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Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 2
To solve part 2 of our six-day quiz the unusual lighting might be a giveaway, as many of you will have seen a picture of this kind before. We took this photo at a special exhibition in Paris where a whole lot of similar barnfinds were auctioned. This remarkable automobile was one of them. Apart from the three-piece window it had the steering wheel in the middle (although at later models this was m...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 1
The past ten years our annual Prewar Christmas Quiz has become a nice ritual as we published our first quiz in 2007. The year 2017 will not be different as we are eager to continue the tradition. This year the questions are very easy (although we don’t know about the answers). We are going to show you a barnfind, an abandoned wreck or any other car in a sad state. Up to you to tell us what the m...
A Christmas Tale
It was the end of November, that I was traveling by train towards Sussex Downs. I was a nurse by profession and was engaged by a man to look after his wife who was mentally ill. A cab brought me through the cold and wet evening to the house of the family, where I was welcomed by the husband and wife. Although her skin color was pale and yellowish, the wife was very kind in appearance and did...
How a chauffeur was to bring peace to the world
It was a review for a new novel that we read. A novel named ‘Archivist of the world’ about a superlative plan from the early 20th century. It’s a true story, too. In 1908 the opulent rich French banker Albert Kahn hands over a state-of-the-art camera to his chauffeur Alfred Dutertre and tells him to learn how to use it. Kahn trusts him his paramount plan: capture all the tribes of the world ...
About What is it? Quiz #460: 1901 FN type A
Not that often that we have a colour photo on the quiz, but this week we do have one as the answer to last year's quiz. A 1901 FN is what we see. A Belgian arm manufacturer that got into cars in the begin of the last century. This car is still on display at the Bruxelles Autoworld. We received quite some good answers. One even with a copy of a post stamp with the car on it.The first good answer ca...
Adlers little helpers.
Only a few days before Christmas, so you may be dreaming of a white Christmas like Bing Crosby did in 1942. And yes, in some parts of the world the world is white. We enjoyed driving our Riley earlier and reported about it. After this, we received quite some good photos of other crazy car nuts who were slipping around.One of the emails came from Manfred Schleißing, who had not only a car da...
Top 3 best read articles at prewarcar.com magazine in 2017
As the new year is almost there, it is time to look back at the last 12 months. In our online Prewarcar.com magazine we had 365 features, with 26 quizzes, many mysteries solved, beautiful (old) photos and plenty of other interesting articles.We have checked everything and found the top 3 most read articles: 1. My fathers' first car: a 1938 Opel Olympia In this very personal story, Hubertus...
From the family album: A Dürkopp?
Another photo popped up on the family album. This one was sent by Hein Brand. The car that we see, is probably a Dürkopp. A German car builder that started around 1899 with two-cylinder powered cars. According to the Georgano bible, Dürkopp was specialized in heavy types of touring cars. Which were based on a racing car developed for the Kaiserpreis race of 1907. This car seems to us a bit young...
Advent sketches of old cars
Most of us will have heard from the name Stefan Marjoram, well known from his photos and movies of The Beast of Turin. But this multi-talented chap is also making sketches of old cars and shares them 'Advent-style'. We thought we will show you a few of them that we particularly like.The originals can be bought as a lovely Christmas present: >click here...
Sending a Christmascard in 1910
It is time to send a photograph to the family for Christmas. As you can imagine, nowadays taking a photograph is much easier than back in 1910. The photograph above was taken in Chicago.If you would take a selfie in front of the Willis Tower today, the photograph would look quite different from the one back in 1910. Prior you had to go to a photo studio where they had a car on display on which you...
A Cross Country Pakistan adventure in a 1922 Amilcar
A 1922 Amilcar is not what you see that often when one drives in Pakistan. But last month, there was one driving from Khyber to Karachi in the K2K Cross Country Rally. Shahzeb Ul Haq Malik is the proud owner and driver of this Amilcar C4 and reports from the event: "Michni Post towards Landi Kotal is located in Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan and the Afghan border ...
What is it? Quiz #460
Last pre-war quiz was a bit of a post-war. Still, a lot of good answers also this time. But for this week, we will go back to a real pre-war, back to the early days of the automobiles. Do you know what it is? Let us give you a clue; the car we have in this week's quiz is built in an European country and doesn't built cars any more. Well, that is all we are going to tell you about it. The rest is u...
A fashionable Auburn 8-120 driven with a fashionable coat

Todays Friday Lady is proudly posing with her new Auburn 8-120. You can see her posing in front of the showroom with a “Duesenberg 8” advertise. But inverted, you can also spot the big “AUBURN” letters through the glass. I missed the CORD letters, but as the first Cord, the L-29, appeared during the year the photo was made, it´s just logical, that you do...

Kings and old car: a tribute to King Michael I of Romania
Kings and old cars. This is a combination we actually do not talk about a lot in the PreWarCar.com magazine. The value of cars with historic documentation goes up, especially when there is some regally involved. But that is not what this is about. Today we would like to share a story with you about a great person in the History covering many aspects. Although we will only talk about his (y...
A real treasure for Invicta fans
 “Probably the best-looking sports car in the vintage tradition”, said by J.R. Buckley the Invicta S-Type Low-Chassis lives on as one of the most sought-after classic cars and a fan favourite 90 years later – even though only 75 automobiles were built at the time. Why such manageable amounts?  The Invicta’s story is nothing if not fascinating. It offers two main reasons ...
‘Mystery car’ on the platform of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway c.1905
Recreating a photo from 1905 can be a lot of fun. It all starts with getting the right car. But what to do when you don't know what car it is on the photo? Rob Shaddick, director of the Lunmouth & Lynton lift company did the right thing. He asked around, and found us to help him with this mystery car. First, we thought a De Dion Bouton or a Renault, but some specialists don't think this is cor...
Winter wonder fun or TLC? What do you do?
The end of the year is approaching. This means the traditional Christmas songs are playing on the radio. Snow is falling and the cars are locked up in our sheds. But there are always a few brave men and of course, women (or shall we call them crazy) who drive through the winter. Next Sunday the 100 miles of Amsterdam will be held on the night of 17 December. More than 50 pre-war cars conquer...
Watch Stanley Mann Racing for a last time
Earlier this week, the news came to us that one of the bastions in vintage WO Bentley's sales, racing and rallying has closed the doors on its garage overnight for the final time. Stanley Mann Racing is well known in the world as one of the first involved in the Bentley racing. As many of you probably know, Stanley passed away last year. Which unfortunately also means that the workshops have come ...
About What is it? Quiz #459L ZIS 101B
There was a catch in last week's quiz, as it wasn't a 'real' pre-war. But most of you noticed it and gave the right answer. Yes, it is a ZIS or ZIL 110 B. A car based on a Packard (that was the pitfall for many of you), something Stalin loved. Even if you don't know the car, you were able to find out more about the car as the persons in it were well known. So, the car is a ZIL 110B. It's a prototy...
Are you taking my job, lady?
This chauffeur must be out of a job after this photo was taken. The lady looks proud and very convinced to drive this car instead of sitting in the back. And we totally agree with her. This looks like a fantastic car to drive! Can anyone identify this big brass machine?Photo by Andy Watt...

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