one of the islands in the south-west of Holland. Fer suspects the photograph dates from the early twenties, but has no clue about the identity of the sports car on the ferry. We think it ...
Paris-Rouen without any breakdown
Andy Watt reports: Last weekend saw the 119th Anniversary of the Paris Rouen Race. This year 42 pre-1928 cars set off to drive from Paris to Rouen and back. A great event organised by the Teuf Teuf Club with the organisation overseen by Mm Lucas. We took the 1904 40hp Berliet for the event. The weather on Saturday was warm and sunny but the return journey was colder with some rain. All 42 ca...
The final chance to own Packard: buy the factory!
 In the early 20th century, the automobile industry was just starting to gain some serious steam. The Ford Model T may have been introduced in 1908, but five years prior Packard had created one of the most modern car factories in the world: the Packard plant in Detroit, Mich.Back in the early 1900s, Packard was known as one of the "Three Ps" of American automobile royalty along with Pierce-Arro...
Who's that guy next to Dirk Regter?
Dirk Regter's Model T is getting him in places. While touring in California Jay Leno hopped on board and had Dirk explain him about the alterations he made to make the Model T a highly reliable world travelling machine. They had a big time when Jay gave the Model T Worldtour team a private tour in his well occupied Garage.  He owns about anything you can imagine on wheels, yet not everything. A s...
What is it? Quiz 347
It is a Gran Turismo avant la lettre. One of the rarest British cars known. Guesses for the total production number vary from just one up to less than a handful. Available with 4,5 litre or slightly smaller engine. And even with a supercharger. Being a  sporty luxury car it was meant to be 'the car of the future'. Only too bad it didn't come to real production numbers. From family reports we un...
Best headline:"If I were to design a car I would put a mirror on it!"
A pleasant twenties picture of a touring lady who has an open eye for the things that are matter in life. Like the traffic behind her, or ... er ? We leave it all up to you. Come up with the best caption that comes from your twisted mind and you may get hold of the PreWarCar dashboard badge. Post your comment before Sunday morning 00.00 GMT. (courtesy Horwitz  collection)UPDATE: Petere won this ...
Where to find the results of the 1913 Alpine Trial?
Hundred years ago a team of three Rolls-Royces was entered for the 1913 Alpine Trial, a grueling rally across many mountain passes in the Austrian, Swiss, and Italian Alps. Apart from the works team a privateer, James Radley, also entered his 1913 Silver Ghost. He is shown in the picture above. Due to meticulous preparation both works team and privateer did very well. On the first day Radley had ...
Alfa 6C (?) gearbox found in Swiss scrapyard. (upd. 6C2300B)
 Last Saturday Wilfried found this gearbox on a old scrapyard in Switzerland. He presumes it is Alfa Romeo, with Number 843177M, 22x39, A2X, 017. The big shifter was once modified but coud be a part of the original. He also wonders about the function of the smaller shifter? Some type of an old Overdrive? Length overall without spider on back: 560 mm, bellhousing: outer diameter: 370 mm, ...
Doctors only? (update: no doctor's! "three-quarter folding head coupe")
There are many model designations, but what exactly makes a car a Doctors Coupe? Was it only to be used by doctors? Perhaps it was named so because this model with only two seats and a trunk could be easily used by country doctors? But maybe you can come up with a better reason?Anyway, we saw this 1929 Lea Francis 12/40 'P' type Doctors Coupe in true barn find but reasonable condition at Richard...
A true hero of labour, Opel 1.3l, 1934
Visitor Volker (full name known with editor) writes: Over the last years I was wondering what happened to the cars which were used in the wartime, left somewhere and reused by new owners. Especially in Germany numerous cars were taken by the military, sprayed military grey, and driven as long as possible. A number of high quality coachbuilders earned their living at the end and after th...
What became of Boris Vian's 1911 Brasier? (update: Stolen?)
by Fons Alkemade: Just recently the French movie L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) was launched and I will certainly visit my local cinema to see it. (editor: for the fun of it see some of the wacky moviecars created for the film). For many years now I have been intrigued by the author of the novel on which this film is based, Boris Vian (1920-1959). He was a well-known author, m...
Best headline: "I wonder if there's any sediment in his Autovac?"
We had a short contact with Bart Kleyn, organiser of the Pre-war Via Flaminia, currently not too far from Rome. Despite the exquisite weather, fabulous roads and fine dining we understand they have a tough time down there. Three cars have been sent home due to breakdowns. The bright side is that the 'surviving'competitors are welcomed warmly in the small towns and villages along the way. Here it ...
The forgotten Spyker-Mathis
You might think that this lady is about to enter a Mathis. That is completely understandable but not quite correct. The car you see here is a Spyker-Mathis, which was earlier mentioned by Fons Alkemade in his article about the Mathis Centenary. Spyker was known for its large, expensive automobiles, but after WW I they understood there was a need for smaller and more economical cars. Spyker d...
Spotted: The last two-wheeled Vauxhall?
It may not be the most brilliant photo he ever sent to us, yet Derek Wilson always has a keen eye for the exquisite. He writes: "While over at the Isle of Man TT I spotted a lovely garden center and vintage car and bikes on display in Miltown near Ramsey. It's well worth a look; I found many ratho cars and bikes. One being this 1922 four-cylinder Vauxhall. It could do 82 mph and is believed to be ...
Blue skies over ' La Vie en Bleu'
During last weekend and for the seventh time the Bugatti Owners Club hosted “La Vie en Bleu”, their huge celebration of French motoring culture at their famous venue the Prescott Hill Climb near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Text & photos Mike Tebbett.As usual a wide variety of motor cars, and perhaps an even wider variety of people enjoyed blissfully sunny warm weather and a feast of pr...
Little boy, big car mystery (update: Darmont 'Etoile de France')
The junior pilot and his race car that made a stop at the sidecurb for a closer inspection are both postwar of course. We may be wrong, but the big car seems a lot older. Andrea Iannaccone recently found the picture. On his quest for more information about the marque of the car that is the one on the right - he roamed our website for several hours but got lost in the many pictures and stories. We ...
Texas desert mysteries (update: thumbnails repaired)
Trudy and Dirk Regter go west with their 1915 Model T, through the arid south of Texas in the of direction Nevada and California. We thought places like this were no longer existent. So wrong! When you're using secondary roads it's all there. Let's see if you can ID all these fine relics.        ...
What is it? Quiz #345
It is a fine group. Our guess that it is the full personnel of a transport, garage and service company, 19 men in total. Ranging from the youngest help on the running board to the owners of the company (both with hat). The official chauffeur looks like he is cranking the car. The blackhanded mechanic is lying half under. Up to you to tell us which fine car they are in and upon. It ...
Just another year at Deauville? (upd: two similar cars)
We know lots about the car, (update: similar to this a 1938 Delahaye 135M Grand Luxe by Chapron). We also know that the car was taken to various concours by its first owner from Vienna. The photo was taken at the Concours of Deauville in front of the casino. We only would love to know which year this was, what the results were, and who the lady is (not to mention her dog). Yet is not easy to fi...
Not a gilded cage, but a nickeled one
For the first two decades of the Twentieth Century, of the so-called "Three Ps of Motordom", Pierce-Arrow was arguably at the pinnacle of that small list. Earlier known best for household goods such ornate, gilded bird cages, bathtubs, and ice boxes, by 1905 Pierce was among the very finest motorcars in the world, as demonstrated by a Pierce Great Arrow winning the first-ever Glidden Trophy...
A Wednesday 'Weed' mystery (Upd. tire chains!)
David Scott recently acquired a very original Buick and is giving a fettle for further use and preservation. While cleaning her up he got puzzled by the oval plate at front bumper of the car: WEED...!? Here his letter:  "I have been tinkering with my Buick, no really nasty surprises so far, in fact astonishingly good for 88 years old and original. But it has this strange plate on the fr...
Paris-Madrid: start to finish in 110 years

The  original 1903 Paris-Madrid race arguably is one of the most epic of motoring history… in part due to the many casualties that occurred, including Marcel Renault. The race was ended in Bordeaux, long before the finish. Past weekend saw the reenactment of Paris-Madris after 110 years: with an amazing set of vintage machinery (see the 1903 Mercedes above) and thi...

One of the lesser known Ford production facilities (upd. + Egypt, India, Spain)
"Banat Motor", the official dealer for FORD ROMANA SAR - Ford Factory from Bucharest - was located in Timisoara. Address: I.G.Duca Street nr.8, nowadays: Republic Street nr.8 (the building has hardly changed, see photo below). The firm was active until 1941 and was selling all types of romanian made Fords. In the photo a 1936 Ford V8 and 1932 Ford V8. It is always interesting to see how w...
Gentleman speeding at Wiscombe Park
Think of Devon and most would think of cream teas, not motor-sport. The Vintage Sports Car Club's visit to the Wiscombe Park's beautiful grounds, with its winding hill climb that starts just outside Wiscombe house, crosses a bridge then with its stunning views across the countryside, winds its way up and into the trees, before crossing. It's very different to circuit racing, it seems all to...
Remember the Chalmers at Beaulieu last year?
Andy Lloyd sent an e-mail regarding the Chalmers we had on display at our Beaulieu stand last year September. It was sold on the spot by a dealer that we had invited, sadly he didn't inform us about the sale; surprise! Anyway Andy is very happy and did all work required like exhaust valve heads coming off, magneto failure, loose bolts in the engine, and extensive chassis repairs. The only th...
This Saturday: opening of 'The Vault'!
Little chance you missed our earlier report 'Trash or Treasure' about the two garages that not have been opened in 20+ years. From all requests that came in there was one from a three generation vintage car family. They accompanied their e-mail with the charming motivation above. Both garage owner 'Pete' and your editor felt that these were exact the candidates we were looking for. An agreement ...
Steady Barker now also steady on DVD
Ronald 'Steady' Barker is one of the UK's leading old car enthusiasts and a highly respected motoring journalist, in a career that has spanned 6 decades he has brought his inimitable brand of sparkling wit and technical insight to some of the most respected automotive journals, beginning in the 1950s at The Autocar and now as a regular contributor to The Automobile. Steady is cut from the same clo...
A Franklin V-screen mystery (upd: Wind Splitter Sedan)
Larry from the US recently found this 1922 Franklin model 10A with a sedan body carrying a rare V-screen windshield. Before starting a restoration he would like to know what he has. So far he has found no makers badge and the Franklin website only informed him that his Series 10A is one of 2,630 made in 1922. So far he has not been successfull in identifying this interesting body. Does anybo...
Here's another gas saver!
It's so thirsty that you won't drive it a lot...This car was built by father and son team Clive & Bruce Woolley in South Africa. It has a Liberty V12 tank engine of 27 liters fitted into a Rolls Royce  20/25 chassis. It took about four years to build. There are several videos on YouTube under "Liberty V12". One can wonder what the sense or nonsense is of building machinery like this. But on...
The bigger the Packard the better? (upd: Ask the man who owns two!)
One of the oft-quoted myths, “Bigger is better”, so frequently used, is no longer the answer to every pre-war car enthusiast’s prayer. Taking for example one of the most respected prestige marques among the offerings from across the Atlantic Ocean, the Packard.  Bernie Jacobson is analysing the pro and cons of 6, 8, and 12 cylinder Packards in terms of handling, fuel comsumption, and more. ...
What is it? #345
Surprise, it is a Bugatti. We thought let's make it simple for a change. Yet as you know us well there is always a boa constrictor hiding in the shrubbery. So be very careful before you send in your answer, because it looks a lot like a very famous design, but it's something else, arguably even nicer. No further hints. Just tell us before Monday 20 May which exact year, type, and model this M...
Me? Never?
The season is on, so we thought it is good timing to show you this situation. It's not a big thing, but it could have been disisaster. A car leaving the trailer is the very last thing you need during a touring weekend. So never say never. Odd things with trailers happen all the time.  So when you are planning a trip check your material way before. Check your car. Check the lights. Check the trai...
Model T on its way to America
You may have followed the adventures of Dirk & Trudy Regter during the first leg of the round the world tour they started last year. Since then they covered Europe and Africa down to Capetown. From there the car was shipped and now they are about to resume the trip from Houston and than making a large clockwise trip around the USA & Canada. You will be able to follow the Model T...
Hillclimb racer ends in back of family car
Not your usual Hillclimbing mount, but at least it's easy to load into a small people carrier to take home at the end of the day. Gerry Michelmore's diminutive 1921 Carden Sports 707cc cyclecar seen at the VSCC opening Hillclimb of 2013 at Wiscombe Park near Honiton in Devon.       ...
Whether Fiat or FIAT*, it's definitely a supercar!
Wealth has its prerogatives. In 1904, when Kaiser Wilhelm II suggested that his friend August Anheuser Busch Sr. should order a Fiat 60HP car, the $13,500 price for the chassis alone wasn't likely an issue. Nor the $4,000 cost of the patented and state-of-the art aluminum-skinned Quinby & Co custom body. Busch agreed and his 1905 Fiat 60HP, serial 3003 - the third produced of twenty, arrived...
Submerged car ID (upd. '29/'30 Dodge or Chrysler?)
David Coe sends this arty picture of a car eaten away by water and salt somewhere in the the drowned city Epecuen, Argentina. David writes: "Although I doubt it's of huge interest to your readers I wonder if anyone can venture an identification of this vehicle." How wrong David, we love this kind of unidentified cars! Although we're not really sure this is a pre-war, we wouldn't be surprised if i...
Half Hisso Sprint Special!
This typical American sprint car is presented this weekend by PreWarCar afficionado Jim Kruse at the AACA Spring Meet in Auburn, Indiana, USA. Believe it or not but his wife bought the car and it was up to Jim, family and friends to bring back the basket case to former glory. This was not only a restoration job but aside that also a labour of historical research. These sprint cars were custom-buil...
Trash or Treasure? What's hiding behind these doors?

No Friday girl today, but not less fascinating. Regular visitor 'Pete'(*) sends this photo of the double garage he rented out more than twenty years ago to a gentlemen who passed away recently. "The garages are padlocked, and haven't been used over 20 years, when I rented it to a man, who is no longer with us. I do remember, he mentioned that he stored two old cars in the garage." Now Pete wa...

What happened to Al Jolson's 1928 Mercedes? (upd. appearing in 'A night in Casablanca')
Keith Nordquist sends this nice period photo of a Merc spotted in 1953 in Seattle Washington. Keith says this 1928 Mercedes Benz  convertible sedan was formerly owned by singer and  film star Al Jolson. Also that the body is by Saoutchik, Paris. We see a lot of similarities if not a full match with the 'concours pimped' 1928 K series convertible sedan photographed by Richard Spiegelman. Anybody...
Vintage traffic jam for Jim Boland's marriage
One of the world's biggest veteran and vintage car collectors, Jim Boland of Naas Co Kildare (20 miles west of Dublin), tied the knot on Wednesday last to his long-term friend and partner Brenda. It was a wonderfull wedding. As many said on the day it was like a Gordon Bennett rally because of all the wonderful cars. Jim was very appreciative of the effort people made to join him. We all wis...
Tired of the same old same old?
The sophisticated and eclectic automotive tastes of Manny and George Dragone are always apparent in the cars they bring to shows and the vehicle list at Dragone Auctions' May 31 auction (an unusual Friday-only sale) strongly emphasizes that point. Manny and George must have been bloodhounds in a previous life, as they are able to "sniff-out" more rare and unique cars than just about anyone ...
Royalty spotting
Our request for the new King and Queen at first delivered no results. Not strange as on the crowning day they not even used the Golden Spyker Carriage. Only one or two nondescript AtoBs, a ride through the masses probably was seen as unsafe on this day. Yesterday however this shot by pre-war paparazzo Maurice Dioncre came. This weekend he succeeded to catch the fresh royal couple in a lovely '32 M...
A Spring weekend, Welsh style
"Llandridnod Wells in the heart of Wales welcomed many of our smaller and older vintage cars to take part in the LCES tour and trial (LCES = Light Car & Edwardian Section of the VSCC). With delightful weather the cars and their crews took to the wiggly and often steep lanes of Wales on a jolly tour to Builth Wells on the Saturday followed by a trail on the Sunday. Some high-level left-o...
What is it? Quiz 344
An easy one this week. The radiator aloen should tell you most of the story. A late production specimen of one of the truly great makes. Of course there's always a bit of venom in the quiz question. What is the exact type and year of the car? The more precise the better your chances to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt.  And please, don't be shy, bluff & gambling is allowed! Just be sure...
Practising for the 2014 calendar!
We're not even halfway with the 2013 PreWarCar Ladies Calendar and some people have already started sending photos for 2014! Well to be honest you can keep your powder dry for the moment but a little practise during the pleasant season won't hurt. Bert Degenaar took the opportunity to acquire an Alvis 3 litre(?) Special for his beloved & talented Loes. Girl  looks lovely, car looks great, but Ber...
Right side 60HP Spyker photos wanted
One of the most famous Spyker cars must surely be this 60hp 1903 racing car. Not only was it equipped with the first six-cylinder engine, it was also the first 4x4 automobile. It was especially constructed for the 1903 Paris to Madrid race, but not ready in time. Still, a very good reason fort artist Araun Gordijn to make it the subject of his fifth commissioned Spyker painting. His first one was ...
REO awakes after an 86 year nap!
Basically you're looking at a 10 year old car. This 1917 REO Model M Seven Passenger Touring was put aside in 1927. The odometer is showing no more than 8259 miles, but don't let it deceive you as the Stewart of that time show a 'season total' so maybe the 8000 plus miles were only the miles done in 1927.  However the car was is such good condition that only "tires, fluids and routine maintenance...
A change of throne in Spyker country
Since 1948, April 30 traditionally Holland and Amsterdam will drown itself in an overdose of the colour orange: it's Queens Day!  Today however is the very last Queens Day as Queen Beatrix will abdicate after reigning for 33 years. Her oldest son Prince Willem Alexander -married with princess Maxima - will take the throne. So next year there will be no Queens Day - quite a shock for the Dutch - ...
A near PWC headquarter mystery
 Hans Veenenbos sends this lovely familyphotos of the Snep family, taken almost round the corner of the PWC headquarters just outside Amsterdam. Two XL family tourers of unknown making, the first clearly from the pre WWI era. The second made just prior to 1920 and even larger. Probably also somewhat easier to ID with its V-shaped radiator.      ...
The mystery of the surviving La Nefs
by Fons Alkemade: It is remarkable how many of the curious vehicles built by a rather obscure and only locally active company from the French town of Agen have survived to this day. Recently the pages of PreWarCar showed one of their cars offered for sale by someone in The Netherlands and almost at the same time another survivor appeared in an article on the exposition of cars from the Schlumpf 'r...
New Shopping at Half Prices until May 1
Yesterday we launched a new system for ordering & paying ads by  private sellers. Nothing changed dramatically. New is that you don't have to do separate payments for every single advert like in the past. You add one or more orders to your 'shopping cart' and pay in one go. To get you going and try out the new set-up we run a special deal up to May 1 :  all private ads at half price.  The earli...
Speedy Vauxhall turns 100
Ian Murray reports:  "....desperately trying to take a serious photograph of my pride and joy, and guess who feels left out!" and then continues:  Long before Vauxhall became a part of the General Motors Empire and a producer of sensible family cars, it was building one of the greatest ever sports cars. This year marks the centenary of the 30/98. While the first car to exceed 100 mph was...
Machines speak at Montlhéry
Starting off chilly but revving up with more sun every hour. The cyclecar, edwardian and vintage sports car plus 'moto' crowd had trailered in the best of their materials. Did we say trailer? Lots of them came on own wheels. Most courageous our friends of The Automobile who crossed the Channel with the very much unrestored Ford Woodie and a fine Peugeot that after visiting the banks of Mon...
The Italian Buick mystery
Recently we were shown a Buick brochure that was published in Italy. So far, so good, but the models shown had us confused. The sedan looks to be a 1920s model, but apart from the Buick logo, it's one we have never seen before. The pointed radiator and sharp looking bodywork is something we have never seen before on a Buick. Apart from the sedan there's also a frontal picture of what seems to be...
Merry Olds with a backward look (Upd. Pram factory!)
We hesitated whether we would publish this as a PostWar article or a PreWar one. Hesitation because this is not a 1901 Oldsmobile production line we are looking at, but one that was set up in 1959! These fakes were produced by the Starts Manufacturing Co. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and they had big plans with them. Called the "Rollsmobile", a production of 50 units per month was started. This w...
Back to the Cork Grand Prix
One of racing history's footnotes is the Cork Grand Prix. Although held only three times, from 1936 to 1938, it was a huge success, the last race on the roads of Cork in the Irish Republic drawing some 70,000 spectators. Only too bad it was held just seven days after the first Championship race at Pau in France. Due to the new regulations that year this short interval put so much pressure on the M...
What is it? Quiz #343
Didn't they make wonderful automobiles back in the early years of the previous century? When we discovered his picture we immediately thought that this marque would be a perfect quiz candidate. However, when we checked our find with two jury members, they told us that the radiator is not the right one for this automobile. What to do? Well, present the quiz anyway! But together with a picture of ...
On the way to Montlhéry...
Robin Batchelor reports: "Today I spent all day trying to clean the dirt from the petrol tank in my Ford Woodie - ready for our visit to Montlhéry! Since the car joined The Automobile magazine's "Oily Rag" collection, I have been trying to make the car as usable as possible.The one "spanner in the works" is original dirt in the petrol tank. Despite flushing it several times, the odd bit...
For the lucky ones at Montlhéry
This weekend will see the greatest show on earth, well.... at least the best of France. Saturday and Sunday a massive crowd of vintage racing cars and vintage motorbikes will touch the holy concrete of Montlhéry, just south of Paris. Vintage Revival Montlhéry, two days of vintage racing fun along the banked curves of the french diva. Truckloads of Amilcars, Bugattis, Morgan, Frazer-Nash and many...
An Amilcar Avus mystery
Richard Lane, archivist of the UK Amilcar Register, comes up with an intersting issue regarding two drivers of the depicted streamlined offset Amilcar C6 photographed at Avus in 1933. Miss M.J. Mackonocie and Henken Widengren. After 1932 no traces of her. After 1935 no traces of Widengren. Before that most is known.This the history:  In July 1928 the famous Brooklands driver Vernon Balls came 4t...
Not just another Special
We are not here to kill everybody who rebodies his car. Especially when the former body is in very poor condition. Yes in a previous life  this 1936 Talbot 105 Aero Coupe (H&H, Imperial War Museum, April 17) was a sports saloon. In this case one that popped up from a barn nearly 20 years ago. We do not know what may have been the inspiration to build this aero coupe, but it may have been the ...
A coal gas generator mystery (upd. 1937/38 De Soto, Plymouth or Dodge?)
Carlos Riplollès sends this picture. It was taken in 1942 during a field trip to mount Aneto in the Pyrenees, Spain. My friend knows it's their grandfather's car, but nobody seems to know the make or model. I've also noticed the rear gadget mounted on the car and have no idea about what it is. They seem to be repairing it. Could anybody identify the car? The family would really appreciate it.edit...
Denmark to Darjeeling India per Standard Avon
Very similar to the Standard car shown last week. Eugenio Lai from Denmark knows his trip-trip grandfathers brother Eigil Møller owned a 1907-08 Standard Avon Roi de Belge. And he used it like it should be! He went from Denmark to Darjeeling in India near to the Nepal border in the beginning of the century, and started a tea farm as the first in the highlands. He was successful in this...
winner: "...hurry up, I want to get the rest of the washing off the line before it starts raining!"
She is posing with her veteran, and probably the car is owned by the photographer who most probably will take the wheel after this. But at the same time the look in her eyes makes us hesitate. Maybe it is not him but her owning the car, and that not he but she is the driver. And then the coat, is it hers or his? It's all up to you. Give us your best line and you may win the brass PreWarCar  d...
Schlumpf museum's reserve on holiday
Kassel is celebrating the 1100 years since its foundation, and among other events, an exposition of 40 most interesting cars from the French National Car Museum Cite de l`Automobile in Mulhouse will be exposed there from May 1st  to July 31th 2013. So, don’t worry French readers, all the cars will return to the obscurity after two months. As everything from the Schlumpf collection, there ...
Prewar Salooning - Swiss Section
(Deutscher Text - siehe weiter unten)Based on a discussion thread on this website focusing on the fate of pre-war saloons, it was agreed that more needs to be done to promote appreciating, maintaining and using original prewar saloon cars. Various PWC members have agreed to act as contact points for their countries.I (Simon Kernahan) have  volunteered for this role in Switzerland. I've ...
real or replica and anything in between
This is no April joke(!) like a week ago: Dutch customs and tax authorities have put charges against a company that has been importing costly cars for a number of years with - among others - also various cars that you would consider as full replicas.  We understand that these cars were imported while paying import duties for antique cars, collector items if you want.  In various cases they were ...
Swiss body mystery solved: 1934 Chevrolet with swiss body by W. Blaser
A few weeks back we received photos of a mystery cabriolet coachwork (see link).  Many things indicated a swiss coachbuilder,  Langenthal and Graber were mentioned. However the body is from an even more rare coachbuilder: W.Blaser from Burgdorf (also showing a similar body on 1935 Ford V8 basis).This little company started making bodies for Pic-Pic and Saurer, and in the 1930s they were ...
No Daimler mystery (upd. 1907 Standard Roi des Belges)
Michael Ware sends a photo that came to him from Alan Whytock. It was his grandfather's car and his mother always said it was a Daimler. Though you cannot see the front of the car the radiator surround does not look like a Daimler (check photo detail). It seems to have a hump in the top of it, rather like the Edwardian Standards, but this a bigger car than that. A lovely family grouping, with typ...
What is it? Quiz # 342
Kids waving goodbye to mother, father capturing the moment. A nice family snapshot in a sunny climate. But what sort of automobile are we looking at? (click main photo for a larger version). To help you a bit: the company has -like many- its roots in the carriage industry. Automobile manufacture began in 1910 with two cars creating publicity at Indy. What we see here is of course a later model a...
Winning line : "...buying a French car, hiring a French driver and leaving my I-phone at home..."
A fabulous Renault limousine or towncar. A 1914 ED perhaps? And a joyful lady waiting on the side. Is she waiting for her husband to leave for the opera? Is she having an affair with the chauffeur? Or is she maybe the sister of the chauffeur? She seems dressed too posh for the latter and too plain for the first... So maybe she's just a photography model to add to the atmosphere of the postcard? Up...
A Washington D.C. Treasury mystery (update: 1917 Haynes Light Six roadster)
Don Risen from California sends on a photo that came 'from a friend'. He adds that it is  a "1913 photo from somewhere in Washington, D.C."  A brandnew Roadster passing a policemen amoured against the elements and a Stop & Go sign over the umbrella. Now a word like 'somewhere' always triggers us. A short search brought us in front of the Treasury Department .... and at the other side of the same...
Lepape: no cooling by air nor by water... (update: that is to say in the beginning..!)
by Fons Alkemade: During the past twenty years or so I have been intrigued by the often curious inventions and vehicles proposed (and sometimes built) by the French engineer Hippolyte Lepape. Now and then he pops up again: recently I found him in the nice E-magazine Serpolette's Tricycle. The most recent issue contains an article on a rare French motorcycle called the Bichrone. As the...
Barnfinds forever! (update: Amilcar 'Cheap Garden Shed special')
Robin Bachelor was kind enough to illustrate yesterday's support with photos of a superb find. At least this looks to be a very original Amilcar CGSs. As we don't know anything about the car we hope you lot will fiil us in. And yes, don't despair, NO ban on proeject cars and branfound remains. The Newe Dutch rule was only an invention of our sick Dutch mind. We can only thank you for your massive ...
New rules for advertising stopped! (April 1: thank you for your support!)
UPDATE: APRIL FOOLs . Thank you all for your warm response. It is great that so many out there feel connected with what we're doing. In the same way we feel connected to you out there working in thousands of workshops to preserve automotive history. We are a real community together and Yes! we must confess that this time it was a first of April set-up in a long tradition of PWC April Fool's editio...
The Easter Bunny couldn’t make it today
Usually at Easter we expect a visit from the Easter Bunny to the PreWarCar offices. However, this time he texted us that he was otherwise occupied. "But," he continued on a happy note, "do not worry. A close relative of mine has a bit of spare time, and he'll be happy to fill in for me."Easter's supposed to celebrate spring. Now, we don't know what the weather is at your place, but over her...
Winning headline: "...she is looking at...ME. "
A soft smile, a brilliant outfit and a nice cute car (is it Citroën or what?), this girl is ready for Easter weekend. The only thing bothering is that she's not looking this way. What's hiding over our left shoulder that's so distracting? The best words or heading will be rewarded with the brass PreWarCar badge. (courtesy postcard collection Horwitz)Update: you gave us some tough decision time on...
Samuel Sharp, the blind motorist with license!
  In 1904 in Great Britain anyone driving a motor car had to have a licence.  They had to be aged 14 to drive a motor cycle and 17 to drive a car.  There was no form of a driving test at all.   The magazine “Motoring Illustrated” seemed to take the view that the age limit should be reduced from 17.  This illustration appeared in the magazine with following caption...
Vintage Pornography: the naked Millers
The 2013 Amelia Island Concours celebrated the incredible race cars of Harry A. Miller, arguably the most important race car designer the US has ever produced. His supercharged 91 cubic inch front-drive single seater set a closed course lap record of 148 MPH in 1928, a record that stood until after WWII. The few Miller cars that remain unquestionably represent the holy grails of prewar Am...
A Sunbeam location Mystery.(upd. St. Chad's RC Cathederal in Birmingham???)
Steven White wrote us: "The attached photo has been supplied courtesy of Bruce Dowell of the Sunbeam Register, by the UK National Inventory of War Memorials (UKNIWM) - Imperial War Museum who are having difficulty identifying the location of the Cenotaph. (editor: just googling for cenotaphs images doesn't help a lot we learned)The car is thought to be a 24hp. Sunbeam Tourer of late 1919, possibly...
70 years after the explosion
Davy Guineau reports: My last discovery is this Citroen Traction Avant Cabriolet de 1934. It remained here in the Dordogne since 1944. It was only thanks to an old photo showing the wreck that I could find out its whereabouts. I contacted the owner of the terrain and when he said OK I started the search. According to the owner the car was exploded in 1944. Enormous holes in the right front a...
Riddles in the former Auburn Cord Duesenberg factory
Heith Goodrich recently paid a visit to a National treasure. Listed as one of the best places for gearheads in the USA to visit, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, features over 120 automobiles. He was in heaven! "Very rarely does anyone see as many unique and pre-war cars as you will find here. Although we only had a few hours to visit the museum, I must have taken a phot...
What is it? Quiz # 341
For this quiz we found a 110 year old voiturette to set your teeth in. The company who made it began manufacturing at the turn of the century but was in business only for a few years. Like many other makes of those days the single-cylinder engine was supplied by a famous French manufacturer, but the latest models had an Aster engine. The make is mostly referred to with two names (those of the ma...
Starting up the old girl for the weekend
Harry Hickling reports about the Canberra Wheels Show, last Sunday. The wonderful 1908 Mercedes with its Roi de Belges touring coachwork depicted here is still very much alive. To see the car in reality of course should have gone to the show. But a few seconds of action are in this video, just past the white bearded aussie hillbilly bragging about the acceleration of his Model T....
American or Dutch? The Lincoln Body Mystery
When in doubt, ask the experts! Dutch classic car dealer Lex van Lammeren has just acquired a fine 1928 Lincoln Model L Dual Cowl Phaeton. The Lincoln has a body tag that shows it was made by famous Dutch coach builder Schutter & van Bakel in Amsterdam. But to be honest, there is very little difference between with a factory supplied body. In fact the only difference we can spot is the rear of t...
What happened to the Peugeot Dar'l Mat found in Sussex? (upd. indeed the Dorothy Patten car)
UPDATE II:  Stuart Graham found this Darl'Mat in a garden in Sussex.  It had an extensive racing history.  I tried to swap it for my Morgan, the owner said no! When he died it passed on to the Eastbourne Motor Museum and when that owner died the last I heard of it was that it had gone to Germany but was in a terrible state.editor: anybody who knows what came of this car? UPDATE II: the ...
Ceirano at Bleiche Trophy ( upd. 3 litre CS 'SCAT')
Recently we were contacted by Andreas Honegger, son of an industrial family not too far from Zürich. The little village Wald in the old days was known as the 'Manchester' of Switzerland where textile industries bloomed in the still young twentieth century. From this time (1918)  is the only photo that remains of this fine Ceirano, showing the family's chauffeur and Oskar and Ernest Honegger in ...
Hemming's motorcycle
  Frank Hemming ran the local cycle and motorcycle shop in the Somerset seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare in the twenties.  In 1922 he decided to build himself his ideal bike, using a 4 1/4HP (550cc) Blackburne engine and a Moss 3 speed gearbox.  Frame lugs he bought from leading component company Chater-Lea, and the bike was assembled over the winter months 1922/23.  It was finally com...
The season for caravanning is near
'Britsh Caravans, Volume I', book review by Michael E. Ware: In Britain our event and rally fields are now being enlivened by owners bringing  vintage and classic caravans, usually complete with period interiors and equipment.  Frederick Alcock is credited with making the first trailer caravan for cars in 1914, but caravans for sale became available in 1919.  The period before WWII wa...
Bertha Benz a comic babe?
If there's one way to get the kids interested in our hobby, it must be by presenting them a story in a comic book. This one, by Martin Grünewald and illustrated by Willy Harold Williamson has just been released. It tells the story of the troubles Carl Benz faced while building his first automobile. And of course there's the story of his wife Bertha Benz, whose first long-distance drive is legen...
Fox and Nicholl Singers revisited. (upd. 4,5 or 6,5 litre Bentley in background?)
Bill Coates reports: "Some months ago a query was sent in regarding Fox and Nicholl Singers. There is also a marvellous article about F&N by David Venables appeared in this month's VSCC bulletin).  It is a subject close to my heart as in 1970 I purchased the remains of a 2 litre Singer which was lying in a hedge in North Wales. The engine & front axle were said to have come from a "racing ...
Founding Fathers of the Pre-war Salooning Club
By technical and human mishap these photos were published earlier than planned without our comments. After our first ramblings about a Pre-War Salooning Club we received various interesting responses. From the UK, Australia and Belgium. As we had no idea so far how to start a worldwide salooning club we appoint the first repondents as the Founding Fathers and take things from there. We like ...
Winning caption: "Drive me to the moon."
In times of war and petrol rationing all sorts of alternative fuels are experimented with.   In WWI town gas was one choice.   One of its problems was the size of the container that was required to carry it to give a worthwhile mileage. This amazing picture is of a 1913 38hp Lanchester so equipped.   Thje driver would have to be careful not to choose a route with low bridges.  The bag and p...
A fresh Czech engine Mystery (upd. pre 1910 Ballot? Bianchi? )
Josef Kubista is seeking help with identifying this monobloc four cylinder (found in the Czech Republic). So with the help of a local forum, but so far nobody has a clue. The size appears to be 67 x 110mm. Everything else is in the pictures, no marking except for 1926 /16/ 23-3 (date of manufacturing?). Josef has some ideas but he likes to hear the opinion from abroad expert first wi...
55th Rallye Barcelona-Sitges
When the rest of Europe usually is covered by clouds or even snow, Barcelona is already a sunny place to enjoy classic cars. The Rallye Barcelona-Sitges has been celebrated 55 years in the "early spring" and most of the times with sunny days, like this past 2th and 3th March. This very special (and well known) event is a mix between old cars (most of them pre-1925) and a vintage dr...
What is it? Quiz# 340
To help you get on the road, this is a four wheel drive truck. Not made in the USA where the 4x4 history started with steam in 1901. Oops ! now you're off the road again. Also it is not made in Holland, where the first fwd 6 cylinder car was built. This highly professional offroader was made in small numbers in Europe by a factory that most of you will only remember because this name is conne...
Mother’s little helper
Again no pretty woman this Friday on PreWarCar. Today is International Women's Day, that's why we want to show you this little device. On its own it did quite a lot to help the emancipation of women. This lumpy thing is an electric starter that could be fitted on the crank which most (if not all) women found impossible to handle. In its own way this device helped women to get more freedom. The '...
British saloon oozing with patina.
As discussed before, some saloons run the risk of losing their bodies in favor of creating an open-top car. Certainly not this one offered by Coys on March 12. This two-tone 1938 MG SA Saloon is not restored, but very well maintained over the years. Notwithstanding some minor improvements to make it suitable for long distance cruising, it oozes patina. Driving long distances is just what you sho...
World's cycliest cyclecar : The Grafton
We have shown it earlier on these pages, but we can't get enough of Tim Gunn's faithful interpretation of a sporting cyclecar based on the 1913 book "How to build a cyclecar" and an article from the cyclecar magazine from 1913 telling the story of an employee of the GN works who built a 1/2 size GN using bicycle and motorcycle components. 1919 300cc JAP sidevalve motorcycle engine with raci...
Are you ready to say MM-mmm !
When your heart is with vintage sports cars, you may also have this predictable dream. To participate in the mother of all vintage rallies: Mille Miglia ! And preferably with a true sports car like the one depicted. Now to get a car ready and arrange for an MM entree is only a few words on paper but in reality it isn't that simple. Alternatively here you've got a one stop shopping package.. You'r...
A non Bugatti Mystery Roadster (Upd. 1912-14 Gregoire?)
A fine roadster of sharp design, very nicely cut front wings and black or at least dark painted disc wheel covers. The crumpled photo came to Bugatti afficionado Jaap Horst for identification. As it isn't a Bugatti he placed the picture on our desk. We think the photo must have a british history, at least that is what we conclude based on the wellknown sidelights. So presumably it is a british mad...
Bad start, happy end Buick
 Two Spanish afficionados found the old photos of a damaged 1928 Buick in the archives of a naval company called Navantia. The car seemed to be new in those days. Not too much later they found a 1928 Buick four door sedan (looks like a model 51 Brougham, or?) and bought it together with a friend. After speaking with the former owners and after some research into the history of the car, the...
One for the ladies !
Longstone Tyres recently has received serious comments and complaints regarding the explicit advertising they have been following. Making use of vintage - sometimes risque - pictures showing young ladies working at their cars while not properly dressed for the occasion. Three points have come up in the complaints by the ladies:1.  Longstone wouldn't do any advertising with scantilly clad man in i...
The final statement of Marmon.
Not every saloon - or sedan in american phrasing -  is a bland piece of tin that awakens the hunger of sport special builders. Look at this 'face' radiating pride and arrogance. It was Marmon's last attempt for a comeback that never came.  The idea was to launch a model in between the straight eight and the oilwell eating V16.  The V12 was three quarters the size of the V16 and...
The miraculous Maratuech
Last december the restoration of a remarkable car was finished in the Bordeaux region of France. The project had been made possible by the Fondation du Patrimoine, a French foundation which tries to protect and restore all kinds of heritage: churches, mills, bridges etc. In case of the restoration of vehicles, the Fondation gets financial support from Motul, the well-known maker of motor oil...
Period upgrade Bentley offered at Amelia, Florida. (update: original body)

