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Bicester Alvis Shows Real Heritage

It’s a big year for both the Alvis marque and the Bicester Heritage site. 2017 marks fifty years since the British car brand went into liquidation, while significant investment has been announced to secure a bright future for the pre-war scene at the English Heritage site. It seems apt then that the two are meeting on the 25th of Oc...

A motorshow down under
Best in Show of this year’s Motorclassica, The Australian International Concours d’Elegance & Classic Motor Show held at the heritage listed Royal Exhibiton Building in Melbourne, Australia was a worthy recipient. Radio Presenter David Berthon’s 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London to Edinburgh Continental torpedo tourer with coachwork by Peel of Brisbane taking the honours, at t...
Atalanta; You only live twice (...or thrice?)

At this years Classic-Days at Schloß Dyck, I saw a nice extremely low roadster near the crowd of Bentleys and my first thought was „Oh, a great car, but on what chassis might this „Special“ be built?“ But the car looked very nice. I saw a fantastic (but not too heavy) patina and as I saw the front-axle, I realized, that this was not a „usual“ spe...

Faded car photos from 1903 in Hungary
Photos of old cars are sometimes very good but in this case definitely not. Sent by Pal Negyesi. A photo we like, a photo in old style 'The year is 1903, the place is probably somewhere in Hungary. Despite the different size of the rear wheels, I believe the two photos depict the same car. There is absolutely no information regarding the car, so any info on what this might be would be warmly...
E.R.A. transport in style
E.R.A were supplied with four Bedford transporters that carried the team and the cars to British and European venues in the thirties where E.R.A's broke many records and won at most of the international events the cars entered.The 1936 Bedford W series still has its original 2.7 litre stovebolt engine fitted. Bedford's parent company GM produced the engines which were in production from 1929...
About What is it quiz #455: Brennabor Type A

So here we are with the solution of quiz #455: Ok, at first, I have to apologize for one term in my quiz-text: I wrote “Production ended during World War II (…)”, but forgot to tell, that the automobile-production ended already in 1933/34.But afterwards, the production was still on with bicycles and motorbikes.

Cecil Kimbers Last MG
Imagine you’re sixteen years old and spot a derelict saloon in a collapsed shed. Immediately you think “I want that car!" But then it takes another six years before you can finally call it your own. That’s what happened to Malcolm Simmonds who spotted a forlorn looking MG VA saloon. No stranger to old cars as he used to tinker with them at his grandfather’s garage, he liked the look of the...
Driving a 1903 car and having champagne in the morning: Only in France
We all know the famous London to Brighton run, which is held every year in November. But how many of you know the much smaller, but at least as enjoyable Rallye des Ancetres in Compiegne? Held on the first weekend of October every year.The prewarcar.com team was present as well and enjoyed it once again. It is a typical French event, with beautiful old cars, very relaxing atmosphere and good food ...
Some Assembly Required
Once again the High Holy Days of Hershey have come and gone. Formally known as the Antique Automobile Club of American Eastern National Fall Meet, over the past 63 years it has become known to car people as simply "Hershey," after its location in America's "Chocolate Town" in Pennsylvania. Comprising both a swap meet (Americans don't know the word "autojumble") and a 1500-car show, Hershey a...
Weigel and his racers

One of the most impressive racers ever in my view is the 1907 Grand Prix Weigel. The length of its bonnet was enormous due to the 8 cylinder engine, which was built by combining two 4 cylinder engines.

Daniel Michael Weigel was a motoring pioneer from 1893 on, when he was just 18 years old. In 1901 Weigel and the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot formed the British Automobile Commer...

What is it? Quiz #455

It is Quiztime again!

The car we are looking for today was built by a factory, that started building vehicles in 1871. Of course, those were no automobiles, but pushchairs mainly built of wickerwork. Some years later the make added bicycles (ca 1885) and motorcycles (1901) to their portfolio. In 1908 the company lauched its first...

A girl in the garage.
On every long car journey you occasionally have to stop for petrol. It's a chance to stretch your legs, buy some chocolate and have a pee.  Sometimes you spend time politely answering question about the date and make of the old car you are driving.Everybody carries a camera in their phone these days so it's often time for a 'selfie'But last week somewhere in Italy we met Monica.  S...
Delaunay Belleville - rare luxury.
To find a Delaunay Belleville nestling amongst our cars for sale column is quite a treat.  It's a rare car from a luxury French manufacturer.  Right from their start in 1903, Delaunay Belleville was one of the world's leaders and their chauffeur-driven cars were bought by Tsar Nicholas ll, King George l of Greece and King Alphonso Vlll of Spain.The quality of the engineering fully justif...
Rare thirties MG Discovered by Archaeologists on Salisbury Plain
  

A rare 1932 MG J2 has proven an intriguing find for both archaeologists and motoring enthusiasts alike after being discovered during excavation work on Salisbury Plain in the UK. The MG motorcar was discovered by a team of archaeologists on the military site of Larkhill and is believed to have been abandoned and subsequently buried within a disused WW2 weapon...

Goodwood Revival 2017 revisited
There are quite a lot of top-notch classic car events all over the globe – in that regard today’s old car addicts probably live in the best of all worlds. Yet, if there is one that deserves a “pure magic” award, in my opinion, it’s the Goodwood Revival Meeting taking place each September on the grounds of the former military airfield and the legendary racing circuit that is situate...
A mystery Adler in Belgium
  

Recently Hubertus Hansmann raced through the history of Adler at the wheel of an Adler Rennlimousine, an impressive car with a long bonnet from the '30s. This time I would like to show you an impressive Adler from about 25 years earlier. Normally the Adlers do not present real challenges in an identification, but the lead photo, in this case, does, at least for me. P...

Homesick for Hershey... !

This year for the first time since many, many years… no Hershey for us. And it hurts! Early October is the time when the sun gets low, hard winds and rain can blow but whatever the climate says the rolling Penna hills lure nut men from around the globe to chocolate town Hershey. The nerve starts when you meet the first tatty pick-ups hauling their load down the 76 or...

About What is it quiz #454: Hans Rohrbach car
The first quiz with the new setup was definitely not easy at all. We are not sure if it was the quiz itself or the new way of judgment.We did receive quite some emails and messages about it, mostly very enthusiastic. We are glad you like it. We would like to say; even if you do not have the time to participate in all the quizzes, please give your answer when you do. You still have the chance...
Madame Delpent and her Delage
Proudly sitting at the wheel of her neat little Delage we see Madame Adolphe Delpent in front of her house, somewhere in France. The year will be around 1909. Her little niece Andréa Chevrier is enjoying the car just as much, while her son Georges is sitting on the bonnet like on a horse. Maybe he's dreaming of owning such a car one day, when grown up. Just like we do, of course! For now, t...
Choc & Cheese at RM Sotheby’s
 

When looking to purchase a pre-war car, what matters more – an original vehicle that is genuinely from that era or a passionate recreation of an extinct stunner from back in the day? This is exactly the debate that will likely arise amongst collectors present at the up-coming RM Sotheby’s classic car auction on 5th & 6th October. Based in Hershey’s Pennsy...

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