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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 ...
The season starts in Maastricht
A new year has begun and as usual, the Classic-Car-Year for me starts with the Interclassics/Topmobiel at the MECC in Maastricht. It´s always a pleasure to visit this event, as the exhibition shows the perfect balance of dealers, clubs, spare parts and automobilia. From Thursday till Sunday, Interclassics celebrates its 25th anniversary and as an appropriate special, a highlight of every an...
PreWar Christmas Quiz 2017: the results!
Thank you very much for all the New Year wishes. Judging from your comments you had as much fun solving the quiz, as we had putting it together. It wasn’t too difficult, as we received many correct answers. We asked for only the names of the marques, but many also gave us the model names. For those few with incorrect answers this is what you should have found (the links refer to what our barnfin...
La Belle Otero, star of De Dion Bouton advertising!
When this picture was found in a December 1902 magazine, a quick search showed that 'La Belle Otero' was one of the most famous 'artists' of the day, sometimes even called the most beautiful woman of her time. Caroline Otero (full name Augustine Caroline Otero Iglesias) was a Spanish-born dancer, with a rather troubled youth and a turbulent love-life. However, with her shrewd mind, she ba...
The 100 Miles of Amsterdam, by 3 excited South African girls and one labrador
You might have read some stories or seen photographs or video`s about The 100 Miles of Amsterdam. Maybe in our magazine or on our (live stream) on Facebook, as PWC is one of the official partners. But it can also be that you participated yourself. Then you probably agree with me if I say that this year the rally was very wet but so much fun!For this specific article, we decided to ask Nicky,...
Triumph's 8C Masterpiece

The eight-cylinder Triumph Dolomite is one of those mysterious prewar supercars that seems more of a legend than a reality. Few enthusiasts have had the opportunity to examine one up close, and for years the model was shrouded in mystery. How many were built? What were they built for? Was the engine really a direct copy of the Alfa 8C? If you pick up this mon...

From the family album: white mystery sports car
Stan Allen's cousin found this photograph of his father sitting behind the wheel of a 2-door sports saloon. The photograph is taken in Australia, probably somewhere around 1938. He is curious to know the year and make of the vehicle for his family tree.Does anybody know what car we are looking at? And is this car with license 36-532, still around? Please, leave a comment if you know more. Hopefull...
Sliding into the new year!
Happy New Year everybody!2017 has been a fantastic year for us! With a new owner of the websites, there were quite some changes. But all very positive. 2018 will brings us even more changes. Most importantly, the new website in a few weeks. What will never change is our love for the old stuff!We try to keep you entertained with quizzes, mystery cars, events, historical feature and many more! We st...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 6
The last part of our six-day quiz could be very well be the hardest one to solve. The remains of this once luxury car were found in a peat bog near Gotenburg. Only 500 of this particular model were made and its nickname was Carioca, meaning an inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro. But don’t be fooled as it was also a popular dance in the country where this automobile was made. You can now send in your a...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 5
Something went wrong with today’s quiz car, as it was once a restored one. About thirty years ago it went up in flames due to an accident. It hasn’t been restored since. To help you determine the make, think Eastern-Europe where it was set up in a newly created country just after WW I. It was named after a mountain ridge in that country. This sad wreck dates from the 1930s. Write down the name...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 4
For day 4 of our six day quiz it’s not the car at the right that we want to know the make of. That’s a Chevrolet. Easy! No, it’s the make of the one up front you will have to tell us. To help you a bit, the marque was known for expensive automobiles, but in the early twenties they felt the need for a cheaper six cylinder model, of which this is an example. If you still don’t know what it i...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 3
The puzzle for day 3 of our six-day quiz is an automobile that had been hidden in a barn for more than forty years before it saw daylight again and was sympathetically renovated. The name of the marque came from a coachbuilding company combined with that of a leaping cat. After WW II the company dropped its first two letters for obvious reasons. One other clue is that it was featured on PWC not to...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 2
To solve part 2 of our six-day quiz the unusual lighting might be a giveaway, as many of you will have seen a picture of this kind before. We took this photo at a special exhibition in Paris where a whole lot of similar barnfinds were auctioned. This remarkable automobile was one of them. Apart from the three-piece window it had the steering wheel in the middle (although at later models this was m...
Whatisit? PreWar Christmas Quiz day 1
The past ten years our annual Prewar Christmas Quiz has become a nice ritual as we published our first quiz in 2007. The year 2017 will not be different as we are eager to continue the tradition. This year the questions are very easy (although we don’t know about the answers). We are going to show you a barnfind, an abandoned wreck or any other car in a sad state. Up to you to tell us what the m...
A Christmas Tale
It was the end of November, that I was traveling by train towards Sussex Downs. I was a nurse by profession and was engaged by a man to look after his wife who was mentally ill. A cab brought me through the cold and wet evening to the house of the family, where I was welcomed by the husband and wife. Although her skin color was pale and yellowish, the wife was very kind in appearance and did...
How a chauffeur was to bring peace to the world
It was a review for a new novel that we read. A novel named ‘Archivist of the world’ about a superlative plan from the early 20th century. It’s a true story, too. In 1908 the opulent rich French banker Albert Kahn hands over a state-of-the-art camera to his chauffeur Alfred Dutertre and tells him to learn how to use it. Kahn trusts him his paramount plan: capture all the tribes of the world ...
About What is it? Quiz #460: 1901 FN type A
Not that often that we have a colour photo on the quiz, but this week we do have one as the answer to last year's quiz. A 1901 FN is what we see. A Belgian arm manufacturer that got into cars in the begin of the last century. This car is still on display at the Bruxelles Autoworld. We received quite some good answers. One even with a copy of a post stamp with the car on it.The first good answer ca...
Adlers little helpers.
Only a few days before Christmas, so you may be dreaming of a white Christmas like Bing Crosby did in 1942. And yes, in some parts of the world the world is white. We enjoyed driving our Riley earlier and reported about it. After this, we received quite some good photos of other crazy car nuts who were slipping around.One of the emails came from Manfred Schleißing, who had not only a car da...
Top 3 best read articles at prewarcar.com magazine in 2017
As the new year is almost there, it is time to look back at the last 12 months. In our online Prewarcar.com magazine we had 365 features, with 26 quizzes, many mysteries solved, beautiful (old) photos and plenty of other interesting articles.We have checked everything and found the top 3 most read articles: 1. My fathers' first car: a 1938 Opel Olympia In this very personal story, Hubertus...
From the family album: A Dürkopp?
Another photo popped up on the family album. This one was sent by Hein Brand. The car that we see, is probably a Dürkopp. A German car builder that started around 1899 with two-cylinder powered cars. According to the Georgano bible, Dürkopp was specialized in heavy types of touring cars. Which were based on a racing car developed for the Kaiserpreis race of 1907. This car seems to us a bit young...

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