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1908 Mercedes-Simplex 35/40HP reappearing in Melbourne

Harry Hickling was at the Motorclassica in Melbourne, Australia's equivalent of the famous Pebble Beach. Celebrating the Mercedes is the second oldest car entered (beside a 1986 Benz Velo) and Australia's oldest known surviving Mercedes. The car is not yet finished but is already gorgeous.
You may know Harry from earlier features at these pages

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Harry describes the car as: 1908 Mercedes Simplex shaft drive. 35/40 hp engine. A very rare car, being the oldest known shaft drive Mercedes in the world, and similarly the oldest known surviving Mercedes in Australia. And only some 25 pre 1909 surviving cars known.

Originally with a Barker Body. The history is know through to 1914 when the car was overhauled and sent to a Sheep Property in QLd, called Issis Downs. It may have originally been owned by Sir Andrew Spence Chirnside, and then / or alternatively from new Robert Whiting or Sir Rupert Clarke who owned Isis Downs.  

Sunday, 30 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #432 (UPDATE !

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This is the start of a veteran week, this in view of the London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run next weekend. So we start with a quiz regarding a car that was made at the turn of the last century. It is a car with a long history. Her name is Peggy and she has been all over. No matter her fragile appearance she participated in dozens of London to Brighton runs, going back to as far as 1927(!) at least. Now for most LtB cars that rally is the Big One. Not so to Peggy, for her the road down to Brighton is a short warming up. In the sixties she participated in London to Edingburgh. And on yet another trip she took the steamer to Australia to test her chassis and 6HP on the 1000 Miles from Melbourne to Sydney! To give you some final hints the marque you need to look for has its roots in two countries, yet as far as we know the fine & sturdy motorcar is in Britain since ages. Well that's all folks. Enjoy your weekend and let google do the work for you. Or did you already recognise her without any aid? Please be frank and tell us all about her. Make, Yer Type and whatever trivial knowledge you may have about the car. However before you post, be sure to read The Rules under Read More.

UPDATE: be sure to look in the Newsletter which is going out withion hours for an extra photo of this quiz car. Also there is soem slack in sending your answer: Be sure to post before Monday night 23.59 hrs. GMT (London time)

(source of photo to be revealed next Saturday)
Saturday, 29 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Are Humber & lady owner still around?

1936 Humber_Eighteen_friday_ladyA charming presentation of a Humber Eighteen; this according to sender Bruno Costers from Belgium. 
"Huber six cylinder models for 1936 have completely transformed lines, while the frontal appearance is modern and pleasing to a degree. The car illustrated is an Eighteen: the Snipe is very similar in looks, but has a 27 h.p. engine. "

Bruno didn't tell too much about the charming lady. Nor did he tell us about the fate of AKV985. We would be thrilled to hear she's still around. And yes, also when we learn she is owned by a 105 year old lady.
Friday, 28 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Lambdas chewing away a 5000 km trip

Lancias cross the Largest Continent
Iain Simpson reports:
"I read with interest your Pre War feature about the gathering of Lancia Lambda's in the North West of Italy at the Fobello Rally in September of this year. Many Lancia's from around the world gathered and celebrated 95 years since the test run of the Prototipo of the Lambda in 1921 by Vincenzo Lancia.
I was booked to attend in my 8th series Lambda with my wife and two girls but we were forced to withdraw at the last minute due to an unresolved lack of oil pressure after a recent engine overhaul. Many of my Aussie friends made it including Andrew Cox and his wife Anne.
As a consolation prize I offered to the girls a trip to Perth Western Australia from the small town of Riddells Creek Victoria. The West Australian Fiat Lancia Club were to celebrate it's 35th Anniversay. Our exitement grew quickly. A trip of some 3600 kms in an 88 year Lambda was planned but to be sensible we decided to travel with friends so Peter and Diana Renou in their 'post war' Lancia Appia 3rd Series agreed to travel together with us. 6 full days of driving, quite often with no mobile telephone coverage for 100's of km's at a time saw us arrive safely in Perth.  A further 1300km's on tour with the West Australian group meant that 5,000km's in total in two weeks. Great times in an old car I can recomend to any of your readers. "
Thursday, 27 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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