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The Majola Monjoie Mystery ... (about # 142 + OHC-Update)

Update: Mark Dawber (NZ) on early OHC cars: "I recall reading a long time ago that the Welch car in the US was an early user of ohc. I see by the Statdard Catalog that they claimed in late 1905 to be the first US manufacturer to have this feature. The Pungs-Finch of 1906 was similarly equipped. In England, the Maudsley car featured an overhead camshaft that could be swung out of the way to allow access to the valves. It was designed by Alex Craig who did design work for some other makers. The Maudsley also had full pressure lubrication but it didn't extend to the ohc - that required oiling with an oil can (according to the article in On Four Wheels). I am not sure when this model was introduced but it could have been as early as 1904."
EARLIER TEXT: Competition # 142 maybe was an overdosis in difficulty. Just one competitor and one jurymember who had the courage to respond! We will not keep up the mystery longer than needed. The car is a Majola. As the overhead cam has not yet the later chaindrive this is the type A, which places the car before 1913. The engineer Doutre Maurice constructed the brilliant 8/10 HP 1,3 Litre 4C. Still many questions should be answered. Like what the meaning is of "Monjoie St. Denis" on the radiator shield. As the car was constructed we think these are heraldic banner words of the city. A small Google search also learns that this was the French warcry form the Middle Ages (Charlemagne). Anybody who knows about the relation Majola / Monjoie? Owner and Salmsoniste Bertrand Lopez would like to hear from you. Also if you know more about this very special Make. The other questions about which car, which boat were the first to have an OHC will have to wait to another occasion maybe. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Despite all this we had one -yes one !- response in of a French visitor who had it right! By lack of a proper translation we print his French answer: "La voiture représentée est une Majola 1ère version, (avant 1914), dotée d’un moteur à arbre à cames en tête dont la rotation est assurée par un ensemble de pignons à renvoi d’angles et à un arbre de transmission vertical. La particularité de ce moteur est d’avoir des ensembles, ( siège de soupapes, ressorts de rappel et soupapes) démontables tant pour l’admission que pour l’échappement."
Congratulations / Félicitations Roselyne !!!
(photos Bertrand Lopez)
Friday, 11 February 2005 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? # 137 (Update: '37 Panhard

It is a brand New Year! And we want to express our wish that 2005 will bring everything you hope for. For instance a brilliant barnfind like this one which landed in the editorial mailbox only very recent. The car emerged after a barnsleep of no less than 50 years. Now for connoisseurs of the French car this will seem not very complicated. This make by the way was the first -long before Henry Ford- to introduce series production. We think this was even before 1900. Anyway. hope you're still on board, we want you to name the Make(1), the Year(2) and the Type(3). Now everybody can see this is not a standard model, so that is where this quiz is getting ugly... Question 4 : who is the coachbuilder? By the way this southern France company is still alive & kicking and even do have a website...! (photo source to be revealed next week)
Saturday, 01 January 2005 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? # 135 (Update: 1919-21 SAF )

The flagstandards show possibly the Fin flag (or is it the flag of England; red cross over white field?). One competitor gambled for Switzerland. One for Norway. That last competitor admitted there are no 'Made in Finland' cars known from the twenties (or..?) to us. All in all no winners this time, which gave us a little spare time to do X-mas preparations. Only jurymember Lars-Göran Lindgren had it all right, it was a walkover for the Swedish brass expert (click) He came up with SAF: the Sveriges Automobil Fabrik (or is it Svenska Automobil Fabrik ?). One of those typical oddballs that was produced only very short and in very limited numbers. Even the US made engine made by Golden Bellknapp & Swartz is not the most wellknown around to put it mildly. Read more about this Swedish make at Granfoss.net. Next time better for all of you (click photo for SAF photo)

Additionally Lars-Göran found in the Swedish car encyclopedia ("Svenska Bilar - 151 olika märken") 33 pre 1945 established Swedish makes, beginning with Vabis in 1897 and ending in 1943 with Husqvarna. (photo collection Leif Ortegren (US); click for more detail)
Saturday, 18 December 2004 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Abstract Beauty

by Rudy Kousbroek:

(the photo was a gift by Gabriel Voisin)

"What is the meaning of the word ‘classic’ in connection with motor cars? With the increasing use of the word its definition has become detached from the original meaning of 'a creation of the highest excellence', to mean not much more than 'old' when it is applied to cars. For this reason I prefer to use the English word 'vintage'. A vintage car is, in principle, an automobile dating from before 1930, but even so not every car from that time is eligible. Very rarely some vehicles of a later date may also be included in the vintage category, but they must fulfil exceptional criteria. That, to me, is what 'classic' means with respect to cars. No American cruisers with fins, no Volkswagens, no ‘oldtimers’. Recently someone handed me a copy of the magazine Classic Trader. I was appalled ....
Sunday, 14 November 2004 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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