Show your pre-war car

We like to invite you want to share photos and/or story with us.

If you have a nice old photo, or a great new photo, or own a pre-war car
we are happy if you want to share one or more photos with us.

Daimler replica built by teenager

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Author: Korben Guns Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Daimler replica built by teenagerI had been talking for a while about building a replica of a veteran car, when I stumbled upon the Daimler Stahlradwagen, a car which is famous for being Daimlers first serial produced car and the prototype of which was on display in Paris during the 1889 world's fair. My uncle suggested that building a car out of two bicycles and a lawn mower engine would be the most simple, so then I knew it was going to be the Daimler. He managed two find and buy two (almost) identical ladies bicycles, and a lawn mower engine which we had lying around. My father learned me how to weld, so I attached the two bicycles by welding pipes between them. Then I made the wooden bench and floorboards with help from my grandfather, my father took care of the engine and gearbox, the seats are from a cinema, the headlight, which I found on a flee market, is the only real antique piece on the car and then I painted the frame. I've now owned for a year and a half and already driven it for at least one hundred miles, simply because driving through the countryside with a top speed of eight miles an hour is such a joy to me. It's been brought up several times recently that young people aren't interested in really old cars anymore, but here I am: a sixteen year old in a one hundred and twenty eight year old car.
   
   

A French (?) Monday Mystery Coupe de ville

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Author: Jak Guyomar Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A French (?) Monday Mystery Coupe de villeHallo---------Reference to the Magazine item "A French (?) Monday Mystery Coupe de ville" Attached  is the photo of our 1925 Turcat Mery Model UG taken from a similar angle to the Monday Photo.
Cheers-------------jak
   

1939 Chevrolet Limo

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Author: Andre Thursday, 09 March 2017

1939 Chevrolet LimoThis 1939 Chevrolet streached limousine was recently spotted in Cape Town, South Africa. It appears to be a recent conversion.
   

1912 Rock Falls Hearse

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Author: Darrin Tuesday, 14 March 2017

1912 Rock Falls HearseThis is my 1912 Rock Falls Hearse.  It was manufactured in Sterling, Illinois by the Rock Falls Manufacturing Company which makes it a very rare automobile.  I believe this is the oldest motorized hearse in the world.
   

Beforty Rally 2017

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Author: Thomas Slijpen Sunday, 19 March 2017

Beforty Rally 2017

Dear PreWarCar-friends!

You are welcome to participate in the Beforty Rally 2017, during the weekend of 19-20-21 May 2017 in Maastricht, Netherlands. 

One of the few rallies in Europe - for young people, by young people - who love pre-war cars!



For those among you who never participated in this fantastic rally; the rules are quite simple: to participate you must be younger than 40 years of age, and the car must be built before 1940.

In case you currently do not own a vintage car yourself; it is allowed to borrow one from your grandpa, brother-in-law, local museum or make sure you finish your restoration project in time.

Hope to see you at the 2017 Beforty Rally! 

Thomas & the Beforty team 

 

  
   

Lanchester Straight 8 (30 Hp)

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Author: malcolm whitehouse Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lanchester Straight 8 (30 Hp)

Specification for this model

Layout: Front Engine rear wheel drive with a chassis frame and separate body. The body is a copy of a car made for Nancy Lanchester (George Lanchester’s daughter) using the original drawings created by George Lanchester in the 1920's.

Engine: A straight 8 cylinder engine of 4.5 litres with overhead camshaft and dual ignition systems. The bore and stroke is 3.1 inches x 4.5 inches. The original Zenith carburettor has been replaced with an updraught SU. Petrol is delivered via an Autovac.

Transmission: 4 speed crash gearbox with a torque tube and underslung worm drive back axle.

Suspension, Steering and Brakes: The suspension is via cantilever rear springs and semi elliptic front springs. The brakes are 15in drums all round operated by Rod and Cable with linkages of Lanchester’s own design. The Steering box is unique to Lanchester.


Dimensions:
Wheelbase 11ft 10in
Track 4ft 8in
Length 15ft 8in
Weight 40cwt less body
Interesting Features

 

The brake actuation is assisted by a Clayton Dewandre vacuum servo.

Instrument lighting is via a sheet of edgelite Perspex very much state of the art for 1930. The rear seat passengers have an Auster Screen to protect them from the elements.


This is a most delightful car and relaxed rewarding drive, we have enjoyed many holidays in it over the years .
      
   

Model A Ford

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Author: Andre Thursday, 09 March 2017

Model A FordThis interesting photo of a c. 1928 Ford A Tourer, with Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesian registration plates, recently appeared on a Rhodesian Facebook site. The car is fitted with some interesting accessories. What appears to be a water container on the left running board and a wood burning contraption on the right running board, with interleading pipes. As there was no real fuel shortage in Southern Rhodesia during WWII, it is unlikely that this modification was used to propel the car. A suggestion from one Rhodesian was, that the Ford might have been used by a tobacco farmer to provide steam to his various tobacco sheds, where his crops were hanging to be flue cured. This seems to be a plausible explanation. However, other suggestions are welcome.
   

The Trice

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Author: Stewart Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The TriceJust acquired a wonderful 1932 Morgan V - twin J.A.P special that has a fabulous history and was campaigned since the sixties by the late Stewart Gordon a well known and well liked Gentleman from my native Scotland. " The Trice " will be out and about and crackling up  the hills this year.
    
   

Minerva

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Author: Potomac Classics Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Minerva
Original Belgian car. 6 cylinder sleeve valve.
   
   

Saxon powered doodle bug.

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Author: Gary Hawkinson Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Saxon powered doodle bug.This was my late fathers find. Unknown info as per who built it but has a Saxon 4 cylinder engine,Wooden steering wheel,Dodge brothers front end,Model A rear end and transmission.
    
   

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