If the quantity of cars being offered is of primary importance, Scottsdale, Arizona is where you should go. If it's quality you want, Amelia Island is your place. For one example, consider this 1928 Bentley 4-1/2 litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer being offered at Gooding's March 8 sale in conjunctio...

Another sad saloon story
We have posted similar stories regularly in the past (like the Bentley issue in 2011) . The slaughtering of saloons in favour of more profit delivering specials is an ongoing affair. Some people want us to leave out these ads (see Tim Brown's message below), but we will not.  We show what's on the market aside of what we think of certain adverts. Much more than PreWarCar, you y...
The Old Rabbiter and the Unic (Update: now in Reno, Texas?)

This is a story from the time when restoring was something quite different from nowadays. Ivan Taylor was kind enough to dig up the story from his memory  and the photos form his archive."I was told by an old rabbiter that he remembered an early Unic car being driven over a bank around 1930 and had willow trees planted around it in order to stabilize the bank because of ...

Right Place, Right Time

PreWarCar Australian Correspondent Allistair ‘Bud’ Smith writes: Swap meetings in current times seem to be nearly irrelevant to those in Vintage cars but every now and then you can be lucky. This year, like most others, I attended the Toowoomba Swap Meet in Queensland, Australia. The Toowoomba Swap is arguably the largest swap meeting...

What is it? Quiz #339
It is a small family sedan. One of those made by many car manufacturers  in western Europe. This one by a small but still quite well known french firm that was started on the remains of two equally well known firms of the edwardian era. They started building with a small four cylinder engine and than proceeded with 2 litre and 2,5 litre units. They were reasonably succesfull but like so many othe...
Our youngest lady driver so far !

We get very nice responses on our request for Junior Pilots. But this weeks sending of Remco and Saskia Roomer beats them all: Fleur was only days old when she took the steering wheel of her 1907 Renault Vanderbilt  replica. As you can see reigning the edwardian monster  takes more than an average portion of energy of a young lady driver, but so dedicated she is that she d...

The very last Calthorpe Super Sports?
It's true, racing improves the breed. Like many other companies the British make Calthorpe did just that. Before World War I they had already made a name for themselves in racing. After hostilities had ended Calthorpe modified some of the production models with higher performance engines. The bodies were made by Mulliners, whose premises were next-door. Lovely cars with only one problem: they cost...
The only surviving (Cesare) Galimberti?
A few years ago Laurent Wiese bought this motorcycle with side-car and after lots of research he found some information about this pre-war bike manufacturer. Back in the thirties there were about 1400 motorcycle manufacturers in Italy....Yet he would love to find out more about this one. This is what came up so far. The bike is a 1935 model built in Italy by Cesare GALIMBERTI (1932-1935). Ga...
One granddad, four mystery cars..! (update: Overland, Pratt (-Elkhart), Model T, Velie?)

It's always great to have a photo of your grandfather with car. Especially if it's a photo of the brass era. Bob Apalsch from Alaska is taking things one, two, three steps further. He sent us four photos of his granddad Joseph Young posing with four(!) different cars; taken in Michigan in the period 1910-1914. We are afraid that Bob's love for old cars is incurable,...

Caring for the sick and wounded
Checking our 'Wanted' adverts we sometimes feel there must be a story behind a simple text line. And that's just the case with this advert. Hans Waldeck is a retired surgeon with a knack for historical research. As a young doctor he became very interested in the development of the ambulance and over the years has written several books about these cars and the companies that used them. Durin...
1910 Mercedes 10/20 Information Required
Tim Jones form New Zealand writes: "This is what we believe to be photos of our 1910 Mercedes 10/20, We wish to research the car from the parts that we have, However we are lacking any more inforamation than the attached pictures, There does not seem to be any information about the 10/20 anywhere on the internet. The  Mercedes records have given us The car was delivered in September 1910 as...
winning line:"Now how to make it go west and east, not just north and south."

sent by Mathieu Cuppens; this brilliant young engineer testing his magnet drive automobile. Next week we'll have a new quiz for you. This weekend we give you the room to cough up a great line with this fine illustration by Mich (anybody who knows who this is?).  Use the comment box below to add your line this weekend. The best will receive the brass PreWarCar dashboard badg...

A Langenthal mystery body?

Philip A. sends photos of an unidentified two door 4 seat convertible body with windowframes that fold down when windows are cranking down. Front and rear window can be cranked individual.

Doors open suicide ways, the soft-top is springloaded and stows under the steel-lid completly. There are also foldable steelpanels that cover the topframe-s...

The Valentine’s Day Mystery (update: 1920 Packard Twin Six Roadster)
Of course there's no need to remind you that today is Valentine's day. Surely you have posted your cards in time, haven't you? So instead of a reminder we have a true Valentine's Day Mystery for you. No, it's not the girl as we already know who she is. Very appropriate for today her name is Grace Valentine! She was a stage actress who started her career in 1905 and also starred in a few movies. ...
Pre-war Nissan Patrol ?!?
Something bizzare...? Michael Kurz spotted this "working horse" at the Salzburg Classic Expo last autumn. There is something like a Nissan Patrol Diesel engine chassis under it. It's been in use for towing a trailer. But where came the body from? Something US-made we presumed at first sight, however.... after closer inspection of the louvre doors we think it could be a 1936 Hanomag Sturm...
The fluted bonnet Mystery. (update:1914 Brasier !)
Most carphotos that need identifying are vague. How different this photo as provided by a Bugatti afficionado. The slightly scruffy car is pictured crisp and sharp. Location is Belgium or the south of the Netherlands in the fifties or early sixties (check VW beetle in background). But so far no ID of the car. The low camera angle isn't very helpful, but as usual let's concentrate on what the photo...
PreWar Cars at Rétromobile 2013
Today, Sunday, is the last day of Rétromobile. This vehicle, a 1913 Renault type DM, will probably be the last one to leave tonight, as it will be needed to sweep the corridors afterwards. We might as well admit it... we positively, absolutely fell in love with this Matford at the stand of the "Club V8 Vedette France"...
Today 100 years Moteurs Salmson
Some guys have all the 'luck'. Suppose you are a young and brilliant aero engineer. You start a real bussiness in february 1913 called 'Moteurs Salmson' . You have some 20-30 employees and build 8 engines every month. The next year WWI is breaking out and your business takes of like a rocket... After the war Salmson had become a big industry and they started making cyclecars and more. Check...
A Stellin- Stelline-Shell connection?
The above picture (!) comes from a postcard issued, during the 1905 Berlin car exhibition, by petrol supplier Stellin from the Vereinigte Benzinfabriken G.M.B.H. Bremen. If you study Stellin’s logo  its hard to deny they were related to the French petrol brand Stelline, owned by Societé Colombes who was many summers later absorbed by the Total group.There does not seem to be a link with ...
PreWar Plaza at the Bremen Classic Motorshow
Last weekend the Bremen Classic Motorshow was a fabulous succes with considerable more visitors than last year which also was a record year. The photo showing Bas Jansen was made just prior to the doors opening. PreWarCar had a very central stand with panel beating demonstrations by Carrosseriebouw Jansen and great cars made available by Hubert Kranz Oldtimers. For the 2014 edition the pla...
Racing at the Champs Elysées
If, during the next few days, you find yourself in Paris (to visit Rétromobile for instance) why not take a stroll along the famous Champs Elysées. No only to see and be seen, but do try and visit "L'Atelier Renault". Until April 7 there's a very nice collection of historic Renault record-breaking vehicles on show, ranging from a 1902 Type K and the 1956 "Etoile Filante", to the modern 1970s A...
A Packard bodied Rolls Mystery..?
by Mark Roberts: In 1984 my father purchased 1923 RR 20hp GF63 from the York Motor Museum in Western Australia. The vehicle was imported from New Zealand in 1979. At one stage it was painted completely white including the wheels, chassis, mudguards and the body! The coachwork is period for the car, but it's definately not the original Hooper tourer as fitted acc...
Will your car outlast its documents? (update: Gold Medal !)

by Miss Verity SpencerThe cherished shoebox (see below) passed on with collector cars to the new owner; filled (hopefully) with photographs, hand drawn schematics, past invoices, articles and perhaps if lucky, an owner's manual. We have all seen ads that boast: “well documented” or “comes with complete history”. The next time yo...

In stead of a skiing holiday: Copenhagen v.v.
Now if you feel like something after The 100 Miles, VSCC's Measham or another winter drive out, eat your heart out on reading this. Bert Degenaar felt like a test drive after his 4 litre blown Bentley with Marshall blower engine (*) had a thorough overhaul and thought what the heck. He asked his wife Loes and dog to grab their duffels plus a weekend bag and drove off for a long weekend Copenhagen...
Taking the Ballot Figoni to trials... (upd. Bruce Whitehouse)
During Rétromobile at Porte de Versailles in Paris, Artcurial has an auction on February 8. One of the highlights of that sale, in our opinion, is a 1927 Ballot 2 LTS. For a company that started out making boat engines (hence the marine inspired logo), Etablissements Ballot didn't do bad as a car manufacturer, their 2 LTS model was top-of-the-line. Not many of this model were made and even less...
A veteran differential Mystery.

Martin Shelley writes: "a close friend (Alastair Alexander) who is into old bikes has recently stumbled across an interesting early car part, in the shape of a chassis-mounted, chain driven differential. I think it may be from an early de Dion-engined veteran car or possibly from a slightly later cyclecar which would have had a motorcycle engine and gearbox.  Its moun...

Two 1910 Benz 'tourers' racing to Paris.
The Prinz-Heinrich Fahrt, first held in 1908, was a German road race in which only four-seater touring cars were allowed to take part. Three passengers were obligatory and racing cars were not allowed. Only three races were held, the last one in 1910 in which no less than ten Benz cars took part in a grueling 1,900 kilometer race across Germany and part of France. They had 80HP and 100HP engines...
The Clockwork Riley

 A true story: THE INNOCENCE OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION

I recently had a young 20ish.female reporter from a local paper come to my property to do an article on the rare birth of my twin donkeys. Walking past my workshop she noticed through the workshop window my 1909 Riley motorcar, and asked if she could have a look at it and possibly do an article...

What is it? Quiz 338
This is a very rare Edwardian. Looking out of our winter window, we thought this is a nice candidate for this weekend. Made in Europe but not in one of the countries you may think of first. The funny thing, despite the fact they didn't make a lot of cars, their name wellknown worldwide up to this day, be it that they dropped half of their name in the sixties. Now you may call yourself a connoisseu...
Tickford winding hood mystery solved by Kathleen.
by Dennis Maynard: The Patent for the Tickford Winding Hood which was applied for in July 1925 was in the names of George Salmons and Arthur Henry Dalby-Balls. The hood was said to be largely invented by Arthur, (or Tommy as he was known). The extract below clearly confirms that when designed the hood was to be operated by a handle on the offside of the car.“The hood is raised or lowered b...
A Dutch Newyears Meeting
Last weekend the DVSCC (Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club) organized the annual New Years Meeting, at Garage of Ab and Yvonne van Egmond near Amsterdam. Normally all the members come with their boring everyday car. But this year we started to motivate the members to come with their Pre-wars! So , with the weather forecast promising a lot of snow , six prewars arrived (Riley 12/4 , Sunbeam ...
Monster Wolseley history sought

Earlier misplaced under post-war by your editor; now relaunched in  the right category.Remember young Lucas who could hardly wait to take the wheel of his dad’s postwar Wolseley 14/60 back in the summer of 2011 ? Well that Wols turned to be kind of a workhouse as the restoration takes longer then estimated, leaving the family to long await b...

Mystery W & Strouk (?) engine (update: Wolf & Struck maybe? ?)
A friend of Alexander Schmidt found this large engine, length nearly 1 meter or 40 inches. No makers name was found, except on the front - he had to look at it with a mirror- it seems to read: "W & Strouk" . A short internet search only produced the advise to look for better spelling of the word...... Possibly Strouk is not the engine builder, maybe it's only the foundry, but well it is a le...
New home for a Sleeping Beauty
You may remember the name of Kay Hottendorff as co-author of the book "The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties". Being involved (or should we say obsessed?) with barnfinds, it's only naturally that one day he would stumble on his own dream find, nothing less than a 1937 Cord 812 S/C Custom Beverly. This Cord has been stored for more than sixty years by a man who has owned it since 1949. It still is in a...
Unknown celebrity: Cognet de Seynes

This month it will be one year since Lucien Loreille died. For years M. Loreille was one of the most fruitful and reliable automotive historians in France. He was a specialist in the car makers of Lyon (even the most obscure) and a pioneer in oral automotive history. It seems that his modesty (and the French language perhaps) has prevented him fr...

A little bit of pre-quiz training... (Update: Graham, not Graham Paige)
This weekend we start the quiz year with a post-war walk over. Check here - but oh my - be carefull!  Now to get the rusty brains moving in the pre-war era, we present you this fien collection of three unidentified taxis, sent to us by Rain. To help a little bit, they were all spotted and shot in Tallinn, Estonia in 1937-38. As you can see the winter is making life of the car sleuth miserable ...
Bugattis return from Californian holiday. (update: Museum AUTOVISION)
Our seriously well informed source spotted two Bugattis T57 in the Rotterdam harbours. We love these informal shots! We understand the two cars were among a small group of cars Peter Mullin acquired from the Schlumpf reserve collection and which remained in his californian museum under this exact title for a little bit less than three years. The black Galibier is a 1938 SC (compressor) and is 'on...
What do we see in BMW’s Showroom? (update: type 3/15)
There's nothing like a nice, original and even moody picture to start the day with. This one dates from early 1929 and gives us an inside look at what must have been one of the first BMW dealerships. It wasn't until October 1928 that BMW took over the Dixi-factory in Eisenach, where among two other models the Austin Seven was made under licence. We do know that before production started BMW impo...
The green face of Detroit.
One of the highlights of the upcoming Bonhams Auction at Scottsdale this Friday will be no doubt several cars in barn-find condition from the Pierce A. Miller Carriage Collection. Among them there's a 1908 Success, a 1907 Reo, and a 1903 Olds. But what we like most is the 1910 Detroit Electric Model D Brougham seen here. This was a very popular car in its heyday, especially with the ladies as thes...
When Aston met Martin.
Today exactly 100 years ago - 15 January 1913 - Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin started a business for building cars in Henniker Mews, London. The name Aston-Martin came only one year later (note the 'score' that dropped out later; when?). The Aston part of the name  referred to the Aston Clinton Hill Climb where Robert Bamford had been quite succesfull. We understand the firs...
What happened to this outrageous Alfa? (update: 6C2300 Berlina Aerodinamica Pescara by Viotti !)
Vincent Juvenelle found these 2 photos of the same extravagant Alfa Romeo , at the same event. The car has been honored wiht a 'Premio Speciale' and judging the the second photo one can only suspect this is a Concours. Maybe one of the last pre-war Concorso d'Eleganza de Villa d'Este ? Of course we all wonder what is the exact model, the coachbuilder,  the year, the event. The closest that ...
Sweet litte thing. (update: only 50 fourwheelers)
When you own a d'Yrsan cyclecar there's little risk that a similar car will pop up athe same race or show. D'Yrsan was primarily known for threewheelers. This Ruby engined and Cozette blown example is probably among less than a handfull surviving fourwheeled specimen. The car has been off the road for many years but after a carefull recommisioning it is ready for being tested for the  2013 ...
Tank and T35 tearjerkers.
An unreal collection of Molsheim products has gathered in the middle of the Maastricht show. In our view the hightlights are the very original and untouched T35 owned by Luc Slijpen. Check the incredible leather upholstery which almost makes your cry. In the background the  earliest Bugatti tank borrowed from the Mulhouse Museum. Not the average sigth. Yes, correct we're still at t...
Aston fleet landed in Maasricht
Not only the oldest surving 'A3'  Aston Martin has arrived in Maastricht for the weekend. Even more striking is the 1939 experimental saloon, the Atom. Even a recent 100 Miles participant slipped in with his car. Just a few highlights we picked up for you during the building day of the show. More to follow later today...     ...
A friend of a friend of a friend Mystery.(Durkopp, Darracq , Napier, Wolseley?)
Ray Miller is trying to identify the make and model of the fine open tourer depicted here. Ray adds: 'This has been sent to me by a Dutch friend, whose own friend wishes to know the information. It was taken in Holland in 1916 and he is almost certain that the car is British and was built pre-war.If anybody can identify the car, it would be much appreciated! ...
The coachbuilders clan
Coachbuilding as a family affair - the Castricums from the village of Winkel in rural Holland prove it can be done. Some three years ago Juri Castricum (30; in photo above slightly younger) took over his father’s company, securing the family business in to the 4th generation. Juri’s great grandfather started things back in the early 1920s selling petrol and servicing motor cars to those ...
Mulhouse-Maastricht in three days ?!?
Don't blame the 1923 Bugatti T32 Tank for slowness. The priceless vintage racer won't use a drop of petrol on the 500 km trip from the Mulhouse Museum to the show in Maastricht. It will travel dry, warm and comfy by truck to Hollands best carshow Interclassics Topmobiel that will open this Friday. The Tank will not be alone. No less than 11 Bugatti Grand Prix cars will be there to enjoy the e...
Nice '09 DeDion, but no pop-pop-pop...
This 1909 Dedion Bouton project is going along well. Click mainphoto for a better view. Also the dash and gauges are near completion. However as it is now, it will be a very silent car as a correct engine is still missing. It's relatively easy to find the early one cylinder DDB engine. We see them regularly in our parts columns. But this one needs the more  'modern'  post-...
Want your concours car in a Texas TV show?
Hello, this may be an odd request but I work for a production company in Texas and we will be in England on the weekend of the 25th/26th January 2013..We are currently making a television programme about pre war classic cars which are considered to be concours, which have a great story behind them and look great! We have currently filmed several one of a kind cars around America and would lo...
PreWar Christmas Quiz 2012: The Results!
What an overwhelming response we received! Marvelous! Many included best wishes for 2013, for which we thank you very much. But you are anxious to know the results... on Day 1 we showed the dashboard of a Bugatti (a Type 57 Atalante to be precise, but the marque was enough); day 2 was a Horch (1939 853A); day 3 Lancia (1930 8 series Lambda); day 4 was an MG (1938 VA tourer owned by John Bates, w...
Watch out! A new generation is taking over.
We promised you Kids & Cars as one of our themes in the new year, not only because we think it is fun. Also because we believe they are the future of the hobby. First to come in was Charlie Biddulph, showing off at the wheel of his 1920 RR Silver Ghost. It looks like he is very much in control, we foresee a great future for him with many vintage and prestigeous miles ahead. Slihgtly olde...
' What type of Chandler did I buy? ' (update: 1918 Model 18 )
Mr. Sumi Toshiyuki from Japan recently acquired this time battered Chandler. We understand it was owned a long time by the Tohoku University of Tokyo.  The new owner knows it must be of 1920-25 vintage but is not sure which exact year and model. The fact that there are no papers with the car and no engine either nor any identification plates don't make things more easy (check the Chandler ...
Fiat giving a push start to the Dodge?
  Welcome in a New Year loaded with old car goodies. We are already looking forward which crazy stories will come our way. Siegfried Otto Hepp sends a series of photos of the creative transport of a Fiat 509 he found in 1962.  The way this Dodge driver is hauling the Fiat is quite spectacular.  Just bolt off the bootlid and park the Fiat fron...
Happy New Year To All !
We promised you that young kids and antique cars would be one of our major themes of the New Year. Well here you go! Model T world travellers Dirk and Trudy Regter covered the first leg from Amsterdam to Capetown. With a few small detours - 3000 miles -  not caused by Trudy's brilliant map reading, they covered so far over 14000 miles (22.000 km).  The last 1000 miles on borrowed(!) tire...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 6
The last day of the year and the last part of our six day quiz. Not much of a dashboard this one, but we can tell you that this 1908 car was made by bewhiskered twin brothers, who began building cars in the fall of 1896 and by July 1899 had sold more than 200! Now all you have to do is guess the make of this car and the makes of which we have shown during the past five days. A model name is not ne...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 5
The dashboard of part five of our six day quiz is a make that was well-known in both Britain and France. The French company made saloons and cabriolets, but were most famous for their racing successes from 1925 to 1930. This dashboard we saw on a French one, a 1928 Grand Sport. Just write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has been published. Of course you ca...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 4
Part four of our six day quiz is a dashboard from a make that is mostly associated with quick little sportscars. It's creator was obsessed with octagons although in this luxury car they are not too obvious. Just write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has been published. Of course you can contact us on all other topics, because the PreWarCar offices are alwa...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 3
For part three of our six day quiz we have for you another automobile by an Italian, although this one stayed in Italy. Its creator died in 1937, but the make is still with us. To help you a bit... this model is named after the twelfth letter of the alphabet (or perhaps we should say eleventh letter in this case). Write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has ...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 2
The dashboard in part two of our six day quiz belongs to a German make that bears the name of its creator. However, in the first decade of the previous century he left his own company and started a new one with the same name, but in a different language. Write down the make (the German one), but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has been published. Of course you can contact us...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 1
Last year we received complaints that our usual Christmas Quiz was too easy! We always listen to protests, so prepare yourselves for a more difficult round of a new six-day quiz this Christmas. Everyone, including jury members can participate. Today is part one of this six part quiz in which we are going to show several dashboards for you to recognize. These dashboards do not necessarily have to b...
Xmas, a day without cars.

Manfred Heyne sends you all his Christmas wishes showing his living room with design lecture table by the firm of Mathis...Also the editors of PreWarCar-PostWarClassics wish you all a wonderfull quiet day with friends and family. 

 

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How’s that for a stocking filler?
Looking out of the windows of the PreWarCar/PostWarClassic office the weather looks glum, to say the least. It's gloomy with low clouds and there's a slight drizzle. If this is what they mean by 'The dark days before Christmas', we don't like it. So we need something to cheer us up and that's precisely what this picture does for us. What a well-decorated interior. And it also shows the final rea...
Bring them out !
Robert Vierbergen reports from a pleasant outing with Santa in his 1934 Talbot 65 in Agonac, near to Perigeux. "Here my Talbot is driving around father Xmas along the French countryside, little markets and Christmas stalls, yes it rained, the wind was cold, yet the food and drinks were great and warm, but the reactions were even warmer. So get them out of your heated garages and mak...
A pictorial history of the 100 Miles
No quiz today, because next week we will start our six-day pre-war quiz and post-war puzzle. Instead a report about the 100 Miles of Amsterdam, which was held last Sunday night. It's difficult to write a about the rally as every competitor will have his or her own story to tell about their experiences, so we decided to do a pictorial write-up of the rally. A good beginning is of course the pre-r...
Our calendar girls are no sissies.
Our January Miss is posing with her Buick racing Special. And you may think that's it and that her boy friend in fact is the driver. So wrong!  Check Torie Follett taking her straight eight 1922 Buick Speedster Special for a spin(youtube).No more than a handful of the calendars  'Proper Cars, True Ladies 2013'  is available. So if you still want to secure one you better be quick as Torie.(photo...
1905 FIAT Land Speed Record Car (back) to life!
      

Its been 91 years since the last running of the 16.5 litre 6 cylinder Isotta Fraschini aero engine, but on a cold bright morning in December after only the 2nd attempt the rebuilt aero engine burst into life and powered the magnificent 1905 Fiat Land speed record chassis down the test track. Owner Mike Vardy together with some of the country's leading...

The great PWC Survey
Not sure if you are one of our 5139 Newsletter subscribers. And we don't want to miss you out for the great reader/visitor survey. As we think your opinion and thoughts are important to this very old car portal. Should we crush or proceed? Should we expand or minimize? Should we..., well let's leave it up to you from here. And knowing how much you love to fill in questionaires we have put a few aw...
Made in the homeland of Santa.
It is not the first location where to expect a fabulous car collection. Still it is there at the Fountainhead Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska. Of course you can visit the website, but now there's also a book showcasing the collection that was initiated by founder Tim Cerry. The book covers the Veteran Era, the Brass, Nickel, Classic era and the Midget Racers. It is amazing to find hightlights o...
A Russian truck mystery from 1916 (update: Laurin & Klement or Benz-Gaggenau?)
This picture was sent to us by Ivan Barentsjev. He tells us that the Imperial Russian Army used a great number of marques, but that the make of this truck is unknown to him. It`s not the Russian made Russo-Baltique, it looks more like a European truck. Note the shape of the radiator and the vague outlines of the logo. Perhaps it could even be a limousine or landaulete that was converted into...
Service isn’t what it used to be
If you own a present day car, you know what happens in a modern workshop. At just the slightest problem the mechanic plugs in his notebook and waits for the diagnosis. This photo of the men giving attention to a 1932 Chrysler shows how a proper mechanic is supposed to do his job. Although on second thought... what would be the purpose of the two hammers?(photo collection Frans Vrijaldenhoven)&nb...
Wanted: large chimney to rent for the evening of December 24th

Verity Spencer suddenly realized that the lack of a chimney will gravely affect her Christmas, so she asked us to place this 'Wanted' advert: "I asked Santa Claus for an Austin Seven (or anything based on the Austin Seven license) and after taking careful measurements, I will need to rent a chimney, in order to take delivery of my present. I have been exceptionally...

An iron Contessa and 172 kilometers in a Mystery Car. (upd. no Benz but Serpollet steamer)
A no further known Committee in Padova (Italy) gave more than ample compliments to Contessa Elsa Albrizzi and her mystery car with elaborated radiator set-up. It was June 1899 and in the most baroque - nearly Latin-esque - wording a wonderful document was fabricated to honour the virtues and iron perseverance of La Contessa. And right so, as the charming Elsa had covered no less than 172 kilometer...
A 'French' Skoda mystery in Romania
George Nica, recently bought this sad 1937 Skoda. Looking for information on the internet he found that this must be a transition model between the 420 popular and 1100 ohv, built less than a year in 1937-1938. Probably in less than 1000 units. The car features 995cc with 65mm bore & 27HP and overhead valves.He is hoping somebody has information regarding this rare model. ...
Don’t let this happen to you!
We hate pictures of accidents, but sometimes they serve as a warning to all of us. This is what happened to John Vahey and his friend when they were touring with John’s 1910 Model T. Suddenly the front stub axles broke and both John and his friend were thrown from the car. They suffered minor injuries, but we are happy to report that they are alright by now. The stub axles had been welded ...
The Velopter Mystery. (update: 1930-ish ?)
by Tim Gunn trying to 'take off topic': being  a collector and dealer at The Old Bicycle Showroom I do get offered some amazing historic machines and the latest is this machine which I know very little about. Called a Velo Copter by the previous owner who found it in an antique barn near to Brest in Brittany, France. It appears to have been built as an attempt at early vertical take off fli...
1920's Citroen project waiting in Bangkok.(B2, B3, B10 or B12 tourer)
Stuart Penketh sends these photos of a friend. "....(he owns ) a garage just outside Bangkok, where he was having some plumbing work done to his Topolino.We got talking to the Owner, who showed this photograph of one of his relatives, and family, with their Citroen. I asked if it was there, and if I could see it, and he explained that it was in the back, and also on shelves. In fact, he'd d...
My little Quadrilette
Story by Peter Docker: Now it had been ten years since I brought my model T Ford (Elmo) from Canada, a rolling chassis I built into a speedster and got to Prescott in super quick time. Since then I have been dreaming of many cars but more and more my mind was caught on the idea of a cyclecar. I love the GN’s but I also loved the aero-engined Peugeot that can often be seen racing at VSCC ev...
What is it? Quiz # 337
This might look an easy quiz car, but before jumping to conclusions wait till we give you some clues. To begin with the make had strong links with last week's quiz car and this weekend's event. But the automobile you see here comes from a different phase in the company's history. As dealers for a certain make they were able to use engines and chassis, and marketed them with custom-made bodies. We ...
Three girls in a 3 litre Bentley for free. (update: now ARL1924)
Three girls and their 'chauffeur' driving by waving merrily. In the background a 'Bar Downstairs' and a garage entry marked left and right with 'Dry Rot'. Is it a photo of a student party? A film shoot? And what happened with EAB647?Fransico Carrion found the vintage car photo in the lower tray of an antiques shop in the Candem Market of London. "The shop´s owner was an old man, and when I asked ...
Swords into ploughs....
The next event by Auctions America is at the National Military History Center on December 8. What we liked from the lot list is this 1942-45 GMC DUKW, where DUKW stands for the manufacturer's code but in the army they were always referred to as the Duck, which is an appropriate name for an amphibious truck designed to ferry soldiers and supplies from ships to beaches when there were no dock or h...
The Hotchkiss LL Mystery. (update: Lillie Langtry ?)

