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A beach mystery
Today I'd like to share a photo from my collection of "Hanomag" pictures which shows a hitherto unknown 2-seater convertible based on the company's 6-cylinder "Sturm" model (built from 1934 onwards). The photo was taken in August 1936 at the Baltic sea where the car's owners - people from the Rhineland according to the number plate - must have spent their holidays.  For those, who didn'...
2 Veteran Cars in Alsace around 1905
The only thing I know about this picture is this: It's a postcard onto which a child once wrote "grandpa" in German and the registration number of the left car (starting with VI B) indicates the photo was taken in Alsace which belonged to Germany until 1918.At least some of the gentlemen look, as if they have just finished a major trip on what appears to have been a rather chilly day. I have absol...
A Rolls-Royce Diesel engine????

Now that Bentley, owned by VAG, famous for their Diesel emissions scandal engines, did come up with a SUV, the Bentayga, all we had to wait for was the availability of a Bentley Diesel. Believe it or not, but now there is a Bentley Bentayga Diesel. You wonder, can it get worse? A Rolls-Royce with a Diesel engine? Would that be the end of civilization? Well, have I got ...

Mass, the forgotten make
Now more or less forgotten but before the Great War the Mass was a well-known make in the UK. Despite its name and reputation the Mass car was probably never sold in very large quantities, though. From 1903 the Mass was produced for a Mr. Masser-Horniman, who had the Lancaster Motor Garage in London as his basis, the name of the car being an abbreviation of his own name. They were produced i...
Mystery Monday: 5 photo's, many questions....
Lets start the week with a mystery. Rob Neill is trying to find out about the make & model of five cars that are in photographs at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire, National Trust property. What he knows about them: "Charles Wade was a non-driver who lived at Snowshill Manor in the Cotswolds & also owned property on St. Kitts in the Caribbean. His friends would take him out in their ...
A lovely week in Paris
Paris, the city of love. This week, we and more than 100.000 national and international visitors, shared our passion for cars at the Retro Mobile. Both young and old was given an unforgettable experience, due to the sound organization and the many other well-known exhibitors in the industry.  This year the items variated again from barn finds, spare parts and accessories to exclusive gleaming...
What is it? Quiz #439
This week's Quiz-Car is a special, that was built in two similar examples or, as sometimes assumed, only one time and the second car was just a modification on the old chassis. All in all, around 400 chassis of this type have been built from 1919 till 1928, usually carrying big limousine-bodies. This edgy single-seater was not only built for records/racing, as it was also used for testing tyres on...
This is not some ordinary lady, sitting on a truck
This is not some ordinary lady, sitting on a truck. The year is 1936, and on the main picture is posing one of the most famous American female photographers, Dorothea Lange, with her Graflex 5x7 Series D camera sitting on the roof of a 1933 Ford Model C, 4 door Wagon. In the 1930s, the US Farm Security Administration (FSA) employed several photographers to document the effects of the Grea...
A Model T meeting in the snow!
      

After 3 short months' working only on Thursday nights Ken and Paul Leblanc, with friends Chet, Pete and myself (mostly just looking on) had his 1926 Model TT Snowmobile ready for the Model T Ford Snowmobile Club meet. Saturday February 4th turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in Tamworth. Ken, Paul and myself had a wonderful time mee...

Dual power: petrol electric transmissions
This example of FIAT’s first cheap small car for world markets was modified by Tilling Stevens of Maidstone and fitted with one of their petrol electric transmissions.  These modifications were carried out by their chief electrical engineer H.K.Whitehorn.   The car was presented to the Museum in 1935.  The Museum staff were responsible for sectioning the coachwork and the ...
♥ Love affair with Morris. ♥
The late Charles Swain Esq. was born in 1923, the same year that the Bullnose Morris pictured above was made. After leaving school he served an electrical apprenticeship and in 1942 joined the Air Force as Electrical Engineer and rose to serve in the famous 'Dambusters' squadron.His post-war business success permitted him to indulge in the same hobby as us, and it became something of a love affair...
Mystery Monday; a well used Voisin
   

Entering our bureau this monday, there was a nice surprise on my desk. Knowing that I´m a big aficionado of Gabriel Voisin and his automobiles, my friend Jürgen sent an old photograph of a rare C24-Caravelle.I knew this picture before, as two of my Voisin Club-mates sent scans of it some time ago, but we couldn´t find out anything more about the car ...

Exhibition; Vehicles made in Aachen
Till February 19th, inside the "Centre Charlemagne" here in Aachen is an exhibition about "vehicles made in Aachen":   If you think of Aachen (Aix la Chapelle) you might think of the cathedral, the christmas-market with lots of "Glühwein" and "Öcher Printen" and of course of Charlemagne. But not many people would think about automobile-production. But at least the dragons made by ...
About quiz #438 Fast and faithful, but not so glorious
About quiz #438 Fast and faithful, but not so glorious Apparently the car brand of last Saturday’s quiz #438 (http://www.prewarcar.com/magazine/previous-features/what-is-it-quiz-438-fast-and-faithful-but-not-so-glorious-031440.html) was not that difficult, we received several good answers. The car’s brand was D.F.P., short for Doriot, Flandrin et Parant. Near Paris, at 169 Boulevard Sai...
Two beautiful young ladies discussing their sparkplugs
Warren Henderson sent us this picture and asked us if we will keep the Friday Lady tradition in life, after the management change. Well, Warren; we are planning to keep doing this. A lovely Lady on Friday, Quiz on Saturday and a Mystery Monday. Especially when Valentines day is coming, we should be happy to see beautiful ladies on our beloved classic cars. The classic car world is still a men...
Motorcycle Curiosities at Coys
Take a closer look at the motorcycles on offer at the Coys Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show auction on 18 February 2017, and you will find some interesting curiosities. Whether you want a fully restored quality machine like this 1936 Bianchi, an original condition Triumph model H of 1920 vintage or a full restoration project as this 1926 James V-twin, the choice is yours !Deciding ...
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An extraordinary book

Of course I am biassed, because the book relates to a period in automotive history to which I'm very much attracted. However, “De Dion-Bouton – An Illustrate Guide to Type & Specification 1899-1904” by Michael Edwards is extraordinary definitely also in a more objective way, as it differs from any other book on my book shelves. In the book a detailed over...

What to buy at the Paris Auctions
The Retromobile show is just one day away. You will not only see the most fantastic cars for sale at the stands but also the Auction Houses will have some very interesting cars on the block. Last week Robin Batchelor made you fell in love with the amazing 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, which will be the star of the RM Sotheby's action. And today Tony Hillyard will give his view on the auctions of Artc...
Monday Mystery: a veteran racer at Rétromobile!

It was in the mid nineties when I discovered an almost bare wooden triangular frame standing upright to the wall of an obscure old cars workshop in the inner city of Amsterdam. The frame had just a few attachments to awaken my interest. After asking what it was I heard it was from an early "car" and it was purchased in France and brought to Amsterdam by an antics deale...

History SCOOP: Enzo Ferrari's first business years
Just days prior to Rétromobile with a grand retrospective on 70 years of The Legend of Ferrari, PreWarCar.com is proud to present a fresh insight on the earliest years of Enzo Ferrari's entrepeneurship.  Ferrari engineer and dedicated car historian Kees van Stokkum is about to publish a most thorough article with lots of new facts on the very first years of Enzo climbing his own designed marke...

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