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Hundreds of Mystery Motors for sale.
One of the nicest websites in our hobby is MysteryMotors.com run by UK car journalist Honest John (see his bread & butter). Through newspaper publications he is - I should say 'was'- being fed with hundreds and hundreds of very interesting photos like the one above. The photos invariably came from family albums and the senders wanted to know what car they were looking at. This car was identified a...
Mumbai Mystery Fiat.
To find out more about India's hidden we asked correspondent -Max Goijarts- who is on worldtour to report from Bombay, nowadays called Mumbai. "The preservation of vintage cars in this country is embodied by the VCCCI, Vintage and Classic Car Club of India. Through this club I was put in contact with one of its members, Mr. H. Cama, who took me to his garage driving his everyday car, a 1954 Dodg...
Another Voisin mystery.
Reader Reg Winstone came up with this car: a 1928 Voisin KE Special 2 Seater Sports that recently became for sale in Holland. 'KE' is a type never produced by Voisin, at least not known to most Voisin specialists. We contacted director Jan Bruijn of Automuseum Deventer and asked his comment: "Yes, the type is unknown to us as well. But what we do know is this. The car resided many years, maybe dec...
Mystery Ford coachbuiler. (upd. Mulliner? Reuters?)
This 1932 Ford V8, chassis Model 18 has been fitted with a far from standard coachwork. It's aluminium plated wood. The interior has leather seats with Leveroll slides. Mr. M. van Hout is seeking advice who could have been the coachbuilder of this Ford. You can e-mail your suggestions to m.hout1@home.nl or to info@prewarcar.com. (photo courtesy owner)...
Mystery car in Herne, Germany.
This photo was sent to us by Peter Schömer of Canada (the ex-CanAm racing driver who is fighting to save the long forgotten 1923 oval track Autodromo Nacional near Sitges, Spain). The photo is showing his father and friend with a car that was on show at a 'Tankstelle' across the trainstation in 1932. The boy in the car is the brother of Peter Schömer's fater who went on to race for Auto Union. A...
Still a mystery.
This photo was in our competition nr. 16. Nobody came up with an answer. So once more we want to draw your attention to this very eraly one. As the quality of this vintage backyard photo is not perfect we added an Xtra large scan. Please send your suggestion to at info@prewarcar According to Martin van der Zeeuw, deputy chief editor of the leading Dutch car magazine 'CARROS': 'I am quite confiden...
Mystery light Roadster. (UPDATE II)
Update II(by Bob McAnlis): 'The Saxon in the photo is likely 1915 vintage. The Saxon used a Continental water cooled four. It carried either Atwater-Kent or Delco ignition components. Very early models were two speed, while three speed transaxles were used more commonly. The first ones had gas headlights up at the cowl by the windscreen. Electric was standard by 1917. Gasfiller on the dash... I re...
The Amsterdam mystery. (Update by Joseph P. McCormick)
Joe wrote us: 'It's a 1940 Lincoln Zephyer Convertible Coupe with V-12 engine.' For actual proof he sended in substantial evience. Good job, Joseph! EARLIER TEXT: Eduard Hattuma has a reputation to keep up in Holland. He is carphoto historian/journalist and has a wonderful collection of cars primarily being photographed in Holland before and just after WW II. Some cars probably always will be ...
Mystery Merc back from oblivion ! (upd. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K RHD Roadster by Mayfair
Last November we showed you a mystery Mercedes(click and scroll down). Several weeks later our Swiss reader Fredi Vollenweider came up with the solution it was a 500 C Convertible, bodied by Mayfair. An extremely rare car. That was the last thing we heard. Until a couple of days ago. Then we received this photo from Richard Spiegelman, car photographer from Scarborough, Canada. He had seen the car...
Mystery Bantam.
Found just after WW II by the father of Frans Vrijaldenhoven(car historian) a nearly new Bantam in a military dump in Holland. The car is a long chassis, LHD with 'Weyman' style body. As far as known never built in this form in the US. One thing is sure, long chassis Bantams without body were exported to Europe. As the car came complete into Holland, the body body must have been built by a coachbu...
Swiss mystery unraveled !!!
Some people really go into the deep to find out the identity of our mystery cars. Almost a month it took Fredi Vollenweider and his co-detective to find out this car. But in the end the numberplate did the trick. It's is a 1920 Crow - Elkhart L65 4 cylinder. Owned by a man in the eastern part of Switzerland. Congratulations to the team Vollenweider! (photo courtesy F.G.)...
Swiss 1921 mystery
One of our dedicated readers sent this photo of his grandfathers car. The photo is from 1921. That's also the year the car was bought new. Note the radiator line, the left hand drive and the special rims. Who can help? Click the pic for a neat gallery of Swiss coachbuilder Worblaufen.(photo courtesy F.G.)...
Racing Mystery
For connoiseurs the make of car is easy. But now the who, where, what and when. This is a challenge to beat Hans Etzrodt, prewar GP specialist. At this point in time he doesn't know either. But mind our words, he'll come up with something. Do you like more of this kind of guessing? Click on the photo and you'll land at 8W Forix, GP and F1 fanatics who almost make a living of The Game.(photo collec...
Mystery Photo Find (Update: Lorraine-Dietrich)
Just recently we found this early racing shot. Guess together with us. Early next week we will disclose the content. Mail us if you have the knowledge and you wil enter our Hall of Fame. (photo collection editor)...

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