Long time readers of PreWarCar may remember the advert back in 2004 for abarnfound edwardian Limousine: a 1910 Hotchkiss 25 HP (corrrection: 45 HP 5,9 litre)  located in France. This was the original text :"Rare Hotchkiss with towncar coachwork - chauffeur driven with division - by AMIET (Rue Tournelle, Paris). Car must be restored completely but is unmolested. 4 cylinder 4,7 Litre."The radi...

Hercules, the forgotten cyclecar from Barcelona
Look it up,  Barcelona was founded by the mythological warrior Hercules. But Barcelona is also the heart of the pre-war spanish car industry. It was here where Hispano Suiza started. It is also the town that has the ill famed Autodromo Sitges Terramar  in its backyard. A circuit that was opened in 1922 to get the crowds in that were attending the earlier roadraces organised in the area. It was...
After father sold the 1941 Buick Super 51 sedan
By Wayne Burch: “When I was about five years old my parents bought a used 1941 Buick 2 door fast back. At the time it meant as much to our family as if it had been a new car. I loved that old Buick and helped wash and polish it every chance I got. A few years later my Dad sold it for $200. Boy, was I a sad kid. Ever since I wanted to find a '41 Buick of my own and in 2011 I found this one ...
A Mathis centenary?

Earlier this month a temporary exhibition was closed at the nice automobile museum located next to the château of Valençay in France. It was organized on the occasion of a centenary which in my opinion didn't get the attention it deserves: the birth of Mathis in 1912. Perhaps the reason for this lack of attention paid to this jubilee is du...

Talbot-Darracq. Famous owner, unknown driver? (Update: mid seventies & Nondus ?)
A charming mother and daughter driving off in a Talbot-Darracq is not an everyday picture. The rare motorcar is in Coys auction  'True Greats' next Tuesday, December 4. The 1922 Talbot-Darracq once belonged to Bill Boddy who, as we all know, was the founding editor of Motorsport magazine. It is true that Bill Boddy owned many automobiles in his lifetime, but this Talbot-Darracq has been in his f...
The Automobile, 30 years. Now three times thicker.
Our sister magazine 'The Automobile', the only monthly magazine in the world devoted to the kind of cars we all love at PreWarCar-PostWarClassic, is 30 years old! To celebrate, the publishers have produced an Anniversary Special Edition with more than three times as many editorial pages as usual.Specially commissioned features include an in-depth interview with Stirling Moss and a long look at the...
Hand over the keys!
Just before the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, one of the new Bentley Mk V's had been tested in France. The Corniche model stood waiting at the docks in Dieppe before being shipped back to England only to be destroyed by a bomb. A faithful (or fearful?) RAC representative turned up at Rolls Royce in Derby to return the keys and said: "Sorry, but this is all that remains of the Cornich...
A most useful Movember/ December gift idea
Some people are born with petrol or diesel in their veins. Others can drive a motorcar for half a century and still don't get the point. Vic Darkwood's The Gentleman's Guide to Motoring contains solid study material for everybody with the slightest interst for motoring. It's for all those with or without driving documents, with or without talent, with or without any taste. It's clearly aimed ...
Wanderer waiting in Madrid for what?
Francisco Carrion Cardenas is a long time friend of these pages and is exploring the unexpected locations. Like this hidden garage in the center of Madrid. Amid many other cars this Wanderer is waiting for better times. Francisco writes: "There are many cars there, prewar and postwar. I am always more interested in the pre-war cars. I send you photos of this beautiful 1935 Wanderer W2...
Bentley SU art.
You can argue that a Blower Bentley is a work of art by itsself. And it sure is! But when you look at the individual parts you’ll find that there is even more beauty to the eye. So much so that master model builder Mischko Jelesijevic created this pair of SU carburettors in scale 1:5. We don’t know how many separate parts he had to make, but we do know that Mischko always uses as much of the...
What is it? Quiz # 336
It is an early twenty-ish Weyman bodied roadster with V-shaped radiator, V shaped windscreen and V shaped or should we say pointed tail.  It's not German and it's not French. Here you go. We hope you have a little spare time this weekend as this is a tough as tarmac to chew on. We presume only a handful of this proud European make survive up to this day. Here is one hint that may be helpful...
What is it? Quiz # 336
It is an early twenty-ish Weyman bodied roadster with V-shaped radiator, V shaped windscreen and V shaped or should we say pointed tail.  It's not German and it's not French. Here you go. We hope you have a little spare time this weekend as this is a tough as tarmac to chew on. We presume only a handful of this proud European make survive up to this day. Here is one hint that may be helpful...
Presenting the 2013 Calendar
You did it again! Thank you for sending all those lovely photos! And thank you dear ladies for your charming cooperation! In the end we managed to fit in 48+ photos(click), four per month. The joyfull cover is a shot by Nick Williams who managed to get lost in Wales with three girlfriends. We can imagine a fate worse than that... It looks like 2013 is a promising year. Folded open(click) the ...
Alfred's sad story and his 1915 mystery motorcycle. (upd. pre 1915 Premier ?)
By Lewis Wood: "The photograph shows Alfred Allen Pidgeon and his family as well as of course the motorcycle. Alfred is one of the men listed on our war memorial in Banstead in Surrey and I have been researching these men for the last six years. All their stories are published on the website of the Banstead History Research Group of which I am a member. I am continually on the lookout for photos ...
American Pie: taking a first bite!
About two years ago Glenn Billqvist from Sweden told us about his plans to build a vintage Land Speed Record car. Nicknamed ‘American Pie’ it was only a 27 litre - 750 hp engine and a frame at that time, but now Glenn is nearing the final stage of completing his project and to warm our hearts and ears sends this YouTube video: (be sure to turn your speakers down before clicking the lin...
Winner: Frenchman misreads rules of "Proper Cars, True Ladies" calendar competition.
A hi-hat, flat-cap mystery Mors. Vincent Juvenelle sends this fine photograph of a French built Mors car. However he has no clue to what the exact type or date is. The long bonnet gives the impression this is not one of the smaller engined types. Our guess, around 1920. We are also curious who may have been the coachbuilder of the hi-roof Coupe. (more about Mors - in French - at Automobiles Mor...
Treasure found on own garage wall.
Gary Wales from California has a 'poster' hanging on his workshop wall for over 25 years. Only recently he decided to sell it. Toby Wilson of Bonhams & Butterfields recognized it as a very rare print done by Cyril Power (click) in 1932 of Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird world land speed record car. What Gary thought was a few hundred dollar print turned out to be...
The Amsterdam Winner's Watch: for average speeds from 24 up to 300. (upd. few spaces still avaiable)
Depicted is the first prize, the prize for the Overall Winner of The 100 Miles of Amsterdam. A pocket watch from the famous house of clockmakers Jaeger. The watch has been designed as a clever help for the navigator to keep track of the average speed in period style. ( as you know Halda's and Speedpilot are not allowed in this event...). The average is calculated when covering a distance o...
Back to the cutest girls in the world
When we tell you that this picture was taken in California, then you’ll know immediately why we thought of the Beach Boys. Although their song dates from much later, it perfectly describes the atmosphere of this 1927 photo. Where else would the police look so cute?...
A New Bridge is Crossed in Alaska. (upd. Bridge or causeway ? )
Last Monday in Fairbanks, Alaska a new bridge crossing the Chena River was opened. Four prewar cars were the first to cross the new causeway. The first was a 1910 Chalmers-Detroit. It is a Fairbanks car and belongs to it's longtime custodians, the Creamer family.You can see the red ribbon directly behind the car. The second in line is a 1916 Dodge touring originally used to transport pass...
The Ups & Downs while recreating Jappic. (upd. dog eared JAP)
Enough has been written on the web about the wonderfull Jappic; you can even see it running at British Pathé. The creation or Mr. Walters and body by Jarvis was flying low along the high banks of Brooklands in the mid twenties at sppeds up to and over 70 mph. Sadly it was burnt to ashes in the catacombes of Montlhéry.  Adrian Ward has taken up the ambitious project to recreate the Jappic r...
Deemster: The Little Car of Lion Heart
Straight from the book of little known makes comes this Deemster that will be auctioned tomorrow at Bonhams in Harrogate, UK. Yet the Deemster was in production from 1914 until 1924, although before World War I it was made in very small numbers. Production restarted in 1920, but despite it being a smart looking automobile, in the end the Deemster couldn't compete against its rival the Morris Bul...
Dodge Brothers in Botswana ( upd. 192 standard touring ?)
When Dirk Regter left for his worldtour we asked him of course to keep his eyes open for great cars. Classic cars is not really a big thing in Africa as this is the only one he reports about so far.  In fact we were quite surprised to receive this set of pictures of last week. Just before the team was about to enter South Africa.   The car seems to have been used for hunting before it was...
Low autumn sun at VSCC Goodwood.

If you had turned up at Goodwood Circuit, in West Sessex UK on the 27th of October, you might have thought that it was a museum car outing on this classic old circuit. You would be forgiven for the mistake, but this is the annual visit to Goodwood for the VSCC Autumn Sprint. Goodwood is a fitting place for these vintage machines, very little has ...

What is it? Quiz # 335
Once upon a time it was a sleepy village in a rural country side, until a bicycle maker from a nearby town decided he would like to buy the empty school building there. This bicycle maker had already been assembling bicycles from his family home since he was sixteen years of age; then progressed from bicycles to motor bikes to automobiles and due to success needed to expand. So the old college was...
Brave Ladies and Damp Moustaches
Enough has already been written about the atrocious weather of last Sundays London to Brighton Run. And indeed, wet it was! But we shouldn't forget that at the Concours in Regent Street conditions were dry and from time to time even the sun came out. But no matter what kind of weather, it didn't stop the entrants to come suitably attired. Ladies were well dressed and many men sporting great ...
Daybreak, puddle & beach
It seems as if the use of the British understatement is dying off, which is a pity. So if you don't mind we 'll dust off some old phrases and describe the morning of last Sunday at Hyde Park Corner as 'rather damp' or 'not too bright'. In other words,  the proverbial cats and dogs landed with short intervals.  We softhearted continentals use days like this to either fettle or polish our vehi...
Bucciali up for auction.
by Fons Alkemade - Recently I had the pleasure again to browse through the online catalogue of auction house Automobilia Auktion in Ladenburg (Germany). Apart from a lot of lots related to the German automotive history, one can always discover treasures from, for example, French car makers of the prewar period. One of the items which will be auctioned in November is a catalogue of 'Automobiles Buc...
The Mow Cop Hillclimb Mystery (Upd. SCAT! & the Killer Mile...))
Over the years we have shown you an enormous lot of mysteries. Most of them have been solved, thanks to your input, but there are some that received no response whatsoever. So we thought that with the growth of our readership, the ever increasing knowledge thanks to internet, Google and Wikipedia, why not re-publish an old mystery. For instance 'The Railway Inn Mystery' published in 2005. It was a...
More than a tank full at GBP 35 only.
Review of the book 'Petrolania III' by Michael E Ware: Within the world of enthusiasts for petroleum collectables and garage connected automobilia and ephemera the name of Alan Chandler has in recent years come to the fore. Though his own very extensive collection is not on public view the entire contents is available for all to see on-line. He has now written his third and possibly his best book....
Amazing what people do for a good calendar shot!
Nick Williams is most determined to have one of his photos in the 2013 calendar. So aside a great looking 1928 Morris he arranged not for one but three gorgeous looking ladies to add some punch to his shot. And if that isn't enough he is undertaking breathtaking manoeuvres to get the right angle. This is what his camera snapped (click)! Now the entry date for the 2013 calendar 'Proper Cars, True L...
Fashion always follows function
Even in the early days of motoring, big events had their spin-offs. Right after the finish in August 1907 of the adventurous race from Peking to Paris, one fashion house introduced this ladies fur coat, which was aptly called Peking-Paris. It was described in their catalogue as practical and elegant for daily use. Very elegant indeed, but practical for another trip across the Gobi-desert...? Don...
The forgotten ZF pre-selector box

It seems this is pre- selector week. The day before yesterday we showed  the veteran 1904 Wilson-Picher . Yesterday two(!) ENV preselector boxes came for sale in the parts section. And today we have the honour to present you the pre-selector Soden gearbox as manufactured by ZF from Germany. The issue came up due to the recent restoration of this rare pre-selector gearbox by Oldtimer Rehberg...

The alloy Model T Mystery (upd. no older than 1914..?)
Ivan Barentsev - car journalist from Moscow - likes to learn more about this Model T. He stumbled into the issue whiel studying a survey by the Russian Ministry of War before WWI, titled "Report about the light cars tests". First Ivan noticed the unusual body and then found in the description that it was realised in alloy. The two cars that were subject to testing were known by their fa...
Wilson-Pilcher, the earliest pre-selector?
We don't blame you if you think the Wilson preselector gearbox was a 1920s creation. Indeed, by that time it could be commercially marketed, yet its inventor, Walter Gordon Wilson had been working on his idea for years. Proof? In 1964 the Laycock Engineering Co. wanted to take out a patent on a design for an epicyclic gearbox and to their dismay found that Wilson had already patented it in 1900....
Old Bill writes New Rule.
One can spend a thousand of words on it, but last Friday the market for antique and vintage motorcycles made a leap forward. UK based auction house H&H Classic Car Auctions realised a staggering GBP 291,200 (roughly US$ 468,730) for 'Old Bill' the personal racing bike of marque founder George Brough. With this new all time record auction price the market of very serious mo...
If we had the money for the ex-Nuvolari, ex-James Young, ex-Testa-Fissa 6C1750
If you want the full monty, please check RM's description it's great reading matter, but in fewer words this is the car's story. One of three cars built for the 1930 TT commisioned by british AR importer Fred Stiles. Engine was the 105 bhp racing version fixed head or Testa Fissa. Body a British made 4 seater due to TT regulations. Nuvolari on car #10 wins the 1930 TT. A new very ni...
What is it? Quiz # 334
As this has been a somewhat commercial week at PostWarClassic, we might as well present you also a pre-war truck. This one was made by a large company that was to become even bigger in later years. The truck you see here was especially meant for use on unpaved roads, so as one of the first it had all the features that would be needed for going off-road. One was built and shipped to Africa where it...
A Canadian Girl in Dutch Resistance

Just another happy couple posing beside their Bugatti Type 57. That's what we thought when we were about to type an article telling you about the virtues of a red Ventoux that will be auctioned by Motorclassica. But as always we did some checking and with the help of Hispano-Suiza expert Hans Veenenbos we stumbled upon a terrific story that pales the Bugatti. You see, the couple are Dutch busin...

A Zedel dating mystery. (upd. 1913 16HP Model H)
Fabrizio Cartocci is seeking help for the correct identification of this Zedel from his family. So far he has not been able to find the information he needs.  Not the exact year. Not even the model is clear. "On the internet I can not find thisModel. There are no documents." Yet Fabrizio supposes the car dates from before 1920. Well let's not jump to conclusions and take a look at the ID...
Silberpfeilen over Holland.
Ah, the Silberpfeilen, the Auto Union and Mercedes racing cars. Unbeatable in their day and capable of top speeds of 250+mph in streamline trim. Icons of teutonic Über-power indeed. In fact they continue to overwhelm to this day. Go to Goodwood or the Großglockner Grand Prix to hear their thundering forces let loose. Visit Ingolstadt or Stuttgart to see the technical tour-de-force that t...
About Rudy Kousbroek and Gabriel Voisin.
Without knowing, Dutch essayist Rudy Kousbroek (1929-2010) had a great influence on PreWarCar. For editor Joris Bergsma it was the Amilcar, in which Kousbroek drove from Holland to France to visit his friend Gabriel Voisin, that inspired him to become an Amilcar aficionado and in creating this website. For editor Rutger Booy it was an English translation of an essay by Kousbroek about Voisin that ...
An Irish Motor Tour with getaway Model T.
Keith English reports: last weekend the Connacht Veteran & Vintage Motor Club organised - partly using the original route of the 1901 Motor Tour of Ireland. Over 40 cars and 5 motorcycles turned out, from the humble Austin 7 of Pat McGovern, to the mighty 30-98 Vauxhall of Jim Boland. A half way stop was at the Beach Bar, a thatched pub, right on the Atlantic Coast, with a history going back ...
Sick of lining up at gasstations ?
You may have heard of the pre-war rallye in Ethiopia next year November. And it may have sound like a long shot to you. But it's getting closer and it's getting real. Details are settled so far that a tanker truck will follow the rally to prevent gas shortage. Which is welcome news unless you were planning to  bring a prewar diesel... (Peugeot, Mercedes or Lagonda Gardner...any more candid...
There's still room in the 2013 PreWarCar calendar 'Proper Cars, True Ladies'
Tilly Addison with 1929 Hillman and photo by Nigel Hamlin Wright. Many of you will recognise charming Allison and the pleasant photographic style of Nigel. No wonder, as this appealing combination appeared already in two earlier calendars. Send your photo(s) to info@prewarcar.com. When the photo makes it to the calendear you will get one free and delivered to the address of your liking. When your ...
The Hartmann Maserati Mystery. (update: 8 CM in Hungarian colurs)
George Nica from Romania recently found photos of Ladislau (László) Hartmann, GP driver form Romania. He is in Sunday clothing at the wheel of a Maserati 8 cylinder. Most probably the same 8CM 3.0 litre S-8 that he campaigned that year on various circuits (click and scroll down at Leif Snellman's pages). The photo was taken on October 5, 1935 a week after the Czech GP of Brno. However ...
What just landed on my radiator? (upd. dealer Ets Bourdon of Montrouge, Paris)
Craig Little has seen these bugs on various French cars from the 1920s through to Citroen Tractions, but has no idea what the story behind them is. 'Bourdon' is French for Bumblebee, right? But what about 'Montrouge'? And what caused them to land on the radiators of so many French cars? Here's to receiving some well-informed answers Cheers!...
Roland Garros, the man behind the name
If you are a bit of a tennis fan, you know Roland Garros as a tournament. If you are a bit into old-time aviation you may have heard about Mr. Roland Garros. And because you are reading PreWarCar you have certainly heard of him, if only of the Bugatti that bears his name. Although the Paris Tennis Stadium was named after him, Roland Garros was not a tennis champion. During World War I he was an ...
The Singer Torpedo Body Mystery
This photo was taken during the 1934 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Number 26 is the 1934 Singer 1.5 litre Fox & Nicholl Team car which arrived 7th, driven by Lewis and Hindmarsh (seen here at the start, but hardly visible). During that race and also the 1934 British Empire Trophy in Brooklands (with the race number 38), the Fox & Nicholl Team used on the car a torpedo body, as shown i...
Gaston Rivierre and the Contal (upd. distinction between a 'tandem d'entrainement' and Derny)
By Fons Alkemade: This year the world can commemorate the birth in 1862 of Gaston Rivierre. I don't think this 150th anniversary will actually be given any notice in automotive circles. Perhaps there will be some attention given to M. Rivierre in circles of those interested in the history of cycling, as he once was a famous coureur who won several classic cycle courses in the 1890s. He also built ...
What is it? Quiz # 333
What we see here is a whole line-up of cars, all of the same make. They are gathered here because four of them plus the truck are about to start on an epic journey. We write four, but contemporary reports are inconsistent as some speak of five cars and two trucks carrying spare parts and supplies. The company that made these cars started in 1903 with the manufacture of automobile parts. Five yea...
Two wheels instead of four
We think you won't mind this little deviation from our usual Friday four-wheel subject. It's a promotional picture for a Raleigh bicycle dating from around 1909-1910, which is labeled: 'Miss Phyllis Dare on her Raleigh Modèle Superbe'. We must admit that we had never heard of Phyllis Dare before, but she was a well-known actress during the first half of the previous century. The bike isn't ha...
Pre-war scenes from Hershey 2012
Editor Joris Bergsma went to the big Hershey Autojumble last week. (click Read More for older pictures).Narrowest cockpit of the field: 1914 Woods Tandem Touring...
Who knows about the early days of Spa? (Upd. Inauguration Race & Copy of Warwick vase)
According to all records the first official race on the circuit of Francorcamps took place in 1921. However, Jean Marc Jacques from Belgium owns the gold medal on the left plus the  impressive bronze cup that you see below. They belong together as the inscription is the same on both. It reads “Grand Prix de Spa 1920, coupe JO DE CRAWHEZ, first prize F.RENIER on Harley Davidson; organi...
Rolls-Royce Springfield Brewster Convertible Coupe: Oily Rag or Matured Restoration?
Peter Zobian from California writes: "Recently I purchased this 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1. It's either a very old restoration or it is a well preserved car - or as some are calling this type of car, an "oily rag". It is a Springfield Rolls with a convertible coupe body by Brewster. When I got the car, it had some minor wiring issues, but these were easily fixed and it runs and drives quite ...
Bugatti type 38 Rousseau Special ? (Upd. Aston Martin Club Badge?)
Two pictures found on the wall of a small 'carrossier' in Cervon, France, halfway Paris and Lyon. They were found after the death of the man in the photo, Mr. Marcel Rousseau, by his son, who never knew his father ever owned a Bugatti. On the back is written: Bugatti type 38, with modified chassis and rebodied in the style of Marcel Rousseau 1952. Based on the strange firewall, crude steeri...
1904 Knox at the Seal Cove Auto Museum (upd. Wally not Henrietta)
By Roberto Rodriguez, excutive director of the Seal Cove Auto Museum:This 1904 Knox was originally built for Elisha Cutler, president of the Knox Automobile Company, and was once owned by Henry Austin Clark Jr. In 2010, the Seal Cove auto Museum verified the automobile’s provenance when one of the Museum’s volunteers found its registration hidden under the seat… Henrietta H. Clark, Henry...
The Image of Paris
An incredible automobile, an intriguing girl and an interesting Parisian bridge. What more is there to wish for, when you consider yourself a 'boulevardier' (boo-luh-var-DYAY - a frequenter of city boulevards, especially in Paris - dictionary.com). And it's to Paris you should go, as next weekend there will be the annual Salon Automédon at the Parc des Exposition Paris-Le Bourget. This Talbot wil...
Now quit Monkeying around, and come up with a caption! (Upd. Monkey business often needs a helping hand)
Today is World Animal Day, which means we should be nice to our pets. However, we couldn't resist this photo from a group of Hollywood starlets amusing themselves with monkey-racing. We can assure you, even the magazine that published this photo in 1927 was a bit shocked and wrote: "What next?" Happily monkey-racing never caught on and maybe that's because this little monkey is trying to say som...
Per Austin Chummy up and down the Americas
Remember our article about a year ago about Eunice Kratky and Guy Butcher going from Baltimore to South America by Austin Seven? After they finished restoring the car, they started their trip in July of this year. We hadn't heard from them for some time, but have just received an update on their adventures. Eunice and Guy are doing just fine and by now they have travelled over 6,000 miles and ar...
Marble Factory treasures. (upd. Aurea FATA + video)

editor: we love to hear what you encounter on your tours or travels. This is a magazine for you and by you.“While on a business trip in Northern-Italy, I was invited to visit the Lavorazione Marmi (a Marble factory). The owner promised to let me see his 1910 SCAT automobile. The visit exceeded my expectations, as there was not only a SCAT but also a 1904 Ceirano Junior in restora...

Still boxed, but what’s inside?
Right on the heels of last Friday's Isotta-Fraschini girl, we found another one. No, not a girl, but real life engine! Browsing Bonhams catalogue for the Simeone auction in Philadelphia, we stumbled on this crated Isotta-Fraschini engine and transmission, supposedly for a Typo 8A. It doesn't say which engine this is as the Isotta was offered with three different engine specifications. This engine ...
The valveless CID, not by Knight.
This is nthe first of a new series by Fons Alkemade, who on a regular basis will share his knowledge about the most obscure products of the French car industry: "At the recent Beaulieu Autojumble I bought a rather obscure brochure from 1912 of the “valveless” automobile offered by the Constructions Industrielles Dijonnaises or CID (erroneously some authors think the C is for Compagnie...
What are these? Quiz # 332
Except for the sheds, there's nothing really pre-war to be seen on this photo. These two industrial units somewhere in the UK are the ones that remain, as originally they were the centre units of a row of four. Yet these sheds are very important as a famous racing driver set up his workshop in the 1920s in the one on the left. The one on the right was mostly used to store his racing cars. It ...
A concours going Mystery? (update 1930 Isotta Fraschini 8ASS Weymann Faux Cabriolet by Touring?)
Don´t you think she´s lovely as a picture? We do and if you agree, click the main pic and you´ll see that she´s worth to be framed. We do know that the girl sits in a magnificent Isotta Fraschini, but we´re not too sure about the model (8A DHC by Castagna perhaps?). Can you help us? We wouldn't be surprised if the car is still around. Anyway, the older lady on the porch seems to have her ...
The Peles Castle Mystery (upd. 1910 Laurin & Klement)
George Nica bought this photo in Galati city (Romania). In the background one can see the famous Peles Castle located in Sinaia, built by King Carol around 1880 as a summer residence for the royal family. The imposing car seems located very close to the castle, so it is George's theory that the people in the photo may be friends or relatives of the royal family, or even members of the roy...
An Alfa Fleur de Lys Mystery (Upd. Scuderia Maremmana & all cars ID-ed!)
Recently we were given this photo by the NCAD, which is the Dutch Centre for Automotive Documentation. Obviously it shows a racing team with their 1934 8C 2300 Type 35s, but instead of the usual Ferrari or Cloverleaf on the bonnet, they all sport an emblem with the ´Fleur de Lys´, the stylized lily already used in the year 493 by King Clovis I. So we suspect this must be a French team of racing ...
A South Bend Surrey on coil springs (upd. not Georgano's South Bend !)
It seems original automobiles just keep popping up from out of the blue. Right on the heels of yesterday's Surrey find, here's another one... a 1904 South Bend Surrey that's quite unique as it's the only one known. The story behind this one-off is that it was made by a Walter E. Mack of South Bend, Indiana, who was not satisfied with his Studebaker and decided to build a car of his own design. Mos...
Hiding behind a small parts advert without photo...
Sorry, but we can't help to be a bit nosy sometimes. Last week a small part advert came in asking for used tires...?"I will take anything at all. Prefer good used, but will take completely worn out, good for rollers only, etc. I need 4, but would take 1, 2, or 3. Non-matching ok." That's a funny ad we thought. So we sent an e-mail and asked. The advert was by Chris Paulsen, a lo-o-ong time Pr...
New Bayside rule brings out the unexpected.
Craig Little reports from the Melbourne area: "The recent introduction of  a log book sytem in Victoria has meant that Club permit vintage and classic cars, now have the freedom to be used outside published club events. The pictures below are one example of the benefits. With an eclectic group of car enthusiasts  who have formed up to  enable  get-togethers  based on...
Invitation for PWC Calendar 2013.
The 'Proper Cars, True Ladies' project started in 2009. A calendar for our readers, by our readers. For you.  By you. Oh my, time flies when you're having fun. Today we like to launch the official invitation to send in for the fifth calendar edition. This very early sender came up with his daughter plus Model T Runabout. Let's hope for father Robert Ferguson his Model T won't run about wit...
What to offer for a barnfound 1934 Fiat Ballila 508M (upd. Military !)
Chuck Dyarmett writes: "I recently acquired (had been in storage for a long time) this vehicle thinking I might restore it, however, found and started a BJ8 Healey instead.  I am wanting to sell this car, but have no idea what it may be worth.  It is rusty but complete ( exception of the rear bumper).  I would welcome any ideas relative to value. " editor: well Chuck, it is a friendly lit...
Austin Clifton taking a rest in New Delhi
You may have noticed that Mr. Sandeep Katari has been posting a few issues under 'Share Photos' recently. He started a small but sympathetic car museum in Jaunapur, just south of New Delhi a few years ago. The Austin Clifton tourer showing here is one of the gems to be found here: Mr. Sandeep Katari reports:  I do not have a website, this collection is more a labour of love by a man of no...
If invited, you’re already a winner!
Pebble Beach, Look Out! There's a new contender on the Concours d'Elegance scene: the new one at Windsor Castle in the UK. The sea at Monterey looks good, but an even better backdrop for a concours looks to be the Windsor Castle that, with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen, was used as the location for the first Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance that took place during the weekend ...
A Monday morning mystery gearbox (upd. Bean or Henry Meadows or 20's Standard?)
Martin Shelley hopes you might be able to help identify a nice vintage gearbox that he is hoping to use in his 1922 Eric Longden cyclecar project. It has a remote change with four speeds and reverse, with a fabric coupling at the front and a trunnion type joint at the rear. Martin suspects it is British but it has no makers marks, yet there is ample presence of numbers (click to check). Martin als...
End of holidays in Luxembourg
Paul Linster visited the 'Randonnée de la Fin des Vacances 2012' of the VCCGD in Luxembourg and reports: "The 2012 edition was a dream. Participants from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Luxembourg.  cars: Stoddard Dayton(photo below R), Citroen, Overland Whippet, Chenard Walker, Packard, Morgan, BSA, Daimler, MG SA, Hotchkiss and last but not least a Delahaye racer were ...
What is it? Quiz # 331
It's a fine production line. And despite the impression you get form the picture  they were not much seen on the road. Not then and not now. The company who made them was a merger of two other companies, one was founded in 1840 and was well-known for steam, gas, petrol and oil engines and even locomotives. The other company was founded in 1890 and among other things had something to do with the...
Modern marketing at Beaulieu
Beaulieu has always surprises which nobody will take into account beforehand. This time it was the +25 C afternoon making you lazy, combined with a -1 C zero at night to get you going again. As always it is the cars, the parts and friends that give you an excuse to go. Yet it's the creativity and atmosphere that glues the thing together. It's almost as if Beaulieu is becoming a bit more playfu...
100 Miles of Misery (Upd. not Art Nouveau but Deco)
     There is absolutely no reason why you should want to drive your precious pre war machinery through the narrow streets of Amsterdam, especially not at night. Only a fool would do it over icy bridges in the midst of winter. And that is exactly what we propose you to do, plus an odd 100 extra miles over meandering dikes along frozen canals. December 16 will see the 4th...
VW type 30 ready for testing
Seventy-five years ago, in March/April 1937 a series of 30 prototypes of Volkswagen were built at Daimler-Benz. There had been single hand-built prototypes before, but this was a series of cars that was to be severely tested. They were known as the VW 30 series, designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.  Note that it already has the headlamps mounted in the wings, but there is still no rear window. Each...
What will the weather be like at this eleventh 9/11?
We all know what a splendid morning it was 11 years ago when disaster struck at the WTC. Far from this picture with New York 'in tears'. With the song 'September in the Rain' on our mind, we cannot resist to publish this photo. It's Times Square in New York on a rainy afternoon in 1943. But what makes this originally black&white photo extra special is that it has bee...
The Mouse that Roared
Small cars, large cars, anything goes at Zandvoort next Sunday during the Nationaal Oldtimer Festival 2012. There will be plenty of opportunity for racing at the circuit, but not only that, there will also be a Concours d'Elegance, a rally and of course if you bring your Pre-War Car you are most welcome to join us at the Pre-War Plaza behind the paddock. We don't mind whether you bring a mouse or ...
Hector on his way to Rajasthan.
1933 Lagonda 16/80 reg: LJ8429Please find attached a couple of pictures of our 1933 Lagonda 16/80 named 'Hector'First registered in October 1933 in Bournemouth we have no history of the car prior to 1975 when it was purchased at auction by the previous owner.It was originally a ST24 Saloon being rebodied in 1978.The engine was rebuilt in 2010 and with the exception of a full f...
How to date a Bijou from Herz & Schröter?
Even a magnificent encyclopedia like Georgano's  can sometimes be wrong. For instance in the case of the Austrian automobile manufacturer Herz & Schröter. According to the encyclopedia they made a small car with a two-cylinder air-cooled engine and a sporting body in 1929. Yet we found a magazine dating from 1921, eight years earlier, in which this cycle-car was advertised. We do know th...
Italian racing in Eritrea-Ethiopia.
By Bart Kleyn (+ a note by Simon Moore): Italians love racing and in the few years they colonised Eritrea and Ethiopia they did bring their hobby and their cars along as can be seen in the 1938 Christmas race in Asmara (Eritrea), main photo. After the defeat from the British many cars remained there. A British serviceman bought the car in the middle of the grid for £ 40,-. When he was trans...
Not too far from Mount Wolseley
For those between you who don't know. The Irish are immensely proud of the Wolsely make, as Mr. Wolseley who started all that was a born Irishman. So no need to be surprised when you hear the VCC Ireland organised their main event near Mount Wolsely. Derek Wilson was kind enough to send these photos. He writes: "We had fantastic weather and lovely cars; 25 in total including two fr...
When Beaulieu is getting to you.
If you are heading for Beaulieu this weekend you might take this advice to heart. Especially if you are going the full two days and the going gets tough. Particularly on the Sunday afternoon when you hardly feel your feet anymore. But it's always worth it. Not only to find that impossible part you are searching for so long, but also to meet up with old friends. And when you want a seat and a ...
Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort
This weekend the Historic GrandPrix event was at the circuit of Zandvoort, A very good first edition with 31500 spectators , lots of nice race cars from 1927 to 1985.the Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club did a demo run at the circuit. Hopefully in 2013 a prewar race! (photos & text Juri Castricum)       ...
Size doesn't matter at Pebble Beach? (Upd. where is the Bucciali after Peter Ministrelli?)

