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The ultimate car week; Pebble beach
A Concours d'Elegance, a tour, car auctions, car meetings and various forums, all in only 6 days! Yes, this is Pebble Beach!Something every car enthusiast knows and dreams about, car collectors who hope their car is invited and awarded, sellers who hope their car will bring a few bucks and many many many enthusiasts who hope to see and find their dream car. Pebble Beach and the Monterey ...
A mystery Swedish made veteran.
 

Who knows the maker of this unique Swedish car? I do, but it would be great to have more information concerning handling a car of this age. It´s estimated "date of birth" is about 1907 and builder was mr C.J Molin in Eskilstuna who made bicycles for a living.He had an early interest in those "teuf-teuf"-things so he took a De Dion engine and put into his car fitte...

For the Love of the Alfa
      

I myself have never purchased a vehicle at auction but I’m often found wandering around in these settings, minding my own business, amongst numerous potential car buyers. I’m likely to be spotted in a corner, flicking through the generously illustrated pages of a car sales catalogue, so freshly printed I can detect the familiar ink...

What is it? Quiz #451
Normally with the Whatisit quiz we send you to the dusty corners of your archives with makes many of you may have never heard of. This time the make of the car is a very common (and still existing) one, turning it more into a lesson in identification. Although the photo is slightly hazy, all identification features are clearly visible. I regularly have to deal with material which is far more diffi...
A stretching Bugatti girl
The girls of California love to stretch; sometimes a pole is not available. That`s why this time, she used a Bugatti Type 57 C of 1937 (#57664). This photo was sent in by our Californian reporter, Peter Porsche. And was taken at the end of their monthly car gathering in Novato, called Cars and Coffee. A monthly early morning gathering of car aficionados at the local shopping centre, from 8 ...
Classic-Days at Schloss Dyck: so much to enjoy
Since weeks, I looked forward to the Classic-Days at Schloss Dyck in the Lower Rhine region. And like every year it was a fantastic event. Sadly, I was only able to visit the event on Friday, but at the Classic-Days, I anyway prefer the Friday, as it is not as overcrowded as over the weekend. The Friday started early in the morning and just like every year, you already have nice encount...
Definitely the gentleman about town…
The problem with pre-war photographs of cars is that you can very rarely find anything in colour – unless you go right back to 1898!  This coloured image from that date shows a Léon Bollée Voiturette – but of a rather curious type.  Although clearly being piloted by a dapper gentleman in the streets of the city, it is in fact, according to the caption, a Type de course – or r...
Release the Beast at Mallory!

We are still smelling the burning rubber of the famous Prescott Hill Climb but we are already preparing for the next racing event. The Leicestershire circuit of Mallory Park, famous for its superb blend of challenging corners and motorsport grass roots, is set to come alive this weekend to the sight and sound of numerous pre-war motorcars competi...

A very special Adler 6/25 h.p. in Germany
Wednesday August 2nd 2017), I had the pleasure to witness the start of the "Clärenore Stinnes Gedächtnisfahrt", a memorial run organized by the German Adler-Motor-Veteranen-Club (AVMC) to celebrate the famous trip around the world made by Miss Stinnes 90 years ago in an Adler "Standard 6".The cars started at the Central Garage museum in Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt where the Adler motorcars...
About What is it Quiz #450: SHW-Wagen
Well done, prewarcar.com-readers. Of the five answers, five answers had the correct solution. The car is of course the SHW-Wagen, built by the "Schwäbische Hüttenwerke GmbH", located in Baden-Württemberg. It was presented to the public at the Automobilausstellung-Berlin in 1925. This company was founded just four years before, but the company proudly states, that its origins go back to ...
More Beauty!
Which day is it today? FRIDAY! Most of you who regularly visit the website know what this means. Good looking ladies and beautiful cars! This week the ladies do not seem to be mechanics or part of the family portrait. On this photograph, we see two women in the back of a very fine-looking car. Which we think is a 1917 Studebaker. But who are they and what are they doing there? Quite noticeable is ...
Yes, the world’s most valuable car was indeed found in a junkyard….
Ettore Bugatti was a showman. He had the biggest luxury car, which he had designed at the end of the 1920s. The Type 41 was intended to be the most magnificent car ever created, a car for Kings. Oh sure, royalty had Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Hispano-Suizas and Delahayes but park the Royale next to any of those and they looked small. Plus there were over 400 Duesenberg Model J’s so they were ...
Enemies of the road
In a recent post on early Wolseley racers a device was visible on one of the photos, which is nowadays generally known as a nail catcher. Horseshoe nails, next to glass or pieces of barbed wire, were among the most important enemies of a pleasant road trip during the early years of automobilism. Horses were far more abundant than cars in that time and horses tended to lose these nails on a r...
GN Madness; What could possibly go wrong!!!!
   

Once I realised spending my inheritance on paying off some of the mortgage would save us zero money. Combined with the fact there was a GN coming up for sale in France, I could tell there was trouble ahead. As much as I tried to resist, GN madness prevailed! I negotiated the price to almost affordable and then a deal was struck!So far so good I tho...

Summertime at the German Lower Rhine Region
Since 2006, in the first weekend of August, you can spot a conspicious amount of classic cars on the road, and they all have one thing in common: they are heading towards the old water castle "Schloss Dyck" near Mönchengladbach. If you have not been there, you just wouldn´t believe the number of cars displayed. In 2006, the Classic-Days started with "only" 500 cars. One year later, you a...
The Launch and Decline of the V-8; part 2
Last week, we published part 1 of this article about the launch and decline of the V8 engine. Today the final part. Enjoy. De Dion Bouton was the first company to manufacture and market a V-8 motor car for consumer use. The first V-8 was available from July 1909, boasting a power output of 35hp, only marginally better than that of the bigger four-cylinder models available, but with a wheelb...
What is it? Quiz #450

This Saturday, the car we are looking for was the prototype for a small car for the masses. It was built in the mid 20s and featured a lot of modern technologies. On the photo, you can see at least half of the production (most likely even two-thirds). At least two open cars and one closed limousine were built. One open car still exists. Two more hints: The engine was built by a famous ai...

Stand By Me Lady Campbell
Exactly ninety-two years ago today and amongst the many people who would have been on hand to congratulate Sir Malcolm Campbell on a new World Land Speed Record was Mrs Dorothy Emily Edith Evelyn Campbell, who had married the world-famous motor racer back in 1920.Sir Malcolm is sat within a 350 hp V12 Sunbeam Blue Bird, which achieved a total of three World Land Speed Records. The first of these w...
The ultimate barnfind? Definitely a dream car!
The Ultimate barn find they said... Something we hear quite often, not always correct in our opinion. But in this movie, we can definitely see a fantastic barn find! A car we only dream about finding it in some old shed. Let alone, race it. Enjoy the movie of this Bugatti 35C!...
Prewar Workshop: Trembler coils

Recently in the workshop I had ignition problems with a <1900 vehicle. The car would not really want to work well when cold and had problems finding the correct ignition timing.  The ignition system was a modern set of contact breakers and coils and seems to have been converted at some point in history from its unknown original battery operated ignition type.

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