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What is it? Quiz #396

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It's a French cyclecar powered with a 6CV Ruby DS, yet who can add anything to that? We decided to do something different this time. The information is above, now you give us the photo! Well that probably may be impossible as very little is known about the French one-off of which only the 'brass literature' above remains. Still we're convinced that one or two people out there know all about this car. We also learned only yesterday that in a distant past the car was known in British VSCC circles.  Let's see who comes up with the full history of the car.

Please give us any relevant information you may have on this particular car. 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, June 13. 

Saturday, 06 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Voisin is like having a new lover

Voisin is like having a new lover.

‘La Vie en Bleu’ is a celebration of French voiture design from veteran to the Veyron, and this year our eyes fell upon a very stylish lady and her equally stylish car- a 1930 Voisin C14 ‘Chartre’ Demi-Berline with 2667cc six cylinder sleeve valve engine. We spoke to Julia about her exquisite car and being a recent addition to her stable she said “it was like getting to know a new lover.” Only when settling into the comfortable rear seat did she realise the tortoise-shell flower holder by the rear window matched the ash tray on the dashboard.

The flower vase is easy to miss against the distinctive deco upholstery so typical of Voisin’s unorthodox approach to every aspect of his car design. Sometimes utilitarian sometimes luxurious, and don’t be misled by Julia’s elegant dress style worn to match her car – she is just as often to be seen in overalls attending to the mechanical needs of her machines. Here we see her deep in conversation with Reg Winstone – translator of Voisin’s book 'My 1001 Cars’ and owner of two cars of that name

(Text & pictures by Robin Batchelor)

Friday, 05 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Fancy a free ride through China?

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Last year October we reported about the Classic Car Challenge China; in short the 4C Rally which is roughly a 1000 mile drive from Beijing to Shanghai in the south. This 4C Rally is one of the very-very few options to drive your car in China. In general you cannot drive a car by yourselves in China and getting a temporary driving license is an adventure in itself. From the moment you start from under the The Great Wall just north of Beijing, until arrival at the fabulous yaght club of Shanghai you will see dazzling hospitality, interesting foods and er... quite a different driving experience. 

This year is the 5th edition of the 4C Rally from 7-19 October and - yes - we will be participating again. And what's more, we hope to see some of you as participants as well. All classic cars are eligible. Yet in our view a car should be able to cruise more than ten minutes at 60 mph.

To lower the threshold considerably PreWarCar-PostWarClassic will give away 2 (yes two!) team entries for the 10-day, 1000 mile rally.

This may save you the sweet amount of Euro 5996 (roughly GBP 4360 or US$ 6668).

So if you ever dreamed of seeing China by classic car this is not a chance to be missed. If you win the entry you don't pay a penny for the Rally, from the moment you arrive on the airport until you leave the country again. The only thing we cannot give away is your travel expenses to and from China. That is to say plane tickets and cartransport to Beijing. See these very recent quote of freigth costs (for a single or a two car container) from various harbours around the world. Keep in mind that you have a fair chance to win as only a limited group of people has the time to go to China for a twelve day trip in October. Participating in the raffle is extremely simple. All you need to do is send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with a photo of the car you probably would bring and in a few words why you think this car is perfect for travelling in China. Be sure to send in before Monday June 15, 1200 hrs GMT. See you in Beijing! 

(the 2015 Classic Car Challenge China is a FIVA acknowledged event)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

An Abernythe - Balbeggie Mystery (update: 1910 Lancia Gamma)

Pre-War Mystery Car!

Alasdair Nicoll wrote to us: "I am trying to find out the make/model of this vehicle. It has a London registration and a UK AA 1911 badge, if I'm not mistaken. The photos were taken on the B953 in Perthshire, Scotland, on the road between the villages of Abernyte and Balbeggie. I have no other information. Would love to find out what they were driving!"

Editor: Very nice set of photos Alisdair. As for the car, the radiator is quite generic in appearance but could be Berliet, the body however seems more of British making. Aside all that we truly like the elaborate rearaxle damping allowing for the large company in the car.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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