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Weigel and his racers

Weigel and his racers

One of the most impressive racers ever in my view is the 1907 Grand Prix Weigel. The length of its bonnet was enormous due to the 8 cylinder engine, which was built by combining two 4 cylinder engines.

Daniel Michael Weigel was a motoring pioneer from 1893 on, when he was just 18 years old. In 1901 Weigel and the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot formed the British Automobile Commercial Syndicate, Ltd, which imported the Clément, called Clément-Talbot in the UK. Weigel participated in the Paris-Vienna race with a Clément, finishing on 27th place. 
In 1906 he started to build cars under his own name, which were obviously inspired by Itala. Though he denied this vigorously a comparison of the 1906 Itala engine with his engine makes it hard to believe his words. The only feature by which you can discriminate between the Itala and the Weigel is Weigel's hexagonal radiator filler pipe. This feature makes it easy to identify not only a Weigel, but also its successor, the Crowdy.

As is evident from the lead photo, the 1907 racer for the French Grand Prix had a very low appearance. Partly this was effected by lowering the centre of gravity through the upward bend in the rear part of the chassis. If Weigel was the first in applying this I don't know, but it would become a common feature in chassis design. 
Despite satisfying testing results the car didn't perform well in the Grand Prix. Neither of the cars in the 1907 Grand Prix reached the finish, a result which was repeated during the 1908 Grand Prix.

Weigel Motors Ltd. was taken over in 1909 by Crowdy Ltd., which lasted also only 3 years: the end came in 1912.  A Crowdy example of probably one of the last models is shown in the last picture.

At some time Daniel Weigel moved to the United States, where he was involved in engine design evidenced by several patents on his name. He died in Ohio in 1948.

Sunday, 08 October 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #455


It is Quiztime again!

The car we are looking for today was built by a factory, that started building vehicles in 1871. Of course, those were no automobiles, but pushchairs mainly built of wickerwork. Some years later the make added bicycles (ca 1885) and motorcycles (1901) to their portfolio. In 1908 the company lauched its first automobile, but on special order automobiles were built since 1903. The company had a big success and in 1921, with 120 cars built per day, it had the highest output of cars in the country, it was located. Production endend during World War II and after the war, the remains were splitted to one company producing agricultural tractors and one, producing mopeds.

Please leave your answer in a comment before Monday and use no more than 100 words and remember our new rules!
Good luck.

Saturday, 07 October 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A girl in the garage.

A girl in the garage.On every long car journey you occasionally have to stop for petrol. It's a chance to stretch your legs, buy some chocolate and have a pee.  Sometimes you spend time politely answering question about the date and make of the old car you are driving.
Everybody carries a camera in their phone these days so it's often time for a 'selfie'

monica-phoneBut last week somewhere in Italy we met Monica.  She was delightful and enthusiastic and pleaded with us to let her sit in the Type 55 Bugatti.
"Of Course" we said.  " It will be a great pleasure to add even more beauty to such a beautiful car."
So she slid gracefully into the driver's seat and smiled.
As we got to know Monica a little, we encouraged her to pose for us and she responded with gusto.
I tried to speak Italian but she just laughed at me.

monica-farewellThe Bugatti was one of five Pre War Cars on a mission to drive up the famous Stelvio Pass and we will tell you more about the great adventure at a future date.
We took pictures of Monica on her phone and she was delighted.
I suggested we stop and enjoy a cup of coffee with her and maybe learn a little Italian, but I was firmly slapped down and reminded we had a long way to go.
So we bid a sad farewell to our new friend and set course for Livigno.
I made a mental note to try and learn some more Italian.

Addio il mio bel amico.

Text & pictures Robin Batchelor.

Friday, 06 October 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Delaunay Belleville - rare luxury.

Delaunay belleville-800To find a Delaunay Belleville nestling amongst our cars for sale column is quite a treat.  It's a rare car from a luxury French manufacturer.  Right from their start in 1903, Delaunay Belleville was one of the world's leaders and their chauffeur-driven cars were bought by Tsar Nicholas ll, King George l of Greece and King Alphonso Vlll of Spain.
The quality of the engineering fully justified the company's slogan 'The Car Magnificent' and it's no wonder that the President of France bought one and joined the exclusive list of owners who valued quiet, unostentatious dignity.

Delaunay belleville_engine-800The 1923 P4B Torpedo has a twin ignition  4 cylinder engine of 2,500 cc with single overhead cam and a 4-speed gearbox.
delaunay-belleville-valve-gearClick on the image to see the beautifully made valve gear showing the spiral bevel drive gear and vernier coupling.

 You may be sure the brakes are more than adequate from a company which once offered water-cooled brakes.

delaunay belleville_upholstery-800The upholstery is top quality as you would expect -  black leather finished in the lovely buttoned style favoured by the best cars of the vintage era.
delaunay-belleville-advertThe company's adverts for 1923 still showed a chauffeur at the wheel, but if I bought such a car it would be my hands on that steering wheel and nobody else's!
We do not seem to have a picture of the instrument panel to show you but rest assured, each dial will proudly bear the Delaunay Belleville name and will play their own part in adding to the feeling that you are driving a superior car and will hopefully reflect well on your driving style.

Delaunay belleville_side-800

See the advert here >click<
Text Robin Batchelor, pictures PreWarCar.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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