"Dear Sirs; I am in love with your website. I have competed in the quiz game when time permits, my new life's goal is to one day win a quiz! I thought since you all seem to have a sense of humor I would share with you my favorite photos from the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. As you may know this year celebrated the makes of F.I.A.T., Mercer, German motorcyc...

Who is it? Quiz #330
It is quite a well-known man in vintage and veteran circles. Still you won't see him at many events. Mostly he will be with his cars, an ever changing fleet. He loves to  describe their identity, their character, their good and nasty habits  like a loving father. All this while pouring large amounts of tea to his guests. The photo was made in 1963 in Carshal...
Calling All Women!
Women participating in fast driving, were not your traditional image of women in the 1920s. But not all women kept to the strict standards of that time and they battled head to head with the stronger sex for fame and recognition. During the years from 1924 to 1934 a total of 23 of those daring women drivers took part in the longest mountain race in the world, the Klausenrennen. In 1924 Ms. Rothe...
What happened to the India Invicta?
What we know in the west about automotive history in India, in general is about dazzling vintage Rollses or other exceptional means of transport purpose built for the transport of Maharajas or tiger hunt. So different is this Invicta with registration GW7575 and country plate GB. The number plate may be British, certainly no such series existed in India. Take note that the surrounding building...
Engineering Wonders Large and Small
Over the years the Glenmoor Gathering Concours d'Elegance has become known for an outstanding display of beautiful automobiles. This year will be no exception with displays of the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor; a 1938 Horch 853 phaeton and the Parfet Mercedes-Benz among many others. But apart from the cars there are also several special events of which the presentation of remarkable scale mod...
Model ho-T-rod
Contrary to popular belief Hotrodding didn't start in the late 1940s or early 1950s. The craze started earlier, in the mid-1930s. Cars weren't as souped up as nowadays, but the idea of adding of speed equipment certainly took hold. Take a look at this 1927 Model T Roadster Pickup...? That is to say only with your glasses left alone it distantly looks like a Model T. But then notice the strange r...
Trip spears headed for Rangoon! (upd. for oil drilling)
Some time ago Chuck Snyder mailed us several photos that came from the family of the original owner of the company he worked for: Spang and Company of Butler, Pennsylvania. Seen here is a truck loaded with trip spears about to be shipped to Rangoon, India. We must admit that we have no idea what 'trip spears' are as Google only returned Britney! Perhaps you can enlighten us. The photo dates from...
Long before Hertz en Avis (Upd. Central Garage & the language of stamps)
Humber collector Bruno Costers from Belgium always turns up with very nice period postcards. This one dates from 1906 and makes publicity for a motorcar renting agency that predates Hertz and Avis by many years. Too bad about the water stains in the card though, but then we must remember it has survived two world wars. What we also like on these old postcards is the text on the back, often incom...
A Salute to the 40s (Upd. Love it or hate it!)
One of the events that is getting better and better each year is "Salute to the '40s" taking place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. If you like to soak up loads of nostalgia, then this is the place to be. This year's theme will be vintage fashion and visitors are encouraged to come suitably dressed in forties style and to join a 'Parade of Forties Fashion'. Alternatively you can purchase clothing...
A LeaF for the Works
We rarely see a Lea-Francis up for sale but when one does, we sit up and take notice. This one will be auctioned by Historics on September 1st at their Brooklands sale. So maybe it's no coincidence that this Lea Francis (or LeaF as they are often affectionately referred to) also has a bit of Brooklands history. It's the first open Sports model produced by Lea-Francis after the company was reform...
The Locust and Eggs Mystery (Upd. 2 x 45HP?)
Our correspondent from Egypt, Mahmoud Ezzeldin, was kind enough to accompany Dirk and Trudy Regter with their Model T during their passage in Egypt. On the way back he visited his friend Amin Khadr, who is the grandson of Ahmed Esawy "Bek" Khadr. Amin had two photos of a Royal campaign held during the times of King Fouad I. The campaign was directed by Ahmed Esawy Bek Khadr in 1930 to control an...
The Type 51 Barnfind Mystery (Upd. More History!)
Ettore Bugatti always said that his Bugatti's should be well-maintained. Now look what happens if you don't follow this advice! This Type 51 had been stored in a shed for some nine years and was slowly covered in boxes, papers and other debris. Even the entrance to the shed was blocked by trees. This Bugatti, owned by Alan Riley since the early 1980s, was in regular use during the 1990s and Alan...
What happened to the Kennedy’s?
While cleaning the attic the mother of Michael Frost found a certificate of a 1916 two-seater Kennedy sports car that was bought by Michael's grandfather in the middle of World War I. The car is presumably long gone, so we have only the purchase certificate which tells us that licence number AY 4450 was issued on January 24th 1916 (click main pic!). At that time Michaels grandfather was in the Arm...
Angouleme is waiting! (Upd. 1939!)

Pete Giles was kind enough to send in these photos. Pete exhanged a pleasant and easy life in the UK for a 'combersome' existence as exile in hot & dry France not too far from Angoulême. You may have heard of the Circuit des Remparts where races have been held since 1939. We are not sure about the vintage of the photo above. But the last car - an Amilcar C6, nr 16 - possibly will help to d...

Whatisit? Quiz # 329
Our main photo shows a 1/10 wooden scale model from the early 1930s. Although it was rather futuristic, it was further developed into a full-scale prototype, which differed a bit from the model. Yet it was one of the first automobiles to have an all-enveloping, streamlined body with plenty of space for passengers and specially designed suitcases. The spare wheel mounted at the back also acted as...
E.R.A. six cylinder E10000/1
You are looking at an intriguing project from the estate of Alan V. Burnard (brooklands.org.uk). Without knowing Mr. Burnard and without knowing about his other cars one could easily overlook the importance this heap of precious mnetals. One big lump has drawn our particular interest: it is the engine, numbered E10000/1. Could this possibly be the engine originally fitted to ERA GP car GP1 ? We w...
Ready for military duty (Upd. Delahaye and Spyker)
By keeping a neutral position the county of Holland managed to stay out of the Great War of 1914-1918. Nevertheless the army was mobilized and private cars and lorries were requisitioned to be used for military purposes. Seen here is a photo that was recently found by John Elema. We think it depicts such a scene where the seized automobiles were assembled, probably a military barracks or a r...
A Lanchester at Forty Pounds? (Upd. current owner found!)
Last week we received an enquiry from Terry Pettitt who would like to know the whereabouts of the 1934 Lanchester LA 10 that was in his possession from 1957 to 1960. Terry remembers seeing it advertised some twenty years ago, but last year the Lanchester and Daimler owners website mentioned that it had recently been sold by auction in Buxton (editor: probably H&H). The website showed that the Lanc...
Right behind the high end cars.
Right on the heels of last week's very succesful Aalholm auction RM will have its annual sale at the Monterey weekend. Amidst all the exotics in their catalogue -Delage, Hispano-Suiza, Duesenberg, you name 'm- we found this down-to-earth but super clean 1934 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Three-Window Coupe. Five-window coupes are plenty around, but three-window coupes are quite rare as only 26.000 were built du...
The Fiat 1500 Ghia Mystery (Upd. Pinin Farina?)
John Colley sends us this picture of his 1936 Fiat 1500 6c drophead coupe and writes: “This car was recovered in 2012 after having been outside and uncovered for many years. It was last on road in January 1960. Its condition is bad and it needs a chassis and some body parts, otherwise it is complete; the engine and other mechanical parts are not seized. In the 1950's it used to belong to a...
Over 800 historic locations to discover
Book review by Michael E Ware: I first heard about the book "Motorsport Explorer" some months before publication. At last I thought a book that will tell me the locations of those many trials hills I had read about in books by C.A.N. May. On opening the book I find that it only covers speed event locations. However, I was not disappointed with the content. The author had scoured many magazine...
Coast to Coast in a Curved-Dash Olds
We'd like to introduce you to a emarkable woman... Joy Rainey. Although a person of restricted growth, Joy has a very varied motor sport career. She campaigned a Jaguar E-type in speed hill climbs before progressing to a 2.3-litre single-seater. She took part in the London to Sydney Marathon in 2004 (in a Morris Minor) and the 5,000-mile Carrera Sudamericana two years later – in a V8 Jeep Grand ...
The Knipperdolling Mystery (Upd. the Little one!)
Normally we try not to write about stuff you can easily find on Wikipedia. But sometimes we just have to start a mystery with a bit of history: In 1867 Nikolaus Dürkopp started a company in Bielefeld, Germany producing industrial sewing machines and bicycles. From 1898 Dürkopp produced automobiles, which all were Dürkopp's but had names like Type KW 6/14 and DG 30/70. Apart from the very first ...
Those daring young men in their flying machines
At the dawn of the previous century road safety had become a serious issue, although many cartoonists tried to make fun of the dangers that the new-fangled contraption presented. Even the early automobilist made light work of the risks for the unwary pedestrian, like this group in the (presumably) 2-cylinder 1904 Darracq. But a later definition of the 'car' as "an ingenious device for public sla...
A lot of firsts, but are they? (Update: about dating the car)
At their next auction at the Quail Lodge Bonhams will be offering this rare 1895 Buffum. It is true that H.H. Buffum was an exceptional engineer who produced a lot of firsts, among them the world's first production American V8 (although it is open to debate whether the Hewitt beat him to it). When writing about an virtually unknown car like this Buffum we always have a look at our Standard Catalo...
A Tool Mystery, fifty years later! (Upd. Model T Radiator thimble!)
One of our readers has made it his daily job to browse old car magazines looking for interesting stuff. An occupation we like very much, but in the 1962 Christmas issue of a magazine about antique motorcars he found this puzzle. The clue was that it's a kind of tool that was frequently used in the early days of motoring and that the solution would be given in the next issue. However, the next is...
Need a new vacuum cleaner?
If your house needs a new vacuum cleaner do read this Book Review by Michael E. Ware: "This 106 page soft cover book is out of the ordinary, it tells of the many products built by Wolseley between 1901 and 1926 (when they were owned by Vickers) that are not cars! Vickers bought Wolseley because they could see that the motorised vehicle had many military possibilities but they used them for many o...
Whatisit? Quiz # 328
We are positive that many, many of our readers from a certain part of this world have travelled in this bus lots and lots of times. So we are positive they will have no trouble identifying it. For all others we must add that a company, who until then made a different, yet similar kind of transport, started to manufacture these busses in 1936. The photo is in black & white, but we can assure ...
The Young Fighter Pilot Mystery Upd. Oakland from Auckland)
It's a good thing we can't look into the future as cute family snapshots like this one can take on a whole new meaning. It was sent to us by John Munro who tells us that the picture comes from an old family album and was probably taken early in the 1920s in or near Auckland, New Zealand. John also tells us that the little boy standing pround on the running board became a fighter pilot and was ki...
A possible NAG Mystery (Upd. Fafnir ???)
Another picture from the family albums. This one comes from Volker Wissemann, who writes: "The photo was taken in Lower Saxony, Germany in Hameln and shows the grandpa of my wife sitting in his first car with his girlfriend (and later wife). In the back his future mother-in-law supervising correct behavior! Having looked through huge amounts of literature I was nevertheless not successful in ide...
Looking for Charlie Blosser’s Race Car
The airplane is a 1928 Lincoln Page manufactured by Roos and fitted with a Wright Curtiss OX5 engine. Not really our cup of tea, but we are truly interested in the aviator. His name is Charlie Blosser and he's seen here flying this plane at the age of eighty! Charlie was certainly an interesting figure, who took up flying at an early age and owned the Blosser Airport in Concordia, Kansas. Apart fr...
The Barcelona to Bucharest Mystery (Upd. 1929 LaSalle)
We sure like these kind of old family snapshots, especially when there's a story in them. But some are more intriguing than others, like this photograph. George Nica bought it in an antique shop in Bucharest, Romania. On the back of the photo is written (in Romanian): "Emil's arrival from Spain on the road to Iasi." Iasi being an important city in north-eastern part of Romania, a few kilometers ...
The Electric Button Mystery

Perhaps you remember that some time ago we wrote about the amazing button collection of William James Hentges. He now presents us with a mystery: a carved mother of pearl button that dates from around 1900. He writes: “Many of these early auto buttons were carved by artisans who frequently exhibited much artistic license. This quite possibly was due to being unfamiliar with the specifics...

On one foot and a hoof!
A few years ago we wrote a review of ‘Fuerza Libre’, a book about Argentinian racing history that contains wonderful period photos. For instance the one shown here of Martín Alzaga Unzué with his Ballot 2LS taken in Buenos Aires in 1923. But it’s not only the magnificent racing car that attracted our attention, it was a small detail behind Martín's back. If you look closely, you’ll noti...
Time to cool off.
In our part of the world it's hot, very hot at the moment and instead of going to the beach we try to cool down looking at this icy picture. As it was taken in 1917, the vehicle must be the granddaddy of today's Zamboni's, the ice resurfacing machines that are in use on most ice skating rings. But more interesting is the girl steering the 'Zamboni'. She's Dorothy Klewer, a well-known model at th...
Is it a Dixi Crossword Puzzle? (Upd. Dixi Type R9)
Part of a large motoring club badge collection is this heavy nickeled item. Despite it is many years in the collection so far the owner has no clue as to what it is. If you like crossword puzzles you can make the word "DiXi" from the letters in the center. But then the next question is: Which Dixi? The badge is too large and heavy to be related with the (BMW) Dixi. The US made Dixi then?...
A Philipine V-shaped Mystery (Upd.1914 Briton 14/16 De Luxe Tourer)
Fabian Lee sends this amazing photo on behalf of decendants of the woman in this refined motorcar. The scene was shot in Singapore prior to WWI. It's a remarkable Edwardian tourer, registered "S-8". The tourer body is very attractive, the grey of the paintwork is quite intense what makes us think it is a radiant blue or red. The V-shaped radiator is a piece of art on itself. Wow, we shou...
Fill 'r up !
Be sure not too overlook the few pages with automobilia & parts auctioned by Richard Edmonds during the Prescott weekend at nearby Toddington Railway Station. Not only this very nice gas station with three flavours of petrol: Pratts, BP, Shell. Take the time to browse the various Jaeger  cloks, brass carbies, owner manuals of HRG and more. Looking alone will keep your tank filled with a healthy...
Unidentified Fiat 2300 nose?
"These parts are for sale in Minturno, Italy. The seller states that these belong to a 1930's Fiat 2300 , and were removed from a Fiat 505 . I couldn't find any Fiat to match these parts so I suppose these are a coachbuilder's masterpiece, maybe Lancia (Astura) ? I am sure that the PWC comunity will solve this mystery! "George Nica editor: well George, tell the guy who likes to sell...
The (VIC?)TOR GARAGE mystery. (Upd. Indian Power Plus + 1918-19 Studebaker Light Four )
Jack Gyomar sends this great photo postcard form Australia. It took the royal mail a long time to get the cars here. It must be is middle of winter right now.  Jak writes: I believe that the photo was taken in New South Wales or Victoria. Maybe the name of the place  is Windsor Garage (we doubt this as the first visible letter seems a T, not an S ; VICTOR maybe?).  The info written on the back...
What is it? Quiz # 327
It is a well built, high volume american tourer. You may have spotted this elderly couple with their open car in our mystery section before. Yet so far nobody has come up with the definitive answer. We did some research and now are quite close or spot on. Maybe it is just too easy for you, so the extra challenge for you is to tell WHY this is a certain make, year and model. Mention all design fe...
Doodlebug Girl
Richard Campbell: Since the term Doodlebug was used to describe the V1 flying bombs, I'm guessing that a homemade tractor in the UK is called something else. But, here in the states, a common name for tractors made from old cars was "Doodlebug". They were fairly common during the war, when new tractors were unavailable. I don't know anything about this particular Doodlebug tractor, but I looks to ...
Fish tailing Moon mascot (upd. sixties fishing lure !)
Publicist/illustrator Norman Clark spotted this lively mascot in Brive last weekend, and thought it might be of interest to us.   Moves about in the wind. It was on an old MOON car, see radiator, but of course this is no Moon mascot.  Any of you knows which artist designed/made this one?  Also we hope to hear from you what other  moving radiator mascots are known.  (photos Norman...
Hanomag identity issues.
Jeroen van Bommel has found in Portugal a 6 cylinder Hanomag Sturm (made from 1934 to 1939). Well to be more exact: zero cylinders, as the engine is missing. Also missing: the papers of the car that originally was registered in Portugal as AD-51-83. But now it is getting worse. It is impossible to retrieve this registration in Portugal. So now Jeroen is studying other ways to get the car l...
How about £ 200 for the lot? ( Upd. DVLA agrees)
Graham Little remembers the better student days.  £  200 would have bought all four vehicles in 1969. Easily affordable cheap transport paid for out of an £80 per term student grant (supplemented by part time employment). I'm confident the Morgan (FJ9938) and the Austin 7 Chummy (GV312) will have survived but less optimistic for the Austin 7 Ruby (GHY552). Cars & bike were last seen here at...
A Berliet motor mystery. ( upd. the only Berliet 2,5 litre?)
Jim Fairchild is "Mr. Berliet Australia". He owns no less than five Berliet cars. He is into collecting and restoring the products of Lyon for many decades. And from own experience we know he can cough up Berliet parts that nobody else thinks still are available in this universe. There are few secrets  to the marque Berliet, or Jim knows the answer. Or he knows the people who know the answer. ...
Rush hour in Ethiopia

Bart Kleyn did a recce for a vintage car rally through Ethiopia: "This country has more mules than cars. The way of transport for most of Ethiopia. In November 2013 the first classic car rally ever will be held in Ethiopia. And Ethiopia is not just "Italian Africa". It is one of the culturally most interesting countries in this subcontinent.  Judaism and Christianity ...

Why is there no photo? (upd. Picture found!)
On most Fridays we bring you a photo of a girl with a car, but in this case we don't have one. That is to say, we have a picture of the girl and we have a picture of her car, but none of them together. The lovely looking girl is baroness Gisela von Krieger who was born into a wealthy Prussian family and in the 1930s became one of the ten most fashionable women in the world. Her car is a 1936 Herma...
Wicked Hannomag racer. Upd. : Entschuldigung: Hanomag !!
Siegfried Otto Hepp was kind enough to send some photos of Hanomag sports cars with 'Peddigrohr' bodies. To be honest, first we thought this was a coachbuilder until we found out...! We understand that Siegfried built two replicas of the Hanomag 2/10 with the help of his friends, Mr. Butenuth and Mr. Höpfner."There was a time when these cars were competed in two classes at the Klausenrennen...
A charming Model T mystery (upd. Ames Speedster)
Jayne Wiese sends this summer photo. The only photo known of Florence Wiese, who was born in 1907 and died in 1937. When you click the photo you will see the enlarged version of a shy smile, with an interested glance looking into the footwell on the driver side. The photographer is probably the driver as well. Proud of his girl, proud of his racing car? Dirttrack racer?Jayne is compiling the famil...
Support the artist !
Artist and photographer Stefan Marjoram has a passion for vintage cars and specials. He writes: "They're by far my favourite subject to draw and I can think of no better way to spend a weekend than sitting under a shady tree sketching the wonderful machinery."We found Stefan's work on various blogs recently and thought you wanted to know about his organic approach of the subject. It is as if...
From Limousine to Henhouse and now what?
On July 14 Coys will have their annual Jaguar Auction at Blenheim Palace. As the title implies there will be many fine Jaguars in the sale and also a whole collection of post-war bubble cars. But what attracted out attention was this very sad-looking 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25. You might call it a barnfind, but in fact the whole car is a barn. It used to be a Park Ward bodied, long wheel base enclos...
Silly Walks from Coventry
They are more like a pair of odd shaped roller skates than cars. More of this either from John Cleese or in "Coventry's Motorcar Heritage" reviewed by Michael E Ware: Coventry has been at the heart of the British car industry from the very beginning. Damien Kimberley has produced a deeply researched book listing every car manufacturer that operated or proposed to operate in that City. He has found...
Whatisit? Quiz # 326
We don't think you'll have much trouble identifying the make of this fine automobile as the shape of the radiator looks very familiar. But that will not be enough, what we would also like to hear from you is its year and model name. How would you know that? We suggest you study this engine and then you may have a fair idea of what we are talking about. What we can tell is that the manufacturer did...
Cat on a hot tin bonnet. (upd. 301)

Several people answered "Peugeot 302" to our 402 quiz a few weeks back. Uffe Mortenson from Denmark went as far to have his answer accompanied with a photo of his personal collection. Wow, on hindsight we think we like the 302 lines better than those of the 402. We guess the car has not been used for a little while otherwise this position would hardly be comfortable. Keep that in mind when you ...

Spyker in Finland. ( Mr. & Mrs. Kaskinen)
Remember the recent Spyker barnfind? Juha Kaitananen form Turku, Finland sends this photo: "...showing a Spyker automobile visiting a place called Lokalahti, the house is called Hermansaari. This is quite close to town of Uusikaupunki on Southwestern coast of Finland.At the moment we think that the Spyker is the very first official vehicle used by our senate/goverment. At that time Finland was par...
best: "Look Ma, no hands."
Carrick Watson sends this thorough bike check performed by his father: "Taken in the 1930's showing my Dad at his best... the real story was that the Edinburgh Evening Newspaper sent out a photographer to get a good shot for the paper that evening, but he was not happy with the shots he had - not enough action... So, dad told him to get ready... and he did - with this result. A forward somersault ...
While others were tormented by Goodwood noise.
While 'everybody' was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, lots of other good and speedy festivals took place elsewhere. Some 60 miles east of Paris your editor spent the weekend with the Amicale Salmson for their 2012 Rallye des Cyclecars. A most pleasant summer event with touring along quiet 'white' country roads, sleepy villages and stops at very interesting, non-overcrowded museums. At m...
Lost but never found? (Upd. Yellow Peril still around)
Today it's exactly 75 years ago that famous aviatress Amelia Earhart became lost during a flight over the Pacific. Ever since that day in 1937 her disappearance continues to fascinate fans worldwide. According to one of the theories her plane was shot down and she was held captive at the Mariana-Islands on the charge of espionage. Some say she was buried in that prison. Others say disappeared to t...
Traction for Jean Moulin
Montceau-les-Mines is a small town in France which has a college named after Jean Moulin, one of the Resistance fighters during World War II. To preserve his memory the students of the college decided to create a monument dedicated to him and others who died during the war. And what better monument than a restored pre-war Citroën Traction Avant, with the markings of the FFI (French Interior For...
The Boorman Mystery Car (Upd. Rhode!)
Nick Boorman from the UK would like to identify the car his grandmother is driving in about 1927. Nick thinks the vehicle was probably owned by or belonged to a customer of A. BOORMAN & Son, of Woking in Surrey. Boorman's was a family business from the early 1900's developing from a carriage repair business and ended as a BMC dealership in the 1960's. Can anyone help? ...
A non-Ghost Mystery chassis. (upd. Delage CO )
Ian Murray took these photos years ago and he was asking for an opinion. Well in our humble opinion the photo itself is even more beautiful than the chassis itself. It's almost like looking at a 17th century oil painting (check main photo for comparison). Yet when you live in Scotland you probably get used to this kind of eternal scenery. Sorry, but we were taken away for a moment. Getting back...
Mercédès in a Mercedes!
As much as we know about the Mercedes cars, so little we know about Mercédès Jellinek, the girl who gave her name to the marque. So far there was only one photograph of her as a very young girl and nothing else. Until now! The Daimler archive received several photo albums from the estate of Mercédès’ son. There are some 300 photographs showing scenes from her life, including one of Me...
Years before Route 66.
Before US Highways were numbered they had a name. America's first (1913) rock paved transcontinental highway was the Lincoln Highway, winding from New York to San Francisco. Just like Route 66 the Lincoln Highway has its dedicated followers, preserving as much of the original highway as possible. Just recently the Lincoln Highway Association have published, making use of using Google Maps, ...
A shake hands Mystery. ( George Richard, Vivinus or De Diettrich?)
Stefan Feller seems to have a weak spot for mysterious engines as he has already shown us several. Here’s another one that looks very friendly as its carburetor wants to shake hands with us. Some carbs do not like to shake the cyclists hands but perhaps this one? The letters DRGM indicate that it is German made and its dimensions are: total height is 50cm; bore 102 mm. Please also note the...
Tennis, anyone?
Thomas Billicsich (also known to us as the Steyrman) sends these pictures that were taken during "2012 Steyr-Treffen" which was held last weekend at ‘Schlögen an der Donauschlinge’ in Austria. It’s the only place where the Danube flows in a western direction. This Steyr event is held every two years and brings together the owners of Steyr cars from all over Europe. This year it attrac...
Whatisit? Quiz # 325
This week's quiz car is so obscure, it's not even mentioned in Georganos's encyclopedia. So don't bother to go there, just rely on your memory if you have seen this car somewhere before. It was built by a French aeronautical engineer as a prototype. But it was built in a South-American country, not in France. It had an eight-cylinder, two-litre engine and had several innovative designs for its t...
A proper send-off for a Model T World Tour
This morning Trudy and Dirk Regter left Holland for their trip around the world in Ford Model T. Click here for more photos ...
Electro Lancia having a wash
After we published the 'Electro Talbot Mystery' we had no idea that it would create such interest. And now we may even have a solution to the mystery. Hugo Modderman came up with this earlier photo of the same car having a wash. Clearly at that time it was a Lambda special. Could the body have been made by Casaro or by Farina? The car then had the Dutch provincial number plate H-58x2 (x is eithe...
Where are the other four Standard Eight cars?
Jeff Lipnichan picked up the 1915 Standard Eight made by the Standard Steel Car Company in Butler, PA.  These cars used Herschell Spillman V8 motors.  There only seem to be 5 of these remaining. Click this link to CenturyFarm.org for more pictures of the car.If you have any information on any of the other Standard Eight cars or other cars with the same HS V8 he ...
"Ahhh...so the advance and retard goes on the LEFT and the hand throttle goes on the RIGHT!"
Okay, the bear looking television on top of a 1925(?) Buick Sedan is one thing. But the people inside (well in fact we only see one arm) having a nice day off with a car well prepared. See that nice sun blocking curtain on the right door. Is it a stick-on or a roll-down? Anyway, it probably will be more interesting to see your headlines coming in. You will have 24 hours to post a headline in the ...
A 1960 barnfind rediscovered! the 1905/07 Spyker 15/22
In many cases the stories behind cars are even more intriguing than the automobile itself. Showing here is one of the 14 Spyker cars that are still in existence. The car was known on paper alone, until as we understand it was found in France in the early sixties! The dealer plate of Paris dealer L. Suberbie is still on the firewall. Anyway in the early nineties a vague story about a Spyker car ...
A Monday Moscow twin Mystery. (Upd. Argus or Lessner?)
Car journalist Ivan Barentsev sends these two images of unidentified omnibuses in Moscow. One from 1907 with all-rubber tyres and another from 1911-1914 with Russian "Prowodnik-Columb" pneumatics. But the make of either omnibus is unknown. Both are chaindrive giants with the typical Mercedes look-a-like radiator. Do we have an expert on Russian buses in the room?Update: Ariejan Bos send...
What changes your discarded S-type into a major barnfind? (Upd. Results!)
When is a barnfind a barnfind? A car lost for decades and then turning up in an abandoned shed? Or is it also a one-family-owned, never-restored, time-warp automobile that that has led a sheltered life in a heated garage? We don't know the answer, but we are always glad to see when these kind of automobiles turn up and see the light of day again. Take this magnificent 1928 supercharged Mercedes ...
A family of Bluebirds
The story starts with great-grandfather Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE born March 11th 1885. At the age of 27, 100 years ago, he watched the Maurice Maeterlinck play ‘The Blue Bird’, which is a fairy story about  children searching for happiness, which always seems to be just out of reach. Campbell was so taken with the play that on the way home he woke up the local ironmonger, bought every tin...
Ninety years old and kicking! ( Upd. UV6464 still on the road)
Until the 1960's one of the most familiar cars on the roads must have been the Austin Seven as between 1922 and 1939 it was built in large numbers. Even today many have survived and are restored as originals or specials. They are rallied, raced, trialed or otherwise cherished. Several hundred Sevens are expected to turn up on July 1st at Beaulieu, Hampshire, where the 750 Motor Club will be celebr...
Better be quick! Free tickets for the 2012 Concours Het Loo/ PreWarPlaza.
Next week Saturday June 23 & Sunday 24 June the Concours d'Elegance of Holland will take place in the gardens of Royal Palace Het Loo, Apeldoorn. A fabulous event with lots of show and the famous vintage sprint organised by the Dutch Vintage Sportscar Club. PreWarCar has a special arrangement with the organisation for visiting pre-war cars. You will have VIP parking at the very ...
The Electro Talbot Mystery (Upd. LHD Lancia Lambda - Richard Talbot Special)
Fred Korthals from Holland came up with these photos of a sports car and asks our help in identifying it. This should be easy as on the back of the photo is written “Talbot”, but -and here comes the big but- it also says it’s an “Electro Talbot”, which is also sign-written on the car itself! Does this mean the car was electric powered? As far as we know Talbot never produced an electrica...
Not a Matheson Mystery. (upd. NO Austin ! )

Philip Matheson of Australia wrote us: "This is the unidentified engine found by my father, Henry Matheson. A visitor to the local museum suggested I try asking your readers if they could help."

Editor: of course we will gladly help. Especially as father and son were kind kind enough to provide us with lots of useful information and specs. One thing is sure, this is a very nice...

How to fit the family in?
It's an age old problem. There's always one more than will fit in the car you bring. It has produced many hilarious record attempts - especially since Guinness started to encourge to do so -  to fit more people in telephonebooths, VW Beetles, Fiat 500's and more. Yet this must be an early attempt. It looks like somebody made a purpose built body to fit NN-2927 ( a known Derbyshire number?). C...
What is it? Quiz # 324
It is a pile of rust playing hard to get on top of a sea container. Yet, despite its condition, the papers are still available and the basis of this large family saloon are equal to a famous, most attractive two seater roadster. It is our impression that this photo is so easy that we don't want to give many more hints. Except maybe that the make of car is still very much alive, be it tha...
A Girlie Beer Ad Mystery. (Upd. air cooled Phänomen truck?)
A girl posing in 'hot pants'  with a beertruck is something you would expect in the late fifties or sixties. Not in the thirties! Is nothing sacred? For a moment we may not have looked well, but than we found another thirties photo showing a girl in 'Lederhosen' (leather shorts). All we know of the truck is the small company 'Klosterbräu Geisenfeld". Can you help us out with respect to the mak...
No, it is not a ...., and it is not a .... either!
The looks may be familiar. It's very amilcarish, it's very salmsonish, yet it isneither of those. This is a true odd ball. Guest of Vincent Chamont in a recent french tour and we wouldn't be surprised to see it at next year's Vintage Montlhéry. Take a closer look here and you'll find a view on the engine doesn't help. We'll help you out. It is an ultra rare Derby Six. Let us know if you know...
Serious Salooners invited. (upd. oily rag restoration candidate)
Lot Nr. 11 at H & H's  16 June auction is an  1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon de Ville. Not only the unmolested-unrestored condition is intriguing. Also the 'Saloon de Ville' bit of the name. We understand this one specimen of an exceptional small series of cars with a 7" longer wheelbasis thus  giving more room for the passenger legs yet also for a B-pillar as opposed to the standard pillarless sa...
Central NH Model T Club's Tour
Riverfront Tour of the Central NH Model T Club, a report by Warren Henderson: On Sunday May 27th the weather could not have been any better. We left the Bow Truck Stop shortly after 9:00 AM. Traffic was light and even the traffic lights cooperated as we traveled Route 3A to the Meetinghouse at Riverfront in Manchester. Upon arrival we were greeted by Lorna Ford who brought out a Continental...
Veterans touring in Tuscany

Anthony Lombardi (USA, Italy) sends some photos of the recent 26/27 May tour for 100 year old cars. "Welcome to the Garage del Tempo Automobile Club's annual Veteran Car Run . This time the event attracted entrants from all over Italy and one from Germany. For the owners of these highly valuable veteran cars it represents a rare opportunity to take their extraordinary automobiles o...

