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Follow in father's footsteps.
Ettore Bugatti first produced a 'Baby' Bugatti in 1927 for his son Roland, and this picture shows him, age 5, next to big brother Jean in his Type 43. Ever since then, children of Bugatti enthusiasts have occasionally been encouraged to enjoy motoring early in a junior sized car.The young lady in our picture was spotted practicing in the Bugatti Trust's car park when we visited 'La Vie en Bleu' re...
Throwback Thursday: Palace Het Loo, loaded with patina
In cooperation with the organisers of Concours Paleis Het Loo PreWarCar will open a new section: Well Preserved. A most interesting line up of cars is expected ranging from a 1909 Lane steamer up to a 1934 SS Jaguar 2,5 L Tourer. Interesting to see that we wrote 15 years ago already about the 'new trend' for Unrestored Cars. EARLIER TEXT of nearly 15 years ago:The Netherlands, Sunday 2 Septem...
PreWar Workshop: How to fit a Conical Oil pressure gauge fitting
A very common problem. There are zillions of different copper pipe fittings.  Do we have somebody or some website which is offering solutions for the most 10,000 different common fittings? Tim Green wrote: Having a bit of a struggle working out what kind of fitting I need to connect this oil pressure gauge to a copper pipe. I've never seen this kind of conical shaped appendage to a gauge...
RAF Mystery Truck?
We have a little desk research for those who are interested in RAF history. Just recently this joyful picture came in with a saloon? truck? or whatever? overgrown with happy RAF personnel. Too little cues for us to go on, so it's up to our British visitors and other RAF experts to decide which vehicle these chaps are hiding for us. Now if we are quick enough we may be just in time to present the r...
A Twin or Triple Bathtub Plumbing Mystery?
Humphrey Smith is asking:  "Mystery machine with my grandfather seated in the front passenger seat. Any ideas anyone?"We see typical German design. Stretching form the V-shaped radiator to the nicely curved bathtub body ending. The exhaust plumbing protruding from under the bonnet (two or three pipes?) plus the sheer size of the machine suggest that we're looking at a high quality offering, b...
European underslung cars

A while ago the Stabilia was the subject of PrewarCar Whatisit quiz. Someone was wondering then how many European makes had used the underslung concept. In America at least 6 makes had produced cars with an underslung chassis, of which the American and the Regal are the more well-known. Apart from the Stabilia I know of 4 other European firms using this conc...

About quiz #422: 1909 Little Briton 2 cylinder 10HP
Last week's quiz was about a sweet little thing that was built in the UK. Although, there aren't still many of those cars around we received quite some good answers. But what was it exactly. Well, first the story behind the pictures. By Michael Ware:Wade Ceramics of Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire have been making ceramic items since 1810.  A glance at their products on Google shows a tremendou...
A Filipino nurse and her Model T
"Miss Baldamera Garcia, nurse at the Philippine Islands. The duties of her position take her far from home and through all sorts of country. As her work grew in scope and the people began to accept the new doctrine of cleanliness, it became impossible for the territory to be covered as it should be. On a trip to Manilla, Miss Garcia decided the Ford runabout would be the right choice to travel rap...
Throwback Thursday: even more Hisso H6B photos
Earlier we presented a found photo of this fine H6B in January 2009. Now a full collection of photos regarding this same car has come to light. Ashely Hollebone - well known in this community - found them and likes to get in touch with the current owner in order to hand over the photos. The owner can contact him through office@prewarcar.comOriginal text:A recent photofind by Mike Dunn of the US is...
PreWar Workshop: a waterpump write off?
You may remember the dramatic waterpump issue we experienced over a year ago with our '31 Talbot K78. The basis of the alloy fan housing collapsed resulting in (check here) the fan ruining itself, making good damage to the radiator and freeing the lower sitting waterpump from the last remains of its foothold. Immediately we started looking for replacements.  The parts section will bring you a...
Rescued from a breaker's yard.
Those of us who started our motoring interest with an Austin 7 would soon look for books about them and inevitably pick a favourite model to dream of owning. This writer chose the 1923 Pram Hood Chummy and had a picture from a 1965 issue of 'CAR' magazine  sellotaped to the bedroom wall throughout his schooldays.When perusing the cataogue for the Richard Edmonds auction ( thursday 16 June to ...
A German Dixi Mystery? (update: Dixi?)
      

