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Piccolo restorations in Norway

Piccolo restorations in Norway

Stein Tranvik writes: "Norway has become the new world head quarter for the Piccolo cars that were made by Ruppe & Sohn in Apolda, Thuringen, Germany. And why, you may ask... Because so many have survived in Norway. There are 6 Piccolo cars, a large percentage of all surviving cars. And right now, 3 of these cars are being restored / serviced in the middle of Norway. Close to the city of Levanger, in his great work shop, almost situated on an island, mr. Kjell Ivar Haltvik has become the greatest expert on these small Piccolo cars.

There are at the moment the mentioned three Piccolos in his work shop. A green 1908 car is in for a light recommissioning, after being exhibited for some 30+ years. The close up is showing the engine of that car. The blue one dated 1910 is in for a total restoration and will be finished within a few months. It was first attempted restored in the 1960's, but most of that work had to be redone. Finally there is the 1907 car, before restoration and a recent photo of the same, lacking body. On that car mr. Haltvik has done wonders, and made a lot of missing parts, like the ignition system. Also he made a new rod and numerous other parts. The engine ran for the first time in 90 years a week ago! Well done. It will probably hit the road next summer. Greetings from Norway - the No. 1 Piccolo country in the world."

(text & photos Stein Tranvik)

Sunday, 05 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #398

What is it? Quiz #398

The gentlemen responsible for making this car had some experience of the Gordon Bennett race and if you see a Panhard influence, there's a good reason. The car was one of the first in the world to boast an important feature and yet was famous for lacking another important feature. We know some of you will go straight to the answers, but to claim the top spot name the driver and passenger who were both actively involved with the car.

Please give us any relevant information you may have on this particular car. Starting with Make, Year 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 at this season's events! Results will be published next Saturday, July 11.
Saturday, 04 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What happened to the 1937 SS100 DUV71

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Anita sends this picture: "Curiously googling the history of DUV 71, as my mother travelled around Europe with a companion around 1948 in this Jaguar.  The photo sits above my desk. Discovered it is back in the UK. Thought your readers might find this interesting."

Editor: Dear Anita, you are right, we found similar info, or at least that DUV71 was sold by Bonhams back in 2007. If you check that link you will see more B&W photos including the one that sits on your desk. The auction description mentions a first new owner in 1946, a Mr. R. Swarbrick (your mother's companion?). "It was taken on numerous continental holidays during his ownership, including a trip to Le Mans where it was timed at 98 mph on the Mulsanne Straight." Well the above photo obviously was shot in France with a 'boulangerie'and 'epicerie' in the background. What happened after 2007 is not known to us, but possibly he/she will turn up after reading this.  

Friday, 03 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A mystery meeting in Tenterden (UPD. De Dion, Straker-Squire, Darracq, Straker-Squire)

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Bill Coates sends a photo which seems a nice small veteran club meeting: "I found a picture in a junk shop which I find very interesting. I know the place (Tenterden, Kent, UK) but I'm unsure of the car identities or the occasion."

Well Bill,  we're sure todays visitors will cough up the right name in no time. We ourselves are intrigued to learn in which era the photo was made.  The White Lion, didn't open 'yesterday' as you can see at another photo, when it was still an Inland Revenue Office and Posting House. We couldn't find when the gas lantern in front of the Hotel disappeared in order to give a better dating of the photo. We found another undated picture with the lantern still there. In a painting dated 1970 it seems to have made place for a White Lion ad sign. So we presume the photo was made earlier. Fifties? Fourtees? Thirties? Twenties? Tens? May we hear your bid or well educated guess. We ourselves like to make a bold statement saying RAC meeting around 1916.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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