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An easy one this week. The radiator aloen should tell you most of the story. A late production specimen of one of the truly great makes. Of course there's always a bit of venom in the quiz question. What is the exact type and year of the car? The more precise the better your chances to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt. And please, don't be shy, bluff & gambling is allowed! Just be sure to read the rules under Read More and post your answer under Comments before Monday, May 6. Outcome, winner and source of the photo will be posted next week, Saturday, May 11. Have a great weekend!
We're not even halfway with the 2013 PreWarCar Ladies Calendar and some people have already started sending photos for 2014! Well to be honest you can keep your powder dry for the moment but a little practise during the pleasant season won't hurt. Bert Degenaar took the opportunity to acquire an Alvis 3 litre(?) Special for his beloved & talented Loes. Girl looks lovely, car looks great, but Bert, maybe you should consider to take the two of them for a ride on the wild side and reconsider the use of an inspiring office building as backdrop for the goodies of this world. His second shot is much better in terms of background, but here we see lots of car and not too much of Loes, yeah photography is hard work. Well, still another 6 months for practising and before we start pressing you. Weekend looks promosing, so what's keeping you.
One of the most famous Spyker cars must surely be this 60hp 1903 racing car. Not only was it equipped with the first six-cylinder engine, it was also the first 4x4 automobile. It was especially constructed for the 1903 Paris to Madrid race, but not ready in time. Still, a very good reason fort artist Araun Gordijn to make it the subject of his fifth commissioned Spyker painting. His first one was Goddard's 1907 Peking to Paris car, next came a painting of S.F. Edge's 1922 C4 Record car, followed by the 1919 C1 Aerocoque and of course Tenax, the C4 that in 1921 broke the long distance and duration record then held by Rolls Royce.
But for his new painting of the 4x4 Spyker, Araun faces one problem. He wants to paint it from the right hand side. There are indeed several photos (like the one pictured above) that show it from this side, but Araun hopes there must be better ones around. Of course Araun has the photos that appear in the two standard works about Spyker by Wim Oude Weernink and Vincent van der Vinne. Also the Spyker in the collection of the Louwman Museum has been meticulously sketched and photographed, but Araun thinks that the old period photos might show just that little bit more detail he needs. So the question is easy... who has (or knows about) original photos taken from the right hand side of this 4x4, 6-cylinder Spyker racing car? Even tip-offs that can put Araun in the right direction are most welcome!
Basically you're looking at a 10 year old car. This 1917 REO Model M Seven Passenger Touring was put aside in 1927. The odometer is showing no more than 8259 miles, but don't let it deceive you as the Stewart of that time show a 'season total' so maybe the 8000 plus miles were only the miles done in 1927. However the car was is such good condition that only "tires, fluids and routine maintenance" were required to get her back on the road a few months ago. We understand the twin bloc straight six is in fine fettle and in fact the car needs nothing. Well it may be worthwhile to bring a plaid in order not to disturb the well preserved but exposed upholstery materials... More information to be found under Lot Number 27 of this Saturday's auction by Worldwide Auctioneers.
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