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Back in France for the first time since 1919
On it's way to Paris. Presumed to be the sixth oldest Bugatti still in existence. The 1912 T15 , chassis #446 / engine #88... The car known in Denmark since 1919 and now owned by Claude Teisen-Simony will be back in France for the first time since it left the factory! It will be on show with PreWarCar at Rétromobile, stand H100. Car nr. 95 is photographed here at the start of the Austrian Alpenfa...
A Wolseley Hornet in Michigan
Robb Stewart - you may know his name as he is a three time winning jury member - reports about his Wolseley project: "Answering your request for entries in your 5000 contest, I thought that I'd share my obsession. This is our 1933 Wolseley Hornet Special, #99 of sanction 78, Eustace Watkins Daytona with cycle wings, coachwork by Whitingham & Mitchel. We acquired it out of a barn in Michigan...
My 1925 Dodge named "Dudley"!
Photo's 2 & 5 are very small, but all I have of the car in the 70's, 1 is arriving home in April 2013, rest having fun on rallies in 2014.  Nick Hunt from Kalangadoo (Australia):"I am a farmer in South Australia, and about 5 years ago, decided that I had reached a stage of life (mid-life crisis?) where a little extravagance was warranted so after much deliberation, purchased a 1929 ...
My 1910 saw-bench Delage
David Barker tells about the remarkable history of his Delage: "The engine is a 1500c.c. side-valve Ballot 4G3 with a fixed head. It has a four-speed gearbox and because it has is no starter-motor, dynamo or battery and now carries a ‘voiturette de course’ type body, it is quite light and remarkably fast. It was exported to New Zealand as a new car in 1910 and was owned for the first ten...
About Quiz #386: Protos-Siemens-Schuckert
Sorry it is no Steyer, no Puch and no Alfa Romeo. The famous international rally to which we referred was of course the New-York to Paris of 1908 (see the car). No less than seven competitors produced the Make Protos. When you click the photo you'll that the idea behind quiz 386 was an advert of the Moll company (motorcars & motor-cycles) in Holland.  No less than seven competitors and jurymember...
Mlle. Bertani wears Chanel
As the temperature drops to freezing outside ( again) , this writer has chosen a lady with a fur to grace your screen. She is Mlle. Bertani and her car is a 1937 Hispano-Suiza K6 4 door pillarless saloon bodywork with Conduite Intérieure from the workshops of Saoutchik Coachbuilders. When the 3 volume magnum opus about Jacques Saoutchik dropped through PreWarCar’s mail box, we downed tool...
La Salle Moxie Horsemobile
Last week this remarkable La Salle was offered by a the Dutch auction house BVA. On top of the open car you see a full-size plaster horse with steering wheel (!) with which the car could really be conducted. This 1929 La Salle is a ‘recreation’ of one of the original so-called Horsemobiles that were built for the Moxie company. Moxie started in the 1880s producing soda water and from about 1...
Childhood memories or how I caught the PWC bug...
Attached 2 photos, the first which shows me (the young chap in the middle) at 5 or 6 years with my younger sister and my mother. This must have been about 1965 or 66 and the car is an Austin 12 tourer (I believe). My dad, a mechanical engineer, frequently worked on prewar car projects, getting the cars roadworthy and ready for spring and summer rides in Hampshire and Sussex where we lived at that ...
A Paris-Madrid, Paris-Vienna, Paris- Rouen Mystery? (update: Peugeot and Mors)
Peter Langmaid is an avid collector of old racing photos. Attached you'll find two presumably amateur pics he recently sent : "A couple of photos of old 'chain driven' racing cars. I have no idea as to make or date but location could be France." We must admit that our first thought was Paris-Madrid, yet we have the feeling these photos are older. More like round the turn of the century. Is it Pari...
Riley abuse?
