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Delaunay Belleville - rare luxury.
To find a Delaunay Belleville nestling amongst our cars for sale column is quite a treat.  It's a rare car from a luxury French manufacturer.  Right from their start in 1903, Delaunay Belleville was one of the world's leaders and their chauffeur-driven cars were bought by Tsar Nicholas ll, King George l of Greece and King Alphonso Vlll of Spain.The quality of the engineering fully justif...
Rare thirties MG Discovered by Archaeologists on Salisbury Plain
  

A rare 1932 MG J2 has proven an intriguing find for both archaeologists and motoring enthusiasts alike after being discovered during excavation work on Salisbury Plain in the UK. The MG motorcar was discovered by a team of archaeologists on the military site of Larkhill and is believed to have been abandoned and subsequently buried within a disused WW2 weapon...

Goodwood Revival 2017 revisited
There are quite a lot of top-notch classic car events all over the globe – in that regard today’s old car addicts probably live in the best of all worlds. Yet, if there is one that deserves a “pure magic” award, in my opinion, it’s the Goodwood Revival Meeting taking place each September on the grounds of the former military airfield and the legendary racing circuit that is situate...
A mystery Adler in Belgium
  

Recently Hubertus Hansmann raced through the history of Adler at the wheel of an Adler Rennlimousine, an impressive car with a long bonnet from the '30s. This time I would like to show you an impressive Adler from about 25 years earlier. Normally the Adlers do not present real challenges in an identification, but the lead photo, in this case, does, at least for me. P...

Homesick for Hershey... !

This year for the first time since many, many years… no Hershey for us. And it hurts! Early October is the time when the sun gets low, hard winds and rain can blow but whatever the climate says the rolling Penna hills lure nut men from around the globe to chocolate town Hershey. The nerve starts when you meet the first tatty pick-ups hauling their load down the 76 or...

About What is it quiz #454: Hans Rohrbach car
The first quiz with the new setup was definitely not easy at all. We are not sure if it was the quiz itself or the new way of judgment.We did receive quite some emails and messages about it, mostly very enthusiastic. We are glad you like it. We would like to say; even if you do not have the time to participate in all the quizzes, please give your answer when you do. You still have the chance...
Madame Delpent and her Delage
Proudly sitting at the wheel of her neat little Delage we see Madame Adolphe Delpent in front of her house, somewhere in France. The year will be around 1909. Her little niece Andréa Chevrier is enjoying the car just as much, while her son Georges is sitting on the bonnet like on a horse. Maybe he's dreaming of owning such a car one day, when grown up. Just like we do, of course! For now, t...
Choc & Cheese at RM Sotheby’s
 

When looking to purchase a pre-war car, what matters more – an original vehicle that is genuinely from that era or a passionate recreation of an extinct stunner from back in the day? This is exactly the debate that will likely arise amongst collectors present at the up-coming RM Sotheby’s classic car auction on 5th & 6th October. Based in Hershey’s Pennsy...

An Imp brings a smile.
When a car piques your interest what is it that first attracts you? Is it the bodywork? Is it the exhaust note? The mechanics? The radiator badge? There are endless reasons to like a car and we got to thinking why we like this 1934 Riley Imp. The Riley marque has a good reputation for cars with a sporting performance and pleasing lines and BGW 119 has both. Visually, the car ticks all the boxes. T...
Imperia Nessonvaux; the forgotten Empire

Springtime, the sun is shining and with some friends, I made a hike through the valley of the small river Hoëgne, near Spa. On our way home to Aachen, I had the idea to make a short side trip to Nessanvaux, where you still can see the remains of the once so proud factory buildings of the Automobiles-Imperia.

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A mystery car from another period
Vasapa Suvarnpradip sent in this photo of a mystery car, that definitely was taking in another period than today. The man in the photo is believed to be Rhama VI. The Sixth King of the Chakri-Dynasty in Thailand, from 1910 - 1925.If that is correct, the photo was taken before 1925.What we see is a big car, what looks like a little round/pointy radiator, straight bonnet, beaded edge tyres...
Roger and Louise asking for comment
 

This charming couple apparently is touring on a sunny day somewhere through the hills of France. Their names are Louise and Roger Barrier, their car is a shiny Darracq landaulette with a chauffeur. According to the license plate, the year must be 1909 or later. So far so good. But what is happening in the photo? It's been some time, since you've had the opportunity...

New setup of the weekly What is it? Quiz & Quiz #454
In the past 16 years, hundreds of car quizzes have come by on our website with even many more answers from our readers. As many of the competitors are judges by now, we thought the time may have come to spice things up a little; primarily by a change in the judgment system.This means from now on, participants will compete in a 6-month competition. So twice a year we will have a new winner for the ...
A Buick & Flapper Down Under
It is only on rare occasions that we see a RHD Buick. So when Reg Harris sent this snapshot of a smiling flapper with a - typical for the twenties - drop waist dress we were not only glad for that single reason. Yes the dress is a good pointer for the period in which the photo was shot (around 1925) but to look up the facts we still had to pick up our American Car Spotters Guide 1920-1939,  a...
Ode to a special 14/60 Dolly
Among the offerings at Brightwell’s next up-coming classic auction is a pre-war car that, according to its review in the June 1937 edition of Motorsport Magazine, possesses ‘character that appeals particularly to those who have to motor far and fast’. I can’t help but find myself intrigued, not only by this eighty-year-old comment but also by the elegant waterfall radiator grille, be...
A family Talbot
We know roughly when this picture was taken because we know the two youngsters in it.  They are brother and sister, at the ages of about 3 and 7, in 1956, in front of their home in Liverpool.  What we don’t know exactly is the model of Talbot, but we’re almost sure it’s a 14/45 (otherwise known as a 65), made to the designs of Georges Roesch and bodied by the Darracq Motor Engine...
Bentley's 100mph aero coupé
 

Bentley’s R-type Continental was seen as a major departure for the firm on its launch in 1949. Low, sporting, with streamlined coachwork and clearly designed for high-speed grand touring, it bucked the trend of increasingly heavy, upright saloons the firm had built since Rolls-Royce’s takeover in 1931.But it had an antecedent. In 1933, Bentley began experimenti...

An (American) Fiat mystery
 

Tim Ruth sent an email about his car he is trying to identify. The brass place has f-7041 on it and he is pretty sure it is an American Fiat.Wheelbase is 140 inch, a 7 passenger car. The engine is a massive 9 liter 4 cylinder and has dual ignition by Bosch. The engine has 10-8-16 stamped on the block.His email: '22 yrs ago I saw this car in a barn. I checked on it ...

The land speed record that never materialised
What do you think of when you hear "land speed record"? An early PreWarCar fanatic will immediately think of Jenatzy's "La Jamais Contente", while others might think of Campbell's Bluebird(s) or the Salt Flats of Bonneville. The records most people remember are the ultimate, overall records broken by "four wheeled planes" rather than cars.Around WW II, small automobile manufacturers started ...
About What is it? Quiz #453
 

Congratulations to all contributors, as everyone identified the car as a Bellanger, built by the former Paris agent of Westinghouse, Delaunay-Belleville and Pilain. Most of you also agreed upon the prewar origin of this specific model, but then it started to diverge And I agree, it is difficult to find information on the prewar Bellangers. Officially and with a mou...

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