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The fate of a 1934 Matford Saloon (update: 1936-1937)

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We like to hear your opinion in this. This car is owned by a dutch guy who reports that this once was a 1934 Matford saloon (with the wellknown - small- Ford V8). Somewhere in life the car was converted from saloon in convertible. 
The owner S.F.J. Huijser likes the car inparticular due to the headlight design. It's been two years or more already when he found the car and fell in love at first sight. Now he plans to hotrod the car. Possibly with larger engine and autoshift.

Now starting to yell or shout is the easiest thing. So we will not publish that. tWe are looking for balanced opinions. Take into account that the car has undergone major changes during it's life. So change has been become part of its history. Or ?

Joop Terpstra liked to add this brochure picture and french link

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Three twenties beauties found in chateau.

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It still happens. We received this message from Alexy , a 32 year old classic car enthusiast from the UK. He recently bought three cars in a chateau in France. The cars were part of the estate that was shared recently between several children of the family. a1924 Citroen Type C 5Hp, a 1929 Fiat 514 sedan and a 1919 Mathis. he Fiat and Citroen sat on blocks since the second WW ii and have both been cranked on a regular basis. Wo! cranking your cars and not moving them in seventy years. That must have been a character...
Alex is planning to sell the cars shortly. As we don't expect he will ask any numbers above 10,000 euro, we're looking forward to see three free ads listed under Barnfinds.    
Sorry Alex, we  maybe should edit that chapter and make it Chateau Finds...                   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Landed from Mars?

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Richard Biddulph writes: "I just took this Delage in as a part exchange. It has come with no papers or history whatsoever. I want to know what year it is & if the body is original to the car etc. We literally know NOTHING about it."

Editor: Well Richard, you're slightly overdoing, it didn't drop on your showroom floor from outer space. You know lots of things. Like that it's a four cylinder - so probably Delage DI. The engine is showing a barely readable #92686 and the magneto drive cover reads #8840. However the firewall plate claims DR70 (a six cylinder car) , chassis Nr. #30619. Aside all this we understand the bodywork is far from new. Let's say at least thirty years old... or even original, as there is a brass plate "Letourneur & Marchand". This could very well be true, yet the wings seem of much later date.

It seems the car lived life to the fullest so we would be very much surprised if the car is not known to at least one or two of our readers.  Question is, are they willing to step forward?
Monday, 17 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

The Ljubelj hillclimb Mystery

Talbot - but which model?

Another interesting set of photos from the ollection of Peter Skofic: "In the period from 1952 to 1955 at several local and international racing events in former Yugoslavia this Talbot has participated too. For sure it was a prewar MC model (=monoplace central) however, I have no idea what type exactly this should be. The pictures were taken at Ljubelj (Loiblpass - Slovenia) hill climb races in 1954. Any suggestion would be appreciated."

Sunday, 16 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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