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Mature beauty: A unique Packard Eight from 1929 in Germany

Why do even people who don’t have a driving license often admire prewar cars? Well, there are lots of reasons, but one is obvious: Prewar cars don’t have anything in common with today's mostly dull vehicles which are congesting the motorways in almost every part of the world. I remember my first trip from Germany to Italy as a schoolboy in the 1980s. After cro...

The fantastic vision of driving this car to Montlhéry
Some weeks ago, I went to the Nürburgring to see the "Nürburgring-Classics"; an event, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the opening race of the most spectacular race track I have ever seen. In 1927, Rudolf Caracciola won this first race in a Mercedes-Benz Typ "S" with an average speed of 101 km/h and this special car was only one of many fantastic racers driviring through the "Grüne H...
A common problem in those days; a flat tyre.
Hugh Ellis sent in this photo, which he recently purchased in France. On the back, the date is written: 1913 but there are no details about the car or the people.Editor: Great photo Hugh, thank you for sharing. What makes the idea of the photo even more fun, is to see it in addition to the earlier article of Ariejan Bos about Nail Catchers. In those days, flat tyres were a common problem. As we ca...
Will this be worth saving?
When one purchases a new old car, it is always necessary to do some work on it. Some cars just need a good polish, but some need just a little bit more TLC. Last week, two BMW barn-finds came up for sale on our website. In the office, there were some discussions about if they really are worth saving. We are sure someone will be very happy to take on this job (as they were sold very quickly) ...
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Our summer starts to come to an end. So, the long, cold nights will not be far away. But that doesn't mean we cannot use our pre-war cars anymore this year!  PreWarCar.com is proud to be a partner of The 100 Miles of Amsterdam once again. Snow, small dikes, Christmas atmosphere, dark night and pre-war cars. The combination that makes the 100 Miles of Amsterdam as fun and unique as it is. Thi...
About What is it quiz #452 a 1925 Ravel 12 HP
Maybe some of you were so impressed by the lady in the car that they forgot to answer. But some of you gave the correct answer! The car we used in the quiz was a 1925 Ravel 12HP. According to 'Autocar' this was a medium-sized car with a 12CV 2.1-litre 4-cylinder ohv engine, a 4-speed gearbox and front-wheel brakes from the beginning of its life.So it was a Ravel, not a Bignan. Nor was i...
Surviving Autojumbles for Women
While visiting the Autojumble at Beaulieu this weekend, you might well pass the stand of Antonia Davison, a lovely lady who is a regularly stand holder at autojumbles, fairs and shows all over England. Accompanied by her partner John Firth, who is into cars, of course, she sells all kinds of merchandise which are more of interest to the women, accompanying their husbands. As these husbands inevita...
Back to its roots: Minerva in Antwerp
Last Sunday about fifteen Minerva cars gathered in Antwerp. Every ten (!) years the Belgian Vehicle Heritage club organizes a rally for Minervas only. They started in 1997, one hundred years after the De Jong brothers started their bicycle factory, so this was only the third edition. The oldest car present was a tiny 1904 Minervette, the youngest was from about 1930.

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You can fit seven cars into a photo – if they’re SLIM
This photo proudly commemorates a victory – and a rare one.  How often have we seen seven winning cars from one maker in a competition? The picture comes from a full-page advertisement in a special 1925 Salon edition of La Revue Sportive Illustrée.  Although the cars are French – made in Lyon – the magazine is Belgian.  The win celebrated is from the Circuit de Belgique or...
Mystery tourer in Heidelberg
I have been researching German prewar cars for some time - in particular those from lesser known small-scale manufacturers - however, I was unable to identify the phaeton in the attached photo.The car has just stopped at the bridge crossing the Neckar river in Heidelberg (Southern Germany), a favourite spot for taking photos of the lovely town with the ruined, yet still magnificent castle in...
Sometimes you just have the need to push the throttle
In 2009 during Christmas as a little vacation I visit Paris. As a Panhard Levassor driver I made a visit at the avenue D'ivry. This was once on the outskirts of central Paris the place where french quality automobiles where built. In 2009 the building had no visible function but the Panhard sign was still there. Standing before the old factory the idea arose to bring back to it’s birth p...
What is it? Quiz #452
Built between the first and the second World War. There are not many of this French make around. The company is named, as many car brands, after its owner. Who knows what car it is?It`s probably not that hard so we won't give you too many hints. Bonus points for the person who can tell us something about the lady behind the steering wheel.Please place your answer in a comment before Monday th...
The roaring twenties and an edwardian Talbot

Flappers are a generation of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behaviour. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sex...

Thirties American Splendour at Lime Rock
A vibrant selection of pre-war motorcars will soon feature in the up-coming Lime Rock Auction, hosted by Dragone Classic Motorcars in Lakeville, Connecticut on Sunday 3rd September. Boasting eighteen stunning pre-war vehicles for sale, a noteworthy proportion of these listings were manufactured in America during the 1930s. Expected to fetch a rather healthy sum, the 1931 Cadillac V16 Lancefi...
1929 Mercedes S Barker Tourer wows at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
A breath-taking 1929 Mercedes S Barker Tourer swept up an incredibly impressive collection of awards at last weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Among the accolades the 1929 Mercedes received on the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California were the Best of Show, the Jules Heumann Most Elegant Open Car, the Class I Mercedes-Benz Prewar Award and the Gran Turismo Trophy....
In commemoration of Bertha Benz
Bertha Benz; the woman who we all know. An important person in the Automobile History. She is probably the first lady to drive a car, and she 'founded' the first fuel station. In Germany, during the first weekend of August they held the "Bertha Benz Fahrt". This event takes place every two years to honour the first long distance run of a motor car by Berta Benz, wife of Carl Benz, in 1888. T...
Rhodesian hunting party mystery
Another mystery car to start the week. Someone's Dad and Grandad obviously on a hunting trip, with each their own Rhodesian Ridgeback breed hunting dog. However, we would like to know what make the cars are in the photo, although the car with the Salisbury, Southern Rhodesian registration, on the left, is thought to be a Fiat, but of what type and which year?Have a good week!...
A Fast Getaway at Lucky Collector
When Bonnie & Clyde made a hasty exit from one of their numerous robberies, a Ford V8 often provided the much-needed power behind their speedy getaway. It’s therefore no surprise that one of the lots offered by Lucky Collector Car Auctions in Washington on Saturday 26th August will likely prove a hit with those in the hot-rod community. Starring as Lot 553, a 1935 Ford Coupe in gloss aubergi...
About What is it quiz #451: 1911 Peugeot Type 135
Yes, Doug, sorry about the fact that you couldn't enlarge the picture. However if you would have downloaded the picture to your computer and enlarged it there, you wouldn't have missed much detail really. The original wasn't razor-sharp either, which you can check hopefully today … No, it is not a Berliet, which had a much higher bonnet, but a Peugeot indeed, as mentioned by both Craig Gillingha...
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