The Calendar Season is officially Open.
June 1st. Except when your car is not on the road (and even then ! click !!) this is the best time to shoot photos for next year's calendar "Proper Cars, True Ladies". So bring your camera wherever you go and keep an open eye for beauty on wheels. Joseph Schmitt's lovely photo somehow got lost in the sytem, for which we send him our excuses. His 1909 MAF is near to be finished and maybe really re...
barnfound in Russia : ex Baron Wrangel 1913 Fiat Tipo 5. (UPDATE: more about Wrangel)
 See full press release (click)...
Neil Young's new car.
Read Rolling Stone about Neil Young's new album 'Americana'. Long time PreWarCar fans will recognise chief Geronimo's 1905 Model C Locomobile in a glance. But this time used as a backdrop for the new album. By the way 'Crazy Horse' was Geronimo's name of honour, so here's a lot of borrowing going on. No wonder as 'Americana' is a collection of well known American folksongs. The new ...
Une Exposition de Véhicles Modernes
This may be an ordinary Paris cop holding up traffic, yet his ear to ear grin says there is something in the air. The collection of vehicles seems rather odd, is it a race to see which means of transport is quickest in the Paris rush hour?  Up to you to tell us in one catchy phrase what is happening here. He (or she) who comes up with the nicest headline will be rewarded with a PreW...
A Dublin Mystery from California. (Upd. 10/12 HP Humber 1907-1908)
Michael Patris from California writes that his neighbour is a fan of his antique cars and came up with a photo of his father in a brass touring car.  The photo was taken in Dublin, Ireland and his father, mr. Ellis, is in the front passenger seat. "Perhaps someone with records in Ireland can look up the old license plate number (R?-990) and also determine year, make and model of this grand ...
Who were Goodwin and Co?
Michael Ware writes that after publishing a Back on the Road article in The Automobile on the recently restored 1914 Briton in the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands, the museum received an interesting letter from Kit Maxwell in New Zealand. He has a 1909 Briton, the restoration of which he has nearly completed. Kit goes on to say "My grandfather imported a car c1908 which had the ...
"My way works for me, nothing special"
When you see the advert for Marty Watkins'1941 Cadillac, you may shrug 'just another shiny Cadillac' with some trophies. A typical trailer queen... Yet when you read Marty's report you'll find how he treats the car over the seasons and a bit lower also how he found it and what he subsequently did to preserve the car. Marty is not the average car guy. And his Cadillac is no...
Whatisit? Quiz # 323
A great photo of the preparations for a speed test. Take a look at the track (click main photo) and we think you'll have no trouble finding out where this attempt took place. Below the streamlined racing body, you'll find in fact a standard production automobile from a renowned manufacturer. The driver had set a record on this track many years before with a specially prepared racing car, but this ...
A 'fachwerk' Mystery. (Upd. Mathis in Miltenberg)
Recently we found this picturesque photo of a German village ready for summer. Everybody is outside. Either for work of for pleasure and it seems they all have a good time. The beautiful 'fachwerk' architecture is starting to attract some tourists. They have parked their  .......? in order to make a snapshot. Probably we have the point of view of the driver who has left the car. We hope you can ...
'Wisconsin T-Head Mystery' landed in Indiana!
Remember the unidentified T-head posted by Kit Foster? Joe Gross was able to secure the parts for his Maxwell project that earlier was part of an Alice Ramsey diorama! "When I first saw the mystery engine, I was certain it was Maxwell. They incorporated the engine, clutch and transmission into one long aluminum cast pan. I initially saw it as part of a project to do with extra partial chassis...
To Bead or not to Bead, that's the question
After doing the same for the Austin 7, Longstone Tyres has developed a new series straight sided tyres for the early type Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. You may like it or not, still it is a great thing that now at least you have the choice between being strictly original, or a lot safer for long distance or mountainous touring. Of course the simplest solution will free your wallet from overweight: mai...
The Future strikes Back!
It’s not our habit to advertise a new movie, but when we saw this poster promoting the latest Men in Black 3, we had to stop and think... We don’t know the story yet, as the movie will be released tomorrow (!), but knowing that it’s a science fiction film and seeing Will Smith driving this futuristic multi-powered uni-wheel, we thought, hey, that’s not the future, we’ve seen that wheel b...
After all these years still there, still untouched

Browsing through old holiday photos Bas de Voogd came along this picture which he made some forty years ago. Supposing that all was cleared by now he did contacted Kris Ward from Kris’s Industrial Trials and Derek Rayner from the Leeds and District Traction Engine Club. To his (and our!) surprise Bas found out that some of the 'stuff' is still there. The yard is at Binton on Avon or s...

A GP Itala at GBP 25

Alistair Dray from New-Zealand surprised us with several interesting pictures and a great yarn. He writes: “They date from 1934, when my wife's grandfather, John Pole, ‘barn-found’ the famous 1908 GP Itala, nick-named ‘Floretta’. He first saw the car behind the Scole Inn in Suffolk in 1927. Once the VSCC had been founded and interest in old cars was rising, he returned to the ...

Hold on to your hat!

How she does it we don’t know, but can you image driving a Knox racing car wearing a hat like that? It’s definitely not a posed photo because her coat is covered in mud, just like the car (click main photo to check!). Well, maybe Joan Newton Cuneo -the lady behind the wheel- didn’t really race the Knox at the time of the photo, but she certainly did her bit. Dr. Elsa Nystrom, Professor ...

Is it a Derby Mystery? (upd. post 1950 photo of Derby-BMW Special)
by Ron King: I attach a photograph, taken by a friend, in the 1950's of what I think is a very much modified 1928 Derby, possibly for racing, as one can see the traces on the original photo of what looks like painted on racing number in front of the outside handbrake and airpump, both in themselves I would think modifications. The rear springs look lowered by the expedient of fitting angled wedges...
Is this all what's left of Peter & Moritz? (upd. a half P&M !)
Of certain makes of car only a few examples are left. Also there are marques of which only one specimen is left. Also there are automobiles known of which only a chassis or engine survived. With the most charming make Peter und Moritz (clearly inspired by the stripheroes Max & Moritz created by Wilhelm Busch) it is even worse. As far as known to Stefan Feller this radiator badge is the only tangib...
London Taxi waiting for new assignment.
Bob Holmes sends us these photos of a 1910 Panhard et Levassor London taxi that has recently been discovered following the death of its previous owner in Gloucestershire, England. The car is fitted with Laundelette coachwork and features all of its original fittings including taxi meter, Metropolitan Police fare card, passenger to driver direction indicator, etc.. The car is totally complet...
Monday mystery axles
Funny, ther's so little to see and still it's almost a car. As if it's only a few bits of chassis rails and an engine that's needed to get this cyclecar(?) going again...Back to reality, Johan Kroon is asking your help to identify these axles. Finally somebody who takes the trouble to provide dimensions with his mystery object! What we also like is the 'tapestry' chosen by the photographer. ...
Ticks like a mouse, goes like a lion.
Derek Wilson reports from last Sunday's VCC event in Ireland. He says it is a minor event, but look what a fine collection came down the road to join in!  The chairman Bernard Williamson attented and navigated for Jim Boland in a beautiful 1912 Napier. Further Derek was truly amazed at the running of this 1912 Renault  (CG?) , "it ticks over like a mouses heart and flies a...
What is it? Quiz # 322
This is a pre 1914 car. The knowledge that it's a British made car may not be a great help, as it is a rarely seen guest; not even at typical brass car events. The  manufacturers started in the steam business and proceeded from there into non-steam public transport. And only from there car production came in sight. Still, as a car marque this double name was on the market for two de...
Salvador Dali's present to Gala ( Upd. 400 cars; two mascots)
What's the greatest radiator mascot you've ever seen? During a recent visit to Spain we were confronted with the 1941 Cadillac that Dali gave to his wife Gala. It is in the court of the Theatre Museo Dali in Figueres, the hometown of Dali, just north of Barcelona. The monumental mascot is a later addition as you will understand. From various sources on the web we understand Dali was quite proud on...
More Studebaker Signs
Remember the Studebaker Sign Mystery we published a few weeks ago? That old photo prompted Mario José Laguna to do some more research. He writes: "I found an amazing book by Mario Barone on his adventures travelling by "road" from Rio de Janeiro to New York, via Montevideo, Buenos Aires, La Paz, Quito, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico. I had the chance to purchase a second hand copy of the...
The Polish Sports Car Mystery (Upd. 1932 BSA FW32 ! )
More than twenty years ago Pieter Beelen found this photo on a Polish flea market and just had to have it. But after all those years he hasn't been able to recognize the make of this little sports car. And neither can we. Is it of Polish origin? But then it's strange that it has Right Hand Drive, although it is parked on the right side of the road. According to Mattie van der Valk, who is an exper...
Have we spotted the new MGB?
Organizer Bart Kleyn of the Via Flaminia Pre-War Rally faces a slight problem. One of the participants of this rally that will start in about three weeks has had a spot of bad luck en blew the engine of his MG J2. Now he wants to bring his other car, an ultra-modern MGB, to the rally instead of the J2. As the MGB is clearly no pre-war automobile, Bart has a problem. What should he do? Allow the MG...
The Morel Magneto Mystery
Graig Little from Australia recently acquired this rather impressive magneto. He writes: "It is far too large to use on my cars. I wonder If anyone out there can tell me what vehicles used it and if the Morel name bears any relation to the André Morel who drove for Amilcar. It is marked BMC 4, Series 565 and incorporates an impulse starter. Also much of the casing is aluminium so that it is...
Hillclimb to the sixth floor!
By Bart Oosterling: Even in the pre-war days there were multi-story car parks. For parking of course. But that is not the only thing you can do with them. That is what they must have thought in Paris, early 1927. As there are no hills available in the Paris city centre, why not use the new parking garage for a hill climb? So they did on February 27, 1927 at the opening of the Banville garage.Georg...
A Minerva with strong family ties
Of late it seems that cars that have been owned by famous people are fetching higher and higher prices at auctions. Whether this is right or not we can't tell, but if so, we think that this mighty Minerva will do very well. It's a 1925 AC Tourer that comes with the 30CV sleeve-valve engine and a superb coachwork by Rollston of New York. But its main claim to fame is that it was owned by the Hutton...
Low Flying Whatsit
Is it a Bird? - Is it a Plane ?NO - it's a Morgan !!Carrick Watson writes: "In 1935 The 'Edinburgh Evening News' newspaper held a Floral Pageant competition for the best decorated motor vehicle, Car or Motorcycle. This was one of the entries for it - red & white Roses covering it. My Dad Won the Event with a white Triumph Motorcycle outfit, decorated with White Roses - and a White boiler...
Mercedes Erdman & Rossi mystery? (upd. armoured 60 HP Mercedes)
Anton van Luijk found this photo of an extraordinary tourer which apparently has been captured by the French after WW I. He writes: "Not 100% sure if it's really a Mercedes, but that's written on the photo. The photo dates somewhere between 1914 en 1918."Editor: It certainly looks like a pre-WWI 10/20HP. But we think the sort of streamlined coachwork with enclosed rear wheels and long 'trunk' (ver...
Love is…: a small detail
You could argue that every Alfa Romeo 6C is special, but it must be true that some are more special than others. Take for instance his 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider with a body by Zagato. When we saw it we immediately fell in live with it, head over heels! And why? Just because of a very tiny detail. Take a look at the steering wheel, there's a small badge attached to one of the spokes...
Special issue Jaeger mystery (Upd. Avions Voisin!)
Mark Miller reports: "I have just aquired an 8 day French Jaeger cream dialed car clock as seen in the photos which I have fitted, in place of the standard Jaeger clock, to my 1927 Bugatti T37A. This on its own is nothing special but what attracted me specifically to this one was the writing, in red, accross the dial. It is in French and is obviously totally original to the clock and reads as foll...
Some novelties persist – some don’t
By Bart Oosterling: The Vutotal concept is still a great design feature. And in a sense a safety feature too, having unobstructed vision. Too bad the concept was never succesfully adoped by the motoring industry, so only a few beautiful Vutotal Voisins, Delages, Delahayes and one (?) Bugatti remain today. The FN sport "conduit interieur" pictured must be derived from the same principle. But differ...
What is it ? # 321
This is a post war car according to an article in "The Autocar". Yet, chances that you have ever seen one in the flesh are near to zero, still it is quite a famous oddball. Here some hints. The radiator probably looks familiar, but don't let yourself taken away by that impression. Crawling under the car you should be able to find more familiar parts. And when you give a proper look ...
"Like the car, I'm built for comfort rather than speed!"
We could easily ask you to identify the small sedan with the nice white-wall tyres for us and of course you may do so if you like. But we prefer you to come up with a witty caption of what this charming young lady is saying to the photographer.From this moment on you will have 24 hours to send in your headline. The best answer will receive the PreWarCar brass plate.Update by editor: We hada great ...
Nothing beats a good photograph (Upd. das weiße Rössl am Wolfgangsee )
It pays to not only watch all the automotive auctions, but also other auctions can yield a gem. Reader Freek Joha drew our attention to this photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, a famous photojournalist. Just look how he captured this 1932 Hanomag Kommisbrot on exactly the right spot. The photo came in a lot of two photos and was sold last week by Doyle in New York for a whopping 416 dollars (315 eur...
Same car, same place, different time!
Two weeks ago, on 14 April, Volvo celebrated that 85 years ago the first mass-produced Volvo car rolled off the production line at the Lundby factory in Göteborg. At 10 in the morning on 14 April 1927, sales manager Hilmer Johansson drove the first mass-produced ÖV4 model through the factory gates. Now, 85 years later, the same model passed through exactly the same gates to celebrate the birthda...
The Studebaker Signs Mystery (See Update)
Mario Laguna from Luxemburg sends us a picture from the album of an elderly aunt. According to the aunts recollections this photograph was taken by her then young husband during a trip with friends somewhere between Barcelona and Sitges. She knows nothing of the car or its owner, her late husband just took the photo as he thought it would be a good souvenir. Mario guesses it's a 1922 Studebaker Li...
Daimler Lancefield without memory. ( upd.Double Six ? )
Derek Molloy from Ireland is investgating this imposing Limousine by Lancefield. Although the car is currently licensed for Ireland the orginal registration was DLY258 . Derek only knows that this registration must have been delivered in the period December '36 to January '37. Of course he would love to find out who the earlier owner or owners were; the DVLA can not help.  At l...
Flying Scotsman 2012: "anything pre-war"
We must assume that organiser Philip Young of the Flying Scotsman 2012 is an avid reader of this webmagazine. This reliability run from London to Edinburgh is named after the famous train route. The cars eligible :  "Anything pre-war, with a pre-war chassis, and a pre-war engine design." But his sense for marketing is healthy enough to keep the door open for postwar material "w...
Round Radiator Racer Mystery. ( 1913 Spyker 25/30 HP !)
Arent G.Westera writes: "A couple of years ago I got this photo. I asked a few people with knowledge of old cars, but none of them could say for certain what it is. One suggested it might be a Gregoire. Another was pretty certain it is an old Benz.I would love to hear from somebody who is certain about this car." editor: the round radiator mysteries are hard to solve. But this particular car shoul...
"Come along deer we're off to the stag party."
Another great 'snap' from  the family album of Carrick Watson. Taken mid 1930's near Edinburgh.It would be on a Club outing with  the Corstorphine & District Motor Cycle & Car Club, of which Carrick Watson's father was a Member. They had many different social events, this looks like a grand day out ...... and NO ... it is not a shot of Carrick's father. You have 24 hours as from the moment thi...
Flathead Anniversary in South Africa
Last Sunday the 80th Anniversary of the Ford V8 Flathead was celebrated in South Africa. This was at The Piston Ring, the biggest old car club in South Africa, located near Johannesburg at Modderfontein, a historic factory site making Dynamite for the gold mines from the 19th century.You see Ced Pearce proudly wearing his PreWarCar shirt with his 1938 Sedan Delivery. And in the other p...
The New Lancia Aprilia !
Lots of Lancia afficionados  are sad - not to say angry -  about the lack of pedigree of the Lancia models in recent decades. Michele Mauro and Claudio Piccioli, a design team form Italy used the 75th anniversay of the Lancia Aprilia to launch a fresh view on  the Berlinetta Aerodinamica as presented in 1936 and which came on the market early 1937. It h...
A Stanley Mystery body? (upd.: Chrysler, Oakland or Oldmobile bodied?)
Kelly Williams comes up with this issue that has been bothering him the last 40 years: "This car was sold in the 1970s as a 1917 Stanley, with this body. It has 1917 Stanley front fenders and engine. It was completely restored with this body, but I'm pretty sure that the body is not Stanley. It looks more like it's from the late '20s, and it doesn't match any sedan body ever pictured in Stan...
The original is waiting for you in Titanic's belly.
This 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville is an original. Yet in terms of cosmetics it is a replica of the car that is at the bottom of the northern Atlantic. Love it or hate it, it has been restyled, repainted and retrimmed to give a perfect match with the Renault as it went on board Titanic 100 years ago. For accuracy served detailed 1912 files by Lloyd's , the insurance claim of the survivin...
What is it? Quiz #320
At first sight you’re going to say it’s post war, but that’s where the complications start. Yes the body was made in Paris in 1947. Yet what's underneath is vintage. The marque hiding under this alloy skin is of undoubted fame, but better known as one of the ultimate racecars of the twenties. One hint, the car is much smaller than you may think; it's almost a toy verion o...
No day for stupid games.
We are not superstitious. At least not very superstitious. Yet a day-date like todays makes us cautious. So we couldn't help but make you aware of our feelings and share with you one of the cartoons sent to us by Kim Koffman. No matter what you drive today, be it modern, youngtimer, classic, vintage, brass or veteran, concentrate on what you're doing. It's the best guarantee to get home in one pi...
When Mercer added the windscreen.
A Mr. Cox sent this photo for identification to Tom Laferriere who in turn sent it to us. The moment we saw the picture we felt we knew the car, but it didn't come any further until late last night. Suddenly we could envisage the car without the bumper and without the horrible windscreen. And yes - of course - it is one of the Mercer Raceabouts built after 1915. A regular guest at the yearly H...
VSCC Light Car and Edwardian Section Welsh Weekend
 The Light Car and Edwardian Section had their annual ‘jolly’ in Wales last weekend, blessed with dry weather and indeed sunny blue skies on Friday and Sunday. The VSCC in general is a Club for people who use their cars, the Section is the same but more so! Most of the 130 cars taking part were driven to the event, and included some rare types and models including Marlborough, Horst...
The Restor Monocode-Optik Code Mystery (upd.: Headlight or Foglight?)

Rick Carey reports: At the recent Auctions America by RM auction in Ft. Lauderdale the 1922 Citroen B2 Phaeton wore an auxiliary light on the headlight spreader bar that I've never seen before, a Restor Monocode-Optik Code light with a curious lens arrangement. I'm curious about its purpose and function? What is this lights function and how does it work. I've never seen one before."Upda...

"All arrived on own wheels!"
Allistair "Bud"Smith reports: "I'm a 22 year old Australian, and very proud recipient of a PreWarCar Report Cap as a winner of Quiz # 300. Please find attached a picture of our 1926 Vauxhall. We are currently on a Easter rally in country Queensland, Australia. The host club is Vintage Vehicle Touring Enthusiasts. They are an exclusive group for 1919 - 1930 vehicles only.Also on the rally is ...
Happy Easter and drive carefully...
... or else Crack !Fot those staying at home. We have a special Easter offer. The paid ads will be the price of an Egg today at 10 cents each. This will be valuable until and including Monday 9 April, 24.00 GMT. This counts for pre-war and post-war cars, motorcycles, boats and aeroplanes. And for automobilia and parts. The offer is limited to two paid car adverts per user. And 20 paid parts adv...
The Wild Goose Mystery (upd. Cilde Harold Willis)
And by 'Wild Goose' we are not talking about the lovely lady behind the wheel. It's because she's about to drive away in a impressive 1921 Wills Sainte Claire, easily identified by the Flying Goose badge on the radiator. Impressive, because it sported a powerful V8 engine that might prove a bit of a handful for the young lady. But what is really puzzling us is the 'side light' next to the image of...
A misty Saurer outing. (upd. Grimsel Passhöhe)
Some time ago Greg Rutler from New York found this photo in an old album amongst pictures of what seems to be an Alpine vacation around 1928-29: "It may seem odd, but I just can't read the name on the radiator of this fantastic sightseeing bus. What is it? Through the mist there is also a restaurant sign visible in the background. Does anyone have an idea about where this was taken?"Editor RB: The...
Problems don’t exist
In modern-day speak the word 'problem' doesn't exist anymore. What you're facing instead is a 'challenge'! And did we find just the right challenge for you! It's a partly restored 1936 Frazer Nash BMW 319/45 (even the model numbering is a challenge) that comes up for auction at Herefordshire Vintage Auctions on April 11. After H.J. Aldington took over the Frazer Nash company he acquired the BMW co...
A chaotic start of motorsport in Norway.
The first ice race was held along the Oslo Fjord 25th February 1912 (check the crowd!) and became a giant fiasco after 10.000 people came hoping to get a glimpse of the racing cars. The event was a total chaos and the race had to be stopped after a crash. In their enthusiasm the organisers had placed the Start and the Finish line together - only opposite ways... One of the cars that attended ...
Wanted: period photos of a Speed Queen with MG NA BLL492

Rest assured, no April fool's joke today as we -believe it or not- are still getting orders for last year's fake Bugatti book! If you want a real book, check this page with Bugatti book offers.Instead we have this true Bugatti contender, the 1934 MG N-Type powered by a six cylinder, 120 horsepower, supercharged, lightweight, special tuned engine, featuring a pre-selector 4-speed gearbox. This M...

Whatisit? Quiz # 319
Don't you just love obscure automobiles? This one was made by an Italian who owned a garage together with his brother. His first automobile had a 1500cc 4-cylinder single-ohc engine and a body in the tradition of French makes like B.N.C., Amilcar and Salmson. He went on to produce a small automobile which was offered in Normal, Sport and Grand Sport supercharged versions, all with three-speed gear...
At the height of fashion
A great drawing of two ladies wearing the large hats that came into fashion in the early years of the previous century. And do check the envious looks of the lady in the passing automobile! The painting was made in 1911 by Marcello Dudovich, who was born in Italy in 1878 and died on March 31st 1962, fifty years ago tomorrow. He was one of the great poster artists, who worked for Pirelli, Bugatti a...
When the hills are alive…
Alessandria is a city in Northern-Italy with an 18th century Citadel. Between the two world wars the town was well-known for the 'Circuito Bordino' a racing circuit named after Pietro Bordino, a local hero, who died there during practice in 1928. The race was run through the surrounding hills and villages of Alessandria and only the very best drivers took part, Nuvolari (main picture), Varzi and F...
The Mildura Mystery Bikes (upd. Triumph 1910/11 or Swift?)

Although Lance Milne is a car enthusiast, his enthusiasm also includes historic buildings. Currently he is the custodian of the Historic Chateau Mildura Winery that was established by the Canadian born Chaffey Brothers who established Mildura 125 years ago as Australia's first irrigation Colony. Lance has recently been given copies of some early photos of individuals he believes to b...

The Migratory Swift
Several friends of Peter Ransom are currently crossing Australia (west to east) as part of an expedition to celebrate the centenary of the first west-east crossing of the continent by car in 1912. It's 5,000km across and they're approaching the half-way point Most entrants in the event had to travel from the east coast to the west just to reach the start and there were some clever ideas about how ...
The Citroën B2 Clutch Mystery (upd. factory fitting?)

Craig Little from Australia send these photos of the alloy clutchplate housing on a B2 Citroen. “It is missing the component that sits under the clutch trust and is held in place by two 8 mm studs or bolts. I would appreciate any help in identifying and possibly locating it. Basically it appears to be a ring with an extension on each side but the parts drawings show little more. Any a...

The first known Opel 1.3 Liter Model 1934
This is my Opel 1,3 Liter Model 1934. It is the earliest one known from Feb. 1934. I restored it in 2009 and tried to keep its original condition. The car was not driven since 1949/50 and stood in a barn. Supposetly it has been used somehow in WWII. unfortunately its history before 1946 remains dark. I have the original title issued in 1946 by the French Military Government of South-West Ger...
What the well-dressed man should wear
We're having a great week with early spring in the air. This of course means we take the top down and enjoy some fine fair-weather motoring. But beware when driving topless, it's still a bit chilly and the early sunrays can be quite strong so we advise you to wear a cap of some sorts. But which one? Of course it must be stylish and fit with the period of your automobile. A deerstalker sh...
You steal my baloon! I set my boy's on you...
Looking tuff, huh! This scene might look like Chicago during the last days of Prohibition, yet it's not! But even Al Capone and Lucky Luciano would have been interested to meet their counterparts from Romania. Judging by the licence plate this seemingly new 1934 Ford V8 is registered as a taxi in Bucharest. Chicago or Bucharest, this bunch of tough guys certainly look very imposing. But what are t...
The Bluebird Boozer Mystery
By Michael E Ware: The Lakeland Motor Museum has an extensive display devoted to the Campbell family, father and son. This collection was put together by Don Sidebottom who, some 15 years ago, bought at the Beaulieu Autojumble what must have been a pub sign (click main pic!). It that depicts the final run by Sir Malcolm Campbell at Bonneville salt flats, Utah in September 1935 when he raised the W...
Light up!
When Hubert Kranz commisioned a one seater Austin Seven Special from Jansen Coachbuilding he also asked to take the idea of the cigar shaped vintage racer one puff further.  Bas Jansen got lighted by enthusiasm. When the body was 'rolled out' he instructed his painter and air spray artist to give a good look at a well made handbuilt cohiba. And perhaps they even gave attention to Austin's ...
A monday morning line-up Mystery (upd. All identified)
Just the kind of picture we need on a misty Monday morning. Mike Wheadon was kind enough to send this early image of T. Roberts Garage in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire. Mike writes that the building still stands alongside the A40 in the main street entering Llandovery from Brecon (editor: is this the one? Then it still is a garage!) Two of the cars outside the original premises display Carmarthenshi...
A quick stop with BH4473 in Buckingham.
A photo like a painting. Who wouldn't like to step into this frame of time to have a chat with the mule driver and a nice morning walk around the castle. Ah, glad you didn't forget to bring your camera and that your company stopped letting you out after having survived the 'dangerous corner' around The Old Gaol. Sender Philippa Atkinson would love to know if this is a Morgan (yes it is; a 1922...
What is it? Quiz # 318
It is not much, yet we know dozens between you who would "kill" for these scarce remains. Now what do we have? It is not exactly a widetracked car. A bit cyclecar-ish we would say. You can see the 100% complete and fully original (sorry, sometimes we tend to take over the advert wordings seen on these pages) front axle and full rear axle. Wow! Basically all you need is an engin...
The Queen Mary Ladies Mystery

It seems like we have a week full of mysteries, cause here’s another one. This photo of the bathing beauties posing with the imposing Queen Mary comes from the collection of Frans Vrijaldenhoven. We have very little information to go on, only that just like yesterday’s Hudson, all cars date from 1939. However, we doubt that the picture was taken in 1939 as the models (the girls, that is) l...

The Bombay K Mystery (Upd. 1939 Hudson)
One of the photos from the collection of Harit Trivedi shows this mysterious sedan. It looks American, but we have no clue as to what kind of car this really is. It looks heavily modified, but if so, the job was done very well. The only clue we have is that by looking at the licence plate it must be pre-1938 or 1939 as the 'K' series of registration numbers was the last series of Bombay Presidency...
A Chevy PickUp Mystery? (upd. Hotchkiss 19.. ?)
A recently discovered small orchard find not too far away from Tours in France. Most postwar stuff but this one we would like to ask your opinion about. At first sight we started looking for Chevy, than found it looked like GMC as well. But we not really succeeded convincing ourselves. Windshield wrong. Wipers wrong. Heavily modified maybe? Maybe postwar after all? Too many question marks? Can yo...
The Tarboush Mystery (Upd. Cottereau !?!)
From Egypt comes this photo of this chauffeur-driven limousine. The driver wears a traditional tarboush, or fez, and in the back of the car you can just see two princesses being driven to... ah well, wherever they want to go. We know they are princesses, because we have another photo of them when they are about to step into their limousine. This one has a caption, which roughly translates as "Eg...
'Best of Show' 2012 Amelia Island Concours: JP's Choice
J.P.  'Victorycars' Van De Bundt reports from Amelia Island Florida and was kind enough to send his first impressions of Sunday's Concours d' Elegance. In the category "Most Impressive" the above shown 1909 Alco 6 cylinder racer, believed to be the historic winner of the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races. To get an idea of the dimensions:  The tires measure 37" ... compared to whic...
10 March, a day at the beach
Today one year ago the great disaster struck Japan. 16.000 died and 3000 people are still missing. There is no way to understand truly what kind of impact this must have had and still has on the country and every individual, every family involved. We just want to pause for a moment by the basic fact of what happened. And show you the witness of another era in the same coun...
Edwardian fights at the Isle of Man.
Each year the Manx Motor Racing Club are the organizers of the Manx Classic, a three day sprint plus hill climb event on the Isle of Man (on the A36 near Port Erin; check the beauty of the landscape ). Last year there was a new trophy especially for Edwardians, which should be right as the Isle of Man played a major role in early motorsport, specifically the 1904 Gordon Bennett Eliminating Trials...
A struggle to survive
We thought this photo by John Vachon would be an apt reminder that today is International Woman's Day. Around the world hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. This ...
best headline: "NO!, I'm driving!, you sit in the back! "

This must be  London around 1910; the car vaguely reminding of this 1910 Renault. It seems that a confrontation is near between the fine gentleman leaving the taxi and the driver who is interrupted counting his blessings. We have no idea what is the issue or what happened in the seconds before. So we leave the problem up to you. The print is signed with W. Bird. We could not find too many h...

Fox with a nose for cash.
Do we have to introduce you to the exceptional mascots of René Lalique? Probably not, but just in case,  René Lalique was a master glass-maker who in the late 1920's, early 1930s created a number of unique glass radiator mascots, each symbolizing speed and motion. Some of these mascots are well-known, others quite rare. This fox, 'Le Renard', is one of only seven known to exist. Today each ...
An extremely rare find: Steiger
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Poor man's Bentley ?
David Porter reports about his restored car: "I purchased this Sunbeam 20/9 some 12 years ago. The car was on the road and went well. But was tired, the chassis was fractured near the gearbox, it would easily oil up the plugs, and was generally in need of a complete rebuild the majority of which was doen in my workshop. Over a period of 18 months a new aluminium over ash body ...
Whatisit? Quiz # 317
Drawings of automobiles are mostly not too clear for a good identification, so we will have to give you some extra information. This drawing comes from a series of stamps issued by a country that before WW II had no automobile industry to speak of. Yet they dedicated a series of six stamps to their early automobiles. The creator of this one started by developing an engine that could be transported...
What happened to the motorcar of the Copper Queen? (Upd.Various Misses...)
Steven Spicer writes: "I wonder wether I may ask readers of your excellent site for their help in trying to track down any surviving cars made by my great grandfather. His name was Enoch John West and he started building cars in Coventry, England under the name of 'The Progress Cycle co' in 1900. There are three known Progress cars surviving, two voiturettes which I am privileged to own and one Qu...
No-Humbug: massive Humber find! (Upd. another Landaulette)
A most extraordinary collection has come to daylight in Belgium. The Humber line-up of eclectic amateur Andre Mol. When sometime halfway the sixties Andre's love for old cars awoke, his father threatened to kick him out of the house, so Andre kept quiet until the demise of the old man in 1972. But then he began buying cars with a pace few others can fol...
A Milanese leap day Mystery. (upd. 8C Alfa 2300 Corto still around!)
What a gift!  February 29th. An extra day in life! Always reminds us of the SF novel "Where were you last Pluterday?'  Use it to best, live it to the best. On a special day like this a special picture, posted by Albert Gerbel. It has appeared on various blogs without producing a clear result. Based on the Milanese registration plate people of course think in terms of Alfa Romeo 8C and  Lancia...
Claim your seat in the Sammy Davis / Bill Urquhart-Dykes Le Mans Alvis
If we have ever seen a 'wannahave' car this is the one! It's the 1928 Alvis 1.5 Litre Works Team Car that was driven by Sammy Davis and Bill Urquhart-Dykes in the 1928 edition of the Le Mans 24 hours. Alvis entered two of their new front-wheel-drive cars and they did well, considering the opposition of the big Bentley's. Number 27 with Maj. Maurice Harvey and Harold Purdy at the wheel finished in ...
What happened to the ex Swiss Miss, ex Julie Andrews Charron? (upd. 1970 in Darling Lilli)

French car expert’s Fons Alkemade personal favorite is the Charron and he tries to collect as much information about this marque as possible. Recently he found this postcard of a Charron that according to the text was used as a taxi in a movie starring Julie Andrews. Further research brought Fons to the Internet Movie Cars Database (IMCD) were he found that this same Charron played a role in ...

