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A Burned Down Convertible Mystery? (update: 1938 Buick Series 40 Convertible Coupe)

Burned down car

This is an early post-war photo made after heavy bombing near the village of Schijndel (probably in September 1944 when the allied forced fought their way form Normandy direction of Arnhem)  in the Netherlands. Little is left of the US-built(?) convertible. A general impression, further headlights, details of the bonnet, remains of dashboard, body structure, boot lid cut out and rear bumper. Following is an enlargement showing more of the front part remains of the car. Is this what we think that it once was ?  

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Monday, 22 February 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Sunbeam Record Breaker back to the beach!

sunbeam tiger_land_speed_record_1922_colour

In March 1926, Sir Henry Segrave drove his Sunbeam Tiger along Southport beach at a speed of 152.33mph, capturing the world record and becoming the fastest man on earth. The car is now set to return to the beach for the first time next month (16 March). 

The four-litre record car will complete an ear-shattering sprint along the historic beach front, joined on the sands by no fewer than 20 cars from the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register

Segrave’s Tiger ‘Ladybird’ is expected to be joined by a 1924 Cub, which was also campaigned by the record breaker. Following the seaside demonstration, both models will go on display for a week in the foyer of arts venue The Atkinson

“The 1920s were a time of intense rivalry in motor racing,” said director of The Atkinson Emma Anderson. “Technology and engineering rapidly evolved to match the remarkable bravery and ambition of racing drivers across Europe and America, battling to break speed records on land and water. The rivalry between Sir Malcolm Campbell and Sir Henry Segrave is the stuff of legend.”  

text: William Hearne   photo: courtesy The Atkinson

Sunday, 21 February 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #414

What is it? Quiz #413

Here we have a nearly forgotten car maker. Even the most respected classic car encyclopedia dedicates only a few lines to this Belgian brand, and the information is not very concise. The picture shown here was taken at a Spanish Auto Show in the mid 1920s, where two different models were exhibited: the "Deluxe" pictured here, and the "Sport", with a slightly smaller engine. The most impressive appearance was secured by its huge dimensions, plus the Rolls- Royce look-a-like radiator. The beautiful body - of unknown origin (Vanden Plas?)  - has a single center door and wrap around windscreen. The chassis that is very low and advanced for its age gave room for a large eight cylinder engine. This last feature was noticed by a little number "8" placed at the center of the radiator cover. Also are noticeable two strange brake devices -or whatever- at the front part of the chassis... 
Well, we know this is a hard one and probably this picture has never been published before, but remember, very few cars were made in Belgium.  As usual, we would like to hear those details that are unknown even to us. Be sure to send in before Monday, February 22nd in order to have a chance to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt. Even better to check the Rules under 'Read more' first. Enjoy weekend!

Saturday, 20 February 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

An Edwardian Sports Car Mystery (update: 1907 or 1908 Scout )

Unknown car - can anyone identify???

Update: It looks like Ariejan Bos cracked the mystery once more, check this page about Percy Dean and Scout Motors of Salisbury.

Earlier text:
Peter McGann sends a photo of an unknown edwardian sports or racing car.
"The cars owner was Major Adrian Gilbert Scott, architect, son of the famous architect George Gilbert Scott who had just been married (on the 20/2/1918) to Barbara Hemy (passenger in the photo), daughter of the famous marine artist and royal academy member Charles Napier Hemy. I am told this was taken as they left the church after the wedding, the flowers and ribbons on the door handle attesting to this. This image is from the family history of the Hemy family prepared by Margaret Powell (Nee Hemy) , daughter of Barbara. The registration number of the car is AC 1125."

Another photo, most probably taken at the same location is to be found at Remember Falmouth. Although that photo is of much better quality it does not give away much more detail. The boattail racing body seems to have an alloy glow with two seat cut outs. Maybe the work is not yet finished as there are frontwings but nothing at the back. Barbara seems to have changed clothing between the two photos. Anyway on our photo the view on the round shoulder radiator and dashboard with oilers is better. Also take note of the protruding frontwheel axle stubs,  the early steering wheel, the rear suspension with stabilising bars and the transverse mounted exhaust muffler. Already we're looking forward to read your comments. 

Friday, 19 February 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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