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7 Stunning Pre-War Motorcars to be Auctioned in RM Sotheby’s Retromobile Sale

Seven stunning pre-war motorcars are due to feature in RM Sotheby’s first auction of 2018 that will be hosted in the historic Place Vauban in Paris as part...

Mystery in Perth Western Australia
Dear Car Detectives,It is time to solve a new Monday mystery. First of all, the case: Alex Selley has been handed this photo to try and identify this car. He is not able to identify the car himself, that is why he called in our help. What are the facts we already know? ''The photo was taken about 1915 and the driver is a Mr. L. Gillespie who lived in Claremont, Western Australia. The car was regi...
A tasty menue, to be served in Paris
Paris, "the city of love"! For us, especially in February, it is "the city we love". The reason, why we all love this wonderful city especially during some cold winter days, is, of course, the yearly Retromobile; since 1975 the most impressing vintage car show in France, if not worldwide. I don´t think, that I have to explain the magic of the Retromobile in common, so let´s concentrate on ...
What is it? Quiz #462
This Saturdays Quiz-Car is a very modern one for its time. Its titular saint was an engineer who started his career at a marquee located in Aachen/Aix la Chapelle. The car on the picture was the prototype, built in 1924. The car was powered by a 1500ccm straight four OHV-engine. Production and materials were very expensive and so was the car. It was entitled to be "the car for the bank m...
Saturday Night Fever

A photo catches the moment, but the story often gets lost. What is the moment caught here? Two girls in a two-seater and a young man leaning against the car. A common scene for generations. Do we really need to know what was happening or is it maybe just better to let our phantasy start running? Let's imagine that it is a Saturday afternoon and that these la...

Two heads are better than one - Fiat 501
On the 4th of January 2018, we received the following message in the PreWarCar.com mailbox:''This is my Fiat 501, slowly becoming a real car from as many original parts as I possibly can find. According to the archives of the Fiat Centro Storico it was made in November 1925 and delivered as a bare chassis to the Finnish importer Walfrid Alfthán, but sadly I only have the left front wing a...
The Drivers Lunch: a huge success
Surely you have read on these pages that Joris Bergsma, our former editor, planned to organize a Sunday get-together, a small event eligible only for pre-war cars and their drivers. The event was held last Sunday at the Hotel Belvédère in the picturesque town of Schoonhoven in The Netherlands. An amazing crowd of almost twenty pre-wars turned up, most probably helped by the unexpectedly su...
Getting a mystery cab, in Egypt.
Let's grab a cab! Normally this refers to a yellow cab in New-York or the famous black ones in London. But what does one take when one is in El Fayum, Egypt? John took this taxi when he was in El Fayum in August 1980. He decided to take a photograph of the car, which reminds him up to the present day of an unforgettable drive. "There was nothing to identify the marque and I believe the engine had ...
Fifty years ago: the start of a serious discussion on collecting, restoring and driving old cars
At the third Interclassics in Brussels, last November, I bought the catalogue of a very special car auction which was held in February 1994 in France. It was, in fact, the dispersion of the famous collection of, mainly, French cars once collected and partly driven by Serge Pozzoli. The man who sold me the catalogue was an older British dealer in automotive literature and during the short c...
About What is it? Quiz #461: Bugatti T57 Brown
 

Some might have recognized the car from our 'Weird Wednesday' feature from a few years ago, where the Bugatti T57 Brown was spotted at the Interclassics Show in Bruxelles. This car was in much better condition than the one that was spotted at a scrapyard near Tours around 1974. And yes, it was a feature at Postwarclassic.com but as most of you knew, it was actually a ...

“Manchester Show – are you coming too?”
The lady stepping into her motor car seems to be suggesting that we would be welcome to join her. And such is the case. Our Friday Lady, according to the advertisement from which this image is taken, is inviting us to a show – but, although the motor car is a Hotchkiss, the show is not in France but in England: the Manchester Show that started on 17th February 1911. Her words make it clear: “M...
A brilliant jubilee despite some Bentley misery
Interclassics Maastricht has grown in 25 years from a local fair in its first year 1993 into a leading European show, the kick-off of the classic car season.  No wonder that once again the visitor numbers went up. The overall level of the cars on display was very high and still there is attention for the small budget car.  Renowned Bugatti dealer Fine Automobiles from Holland not only ha...
Mystery solved, really!? How?
About a month ago, there was a feature about a mystery car on the platform of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. There were some suggestions made and Ariejan Bos was quite certain about the make. After that, the sender of the photo wasn't quite convinced he (and some others) were right so they emailed to each other to find out what it really was.As we want to show you how Ariejan came to...
Mysterious Lincoln in Germany on New Year’s Day
Almost exactly 90 years ago – in winter 1927/28 – a gentleman from Berlin spent some vacation time in the “Riesengebirge” – a mountain area in the German province of Silesia (today a part of Poland). On the occasion of New Year’s Day he sent a postcard showing him and his impressive car to a friend in the tiny village of Neustadt (Thuringia). I acquired the postcard recently havi...
An Overlooked Pre-War Gem - The BMW 328

Race car or road car? You decide. The BMW 328 was a huge step forward back in the day, where its two-liter engine produced more than 80 horsepower. Yes, getting that much power from a two-liter was a significant development at the time. Having just celebrated its 80th birthday, we look at what it took to build this car, its remarkable history an...

What is it? Quiz #461
The year 2017 ended with the Christmas quiz about barnfind cars. And as we know this is of interest for a lot of people, we want to start 2018 with this type of quiz as well. What we see here is a pre-war car that is also a post-war car. Makes this no sense to you? Well, when you know what car it is; you know it does make sense. We want to know the make, type, coachbuilder, year(s) and all other i...
A Colonial Oryx
Many European countries have a colonial history, sometimes going back many centuries. And although today we are not always proud of this history, the memories remain in many forms. To one of these forms belong the numerous photographs showing our ancestors in surroundings which have disappeared forever. Like these two photos, with a scene of a couple in a ca 1909 Oryx (the woman in ch...
Heading for The Drivers Lunch, Sunday 21 January
Joris Bergsma likes to invite you for a most simple and basic event meant for those who like to drive on own initiative, planning their own route while letting roll their own pre-war wheels. Without suspenders confining the motorcar to a trailer or similar sad contraptions.The (first) Drivers Lunch will be in Schoonhoven in the mid-west of The Netherlands, on Sunday 21 January.The idea is to drive...
Classy feminine taste in RM Sotheby’s Pre-War Motorcars
Amongst a generous collection of high-quality American, British and Italian vehicles going to auction with RM Sotheby’s in Arizona, there are two stunning motorcars that have been owned by rather famous ladies of the pre-war era. Both vehicles carry an estimate of $250,000 - $300,000 and are due to go on sale at the Biltmore Resort & Spa on 18th & 19th January.The first of these mo...
A mystery to drive away
How many of us car nuts have enjoyed the many movies of the Frazer Nashes, GN-specials and other chain driven cars? When we received this photo from Peter Skofic, this was the first thing that came to our mind. A chain driven cyclecar. We would love to drive with this car over the banks of the Montlhery circuit. But what car is it?The Bosnian oldtimer club "Oldtimer 1912" (1912 indicates the year ...

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