The Slough Estates Railway.
Book review by Michael E. Ware: "I was given this book for Christmas, though it's written as a railway book it's pure social and industrial history of Britain's first properly thought out trading estate, complete with operating railway to bring in and take out goods. The latter mostly steam operated with its own locomotives did not close till 1973. However, for the vehicle enthusiast the first cha...
Sexiest 'touring car' of the year? ( Upd. Yabba-Dabba-Dooo!)
Tomorrow, Saturday 25th February The VSCC celebrate 60 years of Pomeroy Trophy. A race designed to find the best road car with engine capacity over 1495 cc. Importantly the car must comply to the next regulations for being a tourer: 1. must have a roof 2. luggage capacity for 2 suitcases 3. the ability to carry a spare wheel. This is why Dougal 'smokin tires' Cawley made minor coachwork adjus...
Vive Voisin! Long live Voisin!
The news is as simple as welcome. The great website created to the honour of the brilliant works of Gabriel Voisin is now online for 10 years. And what's more, since only a few hours the wellknown French website is finally available in English as well. Merci beaucoup Thierry Auffret! And thank you Reg Winstone, Josef and Stefan for taking care of translations. We like to suggest to send your cong...
After 20 years it's about time somebody will take up the challenge: Frazer-Nash by Bertelli
Your eye may already have fallen on this extraordinay project: a '37 Frazer Nash BMW 320 sports saloon by Bertelli Bros, better known for Aston Martins of that era. It's time that we open our mind again for truly interesting saloons. And let's face it, in general a saloon is the best way of transport at 6 out of 7 days in the year. So if you love pre-war motoring not only for that scarce summer da...
Be superior to others!
A few years ago we took this picture at a racing event and thought: "Well, if you do take your Bentley racing, you might as well do it in style." Instead of using a large racing transporter, you may have more fun while travelling to and from the race track. And it has a certain cozy comfort too! This particular caravan is a 1928 Eccles, but if you also would like more style in your travels, have a...
Used and abused! (upd. Where is GT6395 now?)
This Austin Taxi was given to my Boy Scout Troop in around 1955. The owner had gone to get a new front tyre for the cab but apparantly he considered the cost was greater than the cabs value so gave it to us. The picture shows the cab being push started to undertake the journey back to Edgware Middlessex from a camping site holiday. It was used in this conditon for several years and was a huge te...
It took me 39 years to get this Riley V-twin back on the road.
This is a photo of my 1909 2.5 liter V twin, 12/18 Riley Sportsman, Victor Riley a grandson of one of the original Riley brothers who built Riley motorcars is in the driving seat. I am sitting beside him. It is the only know Riley of this model.in existance today. I started with only a chassis that I found on a farm. The motor was in a sawbench, front axle on a trailer. Over a period of 35 years I...
What is it? Car Quiz #316

It is a survivor. Probably started life as a family sedan, even more likely as a 2 door coupe. Lost its body somewhere in history. But now, we can assure you it is in good hands. To give you a big hint, despite the RHD it is a US made car. It was the first year of this make, that was introduced in the second half of the twenties by one of America's largest car manu...

Start her up!
This year Cadillac celebrates 100 years of the electric starter. Indeed Cadillac fitted one on their 1912 models, but the story is a bit more complicated than that. As far as we know the first electric starter was fitted as an experiment on a Arnold-Benz car in 1896 and became a standard fitment on 1909 Standard G.E. built in Philadelphia. although this car never became a success. Thus Cadillac mu...
The Electric Hand Mystery (upd. Hudson dealership)
A few days ago Jim Mace re-asked a question about an automobile he's been researching for many years now (no solution as yet, can you help?). The automobile was owned by Jess Willard, the famous boxing champion and while looking at that picture we remembered we had another photo of Jess Willard on file. Here he's seen her posing (on the right) in front of a brand new 1935 Plymouth. But looking at ...
The 1897 LaDuke Mystery: a hobbyist paste-up or overlooked by historians?
Visitor Ron from the USA reports: This is an 1897 LaDuke, made by Louis LaDuke of Bessemer, Michigan. It came from a private museum collection, and it may be a one-of-a-kind. The engine has no markings that I can see, and while it looks similar to engines that I have found by searching the web, I have been unable to find a match. Does anyone know who may have manufactured this engi...
If I may be thy Valentine
Happy Valentine's day!(click main pic for a nice Valentine's poem)(advert from the book Old Automobiles by Norman Clark)...
A 1903 Vintage Lineup Mystery (Upd. Mabley convention?)
Not long ago Mark Miller visited friends in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight who were renovating a house that they had purchased. Mark writes: "The house belonged to an elderly lady who had recently died and the family were disposing of her property. Most of the contents were sold with the house including much paperwork and some photographs. This photograph in particular caught my eye and although n...
Dating a Papler bodied Minerva. (update: around 1928)
Last week Peter van Inderdael bought two oiginal pictures of a Minerva. He writes: "When I was looking at the picture I saw that there was a plate of the German Coachbuilder Papler (Köln). At the front of the car on the bar between the lights there is a sign with an eagle. Could you or someone help me to find more information on Papler and the eagle? Epecially the time when the picture was ...
A Four-tone Mystery Lady.
A charming bourgeois lady in her compact tourer with pleasing lines. Though not new, (check tyres) the car seems in fine fettle judging the clean appearance even inside the front wings. We like the shot as a total. We like the the well fed young lady. We like the design of the car. And more specific we like the detailing (click). Not only the driver's gloves. It's also the subtle Mo...
3D tour at Renault Billancourt
We all know the old black&white pictures of the early car factories and some patches of film (primarily Model T production).  Today we can see a lot more! Using modern computer and 3D technics, the French University d'Evry has started a project in which they bring the old factories back to life. Thanks to them we now have an insight in what it was like in 1920s Renault Billancourt factory...
" Thank god this thing has the new horn 'app'. " (Upd. Mollmobile? )
Here a first of the fabulous collection of unidentified cars from Berlin based car historian Thomas Ulrich who visited us at the Paris Retromobile. Check this young fellow taking his first practice in a sturdy three wheeler of unknown origin. As the photo is German, that is the first country of manufacture to think of. On sheer visual judgement we presume it has a rear mounted aircooled en...
The addictive aroma of fresh roasted peanuts.
In our opinion the main attraction of RM's Milhous Auction is of course the enormous collection of musical instruments. You may remember our article about the huge organ and carousel. Apart from the musical part there will be many motorcars in the auction and one that attracted our attention is this circa 1910 Cretors Popcorn and Peanut Wagon. Its inventor, Charles Cretors, realized the attraction...
The Walter Reich Mystery (Upd. New photos)

From the Karl Ludvigsen library we received this photo of a racing Brennabor. In a caption it says that it’s driver is Walter Reich, but we can’t find any information on him. We have a slight suspicion that his name could be ‘Reichstein’, perhaps making him a relative (brother?) of Carl Reichstein who was the founder of Brennabor. Too bad, that the faces of the occupants of the car are ...

How to get warm inside

In our part of the world it’s cold, bitterly cold and the freezing Dutch are already thinking of the world-famous Elfstedentocht. To get a bit warmer, we thought to show this nice -almost sunny- pre-war spot at the Lago Maggiore. But wait, there’s more to this picture than first meets the eye. Zoom in to the cars on the left. Looks like someone is having a spot of trouble. We think the relu...

About Tough to Crack Car Puzzle # 28: 1962 Adams XP
Outer space projects are not our cup of tea and that was shown by the number of correct answers on last week's quiz. Only three -Mark Nugent, Kaspars Dortãns and Donald van Mourik- came up with the right answer. Both Kaspars and Donald coughed up a lot of information about this experimental car, but in this case the winner must be Mark Nugent, who in a super short sentence told us all we asked fo...
Whatisit? Quiz # 315

We have no idea why there is no tire around the spare wheel. The car looks brand-new, so perhaps it still has to be fitted. Although it seats four, it was still called a cyclecar, but that name may have been more fitting to the two-passenger side-by-side roadster or the two-passenger tandem that were also offered. The V-shaped radiator provided the cooling for the four-cylinder air-cooled engin...

Same girl, same dog, same car

And also by the same artist (click main pic!). Both are watercolours for an advert for the Steyr XII, one Dutch, one from Austria. The origins of the Steyr are easy to trace, but the artist by the name of Demar we have never heard of before. We found only one other Steyr advert by him. Who can tell us more about Demar… did he work solely for Steyr or have more of his paintings survived?

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Highlights at Retromobile
Retromobile in Paris will held from February 1st until the 5th. If you are there, why not send us your best shots!(Click READ MORE for earlier pictures)An all different look at our cars and the people involved. Japanese artist Todoroki Tomohiro likes to emphasize on the human aspect and character of the car's face. That's why he doesn't use the straight metallic lines but more the wrinkled aging l...
Concours Brasier in Ascoli Peceno around 1905? (Upd. Licence by Fides?)
Giuseppe de Angelis wrote from Italy:" A few weeks ago I found two glass-pictures in a little box. The photos were taken in the early 1900s in the garden of my house, which is in Ascoli Piceno – Italy. It's a superb car with chain drive, full of flowers because it participated in a local show where it won third place (as shown in the little flag over the steering wheel). But I don’t know...
Testing a Tilling-Stevens

We wouldn’t like to be in this man’s shoes, trying to put some blocks under the front-wheels of this Tilling-Stevens truck chassis. The purpose is to show how good this truck is conquering hills. The picture comes from a film that was shot during the 1924 Concours d’Elegance on the boulevard of the Dutch fishing village and beach resort Scheveningen (just try to pronounce that!). The whol...

Replacement parts - Non, Merci!

Originality will be the main theme at the tenth Bremen Classic Motorshow to be held from the 3rd to the 5th February, 2012. And to show you what originality really means the organization has persuaded The Musée National de l´Automobile in Mulhouse (France) to show what they have in their secret hoard at the Schlumpf Collection. Some of these haven’t seen daylight since they were stored away...

New Zealand Stude dude digs for info.
Aaron Ellis-Smith from New Zealand writes: "I have recently found this 1938 Studebaker Coupe, and it is hard finding out information on this car, like how many were made, how many came to NZ, how many are left world wide, etcetera. So if anyone out there that can help me out with any information on the coupe it would be much appreciated."  Come on guys, let's share our knowledge! An...
A Retromobile Sneak Preview Mystery. (upd. 1923 Gérin Aerodyne!)

We have our doubts if you have ever seen a Jaeger with a reading up to 10 bar for the 'front circuit' and the 'rear circuit'. But if you know we are eager to learn, as we have no clue since we saw it recently.  This pressure gauge is just a small detail of a brilliant automotive piece of streamline art that was developped in the early twenties. The rearengined creature with its alloy spacef...

A Belgian (?) Mystery car (Esculape / La Mouche)
Last week Guy Mahy used this very picture to illustrate his 'wanted advert' for a pre-1901 car. Several reactions came in by mail within 24 hrs. Unfortunately not succesful up to now.Guy writes: “But this picture shows a mystery car indeed. A relative of mine found a glass-plate picture in an old house in Verviers (Belgium) and scanned it. I suppose this could be a Belgian car as there were so...
'Worth a detour.'
An Edwardian supercar. The incredible 6 cylinder, 8,8 litre 3,75 meter wheelbased Delaunay-Bellevile with Torpedo body by Rothchild & Cie will be one of the truly amazing cars at Retromobile. This is the kind of motorcar that in itself is a reason to go to Paris. It is the kind of car that makes the Paris show stand out from the crowd. Some will say it's a truck. Others will say that it is one ...
Milk the White Motor (by Piet Kooij)
Many of you will recognise - even from a small detail - the very well travelled Hotchkiss AM2 owned by long time friend Thomas Rudolf from Strasbourg, France. We reported earlier about his long Scandinavian and Anglosaxon tours. Few cars at this ripened age have seen so many miles.  Be sure to check for instance his 2007 (6758 km) summer tour, or the 2006 (6366 km) tour. It's not only driving ...
Driving planes or flying cars?

Ever since the aeroplane and the automobile were developed, clever inventors have been trying to combine the two. In 1921 Frenchman René Tampier came up with an interesting solution when he tried to solve several problem in one go, for instance what to do when landing in a fog; garaging the aeroplane or how to transport it on the ground. Apart from the propeller-driven engine he also mounted a...

The BT-TB Radiator Mystery (upd. Thompson Brothers)

John Skelton recently unearthed this radiator grill from his garage. Not knowing what it is from, he asked around and was advised that it was from a Bayliss-Thomas. He then checked the web, but could not place it to a particular model. Indeed, all the Bayliss-Thomas models we know have a square radiator, not pointed like this one. And furthermore we also doubt the Bayliss-Thomas connection, bec...

Delaunay inspired by Blériot

You may remember our article about Sonia Delaunay, who in the 1920s designed dresses with matching body colors for the car. She was married to Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) was also a very competent artist. In the early days of the previous century he experimented with Cubism. His style evolved in what is known as ‘Orphism’, a mixture of cubism with circles and a sensation of bright colors. F...

Whatisit? Quiz # 314

Two men, driver and mechanic, at full speed in their sports car. To be honest, that’s about all we know about it, so it’s up to you to fill in the details. Of course we do have a few clues for you, it’s French, the first name of its creator was Jacques and his company was in business from 1918 until 1930 during which time they had a very complex range of models. What we want to hear from ...

A brand new Ford V8 for Miss Romania
Vlad Capotescu likes to share some images from the pre 'East-Block' era when Romania was not too different from any other European country. When they had nice cars and organised Miss elections. The winner of 1932 was also the proud winner of this brand new Ford V8. We understand Ford just had started a production line in Bucarest, so from a PR point of view ...
Benz Nr.2? An early attempt at falsifying history? (Upd. photo from July 1925)
Judging by the clothes of the spectators we think this great photo was taken somewhere in the 1920s during a celebration tour. Clearly the man in the dark suit on the right side of the ‘chauffeur’ is Carl Benz, so the picture must have been taken before April 4, 1929 (the date he died). The picture was probably taken in Germany as the photography was done by A. & E. Frankl who had their sh...
Dang it, I left the car key in Mom's pouch.
After the many captions we received on last week's funny photo, we invite you to try your wits again. A kangaroo driving away in a Chevrolet? Surely you can come up with a better one!Add the best caption through the 'add new comment' below and we will send a PreWarCar brass dash plate to the one we think is best. You have 24 hours to come up with as many alternatives as you like. And give a try...
Penny in Egypt
By Mahmouth Ezzeldin: "On day 9 the participants of the London to Cape Town rallye arrived by boat in Alexandria, Egypt. Here awaited them a tough trial through the Egyptian desert. Penny, the 1923 Vauxhal OD 23/60 driven by the Australians Max & James Stephenson, did well and is now on its way to Kenya. Max, the driver, told me that if he arrives in Cape Town and Penny is a in good sta...
A Blue Monday Mystery (Upd. 1908-10 Dumont ?)

Today is Blue Monday (see for information PostWarClassic) so we thought it best to publish a photo that doesn’t have too many distractions. No group of people, no nice landscape, just a plain and simple automobile in pure grey surroundings. But now comes trouble… what is it? We have been studying this photo for a long time but have no idea as to what it. There are no visible identification ...

Pre-war Scenes from Maastricht 2012
This weekend is the InterClassics & Topmobiel Show at Maastricht. While we are there, we'll try to capture some interesting cars for you.(Click READ MORE for earlier pictures)Winners Hehenkamp-Nakken (Bentley 4,5 litre VDP) of The 100 Miles of Amsterdam pick up their prize at the PreWarCar stand.One of the very few Lancia Aprilia Barchettas. Could very well be an original period built example....
Admiral Byrd's hybrid motorhome.

By Leigh Dorrington: Admiral Richard Byrd was called up by President Roosevelt himself in the days immediately before WWII, and ordered to Antarctica to survey and claim the area in a real life “race with Nazi scientists.” Admiral Byrd’s Snow Cruiser was a mobile laboratory and barracks built in 1939 to support four men for up to a year in Antarctica. The 55-foot behem...

It's for my boy. We'll have those outriggers off before he is five.
Carrick Watson recently found this great shot of a Packard & Harley combo. Isn't that a great way to spend to travel? As we have no further information at all, we thought why not put you at work. Add the best caption through the commenting box and we will send a PreWarCar brass dash plate to the one we think is best. You have 24 hours to come up with alternatives. Post as many as you like. Jus...
Can you fill in the history gaps of this Lancia-Salmson special?
Hubert Kranz recently acquired CCA237, a rough special based on a very refined car: a 1939 Lancia Astura (oooops!! should be Augusta of course). At some point in time the Italian powerplant was exchanged for a British Salmson unit, which probably wasn't a bad choice back then. It seems the history of the car is more interesting than the remains. Recent research has shown that the ca...
Let's help Mr. Snodgrass. (upd. Cord)
Mr. D. Snodgrass is sending these photo of a dealership featuring his familyname. We guess he didn't find the photo in his own family photoalbum, as he has no clue of where the dealership was located or how to identify the cars in the showroom. Google gives us one Snodgrass dealership that is still around, They are in Moberly, Missouri, somewhere halfway between Kansas City and St.Loui...
Vauxhall underway from London to Cape Town
Mahmoud Ezzeldin from Cairo Egypt is currently handling the Egyptian part of the London to Cape 2012 World Cup Rally, which left from Greece on Saturday heading for Egypt this Sunday with 3 Time Trials in the Eastern Desert to be foreseen. Among the 44 competing vehicles just one pre-war motorcar could be found: the 1923 Vauxhal OD 23/60 driven by the Australians Max & James Stephenson. F...
Christmas Quiz 2011 – the results!
Have we ever had an easier Christmas Quiz? Judging by the number of entrants we think not. A more difficult one next year, that's a promise! First the solutions: on day 1 we showed you a most beautiful Rolls-Royce, a 1933 Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon with coachwork by Barker. A men's thing, that consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the tw...
The early bird.
The year is still very young and the 2012 PWC calendar is only out for a few weeks, but if you want to be part of it next year, you better start early!  Like Walter Mahler from Switzerland who sent in his Marléne on board of his 1924 Ansaldo 4CS, shot only a few days ago with nearly freezing weather. In general we get lots of sunny summer shots. But photos made ...
The grandparents of Jimmy and Deuce.
Today GMC is one of the longest-running brands of General Motors. William Durant, founder of GM in 1908, also owned a majority share in the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company and together with the Reliance Motor Car Company and the Randolph Motor Truck Company (both already owned by GM) these makes were integrated in a new GM Truck division in 1912. The trucks were mainly sold in the USA, including some ...
What happened to this Horch after '51?
Mark Lizewskie, Curator of the JWR Automuseum sends an interesting photograph which he recently received from Alan Yankolonis. "Last month I was at your museum and I talked to you about a picture my parents took of myself and my brother with our mom in front of a Horch automobile. I'm on the left at 4 years old. This picture was taken early in 1951 at the Yacht Club at Sta...
A crowd of proper cars at VSCC's New Year.
There is always a goodly crowd, of people and proper motor cars, at the annual VSCC New Years Day meeting at The Royal Oak in Much Marcle, Herefordshire (UK). This year was no exception, in fact it was quite exceptional with something over 180 pre-war cars gathered, with their owners, passengers and many spectators whose modern motor cars lined the road approaching the pub for at least a mile! The...
Archie Frazer-Nash…engineer!

Book review by Michael E Ware: Mark Joseland, Secretary of the Midland Automobile Club, had spent three years meticulously tracing the history of Archie Frazer-Nash when he was sadly killed in a modern car accident. Trevor Tarring who owns both a Frazer-Nash and a GN took on the task of working these notes and new research into this book, amazingly the first devoted to this talented engineer. A...

A new year's motor blessing.
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What is it? Christmas Quiz day 6

The last day of the year and the last part of our six day quiz. The wheel of this car is from an electric vehicle of which several hundreds were built even before the start of the twentieth century. The automobile was made by America’s largest manufacturer of bicycles and later became a make of its own when the bicycle company went into a joint venture with EVC. The company also made cars wit...

What is it? Christmas Quiz day 5

The wheel of part five of our six day quiz looks very much like cartwheel and indeed this motorcar was built like a buggy. The manufacturer, who was first based in Chicago and later in Akron, Ohio, said that “this type of vehicle has been serving country-town and rural people for years, and there is no reason why a simple vehicle of this type cannot serve them in the future.” Their first pr...

What is it? Christmas Quiz day 4

Part four of our six day quiz is a wheel from an Italian motorcar. Although the wheel shown is from a 1930s model, named after an Italian revolutionary, the make started in 1899 and is still in business today. Just write down the make, but please DO NOT send us your answer before the last quiz has been published. Of course you can contact us on all other topics, because the PreWarCar offices ar...

What is it? Christmas Quiz day 3

The wheel in part three of our six day quiz belongs to a British automobile, like part one also a double name. One of the names was founded in 1902 and was joined by the other name in 1919. Their last cars were produced in 1960. To find their name look closely at the hubcap, but in case you can’t decipher the initials, we can tell you the radiator emblem of this make was of Egyptian origin, h...

What is it? Christmas Quiz day 2

For part two of our six day quiz we have for you a wheel from an American car, that celebrated its 100 anniversary this year. We took out the emblem on the hub cap, but we can tell you that it has the shape of a men's thing, that consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the two opposite ends form loops. Write down the make, but please DO NOT send u...

What is it? Christmas Quiz day 1

Just like previous years we will have another six-day quiz for you this Christmas. Everyone, including jury members can participate. Today is part one of this six part quiz in which we are going to show several wheels for you to recognize. With every wheel we’ll give you some clues, so hopefully it will not be too difficult. Some have been photoshopped to take out the obvious logo, others hav...

A Christmas Apparition (Upd. 'The Car', 1904)

It seems that in the Britain of 100-110 years ago Christmas featured barely at all in period motoring journals and in adverts. A bit of snow here and there, but that's about it. And in the USA it wasn’t much different. Yet here’s one image -from E. Fairhurst- published in 'Motor Age', Chicago 1904, although it doesn’t even deal with Christmas directly. The cap...

Christmas Eve on Place du Tertre
On a recent trip to Paris, France we behaved like real tourists and went to see all the highlights. Of course a visit to the famous Place du Tetre, the artist square in Montmartre was part of the program. But being what we are, we kept our eyes open for any hint of an antique car. And Lo and Behold, we spotted something on one of the houses, high up in the air. Not an actual car, but a plaque, com...
What makes the Alvis driver smile?
What is the background of this sculptured grin? Is it that he arrived alive and in one piece at the third route check in The 100 Miles? Is it because he had for once no crazy Alvis repair bills this year? Is it because he lost his glasses on the way? Or is it because of the heartwarming welcome by this group of typical Amsterdam housewives in the Amsterdam P.C. Hooftstraat? Happy Holidays!(Wico Mu...
Pre-Benz Italian engineering.
Many people have claimed the creation of the car. In Austria (Marcus), in the United States (Selden) in France (Delamare-Debouteville), in Germany (Benz). Normally - except with real insiders - the 1768 front wheel drive Cugnot is overlooked. But that was a steam car, and as it is generally accepted that the internal combustion engine is essential for the car as we know t...
A job well done: 1941 MB 170 V
After a long time, Ruud van de Rakt from Holland finally finished the restauration of his 1941 Mercedes 170 v sedan. It took a lot of work, but the result has been well worth the effort. Ruud mentions that he has had a lot of help from the Dutch Mercedes club and especially very useful were the many technical documents on their website. They are in Dutch, but well worth to have a look at,...
Black Ice instead of White Snow. (Upd. Results)
It is hard to get across how a pre-war night rally really is, without getting into the usual clichés about brave man, bitter cold and roaring machines. For months these guys and girls have been preparing their cars, their clothing, their lighting for a mere six hours of motoring under adverse conditions with antique electronics to fight all that. The first year we saw pouring skies all night ...
Early axles at Horsham, Victoria, Australia (Upd. 1922 Sunbeam)
Graeme Simpson recoverd this pair of axles from the local tip in November 2011. All in poor condition, heavily corroded, and of unknown origin. It's uncertain whether any parts could be useful. Rudge #62 wheel centres; beaded edge rims about 21" dia. Rear axle: side-by-side brake shoes for hand & foot, without back plates; brake shafts & shoe pivots have Alemite hex. grease nipples; brake l...
Here and Now

Every year the organizers of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run offer a prize for the best photo taken by a spectator. This year the reward goes to Charles Wordingham, from Brighton, whose charming picture beautifully depicts a marriage of old and new motorists and road users, with the 1903 Panhard-Levassor entered and driven by Sir George White pictured alongside a lady cyclist, who is cle...

The Slippery Roads Mystery

No quiz today, because next week it’s the start of the holiday season and then we will present you our already famous (infamous?) Six-day Christmas Quiz. In the meantime we want to remind you -especially with The 100 Miles of Amsterdam starting tomorrow- that roads can be slippery when wet. The unfortunate driver of this Washington bus must have taken the turn too quick. Despite the unfortuna...

Claudette Colbert – The Sequel

When last week we confessed that we had never heard of actress Claudette Colbert, it created a storm of protests. Especially her movie “It Happened one night” in which she played with Clark Cable was mentioned as a very good one. The picture is about a spoiled heiress, running away from her family and she is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story. The movie includes a...

Where are the three Rolls-Royces of Nawab Rasool Yar Jung of Hyderabad-Deccan?
Visitor Mohammed Khan is wondering what today's whereabouts are of the three Rolls Royces which once belonged to his Great-Great-Grandfather Nawab Rasool Yar Jung of Hyderabad-Deccan, India. A picture of one RR # 61-CW is shown here.61-CW was a Silver Ghost Barker Tourer, 83-SC was a Phantom 1 Connaught Tourer, 12-NC was a Hooper Cabrioleteditor: Earlier research from 2008 didn't bring the result ...
California Automobile engineering history at risk
By James Long: "I wanted to let you know that the Hub Society had made a discovery. This car is a 1915 Overland series 80. The chassis that was used for the display at the Panama Pacific Exop of 1915 in SanFrancisco. It was a complete chassis and was made as a cut away. It went on to be used as a teaching tool at U.C. Berkeley, but was sold to the current owner in the late 1980's. ...
Sleeping Beauties at a discount

We all enjoy barnfinds, don’t we? Even today some great finds come to light. But arguably the greatest barnfind of them all must be that wealth of automobiles collected by Michel Dovaz. He started just after WW II by buying 1930s automobiles which were then cheap and he decided never to sell them. But mention the words "Sleeping Beauties” to any car enthusiast and he knows immediately what ...

How to date a Hispano T-Head engine.
The wonderful T-head engine depicted here is marked with Hispano Suiza and has the number #1278. When you click the image you can see what an elegant design which in a way already announces the later class of this marque. The pictures were sent by a Marino Ferrari (what's in a name) and of course he is interested in the age of the machine and what car was around it. According to Georgano thes...
DKW – Das Kleine Wunder

By Fred O’Wahrr: “The other day I saw on your site the Cugnot steam car and this reminded me of my motorcycle, a 1938 DKW SB 500. D.K.W. of course is a German abbreviation meaning ‘Dampf Kraft Wagen (steam-powered car), but sometimes it has the meaning of Das Kleine Wunder (small wonder) or even better Des Knaben Wunsch (little boy’s wish). But if it refused to start you could also call...

Famous Star prefers Dodge
To be honest we had never heard of Claudette Colbert before we saw this advert. Born in France, but raised in New York she was indeed quite famous, making both comedy and drama films in the 1930s. No wonder the Chrysler Corporation picked her to advertise their 1936 “Big Money Saving” Dodge....
This is how to wear & sell tyres quickly!

Chain-gang GN racer, Dougal Cawley entered an amazing 15 races with the Vintage Sports-Car Club this year, winning 7 of them, elevating him to overall success in the club's two prestigious championships. The Motor Sport Brooklands Trophy is for competitors with racing cars constructed before, or using components from specified cars built before 1941. Dougal also topped the points in the Longsto...

A three car rally mystery. (upd. Opel and ?)
Sorry, but we have little or no clue to offer on this interesting rally pic. It's part of a small group sent in by Dado. Judging by the registration on the right car and the uniform of the man behind car nr. 2 we think it is possibly Germany or somewhere Mid Europe. The radiators look familiar, but we don't see enough to get to a real ID. We leave it up to you with this one. We are eager to learn ...
The only pre-war Packard of the Philippines? (Upd. Model A Ford !)
"It wasn't long when I last visited the Philippines and much to my surprise, I think I saw the only pre war car left in the country. The car was once owned by General Emilio Aguinaldo who I believe is the country's first president. Of course my trip started off with the typical visit to famous beaches like Boracay and Palawan. Yes it was amazing as expected, but being a car enthusiast, what caught...
A Buick Custom Mystery in Scotland. (Upd. Langenthal or Drautz)
Uffe Mortensen sends this great shot of a Buick on tour; unfortunately without any additional information except that it is a Buick and probably not standard. One thing is sure, the photo is not in Denmark. We think it is Scotland or maybe the lake District.  The fact that the car is parked on the left side of the road and is travelling with the Danish standard on the right wing only supports...
A non-Horch Mystery (upd. chassis + engine still around!)
Toby Ross recently found this elegant roadster body, one that seesm to be born for mediteraenean boulevards and concourses. However it is an empty hull without chassis or any mechanical parts. Our first impression was Lancia Astura, but Toby thought that it could be Horch. Not so, the body is not wide enough at the B posts to sit on a Horch chassis. Still he stayed with the presumption tha...
Whatisit? Quiz # 313

At first we walked right by the rear end of this black saloon, thinking: “Oh, just another one of those French gangster cars.” But a few yards further on, we realized things were not what we thought they were and went back to take some photographs. So here’s the rear end and you’ll have to admit, you do have to look twice. The front treatment will give the game away, so we are not going...

Vintage Automobiles at a special winter price.
Now you can save 30% on your most beloved automobiles. Like this fab winter resort Lincoln illustrated by Rene Vincent. This offer only holds for PreWarCar visitors and fans and will be valuable during this December month alone. The two inch thick, 3 kilo 'bible' on vintage automobile advertising by Norman Clark is now available for Euro 85 instead of Euro 125. You save Euro 40 whic...
The Humber Rally Mystery (Upd. Hillclimb!)
Humber-enthusiast Bruno Costers found this postcard of a 1907 10/12 Coventry Humber. A nice touch is that the card was send from Geneva in Switzerland to Marseille in France, but written in English, although the text has nothing to do with the picture of the Humber. Quite intriguing is the text on the front of the card which tells us this Humber has won the “Coupes de la Faucille, Coupe Megevet ...
Short bonnet, no horsepower?

No doubt you’ve seen the press release by Bonhams featuring the 1912 Lanchester (see column on the left). The 38hp Detachable Top Open Drive Limousine will be one of the top items in their auction, tomorrow December 1st. Before the first World War not everybody liked the Lancaster styling as many thought that a short bonnet meant no horsepower, although the Lanchester brothers always claimed ...

The Telephone ( Upd. telephone number: 1 )
No cars, but this picture is too nice not to show here. It’s the interior of a bicycle shop in The Netherlands around 1910-1915. Check all the lovely posters on the walls. The shop was called “The Telephone”. Why is not certain, but it’s assumed that the locals went there not only to have their bicycles repaired, but also to use the only telephone in the village. Probably the name stuck. T...
A customs Humber Snipe Mystery? (upd. 1936/37 Hillman Hawk)
A Simon Johnstons sends this photo: "A friend of mine found this photograph amongst family photos. It was taken in 1937. We're trying to identify the make and think that it might possibly be a Humber Snipe. But the four door drophead coachwork is unusual so can anyone confirm exactly what it is?"Editor: no idea if this is Humber or not, but the horizontal detailing of the radiator will p...
The First Automobile Races in America (Upd. Cranston, Rhode Island)

By Leigh Dorrington: The first automobile race in the U.S. took place on roads between Chicago and Evanston, Illinois in November 1895 and was won by Charles Duryea’s gasoline-powered motorized wagon.However the first race held on a track in the U.S. took pl...

