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Bugatti Replicas

Author: HUGH ELLIS Friday, 17 November 2017

Dear Editor,

Please do not pollute your wonderful website with adverts such as the one today for the Bugatti Replica. It is not a replica of a PreWar Bugatti. If the advert has to be placed anywhere, please find a place far away from PreWarCar.

Yours sincerely,
Hugh Ellis

De Dion Bouton type ?

Author: D.G Sunday, 19 November 2017

De Dion Bouton type ?This weekend I buy a very special saw ! The chassis is a De Dion Bouton approximately of 1901-1904, do you have any idea of the exact type ?

The frame has been cut on the front ...


Baillard engine question

Author: Dinus Voß Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Ballaird engine questionDinus Voß is looking for info about this engine. He bought it as is but has no idea about it yet. 
The make is Baillard
He thinks it is built around 1898 
Cast iron engine with Hottube ignition

Is it for a car, bike or stationary engine? And if a bike or car, which one would it belong to. And are there still cars around with this engine?
Looking forward to your response.

Voisin follow-up (in case the text failed to get sent earlier.... Mike

Author: Michael Rose Sunday, 12 November 2017

Voisin follow-up (in case the text failed to get sent earlier.... MikeSome other lucky lad's C14....

I was already greatly enamoured by photos of Gabriel Voisin's cars when I flew from New Zealand back to England in 1967.

Finding a magnificent 3 1/2-litre Bentley sedanca coupe lying derelict on the South Coast within a few days of touch-down at Heathrow, that did distract me slightly I admit.... but Exchange and Mart got me back on the Voisiniste trail one Thursday morning .... Thursday being a(s)low time for productive work in an architect's office, until the magazine had been speedily perused over morning coffee.

Spotted an advert for a tiny stash of Voisin parts. Realised they were the missing parts of the "second" car, parts-car to RX9550, the 1929 C14 Chartreuse that had disappeared from UK history in recent times.

Couldn't get the bits back home fast enough.... a FIAT 500 helped slow things right down to a crawl that night.

A few months later, I found the guy who had the old Voisin saloon. John had done a huge restoration job, and I fell deeply in love with the car.

No he didn't ever want to part with it but.... but....

I remembered that one of the Voisin parts was one feather, only one, broken off the original oiseau-volante aluminium mascot. I spotted John's restored car mascot would indeed be missing a feather in the wind.

John and Mike met over a Cointreau at a WestEnd London niteclub....nothing to do with old cars (I just fancied Mrs John, but that's another tale)

What is it.

Author: richard Biddulph Wednesday, 08 November 2017

What is it.Can anyone identify this 6 cylinder engine & its approximate year?  It is in a 1930 Chrysler chassis aluminium bodied special.

We suspect it to be a 3.0 litre continental engine but have no direct proof nor experience in identifying such things.


German pre war Engine Identification

Author: Thomas Friday, 03 November 2017

German pre war Engine IdentificationHello

Can anyone identify this engine Engine?
Wer kann diesen Motor identifizieren?

So if you have any idea contact me please!
Thank you very much, Thomas

De dion bouton.

Author: rob ronky Monday, 16 October 2017

De dion bouton.Hello here is a photo negative i have. It's an early dion as you can see. with a female driver. 2nd photo is photoshoped to show what it would look like printed.  post it if you like...rob.

Gearbox "automobilette"

Author: Dominique Barbault Saturday, 28 October 2017

Gearbox "automobilette"Can you help me ?
I don't now frow witch car this gearbox come from.
There is 2 gears and reverse.
This separate gearbox is fitted on a tubular chassis.
The Phoebus Aster is called "automobilette" perhap this part come from this car !!

Thanks for your help



Author: Joseph Schmitt Friday, 27 October 2017

COTE.Noch ein paar Bilder vom COTE Motor ! Sehr Selten!!!

Some things look better in black and white.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Some things look better in black and white.Striving to convice myself I had captured the essence of a period C4 Amilcar in a recreation, resorted to some computr manipulation seems to have done the trick:-)  

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