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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

What is it? Quiz #383

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Here's a fine family touring photo, shot in eastern Europe, probably late twenties. A chauffeur plus two well to do couples. In the background a chinese style (?) porch.   This is a slightly different quiz, as we don't know what car we are proposing!  So in this case you know as much - or as little - as we know. But this produces an extra challenge, you need to tell us what it is and also deliver proof of what you claim.

Over to you. Tell us all about the exact car depicted, but limit yourself to the max of 100 words. We want the name and model designation of the car with any - trivial - extra information being valued highly. But before writing down your response, be sure to read the Rules under Read More and start looking, looking, looking. This may be your chance to win the coveted PreWarCar T-shirt.

Source of photo and results will be published next Saturday, November 22.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A late autumn Convert

Smile in the Autumn sun.

Autumn is my favourite season. Out with the woolly jumpers and corduroys and enjoy the changing colours whilst driving your vintage car along leafy lanes. Digby had two friends staying – he would take one in his Deemster and I would take the other in my Bullnose Morris. How gracious of Neil to allow me to take his girlfriend Rachel in my car while he and Digby followed in the Anzani-engined racer. While they warmed their engine, I took a few photographs of the early Sunday shadows. Rachel was a little camera-shy at first, but soon warmed to the occasion and her sunny smile made the picture. I think we may have a convert to vintage motoring.

The boys roared off into the distance and I did my best to keep up, so my on-board photos were rubbish, but we enjoyed a few miles and filled our lungs with clean fresh air before returning to base and putting the cars away ready for next time. I noticed Rachel brought out her own camera and was not surprised at learning which was her favourite car.

(Text & pictures Robin Batchelor)
Friday, 14 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

An English Model T mystery

An English Ford coachwork mystery

English ford Model T specialist Neil Tuckett recently had this most unusual car for sale. It is a Manchester-built 1920 car with what is believed to be unique English coachwork. A true Oily Rag car, it is in an entirely original state of preservation with evidently genuine low mileage. Just look at the lavishly buttoned and pleated cloth interior, all utterly untouched. The new owner promises the car will remain in precisely its present condition but be used occasionally on the road.

Amongst many fascinating features, the Model T carries on its wooden dashboard two original plates. The first identifies it as having been supplied by T M Dutton AMIEE, an engineer who appears to have been in business in Chester and Queensferry at that time. The second makes it clear that the coachbuilder was Ball and Co, of 361-365 Moseley Road, Birmingham. We can find no trace of either concern, and none of the usual sources contain mention of Ball & Co. Do any other examples of their work survive, or does anyone know of contemporary photographs, advertisements or publicity material?

(Text Scott Barrett, photo courtesy The Automobile)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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