Mike Long: "About 17 years ago, as my neighborhood (in Franklin, Tennessee) expanded, I noticed that builders were creating "burn pits" of perfectly good wood. Lacking a truck, I removed the front passenger seat from my 1937 Riley Lynx, tossed-in a ladder with some rope, and started excavating treasures that were then transported home in the Lynx. Sadly, my wife took an in-process picture! Even t...
1907 Cyklonette, Frame nr 235, Engine nr 282
Long time visitor Harry Pyle from Australia sends this very nice pics of his four cylinder front wheel drive:Here our 1907 Cyklonette restoration project..before, during and after. It is now almost complete, except for a little work on the 2 x cooling towers on top of the engine, and a LOT of work on the 2 speed transmission. (it was completely missing..I have reproduced all the change lev...
What is it? Quiz #386
Wow, that's a nice arrogant V-radiator Torpedo. Solid teutonic design. We've had several of similar cars posted as mystery cars before, yet most of those had what we call the 'bathtub' torpedo design well known in Germany. This specific motorcar is from a famous brand, known since one of the most challenging international races. That first fame was never repeated but in edwardian circles it's sti...
Is there life after the museum?
We can't tell you how happily surpised we are with the avalanche of stories that's been coming our wayover the last few days. We even consider making this an ongoing affair getting you in the driver's seat.. er writer's seat. Well give us your thoughts. Anyway the above moody midwinter picture comes from Mike Costigan. As we are a bit short in winter lady shots we decided to let this old sax...
The New Delhi Mystery.
Dave White sends this photo from India: "Recent  appearance of a long lost car in the back streets of New Delhi. The owner intends to restore it.  I know what it is, now you tell me."editor: Dave, to be honest, we haven't the slightest of what it may be but we love it! What a wonderful car and especially in this appearance, extra attractive. You don't tell us too much about the (hi)story that co...
5000
Jos Cox writes us: "Joris, it is like yesterday that I advised you to buy that Amilcar as soon as possible! (and an hour later you were on the plane) It is like yesterday that you became a prominent member of  'Les Amis d'Amilcar des Pays Bas'. And it is also like yesterday that we saw your new black T-shirts on our first rally. Time goes as fast as an Amilcar. Use it well!!"...
Vintage Adventure Tours, no Weddings!
One of the first visitors who reacted to our invitation to send in a little story is Steven White: "2014 saw the start of my Best Job Ever! After considerable negotiation with the Local Authority I obtained a Private Hire licence for my 1929 Model A Ford to run tours of the Peak District National Park in the UK. It is the perfect car for the job - seats 5 people, open top, good brakes, avail...
Dial M for Mystery (update: 1923-25 Maxwell)
Sure, a good design makes a car, but badges and logos give it that little more distinction, too. Oh, how lovely can it be to find that one little piece of brass you have been looking for so long! The sheer weight of it, those lovely enamel colours, even the stone chips in it! But the sign of a certain breeding can also prove to be an utter mystery.Our Swedish friend Stig Fransson in fact has bumpe...
A Milestone on the Greasy Road to Pre-war Joys
It all started with an 1928 Amilcar CGSs we found on the website of Dan Mooney, classic Jaguar specialist in Austin, Texas. It appeared this was the car of the late Irving Silverman. YW77 is known with the UK Amilcar Salmson register since the mid fifties and club founder Desmond Peacock was glad to hear she came back to Europe.  That was in 1999, and it was then when the idea came up to buil...
A day of Respect
An attack to the media. An attack to democracy. An attack to freedom. We like to pay our respect to the victims in Paris and will remain silent until Saturday morning. ...
Rally car mysteries in Slovenia
Peter Skofic writes: "The photo shows the rally of the members of the Automobil Club of the Kingdom of the SHS, section Maribor, which took place in Logarska valley (Slovenia).  I can recognize the two cars in the front of the row - these are two Austro Daimlers 15/35. The first one could be part of the today`s collection of the Technical Museum of Slovenia and the second one could ...

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