Show a pre-war mystery

If you have a photo of a mystery car or motorcycle you are most welcome to share it.

Show a pre-war mystery 

What make of car is this? (upd. c.1923 Morris Cowley)

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Author: Les Thursday, 30 June 2011

What make of car is this?Bit of a long shot but can anyone identify the make of car in photo.

Thanks .


FWD Speedster

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Author: John Yasenko Tuesday, 01 March 2011

FWD Speedster
 The Harris FWD  Speedster was built in era 1930-1934,

Because the steering wheel is so small, roughly 14 inch diameter, we have been told it was from overseas and sports car oriented.

We urgently need your help in Identifying this steering wheel so we can search one out to purchase.

Thanks guys!

1924 Chrysler Race Car

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Author: dennis james Thursday, 29 July 2010


A REAL BARN FIND.  Like to know exactly what is is. Family says it's a old INDY racer. Have more pictures, and original pictures of this car in early races.


Starter solinoid and dynamo cut out

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Starter solinoid and dynamo cut outSth PARIS - RHONE   LYON   Could someone tell me the approx year,what cars it was fitted too and its value ,as I have been sorting out some of my spares . Believe that it is a starter soliniod on one side and the cut-out for the dynamo on the other side. It has a butterfly rocker with v/large points either ends , is in good condition as seen in the photos , measures 140 mm L x 75 mm W x 80 mm H, Will be for sale on (PRE WAR Car Parts ) any info would be appreciated

What model of Lincoln!

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

What model of Lincoln!
There is disagreement as to what model of Lincoln that I have.  It is titled as an H series, which I understand applied to Zephyrs.  I do know that both bumpers are not original.
Who knows?

Mystery French car

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Author: Anthony Hazelaar Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Mystery French carThe picture of this car is residing om my computer harddisk for many years. I have no clue how I got it and I've tried many times to identify the car but no luck. At first glance it seems to be of American origin (Cord/Auburn style), but the body shows some very distinctive French design features. A bit like the Bugatti Atlantic.
Does anybody have any idea what it could be?

Where does this cilinder come from?

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Author: jvc graswinckel Tuesday, 01 February 2011

Where does this cilinder come from?I have two big cilinders. High 34cm.
Probably they come from a prewar aeroplane.
They could have been a part of a star-motor.Who can tell me more?

Mystery Cyclecar

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Thursday, 04 November 2010

The attached photo might be good for your quiz.
It is a "racing" cyclecar manufactured in Buenos Aires Argentina in c. 1926 by Luis Viglione. The car came to Australia some 30+years ago and remained on display in its un-restored state until 2 year ago when I commenced its re-building. The car is now fully operational!
Luis Viglione constructed racing specials (several Indy Cars) and maintained SSK Mercedes Benz and Bugattis during the 1920's and 30's.
This cyclecar is the only one made!

Peter McGann


A very mysterious engine

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Author: Clive Randall Sunday, 03 October 2010

This engine came back from New Zealand in good working order and had been driving a water pump from an ancient mine. What engine it is and how old it is a complete mystery. It has automatic inlet valves, characteristic 4 stud securing of the water manifold on the top. She has been clearly modified for stationary use, the flywheel, carb and manifolds adapted. Bore size is 105mm and the thow is approx 124mm. Does anyone have any ideas?

Mystery gearbox

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Author: Gavin Campbell Saturday, 02 October 2010

Gavin Campbell10 Winfield RoadOrmeau, 4208,Queensland,Australia 03/10/2010Mr. Joris Bergsma, founding editorPreWar Car. Good morning Joris, You will find attached several photos of a gearbox I own. Perhaps you or a subscriber can identify it.  The only markings at all are the letters GHL B cast into the lid. No numbers or letters on the housing itself. The box is in remarkably good overall condition, very little wear on anything, particularly the vulnerable items such as the selector forks and leading edges of gear teeth. No slop in shaft bearings, etc. It is a 3 speed unit, and really quite small, measuring 9 ½” centre /centre across the mounting holes and 8” centre/centre front to back mounting holes. The casting is 11” front to rear and 9 ½” side to side. It is right hand change, the lever mounted on the end bracket, which has two threaded horizontal bolt holes, presumably to bolt to the side of the chassis. The extension tube is 11” long. Total width from opposite side of box to change lever end bracket is only 23 ½”  The lever is interesting (and simple) in its operation. It can be sometimes difficult to move the selector on many R/H change boxes, due to the lever being solidly fixed to the selector shaft. To move from one slot to another the shaft has to slide sideways. Therefor the lever has to be effectively moved sideways in a horizontal plane, rather than “rolled” (as with a ball change) from one side to the other. E.G. Vauxhall 23/60, 30/98 and Sunbeam types.  With this little gear box there is a pivot bar running fore & aft on the end bracket, the lever is loosely supported by this pivot bar and a through-bolt attaches the fork-shaped end of the lever to the selector shaft. Above the pivot bar is the gate. As the lever is moved sideways from the 1st/rev slot to the 2nd/top slot it pulls the selector shaft across. Because the lever is attached to the selector shaft by the through-bolt, when the lever is moved forward or backwards it rotates the shaft, moving the selector in the box.  More pictures available. Best regards,Gavin CampbellAustralia

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