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One car, 44 years, 250,000 miles…

If you live in England then you will probably recognise the car in these photographs. This 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW 319/55 has been owned for the last 44 years by Mark Garfitt, who is certainly not afraid to use the car as its makers intended. In those 44 years Mark has competed in sprints, hill climbs, circuit races, trials, driving tests… driving to and from each ...

An unknown German aircooled car
An email from Christian Günzel came in. With attached this photo of a small but very crowdy 'family' car and he would like to know what it is. Quite often we receive this kind of photos, which we really enjoy. Sometimes they come with no information at all, but Christian gave us something we were a bit surprised of; the owner of the car. Namely, 'Emaillierwerke ...
The Launch and Decline of the V-8; part 1
In November 1904, the Marquis de Dion addressed a gathering of the  French motoring industry, held at the Automobile Club de France in Paris. He reflected on the contribution that France had made to the technical development of the motorised passenger vehicle, and the role of his own company in particular. As for the future, he was convinced that the future prosperity of the company l...
About Quiz # 449, Enzo Ferrari with Caesar
Great, you were all right with naming the driver: in this 70th year of Ferrari cars it was nice to look back almost exactly one hundred years with the very first photo of Enzo Ferrari at the wheel of a car. And of course even this very first time with a sportscar during a racing event! We like to thank Kees van Stokkum and Adolfo Orsi for their very kind cooperation with PreWarCar. Ferrari e...
Unknown make of car and unknown ladies
Ian Sykes would like to know the make of the car. There is some cone shaped object in the middle of the radiator. We are interested in that as well. But most importantly, who are the ladies sitting in this car?The quality of the photo looks from the same period as the car. It is not entirely certain if the spare wheel is the same as the 4 other wheels on the car (as they look solid). The bonn...
Let's go on a journey to China
China, the land of many different aspects. One thinks they are way ahead of the rest of the world. Others say this is far from true. About 2 years ago we had the opportunity to experience it ourselves, we drove from Beijing to Shanghai with old cars. Man oh man, what did we enjoy the rally and our time there. The movie above was made during the event and brought back good memories. Chin...
PreWar Workshop: Piston stuck in the block
This old Herschell-Spillman V8 engine (1916) has been in a shed for almost 50 years. It has cast iron blocks and pistons and the engine has fixed tops. Some years ago the engine was left to a car restorer for renovation. Two pistons were stuck but one was relatively easy taken out. Then the renovation stopped as the second one withstood every attempt with all kinds of rust removal and bru...
Motoring events to remember: The Ellis Journey 1895 – 2017
In July 1895, the Honourable Evelyn Ellis went to Paris to buy his first motor car. The 4 hp Daimler-engined Panhard-Levassor had been built to his special specification (like the left-hand (!) tiller steering, to have a better view on the road edge), and after some instruction, he drove it from Paris to Le Havre. Nothing special in France, in those days, as cars were built there in rather...
It`s all one big mystery…
This fantastic photograph is sent in by Mr Bernard Corrège from France. According to him, the photograph is taken in 1935 or 1936. Somewhere in the Gironde district in the southwest of France, the Bordeaux wine region during a Concours d'Elegance. His grandfather had a Talbot, the one that can be seen on the photograph. Other than this, we do not have any additional information about the car, the...
Motoring events to remember: Nice, France
Automobiles at Nice  In contrast to what happened in Nice a year ago, the same place, and especially the Promenade des Anglais, had many times been the location for fantastic motoring events. The first important Nice motoring event was the Marseille-Nice race in 1897, including a hill-climb to La Turbie, won by de Chasseloup-Laubat on a De Dion steamer. In 1898, the Marseille-Nice vi...
What is it? Quiz 449
Our guess is that you recognise the driver more easily than the car. This automobile is exceptionally rare and we are not so sure if one of them survived. A photo is quite hard to find online so we are proud being able to show you this one,  provided by arguably the best experts in this particular field. The shot was taken with only four days short almost exactly 100 years ago on 17 July 1917...
La Muse et ses Demoiselles d'Honneur
Quatorze Juillet or Bastille Day is in the first place of course the celebration of the unity of France after the storming of the Bastille on July 14th, 1789, becoming the French national feast in 1880. In 1900 it also became the day of a socialist feast of the people: the coronation of 'la muse du peuple' (the people's muse). The first coronation took place on the 14th of July, 1900 in Sain...
European history lessons at Blenheim

 

      

A small yet highly impressive selection of pre-war cars are due to go under the hammer at the up-coming Blenheim Palace auction, hosted by Coys of Kensington, on Saturday 15th July. Only five vehicles find themselves in the vintage car category but as well as each car bein...

A 1908 ABC restoration: help needed!
Six years ago Osvaldo Faustini from Italy bought through our PreWarCar.com-site a 1908 ABC, a rare high-wheeler originating from St. Louis in the USA. Although the car looks very original, it was known that at some time a Ford model T planetary gearbox had replaced the original system. As Osvaldo is finally at the point of rebuilding the frame, he would like to reconstruct it to its original...
A confident young chauffeur
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this photograph from 1905 is the relaxed attitude of the chauffeur of this enormous Panhard-Levassor, clearly holding forth on some subject or other to the assembled gentry.  The distinguished passenger in the car seems to be very patient – and perfectly happy to allow his driver to take centre stage. The passenger is M. Émile Loubet, the President ...
The good old days…
Mr Ezzeldin sent us this photograph from back in the days. We think the car on the photograph is a 15 ph. Crossley. Better known as the ``Shelsley`` model. This sporting version was introduced in 1913, with the well-known peaked / V shaped radiator. Many of the Crossley cars were delivered in chassis only form. Then either Crossley themselves or independent coach builders built several two and fou...
A most trilling demonstration of Bugatti power
Last weekend the Goodwood Festival of Speed was held at the famous track. Unfortunately, not everybody was able to attend. But luckily enough a lot was recorded and so we spent days behind our screen, drooling. One of the clips we like most was a demonstration of the power of this fantastic Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix owned by Julian, who we also know from his company Blockley Tyres. He ...
About What is it Quiz #448: Stapp Jupiter
Well done participants! The "car" we have been looking for is the Stapp Jupiter, also called "Stapp-Rocket" or "Mademoiselle France", built on a Voisin-Chassis around 1930...1932, to bring the speed record, held by Sir Malcom Campbell to France. We know, that your long-term-memory is very good, so we also wanted to know, if your short-term-memory is also distinctive, as this Rocket al...
Four ladies and their aeroplane radiator cap mystery
Not one but 4 ladies this Friday. There is not much known about this photo. It looks like the tallest woman is carrying something what looks like a melon. Or is it something else? She is possibly the maid, as she is wearing an apron. But on the other hand, she is very close to the lady on her left. Well, instead of thinking of this matter; let us concentrate on the car. A difficult one i...
Best of British and a slice of apple pie at Brightwells
Yet another Classic Motoring Auction is due to take place at the Leominster branch of Brightwells on Wednesday 12th July, offering some shining examples of pre-war delicacies from both sides of the Atlantic.   From Blighty we have a humble 1927 Austin Seven ‘Chummy’ in bright red, nicknamed as such due to its four seats and touring ability. Regarded as a practical, cost effecti...

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