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A 1908 ABC restoration: help needed!
Six years ago Osvaldo Faustini from Italy bought through our PreWarCar.com-site a 1908 ABC, a rare high-wheeler originating from St. Louis in the USA. Although the car looks very original, it was known that at some time a Ford model T planetary gearbox had replaced the original system. As Osvaldo is finally at the point of rebuilding the frame, he would like to reconstruct it to its original...
A confident young chauffeur
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this photograph from 1905 is the relaxed attitude of the chauffeur of this enormous Panhard-Levassor, clearly holding forth on some subject or other to the assembled gentry.  The distinguished passenger in the car seems to be very patient – and perfectly happy to allow his driver to take centre stage. The passenger is M. Émile Loubet, the President ...
The good old days…
Mr Ezzeldin sent us this photograph from back in the days. We think the car on the photograph is a 15 ph. Crossley. Better known as the ``Shelsley`` model. This sporting version was introduced in 1913, with the well-known peaked / V shaped radiator. Many of the Crossley cars were delivered in chassis only form. Then either Crossley themselves or independent coach builders built several two and fou...
A most trilling demonstration of Bugatti power
Last weekend the Goodwood Festival of Speed was held at the famous track. Unfortunately, not everybody was able to attend. But luckily enough a lot was recorded and so we spent days behind our screen, drooling. One of the clips we like most was a demonstration of the power of this fantastic Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix owned by Julian, who we also know from his company Blockley Tyres. He ...
About What is it Quiz #448: Stapp Jupiter
Well done participants! The "car" we have been looking for is the Stapp Jupiter, also called "Stapp-Rocket" or "Mademoiselle France", built on a Voisin-Chassis around 1930...1932, to bring the speed record, held by Sir Malcom Campbell to France. We know, that your long-term-memory is very good, so we also wanted to know, if your short-term-memory is also distinctive, as this Rocket al...
Four ladies and their aeroplane radiator cap mystery
Not one but 4 ladies this Friday. There is not much known about this photo. It looks like the tallest woman is carrying something what looks like a melon. Or is it something else? She is possibly the maid, as she is wearing an apron. But on the other hand, she is very close to the lady on her left. Well, instead of thinking of this matter; let us concentrate on the car. A difficult one i...
Best of British and a slice of apple pie at Brightwells
Yet another Classic Motoring Auction is due to take place at the Leominster branch of Brightwells on Wednesday 12th July, offering some shining examples of pre-war delicacies from both sides of the Atlantic.   From Blighty we have a humble 1927 Austin Seven ‘Chummy’ in bright red, nicknamed as such due to its four seats and touring ability. Regarded as a practical, cost effecti...
Prewar Workshop: Line boring in the lathe

This project requires a little out-of-the-box thinking: using the machine for something it isn’t built for. The project is line boring a brass veteran gearbox. The 4 bores are quite oval and tapered because of years of wear and tear and it’s leaking much oil through the bores. To fit new bearings, it’s best to re-bore them and because they are as worn as they are...

Enjoy your day, America!
Today it is Independence Day. In 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies could consider themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The adaption of the Declaration of Independence was on July 4th, 1776. Although it was a different time back then, for most Americans this still means parades and celebrat...
Burmese Rolls Royce mystery
An old photo of a Rolls, that seems interesting. And a Rolls that is used by the Prince of Wales makes it even better. This photo is sent in by family of the former owner. He wrote: "I wish to share this family photograph of my Great-grandfather's (in the back seat) Rolls Royce, in Burma (Myanmar) circa 1935/36. I know a little about the car, a 40/50hp as far as I know, with bright red bodywo...
Auburn's Greatest
 

The 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster might be something of a mongrel, but it is still one of most desirable American cars of the 1930s. Hastily cobbled together from left-over components from the unloved 1933 model, given a quick cosmetic refresh by the master Gordon Buehrig, it was a quick-fix attention grabber to draw customers to the failing Auburn marque. So successfu...

What is it? Quiz #448
The "car", we are looking for was built for the attempt to break Sir Malcom Campbells land speed record of the early thirties. Much is written about the car, but most information is conflictive. Trusted information is given about the engineer who built this "beast", the chassis is based on and about the end of the car. And finally one more clue: The engineer wanted to bring the car to Daytona Beac...
Brush up your Ego
It's summer time and if you don't go for a good spin right now you probably never will. The young chap at the wheel was wise enough to make good use of the full seating arrangement of his  car: in his company not just two but three young ladies; by accident we left one of them out of the picture while editing, but here she is again...check). Now to those who are not distracted by the charming...
Lost cause of Italian motoring
The history of some cars can be traced way back till the day when they left their factory. The existence of others remains vague while got lost in sometimes decades of neglect or disinterest. Just take that dark green aerodynamic coupé which comes to the Concours d’élégance Paleis Het Loo this year. It is a 1933 Lancia Astura, retro-fitted in 1935 with an exciting Castagna bodywork, to the ...
Driving with a Model T
Model Ts are not diffult to drive, but they are different. First impressions can be worrying, but driving becomes second nature after the first hundred miles. The key skill is to look and think ahead to allow for the Ford's limited braking capability.When you can stop a Model T, you can drive it!Like today's supercars, the Model T has multiple clutches - one for each gear - The left pedal eng...
Who can come up with a new nickname?
 

Last time when we were discussing names, we were talking about people named after cars. As we all know, cars are quite often named after their inventor / maker. Last week, we received the following message from Jeff Perkins, who bought a lovely Ford model A. And would like a nickname for his new car. What do you think is a good one? Pl...

The whole family included
Recently Mr Wilson from Bangalore, India shared this lovely old photograph with us. Where the photograph is taken exactly, we do not know. But what we do know, is that the people on the photograph are coming from one large family. Various family members, including the dog proudly posing with (we assume) their pre-war car.After many attempts, the transmitter of the photograph is not able to identif...
See, smell, hear at Het Loo
Next weekend, is Concours d'Elegance Het Loo. When we were preparing for this lovely event, we came across some photos and movies of the sprint from last year. In our opinion, the sprint which takes place on the Royal lanes, is one of the things that makes the event very attractive to visit, or even better to participate in.  Just between all the beautiful show cars, you c...
About What is it Quiz #447: 1928 Indian X4
The answer of last week wasn't that hard. It is of course the 1928 Indian X4 automobile. Built by the Indian Motorcycle Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts,USA. Their fourth experimental, thus X4, car. In the mid 1920’s Indian sought to expand their product line and built or planned to build the items mentioned in the clue. The X4 car had a Lycoming WS L-head 6 Cylinder engine, a hydraulic assiste...
Twelve Cylinders... Voisin... That sounds really gorgeous!
Twelve Cylinders... Voisin... That sounds really gorgeous! And there is the very special opportunity at the Stanislas Machoir Auction on June, 28th to let this dream come true. Gabriel Voisin started his 12-Cylinder adventures in 1920, building two prototypes with an 7238cc engine. But those cars were so over the top, that production would have been much to expensive. After the big succes...

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