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WARNING for modernised-electrified Autovac !

Monday, 29 April 2013

It happened again a classic car burned down, because one Owner put an electric pump in the old AUTOVAC tank.
If you want to do similar, you should use a push switch ( which only gives contact when you push the bottom), so you can´t forget to stop the pump.
I alone  know from 3 Veteran Cars who burned in a similar way !!!
I used the AUTOVAC  on two Cars for more than 70,000 Kilometers without problems  and without an electric pump. It works well and you save electric power. 

Siegfried Otto Hepp

Editor: one more argument to keep cars original. Engineers were not stupid back then...

Scammer caught!

Wednesday, 03 April 2013

I am pleased to report that partly owing to the efforts of Prewar Car members, the man (who called himself 'Fredrick' but who was in fact one Robin Butler) who defrauded me of £650 last year was found by police hiding beneath his bed on the 2nd of February.  He admitted not only the fraud against me but also 18 other offences of fraud and asked for 56 further offences to be taken into consideration at sentencing.
He was expected to appear for sentencing on the 14th March, and, as he was on parole from a 21 month prison sentence when he committed many of these offences, a lengthy sentence is anticipated.

Thank you to all those who assisted in the sleuthing,

Yours faithfully,
Dr James Palmer


Too many two-wheelers here? (upd. PreWarWheelz !)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Noticeable lately is the proliferation of cycles and motorcycles where we expect to see cars. I am also a collector of bicycles and a writer on motorcycles, but prefer a car site to be about cars.

From another viewpoint, may we soon expect a 'Pre-war Two-Wheeler' site?

Bob Cordon Champ

Editor: The borderline definition between cars and motorcycles is a thin grey line. Especially when you take a retrospective look. How do you define the exact differences between a monocycle, bicyclce, tricycle, quadricycle, cyclecar and car?  In other words how are you going to judge who is in and who is out? More interesting it is to see that obviously the afficonados of old cars also have a strong appetite for other vintage vehicles. Over the past twelve years - not only recently - we have seen listed for sale: trucks, vans, cars, caravans, horsedrawn carriages,  motorcycles, bicyclces, boats, aeroplanes and sleds! And yes at rare occasions even houses. These were exceptions as we don't see houses as vehicles, yet it must be said that of the two houses involved, one was strongly connected to Rolls Royce history, the other one to the history of Amilcar. And for what it's worth, any barnfound Zeppelin would be equally welcome.  

To Bob:  we would highly value your contributions as a motorcycle correspondent, would you like to do something like a blog within these pages?


Lea Francis serialnumberplate going to the original chassis !

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Don't you just love it when something you sell not only goes to an enthusiastic owner but this plate is actually going back onto the ORIGINAL CHASSIS which it came off some time in its long history. Things like this make me smile.

Many thanks,


What about exporting automotive heritage?

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Should we prohibit the export of 'automotive heritage'?

This week (7th of February) Bonhams will auction a 1901 De Dion-Bouton Vis-à-vis. [link1] The possible departure of this car from the country where it has been for the last 112 years, The Netherlands, has given rise to some critical notes. There are not so many cars left of the veteran period which were originally sold and driven in Holland. So how much a pity, or how unacceptable, is it that a piece of 'Dutch automotive heritage' leaves the country?

That raises the next question: when is a car a piece of a country's 'automotive heritage'? I don't think it is possible to give a fully satisfying and all-embracing answer to this question. The 1901 De Dion-Bouton, for example, still has the original (?) plate of the company who was the first De Dion importer in The Netherlands (B.A. Jansen in 's-Hertogenbosch). It also has a peculiarity which may have been typical Dutch: the rear wheels are larger than the front wheels and (says Bonhams) these rear wheels could have been fitted to gain more speed on the flat Dutch roads. However, pictures of other early Vis-à-Vis De Dions in Holland do not show this peculiarity [link2]. Fact is that the car has always remaind in Dutch ownership. One aspect from the car's life may also contribute to its status as heritage: it was used as a kind publicity car and driven around by the son of B.A. Jansen in the 1930s. By doing so this very car may have been a pioneer in arousing the interest in old cars among the Dutch...

So should emigration of this particular De Dion be prohibited? There is another Vis-à-Vis, of 1900, in the Louwman Museum in The Hague. This car is also supposed to be sold new in The Netherlands and this car too was used for publicity stunts in the prewar period! Maybe foreign cars can never be Dutch heritage. But what about cars made in this country? Should the Spykers from the Louwman Museum be protected? Should foreign cars with Dutch bodies (Schutter & Van Bakel, Pennock) be protected?

There is no legislation for cars with regard to this issue in The Netherlands. Other countries may have rules for this kind of heritage but the only case I could find concerned a Canadian-built Ford Model C of 1905 [link3]. Does anyone know how this case ended up?

I hope the De Dion will be bought by a Dutch car lover.









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