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White BMW 315/1 with white spots in its history

1935 bmw_315-1_470
It is hard to compare a BMW 315/1 with the superfamous 328. Still you will. So let's say it is the 'poor mans' 328... but still a highly attractive car and only on very rare occasions on the market in restoration quality. Currently the pretty roadster is is not road worthy and according to Christoph Grohe it is in need of a ground off restoration. In a way he is right as it is scruffy wherever you look. On the other hand these cars have so much more personality when they have their past 'written all over'. Check for instance the shabby seats, the non original carbie arrangement (another expert confirms thse are the correct ones). Originally the paint was a two tone 'Schwarz/Fischsilber' which is very 'schön'. Take away the BMW history and it's just a friendly old bugger. With some white spots in history as well. But no sweat, in May 2001 it was recognised by BMW Mobile Tradition as the BMW 315/1 with chassis #51461, that was built in April 1935 with 'Auslieferungsdatum' 12.04.1935 to a Mr. Paul Mohr in Mönchen-Gladbach. To this we can add that the same Luxembourg owner who received the certificate kept the car until 2007 when he offered it for sale through these pages. And now the car pops up again from oblivion in the hands of Christoph Grohe. He would love to know all about the period 1935-2001 and after 2007. The car will be on display at his stand in Hall 6 during the Techno Classica, next week in Essen.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Brisbane Find: 1924 Crossley 20-70

Crossely Barnfind

Frazer Sloan sends a pride report about a rare Crossley he found in Australia: "This Crossley came from Brisbane and I think can be considered 'barn find'. It was the property of the widow of a well known Crossley enthusiast in Australia. I bought it because I couldn't afford a 30-98 Vauxhall! Contemporary road test reports listed it as one of the best sporting touring cars, amongst greats such as aforementioned Vauxhall 30-98, Bentley, twin-cam Sunbeam or Lagonda. The chassis appears to be original 20/70 and not just a 4 wheel braked 19.6 (the standard model which the 20/70 is derived from) with stampings on components such as the steering box and other parts (3.33 to 1 back axle ratio, larger steering wheel, rev-counter drive) clearly indicating it's history and model as a 20/70. I thought it very similar to the photo of the chassis photo you posted previously of the Mercedes-Crossley before installation of the Mercedes engine. The 20/70 (front viewside view ) was guaranteed from the factory for 75mph in touring trim and a stripped down 20/70 lapped Brooklands at more than 103mph. The decision now rests with me whether I should start the restoration and a long period of rebuilding, or move on to something more manageable, and perhaps running. Decisions decisions."

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

No Mumbai Mystery (UPDATE: 1928 Erskine 'the Little Aristocrat')

Mumbai mystery

Harit Trivedi sends this stylish picture: "I am sending herewith a photo. Don't know what it is, Studebaker? Wheel nut looks like there is an "S". The registration is from Mumbai, around 1933. The gent appears to be Indian. What is your opinion?"
Well in our view is doubtlessly a 1928 Studebaker (you may fill in the details). If the photo was really taken in 1933 the car has had a tough life since 1928. Yet maybe these registrations stayed with the car for ever, so possibly the photos was taken many years later. Maybe we can learn more from the sticker appearing on the right in the windshield? And now that we have you looking properly for details, can you give us the background of the 'seagull' mascot with wings spread widely?

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Monday Mansion Mystery (UPDATE: 1903/04 Panhard et Levassor)

Help a Miss with a Mystery

Miss Purdy sent a beautiful photo and a cry for help: "We have recently acquired a photograph of a car which once belonged to the family that used to own our house (circa 1910). The car is seen in the photo being driven by the families chauffeur named as Charles Lee. We would love to know the make and model of the car but we don't know where to start!!" after asking she added " it is taken at Hatton Court, Hanslope, Buckinghamshire. We believe the car belonged to the Borrett family and is seen driven here by their chauffeur.

The radiator of course is the give away here, but when and where did we see this one recently...? Interesting of course is the BH-11 (?) registration, who can find back the details?  The car looks slightly older than the 1910 mentioned, more like 1904, or ? It is French in appearance - Darracq-ish we would say - and the atmosphere of the photo makes one think of the fine Renault as appearing in the Netflix series Dowton Abbey

Monday, 06 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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