Robert Hotzan sent us these photos and wrote: "I bought this chassis from a BMW enthusiast...like me. The seller suggested that the chassi possibly is form Dixi in the period 1910 - 1920. I am looking for any information to find out to which car belongs this frame? First I thougt it is from Dixi (editor: not to be confused with the US built Dixi like the on...

1915 Packard Indy 500 Pace Car returns to Speedway after 101 years
    

PreWarCar will have a very strong attendance in the section Well Preserved at the coming Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo, but boy! this eighty year long untouched 1915 Packard Pace Car would have been a grand extra! Allen, if you have the time and money to fly in, the two of you are more than welcome!Allen Strong reports:A couple of years ago The AACA magazine did a featu...

What is it? Quiz # 422
A sweet little thing with the looks as if escaped from a period merry-go-round. 'Almost real.' Still, the basic idea was a dead serious marketing concept not unlike many modern cars have:   a light car, but high quality made.  So no funny cyclecar machinery here, in a very early stage the automobile was upgraded from two to strictly four cylinder versions. Strong enough even to win gold and silv...
An affectionate Bolide driver.
30 years ago, Elga van Wenum met a classic car enthusiast, whom she married. With that man - Sikke Klein - who passed away very recently - she entered a new world. Before that time she drove a charming Citroen 2CV and had no idea that some people drive even older and even more spartan cars. They made trips to Britain, for the London to Brighton Run. Quite often to France, for the runs Pa...
Throwback Thursday: To all forgotten cars.
This feature - first published 12 December 2001 - is part of a series of 15 'rearview mirror' articles in view of PreWarCar's 15th full year online as per July 1, 2001.  In the years after several more or less similar publications were started since they saw the success of PreWarCar.com. One in particular we like to mention as it is no respect a copy, but one that gave shape to an earlier ide...
PWC Workshop: which material for relining a cone clutch?
Jos van Genugten is a young engineer and is approaching restoration jobs  1. as an afficionado, 2. as somebody who likes to show but even more likes to drive his cars. It occured to him that whenever the subject of the cone clutch comes to table, that there are as many opinions as cone clutches...! Below you will find his approach and his opinion. Feel free to respond."Part of our beloved hobby i...
Super low to Het Loo : 1912 Regal Underslung 25HP
Remains of a 1912 Regal Underslaung, found in Virginia, USA ( editor: well in fact at PreWarcar, check 'Sales History' )  in September 2005, an almost bare chassis ( Nr. #2722 ) with only small bits of a body (see photo as found), but it was clear that it wasn't a factory coachwork. Cowl,  racing bucket seat and remains of a round petrol tank indicated sporty use in its past. The undersl...
Mystery 'U-Eight' or maybe 'Offline Eight' ? ( update: a 'desaxe' Causan / SCAP? )
      

Rainer Schmid, earlier winner of PreWarCar's 'Spirit of the Event' Trophy at Vintage Montlhéry with his Sénéchal tandem racer is now working on a new project. This based on an amazing eight cylinder engine he found. Aside all engineering aspects in our view the first problem is what name to give to the beast. Offline Eight? Shortened Straight Eight? U-Eigh...

More Maudslay in Southern Rhodesia
After an earlier feature with Maudsley in southern Africa Andre van der Loo returns with a new set of pictures of these omnipresent motorcars:"Here are two more photo's of early Maudsley's in Southern Rhodesia. Photo 1 shows a 1908 Maudslay 17hp Colonial Phaeton. This car was used by the Duke and Duchess of Conaught during their tour of South Africa in 1908. The Royal couple also visited Sou...

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