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Enemies of the road
In a recent post on early Wolseley racers a device was visible on one of the photos, which is nowadays generally known as a nail catcher. Horseshoe nails, next to glass or pieces of barbed wire, were among the most important enemies of a pleasant road trip during the early years of automobilism. Horses were far more abundant than cars in that time and horses tended to lose these nails on a r...
GN Madness; What could possibly go wrong!!!!
   

Once I realised spending my inheritance on paying off some of the mortgage would save us zero money. Combined with the fact there was a GN coming up for sale in France, I could tell there was trouble ahead. As much as I tried to resist, GN madness prevailed! I negotiated the price to almost affordable and then a deal was struck!So far so good I tho...

Summertime at the German Lower Rhine Region
Since 2006, in the first weekend of August, you can spot a conspicious amount of classic cars on the road, and they all have one thing in common: they are heading towards the old water castle "Schloss Dyck" near Mönchengladbach. If you have not been there, you just wouldn´t believe the number of cars displayed. In 2006, the Classic-Days started with "only" 500 cars. One year later, you a...
The Launch and Decline of the V-8; part 2
Last week, we published part 1 of this article about the launch and decline of the V8 engine. Today the final part. Enjoy. De Dion Bouton was the first company to manufacture and market a V-8 motor car for consumer use. The first V-8 was available from July 1909, boasting a power output of 35hp, only marginally better than that of the bigger four-cylinder models available, but with a wheelb...
What is it? Quiz #450

This Saturday, the car we are looking for was the prototype for a small car for the masses. It was built in the mid 20s and featured a lot of modern technologies. On the photo, you can see at least half of the production (most likely even two-thirds). At least two open cars and one closed limousine were built. One open car still exists. Two more hints: The engine was built by a famous ai...

Stand By Me Lady Campbell
Exactly ninety-two years ago today and amongst the many people who would have been on hand to congratulate Sir Malcolm Campbell on a new World Land Speed Record was Mrs Dorothy Emily Edith Evelyn Campbell, who had married the world-famous motor racer back in 1920.Sir Malcolm is sat within a 350 hp V12 Sunbeam Blue Bird, which achieved a total of three World Land Speed Records. The first of these w...
The ultimate barnfind? Definitely a dream car!
The Ultimate barn find they said... Something we hear quite often, not always correct in our opinion. But in this movie, we can definitely see a fantastic barn find! A car we only dream about finding it in some old shed. Let alone, race it. Enjoy the movie of this Bugatti 35C!...
Prewar Workshop: Trembler coils

Recently in the workshop I had ignition problems with a <1900 vehicle. The car would not really want to work well when cold and had problems finding the correct ignition timing.  The ignition system was a modern set of contact breakers and coils and seems to have been converted at some point in history from its unknown original battery operated ignition type.

One car, 44 years, 250,000 miles…

If you live in England then you will probably recognise the car in these photographs. This 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW 319/55 has been owned for the last 44 years by Mark Garfitt, who is certainly not afraid to use the car as its makers intended. In those 44 years Mark has competed in sprints, hill climbs, circuit races, trials, driving tests… driving to and from each ...

An unknown German aircooled car
An email from Christian Günzel came in. With attached this photo of a small but very crowdy 'family' car and he would like to know what it is. Quite often we receive this kind of photos, which we really enjoy. Sometimes they come with no information at all, but Christian gave us something we were a bit surprised of; the owner of the car. Namely, 'Emaillierwerke ...
The Launch and Decline of the V-8; part 1
In November 1904, the Marquis de Dion addressed a gathering of the  French motoring industry, held at the Automobile Club de France in Paris. He reflected on the contribution that France had made to the technical development of the motorised passenger vehicle, and the role of his own company in particular. As for the future, he was convinced that the future prosperity of the company l...
About Quiz # 449, Enzo Ferrari with Caesar
Great, you were all right with naming the driver: in this 70th year of Ferrari cars it was nice to look back almost exactly one hundred years with the very first photo of Enzo Ferrari at the wheel of a car. And of course even this very first time with a sportscar during a racing event! We like to thank Kees van Stokkum and Adolfo Orsi for their very kind cooperation with PreWarCar. Ferrari e...
Unknown make of car and unknown ladies
Ian Sykes would like to know the make of the car. There is some cone shaped object in the middle of the radiator. We are interested in that as well. But most importantly, who are the ladies sitting in this car?The quality of the photo looks from the same period as the car. It is not entirely certain if the spare wheel is the same as the 4 other wheels on the car (as they look solid). The bonn...
Let's go on a journey to China
China, the land of many different aspects. One thinks they are way ahead of the rest of the world. Others say this is far from true. About 2 years ago we had the opportunity to experience it ourselves, we drove from Beijing to Shanghai with old cars. Man oh man, what did we enjoy the rally and our time there. The movie above was made during the event and brought back good memories. Chin...
PreWar Workshop: Piston stuck in the block
This old Herschell-Spillman V8 engine (1916) has been in a shed for almost 50 years. It has cast iron blocks and pistons and the engine has fixed tops. Some years ago the engine was left to a car restorer for renovation. Two pistons were stuck but one was relatively easy taken out. Then the renovation stopped as the second one withstood every attempt with all kinds of rust removal and bru...
Motoring events to remember: The Ellis Journey 1895 – 2017
In July 1895, the Honourable Evelyn Ellis went to Paris to buy his first motor car. The 4 hp Daimler-engined Panhard-Levassor had been built to his special specification (like the left-hand (!) tiller steering, to have a better view on the road edge), and after some instruction, he drove it from Paris to Le Havre. Nothing special in France, in those days, as cars were built there in rather...
It`s all one big mystery…
This fantastic photograph is sent in by Mr Bernard Corrège from France. According to him, the photograph is taken in 1935 or 1936. Somewhere in the Gironde district in the southwest of France, the Bordeaux wine region during a Concours d'Elegance. His grandfather had a Talbot, the one that can be seen on the photograph. Other than this, we do not have any additional information about the car, the...
Motoring events to remember: Nice, France
Automobiles at Nice  In contrast to what happened in Nice a year ago, the same place, and especially the Promenade des Anglais, had many times been the location for fantastic motoring events. The first important Nice motoring event was the Marseille-Nice race in 1897, including a hill-climb to La Turbie, won by de Chasseloup-Laubat on a De Dion steamer. In 1898, the Marseille-Nice vi...
What is it? Quiz 449
Our guess is that you recognise the driver more easily than the car. This automobile is exceptionally rare and we are not so sure if one of them survived. A photo is quite hard to find online so we are proud being able to show you this one,  provided by arguably the best experts in this particular field. The shot was taken with only four days short almost exactly 100 years ago on 17 July 1917...
La Muse et ses Demoiselles d'Honneur
Quatorze Juillet or Bastille Day is in the first place of course the celebration of the unity of France after the storming of the Bastille on July 14th, 1789, becoming the French national feast in 1880. In 1900 it also became the day of a socialist feast of the people: the coronation of 'la muse du peuple' (the people's muse). The first coronation took place on the 14th of July, 1900 in Sain...

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