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An Imp brings a smile.
When a car piques your interest what is it that first attracts you? Is it the bodywork? Is it the exhaust note? The mechanics? The radiator badge? There are endless reasons to like a car and we got to thinking why we like this 1934 Riley Imp. The Riley marque has a good reputation for cars with a sporting performance and pleasing lines and BGW 119 has both. Visually, the car ticks all the boxes. T...
Imperia Nessonvaux; the forgotten Empire

Springtime, the sun is shining and with some friends, I made a hike through the valley of the small river Hoëgne, near Spa. On our way home to Aachen, I had the idea to make a short side trip to Nessanvaux, where you still can see the remains of the once so proud factory buildings of the Automobiles-Imperia.

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A mystery car from another period
Vasapa Suvarnpradip sent in this photo of a mystery car, that definitely was taking in another period than today. The man in the photo is believed to be Rhama VI. The Sixth King of the Chakri-Dynasty in Thailand, from 1910 - 1925.If that is correct, the photo was taken before 1925.What we see is a big car, what looks like a little round/pointy radiator, straight bonnet, beaded edge tyres...
Roger and Louise asking for comment
 

This charming couple apparently is touring on a sunny day somewhere through the hills of France. Their names are Louise and Roger Barrier, their car is a shiny Darracq landaulette with a chauffeur. According to the license plate, the year must be 1909 or later. So far so good. But what is happening in the photo? It's been some time, since you've had the opportunity...

New setup of the weekly What is it? Quiz & Quiz #454
In the past 16 years, hundreds of car quizzes have come by on our website with even many more answers from our readers. As many of the competitors are judges by now, we thought the time may have come to spice things up a little; primarily by a change in the judgment system.This means from now on, participants will compete in a 6-month competition. So twice a year we will have a new winner for the ...
A Buick & Flapper Down Under
It is only on rare occasions that we see a RHD Buick. So when Reg Harris sent this snapshot of a smiling flapper with a - typical for the twenties - drop waist dress we were not only glad for that single reason. Yes the dress is a good pointer for the period in which the photo was shot (around 1925) but to look up the facts we still had to pick up our American Car Spotters Guide 1920-1939,  a...
Ode to a special 14/60 Dolly
Among the offerings at Brightwell’s next up-coming classic auction is a pre-war car that, according to its review in the June 1937 edition of Motorsport Magazine, possesses ‘character that appeals particularly to those who have to motor far and fast’. I can’t help but find myself intrigued, not only by this eighty-year-old comment but also by the elegant waterfall radiator grille, be...
A family Talbot
We know roughly when this picture was taken because we know the two youngsters in it.  They are brother and sister, at the ages of about 3 and 7, in 1956, in front of their home in Liverpool.  What we don’t know exactly is the model of Talbot, but we’re almost sure it’s a 14/45 (otherwise known as a 65), made to the designs of Georges Roesch and bodied by the Darracq Motor Engine...
Bentley's 100mph aero coupé
 

Bentley’s R-type Continental was seen as a major departure for the firm on its launch in 1949. Low, sporting, with streamlined coachwork and clearly designed for high-speed grand touring, it bucked the trend of increasingly heavy, upright saloons the firm had built since Rolls-Royce’s takeover in 1931.But it had an antecedent. In 1933, Bentley began experimenti...

An (American) Fiat mystery
 

Tim Ruth sent an email about his car he is trying to identify. The brass place has f-7041 on it and he is pretty sure it is an American Fiat.Wheelbase is 140 inch, a 7 passenger car. The engine is a massive 9 liter 4 cylinder and has dual ignition by Bosch. The engine has 10-8-16 stamped on the block.His email: '22 yrs ago I saw this car in a barn. I checked on it ...

The land speed record that never materialised
What do you think of when you hear "land speed record"? An early PreWarCar fanatic will immediately think of Jenatzy's "La Jamais Contente", while others might think of Campbell's Bluebird(s) or the Salt Flats of Bonneville. The records most people remember are the ultimate, overall records broken by "four wheeled planes" rather than cars.Around WW II, small automobile manufacturers started ...
About What is it? Quiz #453
 

Congratulations to all contributors, as everyone identified the car as a Bellanger, built by the former Paris agent of Westinghouse, Delaunay-Belleville and Pilain. Most of you also agreed upon the prewar origin of this specific model, but then it started to diverge And I agree, it is difficult to find information on the prewar Bellangers. Officially and with a mou...

6 reasons I love my Model Ts
6 reasons I love my Model Ts, need I have to say anymore???? Oh, yes! once they get in they don't know how to open the door/by Warren Henderson       ...
Finding the owner in Denmark of a 1927 Franklin
Bill Roth of St. Paul, Minnesota is looking for the current owner of a Franklin he restored."I restored this 1927 Franklin Oxford Victoria Coupe in 1974 and sold it approximately in the late fall of 1997 to a man in Denmark. I never was able to speak directly with him (language barrier), but I did speak through an Englishmen translator, who facilitated working out the shipping details. I have lost...
A military trial
This Panhard-Levassor lorry dates from 1900 – and was taking part in military maneuvers held by the French army to assess the capabilities of petrol and steam commercial vehicles.  There is, however, a curious thing about this image: it appears that the army is hedging its bets, by testing a replacement for horse-drawn transport – but making sure it could still supply feed for tho...
Passion For Pre-War With Tom Hardman at Formula Vintage, Snetterton
“Custodianship of these cars create memories for you that are priceless.” says racing driver Tom Hardman as we discuss why he’s competing in a pre-war car at the fifth round of Formula Vintage; Snetterton.His chosen motor is a highly unique and exquisitely pretty 1937 MG Bellevue. Built on a 1935 MG Magnette by Walter ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson, who was later renowned for work on the Ecurie Ecos...
Junkyard, missing tyre: what is next in this Bugatti T41 story??
A few weeks ago, we published an article about the 'world's most valuable car' that was found in a junkyard. What makes our magazine great are the comments from the readers, their knowledge is just unbelievable. In this case, we received an email from Ace Zenek: "I believe this is probably one of the most interesting photos of the restored Bugatti Type 41 while it was still in the posse...
Back to Beaulieu: What has changed if you have not been to Beaulieu for 15 years?
'What has changed if you have not been to Beaulieu for 15 years?' I ask myself when I get invited to join a friend to the International Autojumble. I don't have a clue, because I don't remember much (15 years is a long time...). But the moment I cross the gate it all comes back in a flash, and I immediately remember where to go to see old friend Barry's stall, or the guys from Peterborough...
What is it quiz #453
The mystery today is a sleek and sporting looking car with a distinctive front, dating from shortly before the Great War. Built by an ambitious Parisian agent in automobiles of renowned makes, the car received his name and can be described as international. Maybe not that hard to solve, but we need to know at least make, year and model. And of course as many other details as possible, to improve y...
'Speedway' star with her Isotta.
There is something alluring about this picture of a beautiful young lady sitting on the bumper of an enormous car with enormous headlamps, so we though we would dig deeper and find out what we could.Her name is Anita Page, star of the silent movie, and since she lived until 98 she enjoyed fame as being known as 'the last star of the silents'.  She was a family girl and employed her father as her ...

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