Mystery Delage team photo. (Upd. Brooklands 1927)
Carrick Watson uploaded this fine Delage GP team photo: It's from the H.C.Niven  collection that was on the wall of the Repair Shop on Nithsdale Road in Glasgow. Easy to see they are Delage, but where is the photo taken?  And where. Edmond Bourlier and Robert Benoist are two of them, but who is the third man?  Possibly the buildings look like barracks at an airfield. And finally what are you...
Royal Zedel with a pizza past.

Roberto Vellani writes: "We are a small museum in North Italy (San Martino in Rio) and we have to restore this Zedel 10Hp. Probably the car was built in 1908 or 1909, but registered in Rome in 1910. 

The body was made by Carrozzeria Alessio - Turin, but in that time it still had a branch in Rome mana...

Passing on the hobby!
In recent years we have heard so many times about the fear that the old car hobby will die with the current custodians. That today's youth has no interest in all this. We have our opinion in this, but let's rest that for today. John C. Meyer III, editor of the Horseless Carriage Gazette (the American club-glossy about brass cars) has found his own way to hand over the love...
Mystery chassis in Canada. (upd. 1928 Model 56 Willys Knight?)
Les Richardson found this chassis in a farmers junk pile in Canada. "The frame is really solid and might make an interesting project car but I'd like to find out what it is! The number on the chassis is found on the rear, right side. There is a "56" printed sideways on the left side of the then "A2266" on the remainder. The wooden spoke wheels were the first thing that caught my eye. In th...
Funny frontaxle and Velox Engine Mystery
Jonathan Poll sends this collection of parts which obtained a few years ago and so far has not been able to identify. "The body is home made, that's why there aren't  pics of the whole car. Does anyone know what the front axle could have been of? Its obviously the front of a chassis. It has a Velox engine, we where told the engine was built between 1898 and 1904. It has very unusual sus...
A loaded Studebaker Dictator
Frank Mitchel is a long time owner (36 years!) of this Studebaker Dictator 6A. Since the car is in fine fetlle he has specialised his hobby in dfinding the right accesoires...."I purchased the car with 31,472 original miles and have carefully maintained it since completing the major work in 1980. I enjoy adding accessories to the car and this past year have added original Phil...
What is it? Quiz 312
It is a 6 cylinder race car. It has a four speed gearbox. It has servo assisted breaks.  It had some succes in GP racing in North Africa. It has a double name. The make is known for producing front wheel drive cars as well. They lived until not too long after WWII. In order to win this quiz tell us in less than 100 words what you know about this car. The more accurate and the more comple...
Minnie & Model A: our 2012 calendar cover. (you can order now)
Crisis or not,  2012 looks like a promising year. Thank you so much for sending all those beautiful photos of your beloved ones (both ladies & cars) for the 2012 "Proper Cars, True Ladies" calendar.  Visitor mark Walker did send this brilliant photo showing his daughter Minnie with 1930 Model A Roadster, shot by boyfriend Ben Whitley.  The striking composition, lighting, styling and great c...
An invention that isn't dead in the water!

As soon as the automobile was launched, other inventors tried to create a vehicle that that could both drive on the road and float on the water. Most designs were unsuccessful (in other words: they went to the bottom of the river!). One that did work was ‘La Comète’. After training as a mechanic, Ulysse Texier de la Caillerie founded his own taxi company and opened a garage. He then took o...

The Trackless Train

Remember our recent article and photo about the Isotta Fraschini? In the back of the photo was a big limousine, that was used for advertising. It was quickly identified as a Graham-Paige, but Uffe Mortensen from Denmark came up with a whole lot more information about these strange automobiles. There have been several of them, all designed by Harry McGee from the USA. A standard Graham-Paige cha...

When breaking Derby Bentley's was not yet a sin. (upd. where's OM8654 ?)

You may remember the uproar a few weeks ago around the breaking of a Derby Bentley. As an addendum photographer Rick Ford sends this nice set of period photos. "Both taken in 1959, the Silver Ghost to the rear (click photo) is chassis #1962 showing it's second body, whilst today it wears body #3 an out of period Roi des Belges. So plenty of precedents for body changes from the earliest da...

Chain Drive Mystery Racer (upd. 1904 Brillie-Schneider)

Job van Huizen was kind enough to upload these photos and ads the question: "For some time now I'm trying to find the make of this car. It took part at the Circuit des Ardennes in 2008, but is not on the list of participants. It has a French license plate. There are a fair number of Edwardian chain drive racing cars in existence. Could it be American, Italian, German, French? Famous or Fantasy?...

The Automobile Handbook and Guide
Book Review by Michael E Ware: As you might imagine from a book with the title “The Automobile Handbook and Guide, an illustrated treatise on petrol, steam and electric cars for all purposes” this is not a modern book. The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain have reproduced a 45 page catalogue put out originally by The Automobile Manufacturing Company (AMC) Ltd in 1901. This catalogue ...
Follow the thread

Although we immediately tend to focus on the lady-driver, her message is that we are to look at her tires. And they are important, yes, we know. It’s a 1932 advert by the German company Continental tires, who this year are celebrating that they are in business for 140 years! The company started in 1871 with the production of solid tires for carriages and bicycles and (probably after having a ...

The Mégy Mystery (Upd. see Patents)

Jorge Virdo has send us some pages from an old book on cars that has an illustration of a "System Mégy" car. The book dates from 1911 (according to the foreword) and is in Spanish. What we do know about the Mégy is that it was a car made in France from 1901-1903. According to Georgano it had a rudimentary form of ‘automatic transmission’ in which the gear ratio changed according to the su...

Don't forget to send your calendar submission.
Already we received lots most interesting photos with very nice cars and no less attractive ladies. Including this very nice shot of vintage beauty Renee Perle. Yet of course we are looking for new photos, shot by our visitors. And we will do our best to get in as many as possible. And when one of the photos you sent is in, you'll get the calendar for free. As promised you have the chance unti...
Delicatessen in Lyon.
Last weekend's Epoqu'Auto in Lyon was extremely busy. We can't talk in numbers, but the organisers must have been quite happy with the box office output. We had the chance to meet our friends from ACCLC, Christoph Grohe and Christian Decombas. The atmosphere was colourful with lots of used parts yet also high quality automobilia and unexpected cars. We were amazed with the amount of delicious Fren...
A Victorian Engine Mystery (upd. stationary engine or early Benz maybe?)
Ron Mellowship has asked our help in identifying this engine. There are no identifying numbers, stamps or names anywhere. We understand it does have an atmospheric inlet valve, but as you can see rod (& piston?) are missing. Ron did take some measures, so that might help. They are: bore -120mm; stroke - 150mm; flywheel diameter - 520mm and the flywheel width is 41mm. Please study the photo...
Can you identify this car? (upd. 1903 De Dietrich)
Mark Delbridge sends us a crumpled photograph and writes: "This is a picture of either my great-grandfather or great-uncle  in one of the cars he used to chauffeur. I think it's a great photo and a fantastically presigious looking machine. It might be an easy one for the expert, but I'd love to know what it is."Can we help?...
Whatisit? Quiz # 311
In Europe we tend to think of American cars as great big ocean liners as in general they are so much larger than European cars. However, when we saw this one we were immediately attracted to it. Maybe it was the eye-catching paintjob which is probably not original. Our quiz car featured an all-new styling to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the make. It differed from the previous model years in h...
Bonus for today's Sunbeam Mabley buyer.

The Sunbeam Mabley was the first Sunbeam to go into series production. And it is believed that a number of around 130 have been built of which a handful have been saved. An original photo of such a rare car is a rarity in itself. Visitor Ian Murray was kind enough to make a very generous offer to give the depicted photo from his collection to the new owner of the Sunbeam Mab...

The Heartbeat of America and some 139 other nations.
Today exactly 100 years ago, 3 November 1911, Swiss born Louis Chevrolet and  Billy Durant founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Very soon they became very succesful and started exporting to India, to China, to Japan and 137 other countries around the globe who all got used to the values attached to the name of Chevrolet. To a non US citizen - like your e...
Are we seeing double?

It's the nosepiece of one of the many strange vehicles that was found among the Lee Hartung Collection. It’s a 1936 Lincoln Zephyr equipped with the “Twin Grille” optional extra. Inventor Willard Morrison was of the opinion that 1930s (American) automobiles would be more attractive if they had a wider look, so he came up with the “Dual Nose” conversion, a smaller replica of the car’...

The Sound of Silence: 1924 Berliet electrique
There are many arguments for the use of the electric car. The one depicted here may be obvious but it never came to our mind so far. We understand this Type VTB electric hearse is one of two survivors. One being fully restored and in the collection of the Fondation Berliet. The car we see here is unrestored and is despite a few missing details and missing batteries, u...
Beware today!

When the sun sets tonight, be careful! You never know what you will come across. It could be just a couple of harmless bats, but beware of low-flying pumpkins!

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Non stop restoration: 1937 Daimler 15
Owner Dave Bennett reports: Daimler manufactured the fully functioning powered rolling chassis, the customer then chose a suitable "body" from a choice of coach builders such as Mulliner, Hooper, Tickford, etc. The car I own is a 1937 Daimler 15 with a Mulliner Sports Saloon body.The engine is a straight 6 cylinder 2166cc unit feeding a Wilson pre-selector gearbox and a fluid flywheel. She r...
Six Cylinder Aero Bugatti(?) Mystery. (upd. Bug Type 18 radiator on Benz 200 HP?)
Thomas Erler sent us this interesting mystery photo which recently sold through the Austrian auctioneers Dorotheum.at . We see a massive chaindriven racing machine with a Bugatti like radiator with enlarged top tank. We can only speculate about the the machine depicted. The thick as a leg, high mounted exhaust manifold is attached to a colossal 6 in-line which suggests an aero engine or som...
The Lost Suitcases Mystery

André Blaize, who is a Rolls-Royce author & historian, asks our help in tracing the owner of the Phantom III you see here. It’s chassis #3CP14 with a limousine body by Rippon. It was delivered new to Mrs. Edith Sophia Weatherhead of Netherside, Bingley, Yorks in 1938. Much later it went to the USA and recently came back to the Old Continent. It was imported into Holland on the first ...

How to become an early starter

Perhaps you will not be able to get into the London-to-Brighton Run by acquiring the offered Orient Buckboard. But you'll get another chance! On the eve of the run Bonhams will be offering a very nice 1898 Fisson that comes complete with a LBVCR entry pack. It has number 26, making sure you’ll have a nice and early start from Hyde Park! Not content with a Fisson? There are...

Hupmobile participant of the 1912 Tour de France? (driver: Savene)

Patrick Daniell send this fine picture of a Model 20 Hupmobile. On the reverse of the old photo, in careful ink handwriting is written: 26:2:12 Tour de France - Voiture Hupmobile 12/14 hp-4 cyl" / photo M. Rol, Paris .

So we understand the photo was taken 26 February 1912 during Tour de France (was it a winter event??). The T...

The Norman Vince of Norfolk Mystery (Upd. at Caistor Castle?)
In 1966 Michael Ware and the late Michael Sedgwick went to Bawdeswell in Norfolk to meet Norman Vince and look at his collection. Michael Ware remembers a large shed full of unrestored cars, motor cycles and tractors, with a steam outline diesel traction engine (Walsh and Clarke?) outside. Michael has often wondered what happened to all these wonderful vehicles and would very much like to h...
Reporting helps. Stolen Tatra found!
Last week this Tatra type 54 owned by Jiri Veřmiřovskému was stolen from a garage in Ostrava in the Czech Republic. The issue was posted by Helena Martinova who asked to contact her in case anything would come up regarding the car. You're never sure if this posting or any other posting elsewhere did the trick, but you can imagine that the thieves start feeling uncomfortable when pictures o...
Whatisit? Quiz # 310
We think this will be a difficult car to guess from a photo (click main pic), so we’ll have to give you several clues. To start with, this ‘coupé chauffeur’ was made in France. Like many others, the company had its roots in the middle of the nineteenth century as a carriage and wagon maker. The son of the owner built a 3-wheeled car in 1898, followed by a 4-wheeler in 1900...
2012 Calendar Time !
It's almost a tradition. Like in earlier years we now start collecting your photo contributions for calendar nr. 4, the 2012 "Proper Cars, True Ladies". The calendar made for you, by you. So check your files for what you did over the last year. Or do a shooting at the first possible occasion. We don't look for glamour shots. All we ask for is photos of girl + car . Girls may be of a...
The Restoration Supply suppliers (Upd. 'true vintage car lovers')

Maybe not the largest company that was at Hershey but sure one of the most important ones. Think of the zillions of indispensable parts and accessories provided by Restoration Supply Company since they started in 1972. Without them thousands of projects and cars would never have touched tarmac again. As not everybody has the chance to come to Hershey nor to drive by the Californian location...

A 1935 Mille Miglia Mystery (Upd. 1931 Mille Miglia ? )
Marco Masini sends this fabulous photo from the family album. Click to get the larger view and you almost feel like one of the spectators. The road winding gown form the horizon, nearing a a dangerous passway. See the public  keeping track of the race with their 'IPads':  Marco adds to the photo: "This photo was shot during 9th edition of 1000 Miglia, April 14/15 1935 . At the wheel of car nr. 3...
Everybody should have one!
“The cheapest automobile in the world. Everybody should have one,” was an advertising slogan for the Orient Buckboard, made in Waltham, Massachusetts. It wasn’t to be, as today there are very few left and we haven’t seen many on the market recently. But with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on the horizon, we found something nice for you at RM’s London Auction o...
Looking for a Whitwood
One of the correct answers on last week’s quiz came from Martin Shelley who is the VMCC Marque Specialist for OEC, a motorcycle made in Great Britain from 1901 to 1954. Martin writes: “OEC produced a similar one-track car like the Mauser/Monotrace which was called the Whitwood Monocar. It was produced from 1934 till 1936 along similar lines, but equipped with OEC's ideosyncratic Duplex...
Engagement at Barber
By Rob Ronky: With Hershey just 100 km from my back yard I had to be called to work 2000 km away. Hershey was a no go for me, so a quick internet search showed the Barber Vintage Festival was in my path. What a complex they have. World class museum and race track. This was their weekend to showcase both. Barber Motor Sports is host to the century race (100 year old motorcycles...
Beauty isn’t only skin deep (Upd. More knowledge)
We have been thinking hard to come up with a suitable text to go with this photo. But then we thought, what the heck, some photos just speak for themselves. All you need to know is that the car is a brand new 1933 Ford Tudor de Luxe V8.Update: There's more you need to know, see Comments!P.S. how did you do on photography this summer? Soon we will start asking you to send photos for our 2012 c...
Some ads make you feel glad. Some ads make you feel sad.
You may have seen the recent Letter to the Editor. You may have missed it. We just wanted to be sure you would read about this issue. The fine Derby Bentley depicted here is offered in the parts section. This specific photo comes with an advert offering a complete coachwork. We perfectly understand the irritation that was the result of these ads. Yet - despite several requests - we did decide t...
Got any plans this weekend? (upd. A Big Success!)
No plans? Well, if you live near, it might be a good idea help clean the Old Bethpage Bridge. This is a part of the Long Island Motor Parkway where the Vanderbilt Cup races used to be held. Recently this place has become a dump for crop waste and this pile just keeps on growing. The bridge was also visited by ‘graffiti artists’, but they actually protected the surface of the concrete f...
Like Father, Like Son
Transport Collector Auctions regularly organize a sale of Motoring Transport, Cycling & Cycling Memorabilia. At their next auction they will be offering several lots from the archive of Adams & Adams of New Maldon, who were the appointed transporters of the Bluebird boats and cars for both Malcolm and Donald Campbell. Under the heading ‘The Campbell Collection’ are several sets of uniq...
The Lee Hartung Collection to be sold
By Michael E Ware: I was saddened to hear that Lee Hartung of Glenview, Illonois had died in July, and wondered then what would happen to his amazing and eccentric collection of cars, motor cycles and automobilia. Now we know, it’s all to be auctioned by Auctions America in a mammoth three day sale from November 3-5. Lee Hartung had been collecting for around fifty years. He claims most of...
The Pines to Palms Mystery (Upd. '33 Ford Fordor)
Steve Lech writes: “The Pines to Palms Highway is located in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, California. It's designated as part of (but not the entire) State Highway 74. The name implies the route - in a 35 mile span, you can go from an Alpine forest environment with pine and cedar trees, through 5 different life zones, and end in the Colorado Desert of Palm Desert. This high...
Whatisit? Quiz # 309
To be honest, there’s not much we can tell you about this oddity, except that it was based on a German prototype made by a weapons factory, but produced in another country. It was quite roomy as it could seat three (two persons behind the driver). It had a 510cc one-cylinder engine, with 3-speed motorcycle gearbox and chain drive. To win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt tells us the make, if p...
Pre-war Scenes from Hershey 2011
(click READ MORE for other pictures; do CHECK BACK regularly as more pictures will be added and click main pictures for larger version)T-traffic leaving the showgrounds early in the evening.Model T tudor ...
Please do NOT restore this Lambda! (Upd. Okay, just a little touch-up)
There’s a saying about automobiles that goes like: “They just don’t built ‘m no more like they used to do”, and here’s this Lancia proving just that. The 1929 Lambda saloon was bought secondhand around 1934 by the grandfather of today’s owner, so it’s been in the family for 77 years. At the outbreak of war, the Lancia was placed in storage. From 1946...
Be nice to them!
Today is World Animal Day and Ian Murray from Scotland came up with the perfect picture for this day. As it rained cats and dogs when he visited the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Extravaganza even his two Labradors found it too wet to chase the cats....
Edwardian Engine Mystery from Scotland (Upd. Peugeot?)
Martin Shelley sends these pictures of an early engine found in Scotland. It could be any number of makes, but Martin thinks it’s probably French and almost certainly Edwardian in origin, as it has early features like the non-detachable head, wide engine bearers that mount on the chassis rails and open valve gear. It is an L head sidevalve, with three branch exhaust and a single carburetter ...
Racing with a Knight
There is a lot more to tell about yesterday’s quiz. The advantages and drawbacks of the Knight design were a subject of controversial debate among automobilists and engineers at the time. An advantage was its smoothness, quietness and refinement. In addition, in the 500 to 1500 rpm range Knight engines developed a higher output than conventional power plants of equal size. But the Knight pri...
The Seaside Photographer
By Michael Ware: In the twenties and thirties it was quite a novelty to go to the seaside. When you did you often dressed up in your best clothes. On the beach you would find the seaside photographer eager to record your visit for you. Some used different props to make the pictures more interesting. Ownership of a car, whatever the age, was something of a novelty, so being photographed in ...
"The Rig that Runs", St. Louis to Hershey
Among the countless highlights, oddballs, project and concours cars expected in the Capitol of Chocolate next week, a remarkable orphan car(*) will turn up: a very early St. Louis 5 seater tourer with exquisite 32-36HP machinery. As the St. Louis car manufacturer went bankrupt in 1907 the car was made prior to that date. The car presented here is dated earlier, yet is showing remark...
Brits with Dutch Courage
A report by David Howard: In the 50th anniversary year of the Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Club, an invitation was offered by Dutch members for a raiding team from England to make the journey across the North Sea and to visit Utrecht for a long weekend.Always keen to accept such a challenge, 10 members and their partners made their way from all parts of England to assemble at Harwich and Hull Ferry port...
La Marquise: a true diamond?
In 1886, at a time when Benz and Daimler were still struggling with primitive three-wheelers, Comte De Dion already produced sales brochures with illustrations of a steam phaeton, dog-cart, truck, carriage and even an 18-seat bus. And he wasn’t far-out with his visions as in 1884 Bouton and Trepardoux had made him a working prototype of steam vehicle. Fueled by coal, wood and bits of paper, ...
Ambitious 1908 Dennis Lorry Project

Ben Hawkins rescued the rolling chassis of a 1908 Dennis 3 ton lorry with the help of some friends around four years ago. He writes: "It had been the undercarriage of a caravan in Lincolnshire for many years. This is my first vehicle project and to say it is ambitious is an understatement. I have been working on it ever since and just h...

Coachbuilding 1930s Style
Last week’s idea for the Transcontinental quiz came from a new book by John Dyson, called Coachcraft. The book tells the story of this London-based coachbuilding company that started in 1934. John is the Vice-president of the Railton Owners Club, which makes him the ideal person to write about this subject, because Coachcraft got its first contract from Railton and produced many bodies for t...
Whatisit? Quiz # 308
Take a good hard look at this engine(click main pic for better view) and then it will not be difficult to guess whose design this is. But, and here comes a big but, our quiz is not that simple! This American engine –known for its smoothness and refinement- was tested by a major German automobile manufacturer in 1909. They liked it and procured a licence to manufacture it for an initial ...
Flying Cars – the extraordinary history of cars designed for tomorrow’s world
Book review by Michael E. Ware: Over the years many inventors have tried to produce a flying car. One that would take them long distances overland in the air and then change like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis into a road car for the final part of the journey. This combination was fraught with so many difficulties that few succeeded to put them into commercial production. The author is also...
Hershey on our mind (Upd. 1939 Bantam Hollywood)
Soren Spicknall sends this nice be it somewhat bleached photo from a friend's family album. The snapshot was taken around 1945.  We think it is very similar to a  Bantam  (American Austin), but we didn't find an exact match with the roadsters at the Bantam club-website. Can you tell us more about it? For those visiting  Hershey (October 5-8, 2011), there is always a bunch of Bantam projec...
Motoring through a buttonhole
We are aware that our hobby comes in many variations: collecting life-size automobiles; automotive literature or postage stamps with car, just to name a few. But we had never heard of collecting automotive buttons until William James Hentges told us of his unusual hobby. In the early days of motoring many cars were chauffeur driven, and these chauffeurs wore uniforms of which the buttons represent...
Own Woolf Bernato's 4,5 litre as from tomorrow.
Numbers. Originality. Provenance.  These words gain more weight, more value and more importance every year, if not every month. If you want to own a real vintage car you have to know or at least learn about these issues. Or hire a well known expert. Like when you are interested in a 4,5 litre Bentley you should know that there are many-many different cars around. Ranging from a bolt...
Homesick for Beaulieu
It's been one week later and we feel homesick! What is this about Beaulieu that makes you feel at home instantly the moment you arrive, which is keeping you busy every minute of the day and gives you the feeling you're experiencing the finest All Inn Holiday. Even a good match of jumble cricket at night was part of the joy. At bats we see Hall 'Firetruck' Fillinger from the US and in the backgro...
The Japanese Family Mystery (Upd. Yamaba's Steam Car 1904)
Some time ago we were given several photos showing Japanese auto history. We have already published some racing pictures, but there’s so much more to enjoy. For instance this Japanese family proudly posing on what seems a very early motorized wagon. There was some text next to the picture, but unfortunately we are not able to read this. Can you help us translate this text or maybe tell us mo...
The Offenbach Radiator Mystery. (Upd. 1912-14 NSU)
This photo was found in the city archive of the German town Offenbach. City employee Josef Reinschmidt contacted Jack Braam Ruben, who on his turn contacted us. It is a remarkable elegant & sporty roadster, runabout if you like. Especially the rounded tail looks quite modern for tis time and balances the rounded front. It has clearly Edwardian, say pre-WWI cosmetics and ergonomics. ...
It's an Excelsior WOTSIT !!
Carrick Watson came up with this intriguing 'biking' picture and wondered if he had the one and only remaining example? The ultimate basic two wheeler was made in 1934 by the Excelsior Motor Cycle Company. The idea was that it would be used for indoor racing on a track. It did not catch on! As you can see it was propelled by pushing yourself along with the sticks - no brakes - and steeri...
A dozen petrolheads.
"Alan Chandler has one the largest collections of petroliana in Britain, he is happy to share it with you. He wrote, illustrated and published a book about his collection, which is out of print. For his second book - which is still available -he has visited a dozen collectors and has widened the subject to include any type of interesting enamel sign. Each persons collection is illustrated in detai...
A six year old kid at Christmas
Warren Henderson sends a compact report on the full monty overhaul of his Model T engine: " I just had a complete engine and transmission rebuild on my 1917 Model T Ford Canopy Express Delivery and it was well worth the time and money spent. When they pulled the crank all four pistons fell out! I had an egg shaped cylinder, a bent connecting rod and all the values were the original two pi...
Ten Years After That Day
This day 10 years back we heard in Amsterdam on the news that something like a Pipercup had hit an Amsterdam office called the World Trade Center. Only minutes later - after checking CNN - we understood that something a million times worse had happened; jumped in the car and called home to prepare for anything; WWIII possibly was close. We decided to publish a 48 hour blac...
Whatisit? Quiz # 307
This bizarre creation must be a wide, wide car as it seats four in the front! One luckless passenger was seated on the right of the driver, although a contemporary report mentioned: “a sensation to which the driver would quickly become used!” Obviously the idea never caught on, so there was only this one example. We can reveal that the body was built on an American frame, but that it w...
A New Moscow
It looks like a typical US street scene, but would you believe this is Moscow, 1937? It is! The painting depicts one of the favourite areas of Central Moscow: Sverdlov Square (now known as Teatralnaya Square, or theatre square). The painting, which gives the impression of a snapshot, was made by Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov, who in the 1930s made a series of canvasses about Moscow. But don't think the s...
Welcome Danger!
Maybe a strange title, but it’s based on the big limousine (whatsit?) advertising Harold Lloyd’s new movie ‘Welcome Danger’. However, youi could also apply it to the star of this story, the 1913 Isotta Fraschini on the left, which recently came to light after being stored in a barn for many years. It seems the car has been in just one family ownership from new and an o...
What's hiding in your barn? (Upd. with 'dignity' package)
Don't think we are only interested in barnfound Duesenbergs, Isottas, BMWs or Bentleys. We just love the sight of cars that haven't seen daylight since decades. Yesterday late at night this pleasant photo came and we immediately decided to make it our Wednesday feature. Peter Langmaid sent in this tired family saloon that was stored since ca. 1980 The 1938 Morris 14/6, series 3 now has a new owner...
40th Davenport AMCA Fall Meet 2011
Fresh in from Davenport. "Hello all, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America's Davenport Swap Meet has come and gone.  Wheather was hot 100+f. Got nice bikes on the grounds. We had a few bikes from the Cannon Ball Race. And lots of parts to be had. Vending may have been slow do to the heat and tight money. Here is a link to even more photos. I hope you enjoy them."  Rob RonkyThanks a bunch ...
Australian Mystery Vans line-up
Can anyone help?On a recent visit to Australia a relative gave me a copy of this photograph.  Can anyone suggest the makes of the vans please?Thanks in advanceTony HillyardPleines OeuvresFrance...
The fleetowner Mystery. (Upd. International, Unic, Albion...)
Tony Hilliard got this photo in Australia during a recent visit. We count seven closed trucks of the firm Foy & Gibson's Winter Fair. Although the trucks are similar we are not so sure if they are equal in reality. Click the photo for enlargement. Especially the second photo showing the cars upfront is giving the impression that the cars on the left are of a diffrent make (do we see a Fiat radi...
All creatures great and small (Upd. Mathis = Whippet!)
Toby Ballard from the UK owns this impressive LaFrance roadster and he’s certainly not afraid to drive it long distances. Recently he took the LaFrance to northern-France to attend the Grand Prix Franco Belge. He writes: “It was a great little event with some nice little cars in attendance. I arrived on Friday afternoon to register my attendance. The registration was taken care of in t...
The Margherita Mystery (Upd. 24 HP FIAT 'Sparviero' )
At some time in the early years of the previous century Margherita, Queen-mother of Italy, paid a visit to the Netherlands. She was married to the Italian king Umberto, who was assassinated in 1900, but she became famous of her own when in 1889, the pizza Margherita, whose red tomatoes, green basil, and white cheese represent the Italian flag, was named after her. Queen Margherita is seen here lea...
Fine 1938 Hudson sedan, but these gauges...!
John Leech is a NZ Hudson enthusiast by all means owning two prewar specimen. His '38 sedan looks fine, but read John's request. The problem is on the inside. "Hi ! this is my '38 Hudson 112 model 89 6 Cylinder side valve. If anyone has any information on the Gauges, senders  and receivers, I would be interested. At present I am working on a 1934 Hudson LU Deluxe 8 Cylinder sid...
Great Names meet at the Ligne Maginot
Paul Linster reports from the yearly End of Holiday rally of the Luxembourg Veteran Car Club. It was an interesting field of 20 cars, here lined up at the massive entrance of the Ligne Maginot. What for instance was the last time you saw a 1918 Stoddard Dayton on the road in Europe? Other great names included Panhard-Levassor, FN and an Amédée Bollée special or ? On the way the cars attra...
MG's paddock revival at Goodwood
Freddie March, was an accomplished racing driver, taking many victories for both the MG and Austin works teams at Brooklands. Eighty years ago -in 1931- he won the Brooklands Double Twelve race with a works MG C-Type Midget. A total of fourteen C-Types were prepared, although one was withdrawn. They had to compete against ten Austin Sevens in a handicap race, so careful advance planning had to be ...
Not Duesenberg but Daubenberg.
By Bart Oosterling: Following up on the amphibious theme of my earlier post and the Amphicar on PostWarClassic recently, I decided it was time for a follow up in the Prewar-section. In 1929, a mr. W.G. Daubenberg from Des Moines, Iowa constructed something out of the ordinary. A "Land and Water car" (photo above) of which only the Nash-engine was bought in. Everything else was made by himsel...
The ERA Man
Book review by Michael E Ware: Historic motor racing would not be the same with at least some ERA’s taking part. Back in 1962 Bill Morris and his friend David Kergon when they were still recently passed out apprentices at Smiths Industries bought, sight unseen, an ERA from South Africa. R12B was formerly owned by Prince Chula and raced by Prince Bira, the car had been given the name “H...
Whatisit? Quiz # 306
A well-known figure leaning against a well-known automobile. How easy can we make it for you? It’s so easy, we are not going to give you any more clues. What we want to know from you is of course the make, model and year of the car. But also the name of the man, who is seen here at rest, but normally moves a bit quicker. However, if you want to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt you’ll...
Everything old is new again
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, known as the ‘Birthplace of the Model T’, is Detroit's only remaining, well-preserved, historic automobile factory, dating from the earliest days of the auto industry. Henry Ford Detroit.  Until October 2nd it is also the background of an exhibition called “Fashion and the Automobile”. Guest curator Victoria Mobley takes you on a time-trip ...
Trikes at Mallory Park
Last weekend the VSCC organized their annual Bob Gerard Memorial Trophy track day at Mallory Park. A novelty was the ‘Trike Race’ by De Dion Bouton Club enthusiasts, as a tribute to Charles Jarrott, pioneer racer and tricycle exponent. Eight machines ranging from the years 1898 to 1901 re-created the first British motor race which was held in November 1897 on the track at Sheen House, ...
The latest golf course equipment.
This is not your average tractor, but at the time this photo was published (1932) it was supposed to be the latest in golfing equipment. Yet we think a Ford Model T was already fairly outdated by then to keep the greens in good shape. Note the special protection for the occupants against low flying golf balls!...
Welcome to our Canadian branch...?
Bruno Costers currently is travelling the Northern Americas and visited "The Canadian Transportation Museum". Long time PreWarCar visitor and fan he felt at home immediately. The PreWarCar logo was to be found from the entrance welcome up to the Museum Store. Although our logo is copyrighted material, we still feel this use as a compliment. We have seen all kinds and variations of borrow...
Pebble Beach Concours 2011, best of show: 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne (Upd. Interior)
UPDATE, James Long did sent a photo showing the interior of the winning Voisin C25, a sublime art-deco landscape... ; photo courtesy Hub Society ArchiveDid you or a friend visit the Pebble Beach weekend? Then you may have made one or two awesome photos. Like this one showing the Best of Show: Peter & Merle Mullin's  1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne. Or possibly something ev...
Fun in the Veterans - for young and not so young!

From Peter Thompson, chairman of the Mid East Section of The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain we received a report of their annual Main Event over the weekend of August 7th and 8th. 2011.“Some 50 pre-1919 motor cars took part over a pleasant English summer weekend based at the Knights Hill Hotel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, where the Gala Dinner was held in th...

Speed in the Sky over Brooklands
The Brooklands Race Track is  best known for automobile racing, but it was also the backdrop for many aviation adventures. This year it´s 100 years ago that the first British woman, Hilda Hewlett, gained a pilot’s licence. A year earlier in 1910 she was the founder of the first Flying School (together with Gustav Blondeau). From those early days on, women have played their part at Brooklan...
What a car really should look like!
The body of the Marmon Sixteen, introduced in 1931, was designed by the New York based firm Walter Dorwin Teague Associates, a company also responsible for such icons as Kodak’s Brownie camera, Texaco gas stations and interiors for several Boeing airliners. Mr. Teague, however, did not like automobiles and assigned the Marmon project to his car-crazy son, Walter Dorwin Jr. Dorwin, as he was ...
Grandpa's Chrysler, for keeping or selling?
Well, after 18 years of hearing about it, I finally got to snap some pictures of my wife's Grandfathers '32 Chrysler. Under this weather beaten tarp was this beautiful car, wasting away. Although it has been stored outside since his passing, the car is still in good to fair condition. With no idea of value, the family has asked me to find a buyer. It isn't available for sale yet but it will ...
A groovy solution for vintage piston issues. (Upd. 1923 &1925 US Patent)

When you know about overhauling and rebuilding vintage engines, you also know about the issues that may arise at piston level. No matter how accurate and meticulous you work, (partial) piston overheating and even piston seizure can always happen. There are various ways to prevent these type of issue. Today we like to present a Belgian-Dutch patent (around 1940) that made use of superficial di...

