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Fast and slow at Chateau Impney

Fast and slow at Chateau Impney

Saturday 11 July promises to be a memorable motoring occasion at Chateau Impney. Not only is it the weekend of their inaugural hill climb, but H&H will auction 71 cars with viewing on friday 10th. The 1924 New Carden caught our eye 'in correct and original condition complete with suitably faded Blue over Black paintwork and equally patinated Black upholstery'. Its air-cooled two-stroke engine of 707cc has an unusual kick-start and is integral with the two speed gearbox and rear axle. This rare and fascinating car is not known for its speed. Neither is the 1923 Amilcar CC with its 'Tourist Large' body and meticulously restored in France for the previous owner. Now imported to the UK, this charming car, like the car above, will be perfect for the Light Car & Edwardian Section of the VSCC.

We often see Humber 9/20 cars in the Light Car events and we hope the new owner of this 1926 example will join its ranks. This writer can vouch for the enjoyment to be had after co-driving one to Turkey and back a few years ago! Those who like speed will surelywant to buy the 1926 Frazer Nash Fast Tourer with correct 1500cc side valve Anzani engine, and rebuilt ready to offer the next lucky owner the chance to enjoy spirited motoring as befits this wonderful Chain-Gang Nash.

If you had money in 1937 you had a fabulous choice of cars on which to spend it and Hugh Curling Hunter ordered ALTA No. 62IS (I for independent suspension, S for Supercharged) with twin overhead cam 2 litre engine and 4-speed ENV pre-selector gearbox.  At 11.5cwt it was lighter than the ERA, reckoned to be the car-to-beat at the time, and Hunter sometimes did! He ensured he won the coveted Brooklands 120MPH Badge before selling the car to buy an Alfa Romeo 2900B.  The ALTA is LOT #18.

(Text Robin Batchelor, pictures courtesy H&H Auctions)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Have you ever participated in a Concours?

Have you ever considered participating? 

Have you ever considered participating in a true Concours d’Elegance but thought you didn't have the right connections? Well, this is your chance. Normally you can only participate by invitation. This time they will make an exception for three cars from PreWarCar visitors. The organisation committee asked us to invite you and your car to compete in this year's edition at Sunday, September 13. We know from experience that many of you are 'hiding' magnificent and rare cars. Some superb in every aspect. And some cars that maybe are not extremely shiny but indeed superb in the sense of being exceptionally original, which possibly is an even better excuse to show up at a Concours. 

So if you like to show your car at the Concours of Antwerp then please send your application before July 31 to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - or to office& - including a small description and some pictures of your car. Before August 10 you will hear if your car has been selected out of all the PreWarCar applications. What you get is a personal invitation by mail, free entrance, a great spot on the lawns of Kasteel Belvédère, some drinks and lunch vouchers and a wonderful atmosphere. No posh, just great cars in a great scenery!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Mystery Micro T-head Engine (Update: marine application ?)

Mystery Engine

A few days ago a friend sent us these pictures asking for the potential sales price of "this Ford Model T engine" which he had casually found. At a first glance almost everybody could discover that it isn´t a Ford Model T engine... nor any other kind of Ford design. The T-head engine concept is primarily known from larger, often American engine. Inlet manifold and inlet valves on one side. Exhaust manifold and valves on the other side (like pictured above). Yet also small and very small European engines are known to show the same basic set-up, as some of the older Ruby engines. Best known is probably the 855cc as used in Ettore's brainchild: the Peugeot Bébé (visit the register). Although exact sizes are not available at this time, is the engine pictured above of similar size. The spark plugs speak for themselves in this respect. Unfortunately the engine has no further identification plates or numbers, only the magneto has the inscription "2 RB" .  Our thoughts are in the direction of a cyclecar French marque, but we are not sure at all, so we ask your help in this. 

(Pictures by Francisco Carrìon)

Monday, 29 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

The Compound Motorcar

The Compound Motorcar

It is amazing the number of different designs and construction ideas that formulated in the inventive brains of the early engine designers, the ideas seemed endless. One of the more completely different and innovative must have been the 3 cylinder motor designed by D.Fox Graham in 1903.

John W. Eisenhuth  an engine builder had designed a motorcar as early as 1896 which he built in Newark, New Jersey but he decide to move east, where all the action was happening, moving to the Greater New York to continue his experiments. He then moved to Middletown, Connecticut and purchased the Keating Wheel and Automobile Company. In 1903 he also established the Elsenhuth Horseless Vehicle Company. He met D. Fox Graham who had invented the Graham-Fox compound engine and the two companys merged, forming the Graham- Fox Motorcar Company and produced a new car that they called “the Compound”.

In 1903 a prototype design was shown at Madison Square Garden where it was called the Graham-Fox, but when the first production model was produced in late 1903 the name had changed to “The Compound". Their 1904 model was a 7 seater touring car, with a 3 cylinder engine vertically mounted at the front of the car. It produced 35 hp weighed 3100lbs. it cost $6,000 to $7,000 depending on the body style and extras.
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Sunday, 28 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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