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Some time ago - you may remember - Larry found this fine 'HPOF' Franklin (HPOF is a US abbreviation for an unrestored car expressing 'Historic Preservation of Original Features': "These are pics of my 1922 Franklin getting the new tires on it and more pics of the interior. Hope you all enjoy the pics more to come as we get the work done."  The photos sent in by Larry do show nearly the same patina as his aircooled limo. Ledt's hope that Larry's recommissioning will stay close to the current condition. In that case it would make a perfect entry for the preservation class at Hershey this October.
Monday, 17 August 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What you won't find at Pebble beach (update: 1907 Lorraine Dietrich by Schutter & van Bakel)

Mystery car with flowers

UPDATE: thanks to the help of various friends it didn't take too long to ID the automobile. To your editor personally the namegiving of this intricate 'mpv' was the most intersting issue. Knowing that not many of you master the Dutch langusage we wil try to explain the text as published by the newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad with an article about "the Coachwork of the Car" , 6 february 1925:
"A Conduite-Interieur on the basis fo a Lorraine-Dietrich of 1907. Front piece is an old Dorsay shape, rear portion a Landaulet-Limousine. Room for six persons. The rear seat is, in combinations with the strapontins, transformable in two sleepings beds or - better said- sofas. The (spare) tires are carried  in the case on the frontal roof section. On the rear end is room for two suitcases."

One problem still persists: the car depicted above has ten spoke front wheels, in the other picture it has twelve !?! Were the wheels exchanged after a recall by Lorraine Diettich, or by van Schutter & Bakel? 

Today is decision time at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The judges at world's foremost important concours have the nearly impossible task to choose the very best from the very best while at the same time trying to stay far away from the political cobwebs created by collector car bobos and sponsors. A super tough job which is more like tightrope walking.
We thought the car pictured at a pre WWI concours would be nice to show. Especially as despite the flocks of multi million dollar cars at Pebbles neither jury or crowds will not get to see anything even close to this. 

Hugo Modderman who sent the picture adds: "This car was owned by Eddy Stratenus and all ladies are my aunties. The car is chain-driven. But what is the marque?"

editor: maybe even more interesting than the make of car is the 'double-bubble' open-driver twin landaulet limousine coachwork, this probably being a totally inappropriate description, yet as you know, we love to learn.  

Sunday, 16 August 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #401

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With the current reviving interest for 'Edwardian' and 'Brass' cars it won't hurt to brush up our knowledge about a few of the lesser known marques. A good friend sent us this remarkable picture and you may recognise the car on the left and the right - both contemporary high quality cars - at first sight. But sorry, this week we like to gauge your knowledge of the lesse known around motorcar shown in the middle. Just to make things to not too simple our friend decided to blank out the obvious makers badge and the registration plate. The two letter combination that was showing on the badge refers in sound to a considerable lump of iron in France after which yet also to the motto of a british town known for its' cathedral. So it is a british car with a french background and a technical concept from one more 'stop' down the continental road. The design was conventional but refined with ballbearing(!) crankshaft bearings. Contrary to most contemporary machinery it was possible to take the engien-gearbox combiantion form under the car while leaving radiator, dashboard and the full body in place. An excellent, modern car of which you should know.  

So check your library and other resources and give us any relevant information on this particular car. Starting with Make and Type. Plus whatever you can come up with, that is to say within 100 words. Please post your answer in the comment box below (please do not email) and be sure to read The Rules under Read More. This may be your chance to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt and wear with pride! Results will be published next Saturday, August 22.

Saturday, 15 August 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

The 'seven' faces of Dolores

Delores in an Austin 7

The name Dolores somehow conjures up an image of exotica. Look up the name's meaning and we find this, "A savvy, highly intelligent and sexy woman. She has many friends and is a devoted mate. She is nurturing and very confident. Rooms light up when she enters them. She is flirtatious and always makes people feel good about themselves. She gives 100 percent in all she does and has a great sense of humor. She is loved and wanted by many. She also rules the dance floor." Frank Sinatra even sang a song about her.

The lady sitting in the Austin 7 is Delores Del Río, the Mexican actress of film, television and stage. A Hollywood star in the 1920's and 1930's and one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s.

We think she certainly lived up to the description above but are intrigued by the choice of car (click) for this publicity shot. Experts will no doubt date the Austin 7 accurately, but let's say C 1924 Sports model, similar to this other charming example.)  The locally fitted front headlamps suggest the car was used a lot, and so do the well-worn front tyres and dented rear wing.  The registration plates are from California - but was the car driven to Mexico? We think so because the smart stooge trying to lift the tail looks Mexican.

Delores was born in 1905 and started her career in silent films but you may have seen her in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio starring Fred Astaire (see pic) and Ginger Rogers. (See the fantastic wing-walking sequence here.) Read more of her fascinating life here, including how she married at 16 to a 34 year old and spent a two year honeymoon in Europe! Is that when she was caught by the Seven fever?

(text Robin Batchelor, picture from archive)

Friday, 14 August 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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