Is she or isn’t she? (Upd.: Different fenders, different cowl)
That is the question, we thought when we saw this early photo of a Stanley Steamer. We are not sure but indeed we think it is the same Stanley Steamer that will be auctioned by Worldwide Auctioneers during The Auburn Auction on September 3rd. It’s a 1911 20 HP Model 72, which offered the best of all worlds in that they were powerful enough to carry several passengers but not as powerful or t...
New kid on the block
Ray Barrett tells us about his ‘latest’ hobby: “I am a new convert to pre-war cars and this is my recently purchased Austin 7 box saloon. The previous owner just used it for local shows and did less than 100 miles per year, I like to use cars as they were meant to be and have already done over 300 miles in the 6 weeks I have had her. I haven’t got many photos yet as we have...
Whatisit? Quiz # 305
When we saw this very nice print we immediately knew that this was to be today’s quiz car. The marque is not widely known, but its design was very advanced for its day. It was founded by a Marques, but its chief designer was a man who later worked for Fiat and Itala. His engine was the first to use aluminum pistons. Production of the first cars was delayed because of the death of the chief b...
A family affair
For once it’s not the girl on the right who features in today’s snapshot, no, it’s the 1937 Chevrolet Master. Posing in front of it are the parents of Pierre Stievenard, who always regretted that in 1956 the Chevy had to be sold because it became difficult to get spare parts. Over the years he has been busy trying to find it back, but it wasn't until he retired to Franc...
Make sure you behave!
Thinking back to last year’s Beaulieu Autojumble we remember there was lots of stuff to drool over. Take for instance a DIY Bugatti or this roadster advertised as a 1937 MG TA. We have been going to Beaulieu for many, many years and every time we return home complaining that we have to pay more for parts than the previous year. But now we know why, it’s in our mind!Beaulieu will be hel...
Two speedsters off to Pebble Beach (Upd. opposing opinions)
What to do with two bare Rolls Royce chassis you have lingering about in the shed for more than thirty years? After some thinking Gary Wales finally decided he would turn them into two identical speedsters. It took a bit of work but the two cars are now for all intents and purposes finished with the exception of the floor covering and adding the leather around the cockpit. When that is done Gary w...
The Union Jack Mystery (Lots of Updates: Standard, but 1921, 1923 or 1925?)
This picture just oozes atmosphere, the light, the wall, it all looks very well composed. It was sent to us by Toby Ross asking about the make of this automobile. We are sure the four-seater must be familiar to us, although for the moment its marque seems to escape us. It looks like a very common automobile, but its most distinctive feature is of course the grille with its emblem of the British fl...
The New Guinea Diatto Engine Mystery
Whilst doing a Voluntary Assignment in Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) Bill Minehane was given a single cylinder engine. Bill lives in Queensland and as he’s a member of the local Historical Machinery Club, he will have the engine shipped to Queensland. On the engine there’s a plate that identifies it as a Motore Torino DNF 30 Diatto A Clement engine, but according to Bill there’...
It’s confession time!
Over the years we have driven lots of cars and liked almost every one of them, but now is the time to make a confession: we have never, ever driven a car with the Wilson preselector! So when asked to write a review about a book that solely deals with the ins and outs of this peculiar gearbox, what to do…? No problem though, we just picked up the book, and began to read. The book starts with...
Look the other way!
With the number of times undressed or semi-clad females appeared in auto advertising, it could be assumed that the men of the time had particularly prurient minds. Quite why this uncomfortably clad female was chosen is unknown, but, if it was to be mildly erotic, then surely the lamp is facing the wrong way?(with thanks to Norman Clark. Both advert for Alpha B.R.C. and text were taken from his boo...
The Red Shadow Mystery (Upd. VI: 521 or 525?)
This photo of an intriguing boattail speedster was send to us by Lloyd (no surname given) from Australia. That’s also where the photo was taken, judging by the New South Wales license plate. The black plates with white numerals and the letters NSW vertically on the left were issued between 1924 until 1937 so that fits with date of the photo which is said to be around 1930. Lloyd knows that i...
You can do everything in an Austin 7!
If you subscribe to our sister magazine The Automobile, you may have read Matthew Bell’s column in which he argues that the only car you’ll ever need in your life is an Austin Seven. We might be entering a minefield here, but fact is that this little car can do everything you ask from it. And what better proof is there than the ‘crazy’ idea of Eunice Kratky and Guy Butcher ...
Red Wine, White Wine or BRG Wine?
While on a tour in his 1935 Triumph Gloria Southern Cross Dave Thomas, a member of the Pre 1940 Triumph Motor Club, paid a visit to Sir Cliff Richard’s vineyard ‘Adega Do Cantor at Guia, Algarve, Portugal’. The vineyard management fell in love with the car and were keen on using it to help promote the vineyard, mainly on account of the fact that its colour (British Racing Green) ...
The Summer of 1909 Mystery (Upd. 1908 Vulcan)
At first John Wilson wrote to us that these people posing during the summer of 1909 are his wife’s great great grandparents and their children and that her great grandmother may have taken the photo as she is not present. But then he got kicked for getting the generations wrong: it’s the great grandparents and possibly granny who took the photo! Anyway the story goes that the husband has not g...
ACD Company Inventoried After 50 years
Last Friday we promised you the story of the inventory of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg factory. We copied it from the Golden Era Gazette, with thanks to Rick Jorgenson the editor. Here goes... (click Read More!)...
Whatisit? Quiz # 304
This time we have a rather obscure American car for you. Obscure, yes, as only two are known to exist today. It was made during three years, but the name we want to hear from you was only used in the first year as in the two other years it had a new name (clue!), although the only thing ‘new’ was the price. Its creator started experimenting with automobiles during the 1890s and his fir...
Did I ever tell you how I fell in love with the Auburn?
“Here are some photos of my 35 Auburn Speedster when I bought it in June 1996,” writes Candy Paulino from Seattle, Washington State. “Here it is on the trailer in South Dakota, heading for Seattle. Chassis totally stripped down by myself, and started from the ground up. I even knocked out all the rubber bushings, and replaced them on the chassis. No wonder it has taken so long to...
Royal Mystery and Daimler line-up (Upd IV: 3 Mercedes and more on King Edward)
Ian Murray came up with a very interesting set of photos. The large one showing here is a 1906 photograph of the King crossing The Square of Dufftown, where Ian grew up. He is aware of the fact that the Royals in general used Daimlers and there was mention of King George V using a Daimler, but on this specific occasion it looks more like a Mercedes. It would be interesting if anyon...
Listen to the radio!
If you are like us, you don’t just enjoy old cars alone. There’s so much more to have fun with in our scene. Take for instance all the songs that have been written about automobiles and car trips. Rick Jorgensen, who runs the Golden Era website has quite a collection of original old phonograph records dating from 1902 to 1960. And he likes to share them as on August 20th he will be doi...
Bugatti in Bronze
No doubt that all Bugatti's are true works of art. But now Ettore himself has become an ‘objet d'art’ cast in bronze. In close cooperation with Ettore's family, son Michel and daughter Teresa, the artist and sculptor Pierre Habets has created a bronze sculpture of their father. Ettore poses like he’s about to step into a Bugatti and drive away. It’s a limited edit...
New York - Paris at US$20 only!

We promised a few special promotions in view of  Ten Year's PreWarCar. Well here you go. The fabulous 2 hour documentary The Greatest Auto Race is now available for PreWarCar visitors at the special price of US$ 20 instead of US$ 29 ! (check S/H costs)  Enjoy 2 hours of automotive hardship in a film which is a brilliant mix of historic material and a remake of the cars&...

See you at the finish in Paris! (Upd. No co-driver?)
No doubt you are just as curious as we to know who will be the first to cross the finish line in Paris. Oh, not interested in cycling? No problem, then study this photo of the 1930 Tour de France. It’s difficult to read the read the hand-written script on the photo, but we do know that the car is a Hudson Great Eight driven by André Morel. What we don’t know is the name of his c...
Macks Bathing Beauties (W. Overland?)
In the early to late teens of the previous century producer Mack Sennett became well known for his Keystone Kops slapsticks (YouTube) and other comedies. Hilarious chases and cake-throwing were a main part of those silent movies, but often they also featured a bevy of "bathing beauties" seen here trying to hide a car (Car? What car?). The girl in the harlequin costume is Marvel Rea, whose sad...
Dating a Sizaire Naudin (2 or 4 cyl.?)
Doug Wright sent us this very nice shot of a Sizaire Naudin: "I found this old photo of what I believe to be my Grandfather's car in England, somewhere around 1911. Problem is, I can't find anyone to identify the make of car, or the year. Can you help? I believe it's a Sizaire Naudin. My Grandfather was killed in the first week of WW1 so the year is important, if that really is him (I've neve...
Any color as long as it’s Dupont.

Barry Brown tells us that he has owned his 1936 Indian Four for 25 years and that this beauty is a joy to ride. But he also told us -and we didn’t know- that around 1931 the Dupont family bought the Indian Company for one of their bike crazy sons (this was Paul Dupont who was alos th man behind Dupont automobiles). Anyway from then on you could specify your Indian in any paint color ...

A Symphony in Steel
When the Jowett Kestrel was first introduced in 1933 it was described as ’A symphony in steel’, although in this case the expression has taken on a whole different meaning. Yet we think a serious restorer will be able to return this Kestrel to the way its sweeping body lines looked in 1934 (Flickr.com). The 7hp twin cylinder boxer engine turns freely and the only bits known to be ...
The Bugatti 100P Project
The name Bugatti stands for fast blue racing cars and stately automobiles. But the company was also into airplanes. In 1937 Ettore Bugatti became aware of war clouds above Europe and persuaded the French government to fund an aircraft that should be capable to win one of the many air races of that period. A military version could then follow later. Alas, due to the outbreak of war the project -cal...
Memorial Service for Bill Boddy.
Last Friday the Memorial Service for renowned author Bill Boddy (Telegraph.co.uk) took place. Mike Tebbett reports:" The church was crowded although not full. The priest was respectful, knowledgeable and well-informed. And Roger Collings gave a splendid and moving eulogy. Afterwards we all adjourned to the Radnorshire Arms to enjoy tea, sandwiches and WB's favourite chocolate cake. A goo...
What is it? Quiz # 303
This painting shows a luxurious automobile leaving London’s Houses of Parliament. Made by an artist, who seems to have done no other automotive work (his name will be revealed next week). Yet we think the painting has enough detail for you to identify the automobile as the radiator is fairly distinctive although the headlamps may set you on the wrong footing. Already know what we are talking...
French car, Italian body. (Upd. Type 30)
Stefano Paracchi is gearing up for our next 'Proper Cars, True Ladies' calendar. He sends this most charming shot of a girl showing off a well preserved Bugatti Type 30 with body by Schieppati, from Milano. As an interesting extra is that the car's  upholstery is made  in lizzard leather... The car was bought new in Palermo and now is with the third owner from new; one and the same family si...
How to maintain a Renault CB?
Daryll Gray contacted us regarding his recently acquired 1912 Renault CB. As you can understand he is eager to get in touch with other Renault CB owners to get detailed information about this fine Billancourt product. He found several CB's on the net, like the ex-Gordon G. Aselton 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville by Kellner of Paris (Bonhams 2009) and a second 1912 CB by Kellner sold ...
Triumph Jumpin’ Triumph
Leslie Wood read our earlier article about one of the Royal signals jumping a car and rightly thought that we would be interested to see more. He writes: “This is my car RV3691 - Triumph Super Nine Tourer being jumped by a member of the White Helmets motorcycle display team on a Triumph motorcycle at Catterick Army Garrison, North Yorkshire in 1974. The occupant of the car is Captain Clement...
Alec Wise at the 1911 French Grand Prix (Upd. Renfrew, Wise, Reid and Christiaens)
From Tim Amyes of the Scottish Motor Museum Trust we received several evocative photos of an Arrol-Johnston that took part in the 1911 French Grand Prix. Its driver was Alec Wise (*) who joined Arrol-Johnston in Paisley in 1909. He became company test driver In 1911. Three cars were entered in the French Coupe des Voiturettes at Boulogne, he was reserve. In 1912 he was driver of one of three Arrol...
The Royce Cousin Mystery (Upd. Argyll 12 HP)
Clive Hamilton-Gould sends this photo that was taken in 1937 by a family relation near Touggourt. Not sure where that is or if spelt correct! According to Clive the pleasant looking runabout should be dated around 1914. Can you tell us more?Update by editor: While slowly recovering from yesterday's celebrations of 10 Years of PreWarCar, we noticed that we have switched caption with a previ...
The T-Head Identification Mystery
Chris Martin writes: “I am a member of the Australian Motorlife Museum at Kembla Grange NSW, and we have a mystery motor on display that came with a large private collection of cars and parts, but the problem is, nobody can identify it. It is a four cylinder engine with cylinders cast in two pairs and the only identifying marks are a stylized S cast in the front cover just above the front pu...
Thank You for Your Support !
Before we started this, they told us that old car guys don't use the internet. They also told the market is too small. After more than 12 million visitors. And after slightly more than 93.000.000 milion pageviews we know different. We may have created this machine, but you got it running! So today we like to say:  Thank You ! Thank you for stopping by so often. Thank you for showing genuine i...
The Fruits of Flying
When thinking of early female aviatresses, the first name that springs to mind is the famous Amelia Earhart. But there were others of course. One such pioneer was Amy Johnson. She started her flying career in 1928 and became instantly famous in 1930 for being the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. Upon her return to the U.K., she was celebrated enormously. Among other things she wa...
When curtains fall
After the Eastern-European country Romania entered the European Community in 2007, it started to attract many tourists. And so it should, as its capital Bucharest truly earns its nickname ‘Little Paris’. And when tourists start looking around, they sometimes make the most wonderful discoveries. How about this barnfind 1935 Mercedes 130 that was bought from the Romanian owner after the ...
Back to our Roots
Or perhaps the title should be: ‘Where to leave your mother-in-law?’ Anyway, a few weeks ago we decided to visit the Dutch Museum of Carriages, one of the best of its kind in Europe. It proved a very nice visit, as it gives a wonderful impression of the roots of the early automobiles we love so much and the way they started… as a carriage with an engine attached. And those early...
The Classy Chauffeur Mystery.(Upd. Daimler 1912/13 & 1907/08)
David Sykes sends in these two mystery photos. In a distant past a man named Denzell Gardens (not! see Updates) chauffeured both cars. Let's first concentrate on the torn up photo, the open chauffeur is showing a radiator and  rounded scuttle which makes us think of Daimler 1910-12. But we don't feel very confident. Details that appear only after clicking the main photo are the little boy...
Independence

First we didn't know why the transparant Pontiac gave us the association with independence. But of course it is the independence of creativity that was at the cradle of this amazing show model.  Is it  coincidence that the bonnet is crowned with the Pontiac Indian. Yet another people that has always loved their independence. All nations seek independence. All thinking individuals seek indep...

Where’s The Beef and other 'regional' tours.
 Warren Henderson reports about last weekend: "What a wonderful day to be out on tour with the Central New Hampshire Model T Club, enjoying Steve and Debbie Sanborn's "Where’s The Beef Tour". We depart from Dunkin’ Donuts on Rte3A/South Main Street, Concord, NH a little after 9AM for a scenic drive through the New Hampshire countryside and let me tell you it doesn't get any bett...
What is it? Quiz #302
 It is a four door saloon of a grande marque which still is very much alive and kicking. They are known for their ill-affordable sporty products.  We have to add  that in pre-war times their saloons were not exactly hot sellers. After the war neither, but the few post-war saloons they made are carved in our memory. Don't feel bad about yourself when you not instantly ...
Glovebox find in Rollston Packard find.
Tom Laferriere has developed a nose for finding Packards, so he is not exhilirated about finding yet another one. But with this  1934 Rollston bodied Packard which is said it was owned by the Vanderbilt family he is on top of the world.  Tom claimes it is the only one still in existence. We guess he is right, but if you happen to have one parked in your driveway, we are happy to hear from you ...
My Grandfather's Voisin ( Upd.: C4 or C4S)
Craig Little's Grandfather (Lawrence Marshall) was a pioneer Australian Aviator. So it is probably far from surprising that as he was also something of a francophile,  when it came to choosing the one and only car he ever owned it was a French Voison. He purchased it from a local doctor in Melbourne some time in the 1920's. The car is pictured with his eldest son,  Craig's uncle,  in...
New destination for Buick McLaughlin.

George Luttrell sends this photo of his 1916 Buick racer on the original 1903 Gordon Bennet route. "The car is actually built from the remains of a McLaughlin Buick over a three year period. Just thought it was a nice photo of my son John and his fiancee and decided to send it on to you. Would be delighted if you used it on your front page. The car is only up and running the last two weeks an...

A chauffeur's Mystery. ( Upd. Renault ED)
Trevor Heath sends this photo from the family album. "My grandfather drove this car as a chauffeur in Scotland between 1907 and 1923. Does anyone recognise the make and model please? I know he drove an Arrol-Johnston, a Studebaker and a Thornycroft but I don't know if this is one of them. Many thanks."Well Trevor, we think this one of the  large engined Edwardian Renaults made prtot to WW T. Whic...
A sad Sunday in Holland, Philine Heikens deceased
It started off as one of the beter events that Holland had seen in long time. Some 60 classic sports cars (20 pre-war, 40 postwar) came together in the center of medieval Deventer. Warm and sunny and nothing to stop a fabulous day. One by one the cars started off for  a slow route through the narrow streets of Deventer, and then upon arriving at the dike along the river IJssel a short, well gu...
Motor Museum
Carrick Watson was  at a wedding near North Berwick on the East Coast of Scotland  and rediscovered a most interesting car museum  on the way back named  Myreton Motor Museum ( click the link if you want wider look ) It is well worth a visit if any of you are visiting that area of Scotland, bit hard to find as it is off the beaten track, there are sign...
Lopresto's Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Bertone revisited.
You may remember our recent feature about the Alfa Romeo 6c2500 Coupe by Bertone, as there were doubts about the nose of the car compared to pre-restoration photos. Well reality sometimes is more interesting than imagination. To days ago Mr. Lopresto answered by sending us photos of the car during restoration after all the old paint was stripped off. One can clearly see that the spaces for&nb...
Find some Fiat fun in the palace gardens.
It is easy to overlook some offerings on the wolrd market. We stumbled over this interesting '24 Fiat 501 S Corsa at this friday's auction by Lankes . We don't know a lot about the car's history but when new it was sold to belgium and in the fifties restored in Italy. In more recent years it particpated at events like Nürburgring, Klausen Rennen (unfortunately stopped forever) and t...
Useful things cars ! Mystery Hurdle. (Upd. Trusty Triumph over Singer Porlock!)
These are taken from a Royal Signals Display Catalogue dated 1936 that I have and shows how a car can be used for so many purposes. The jump over the car required a 62ft leap from a ramp, and yes, the driver was in the car ...  Seems a shame to use such a nice body as a Hurdle !! They did use other things as Hurdles, Horses, & people, sometimes using Covered Wagons to get the height. The Di...
A Cadillac Mystery? (Upd. 1935 Studebaker President Regal roadster)
See this dandy in his cool roadster. He is totally convinced of the impact he and his car have on his environment. Jack Braam Ruben sends this photo given to him by a friend at a Dutch New Herring party (late in spring the Dutch love to savour the fresh caught salted raw herring; you have to be Dutch to enjoy this gourmet feast ). The father of the man who gave the photo is behind the wheel a...
A Vauxhall printing block mystery. (Upd. post-1926 20/60)
About 25 years ago Jonathan Kinghorn bought this large boxwood printing block in Glasgow. It is 22cm long, clearly dates from about 1930 and depicts a large Vauxhall saloon car -- He is curious to know what model and or coachwork is depicted.  (he has  tried but sofar without succes.)Any help would be appreciated.Edit.:  Do you have any photo or unidentified object?  Please let us know (click)...
1914 Imp found; Rochester twin needed.
When saying 'Imp' most of you will think of pre-war Riley or post-war Hillman. Not so with Leslie Dreist.  Since she saw an Imp cyclecar in the ACD Museum in Auburn at the age of 8 (!) she has dreamed of owning one.  She writes: "I already had a 1924 Auto Red Bug at the time and really liked cyclecar type vehicles. My dad looked for an IMP to no avail and then I took over the search...
What is it? Quiz #301 (Upd. Extra Hints)
The big advantage of a light cyclecar was seldom better depicted than here. Click the main photo for more detail. What a great combination of early twenties racing technology and weight watchers fun. The car fits the driver like a glove. To help you on the way a little, Nr. 62 is a French car. The man who built it was an engineer, inventor and  racing driver himself and was a bit later known...
I’m the Motor Girl!
She used to spend her days just reading a book, but in the early years of the previous century the coming of the motor car surely changed all that. “I’m the motor girl” is a song dating from 1909 and sums up precisely what happened to all those nice docile young girls to the horror of all those men helplessly standing by :-)See read more for the lyrics ...
Serpollet Remembered today.
by Leo McAllam: Frenchman Léon Serpollet (1858-1907) was by far the most successful builder of steam-powered automobiles in Europe. He was the inventor of the flash-boiler used in all his vehicles, he held the first driving license in Paris in 1888, sold his first motorcars in 1891, (2) and set the Land Speed Record at 120 kph in 1902. (3)His cars financed by Frank Gardner impressed all th...
What happened to this Pokora & Son race car (Update: 'Lost and Found'
Vratislav Vesely writes: We are czech old car enthusiasts.We are desperately trying to find some informations about the car on the photo.Manufacturer: Pokora and son, Czech Republic, town Kostelec nad Labem, make around 1925, 8 cylinder race car, car surely went from CZ to UK (see regisitration). Last informations we have is that the car was sold to the US.  Thanks everybody for any...
Mystery T-Head 'Speedwell' 'Simplex' , 'S......' engine? (Upd. no Speedwell)
Chris Martin sends these photos trying to identify this T-Head motor. The engine is in the Motorlife Museum in Australia. The four cylinders are cast in two pairs and the only identifying marks are the cast 'S' on the front cover and cylinder heads together with a cast number #2553 in the covers, a cast number #2554 in the crankcase, and the cast number #2693 in the ignition timing cover....
Lopresto's Alfa before Villa d'Este (Upd.: now more original than in the 'as found' photos)

When we published about the Villa d’Este 2010 winning 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Bertone Coupe we asked for photos prior to the very thorough restoration. Robert Moran was kind enough to send us what he got. He also explains: "the car in the photo  I imported in the mid '60's from the 2nd owner in Switzerland, owned (it) for about thirty years and sold to a Belgian who apparently sold it...

Birthplace of Bugatti’s
Bas de Voogd wrote to us about the birthplace of some of today’s mystery Bugatti’s: “Many were created in the workshop of Jean-Marie Bats who lived opposite famous Bugatti-dealer De Dobbeleer in Brussels. He created several bodies for them. I know this first hand as in the 1980s I bought the contents of Bats´s workshop from this master panel beater himself.”Comment by...
Pre-war Prototype. (July 10 Tour; fully booked)
Showing here is a true collectors item. It's the prototype of our logo, developped early 2001 by art director Bert Tressel. It was only in July of the same year www.prewarcar.com was handcranked to life.  Which exact date is not fully clear as we did some testing and due to that the first feature stories got lost in the mist of time. The first snippet that remains is the 'Bugatti Diesel'. Rec...
The end of the journey (Upd. post-war Skoda 706RO)
When browsing an antique shop in Bucharest, Romania, Calin Balanescu found this rather blurry snapshot of an unfortunate day out. Calin suspects it was taken before WW II but is not sure, it could be post-war. The bus has a Bucharest license plate number 31136-B and the rather awkward parking spot is in the Romanian mountains, the Carpathians. Calin would like to know if anyone can identify the ma...
How about starting a Mack bike motorclub?
A few weeks ago Denny Eggert explained us all the ins and outs of the 1909-1912 Mack motorcycle engine. He now sends us this picture of an original Mack engine mounted in a 1914 Jefferson motorcycle (click main pic for better view). He tells us that the bike is owned by Jeffery Heberman in Wisconsin, but that’s all we know about it. Can someone please tell us more about this intriguing set-u...
Mystery Aster four pot. (Upd.: over 130(!) marques used Aster engines at a certain point)
Alex Brown from New Zealand sends photos of this most interesting  four cylinder plus nondescript chassis owned by a friend. We asked him  to provide measurements of the engine, but we understand that this is not possible at this point. You should know that we do ask these things because it makes identification far more likely. Especially as he asked already at various other forums (A...
The Cogs of War
On D-Day we think of the brave men that landed in Normandy. Yet their effort would not have been possible without the many women that stayed behind and did their bit in the factories. Women like Dorothy Miller and Sylvia Dreiser who worked 8-hour days in the Melrose Park Buick plant near Chicago producing gears for aircraft engines.(photo courtesy Shorpy)...
The Maharajas and their magnificent motor cars
Book review by Michael E. Ware: This is a coffee table sized book containing over 500 photographs both historic and modern of cars that were once owned by the maharajas. The author, a well-known Indian classic car journalist Gautam Sen looks at these cars as they are today. In many cases they have moved on to other owners and collectors, a few have escaped from India. Besides the photographs most ...
You-tell-us: Quiz # 300
For the past ten years we have presented you with a bi-weekly quiz. Before we make a quiz we are always pretty certain what the make or model is, so we can rightly judge the answers. But today, as we arrive at quiz number 300, we are taking a different approach. This time we put to you only one question: tell us the make (or if perhaps a model) of a pre-war car that has had a production run of -pr...
Here’s Bill!
Lady racing driver Elsie Wisdom was better known as "Bill", although nobody knows why. Perhaps, being a sole girl among a number of large brothers, they gave it to her because she was always competing with them. Born in 1904, she wanted to drive and to drive fast from a very early age. Her first car was a G.W.K. but soon she progressed to faster racing cars. In 1930 she married motoring journalist...
Enter the doors behind the Citroen GS.
Fer Cools reports a recent discovery: “A friend got a tip-off that a vacated house near Eynatten in Belgium would house an old Citroën. We obviously had to follow up on that tip and sure enough we found a real Trefle 5hp from 1926. The house used to belong to a former mayor of Eupen who was killed during WW II. It is very likely that he owned this car. The garage seemingly housed more cars ...
Teach ‘m young!
The "La Vie en Bleu" held this weekend was a huge success... lots of lovely cars, lovely people, and even the English weather sort of behaved. The organizers are determined to make this event as all inclusive as possible, an event for all the family, and are very keen to encourage the younger generation. Seen here is Ian Patton, the General Manager, explaining the delights of Edwardian motoring to...
Chasing trains (Upd. not a 7.4-litre but 11.5 litre T-head six? )
Races between cars and trains have always been a popular subject for artists. The first that springs to mind is Terence Cuneo’s impressive painting of Woolf Barnato’s Bentley Speed Six chasing the Blue train from Cannes to Calais. But this is also a very dramatic scene: a 1910 4-cylinder Oldsmobile racing the 20th Century Limited from Albany to New York. This one was painted by William...
Through the desert on a bus with no-name (Upd.: 1925 KZ 14/45)
We always love to see  photos of cars that have to work for a living. This one -send to us by Clive Hamilton-Gould, without any further information-  is certainly a good example as it looks like it has made numerous trips through the desert. Unfortunately the photo is not clear engough to read the lettering on the side, so we cannot identify which line it is. But because of the French looking ...
A tradition of Bricks and Milk
What better way to celebrate 100 years of the Indianapolis 500 with this picture from the early days of the track when it consisted of some 3.2 million bone-shaking street-paving bricks. Approximately 90 percent were Culver Blocks, manufactured by the Wabash Valley Clay Company. Gradually the bricks were replaced by asphalt and today there’s only a small strip left at the start/finish line. ...
Girl and Grin and Crosby
This past Tuesday L’Art et L’Automobile started a new online auction that will last until June 22nd. As always there’s lots of good stuff on offer, but we were quite intrigued by this watercolor of a young lady, especially the thrilled look on her face while -supposedly- driving through snowy New York’s Central Park. Called "The Motor Girl", the painting was made in 1908 by...
Worn but not Forgotten (Upd. about The High Altar...)
A tattered, worn Louis XIV chair is priceless; strip it down, varnish and upholster it and you will be branded a heretic. That has been the mantra of antique collectors for centuries, and so it should be for cars too! The days of the over-restored classic car are over. It’s not a coincidence that many Concours d’Elegances have introduced a special class for unrestored automobiles, the ...
The 1000 Mile Trial Mystery (Upd. 1903 Reliability Trial)
A few weeks ago we mentioned the ‘1000 Mile Trial’ in the article about ‘Drive it Day’. This prompted Ian Murray to delve into his amazing collection of early motoring photographs. He found an album of original photographs of the 1000 Mile Trial dating from the year 1900. This one with the policeman and the bicycle(click main pic) is one of the nicest, you can make out the...
1909 Regal backfiring Issue.
Recently Thomas and Joyce Edfors had to hop over to a steaming Stanley after their 1909 Regal Tourer started producing hick-ups. It is one of those nasty little problems one can run into when touring an old car. We give the word to Thomas: "The problem with the car mystifies me and many others on our tours. It starts when we are either doing a steep grade, a long uphill but slight slope and/or a l...
The Orfeon Gramophone Company Mystery (Upd. Fiat 501 or 501 S)
The snapshot of this roadster comes from the collection of Hugo Strötbaum, who is doing research into the first record companies. The photo was taken in Turkey presumably in Istanbul in the 1930s. Cars in those days especially in Turkey were extremely rare and expensive to import. The driver is probably Herman or Julius Blumenthal, the founders of Turkey’s first independent gramophone compa...
Three generations with an RLSS (Upd. about the Bugatti's)
These pictures were send to us by Siegfried Otto Hepp, who wrote: “On May 1, 2011 I made this photo of three generations of the Cleer family reunited with an Alfa Romeo RLSS. Grandfather Willi Cleer was a Stöwer dealer in Frankfurt Main. He took part in many events with a Stöwer, and finished third place in the 1926 Grand Prix of Germany in an RLSS with Pietro Bonini, father of Bruno...
What is it? Quiz # 299
Finally a car which deserves - at least in our view - the name Torpedo; long and pointed!  Now don't jump for your French reference books or websites. You will not find the car there. Better 'Go West' for the right answer. The make of car was known under a short name but also under the name of its founder. They started early and although their production never exceeded 1000 units per yea...
Lots of Joie de Vivre!
‘Joie de Vivre’ is a French expression that means so much as ‘Enjoy Life’. And when French voitures and English classics congregate on Prescott for ‘La Vie en Bleu’ that means a zest for life that you won’t likely forget. As one participant from last year said: “Who needs Monaco when they could have been enjoying all the best machinery and friendly p...
An unwelcome dip
We don’t know exactly what happened here, but we suppose the driver, HRH Field Marshal Shah Ali Wali Khan, brother of the King of Afghanistan, took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in Lake Geneva. Both very wet driver and Rolls Royce 20/25 were successfully rescued. That unwelcome dip happened in 1939 and we also don’t know what happened to the Rolls thereafter. What we do know is t...
One hundred years Indianapolis
To celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, race car owners were invited this past week to attend a get together, and lap the track. David Coco went and made these pictures of Stoddard Dayton, American Simplex, and a National at the famous track. There was also a concours in gasoline alley, with perhaps some 250 contestants. Check out this gallery We almost wrote 100 ye...
Another Fine Mess!
These famous words of Oliver Hardy popped into our mind after seeing the list of vehicles to be offered by Peterson on May 20-21st. But oh boy, what a delightful mess! Peterson Auctioneers in Nebraska, USA have been given the task to settle the estate of the late Don Cleveland. Don was known throughout the upper Midwest for his classic cars. There’s something here for everybody: or...
Long distance restoration.
Proudly posing next to the wooden frame of a 1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 is Dennis Compter. He and his father Hans are well-known for their New Zealand based business selling mostly pre-war automobiles and spare parts, but another less-know activity of the company is restoration. Currently they are working on six pre-1930 cars for European customers. Especially Dennis with his coachbuilding skill...
Roadside Stanley fun.

Thomas & Joyce Edfors report from their novice steam tour: "We did our first car tour in years with the Illinois Brass Touring Region in Galesburg, Illinois (click for automotive history snippet). On our first day our 1909 Regal had problems so we rode with our friends Mike and Nancy Roach part of the next day in their wonderful 1914 Stanley. ...

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