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The Kenya Headgear Mystery (UPDATE: Napier)
Last week Edward Farnham Mystery was very quickly identified as a Sunbeam, so Charles Farnham has sent us another picture. Again not much is known about this touring car, except that the picture was taken in 1911. The location could possibly be somewhere in Kenya, maybe because of the ladies headgear. Apart from the AA badge, the car looks certainly British to us, but for the rest we haven’t...
The Pencil Mystery (UPDATES: Hardtmuth and Steyr)
Sometimes the old family album yields unexpected surprises. Henrik Schou-Nielsen from Denmark found this snapshot in his father’s album. The date is around 1930 or 1931 when his father (standing on the running board) would have been 3 or 4 years old. His Grandmother, Henrik’s great grandmother, is standing beside the pencil shaped automobile (click image for enlargement). The story is that she...
The Mystery China Chap (Update: Billiken)
Recently we came across this friendly smiling sitting Chinese. So far we have not seen a second one. The usual radiator mascot websites (like Mascot Mania ) have not yet produced the answer. Any suggestions? Height is about 12 cm (4,5 inches), weight 1 kilo (massive brass). The China chap is seated at his but with the feet pointing forward. He is showing resemblance with a smiling Buddha. Is he ju...
The 6 passenger touring Mystery. (UPDATE IV: more about LaSalle styling )
A nice sunny day, somewhere in India. Six people are about to take off for a nice ride in their comfortable RHD tourer. The overall appearance suggests an American made product. Maybe it is even as simple as Ford, Studebaker or Chevy. The funny thing is that the angle of photography gives a more European feel to the coachwork. Please enlighten us. Contact Us (photo collection Harit) UPDATE IV by I...
The Edward Farnham Mystery. (UPDATE II: 1913 Grand Prix Sunbeam raced by my grandfather ! )
See this lucky guy in his fine Edwardian (?) sports motorcar. Our editor's gut feeling says the photo is 1910-ish. Nothing is known other that the driver's name is Edward Farnham. But look at this set of wheels. The sidelights alone are worth a detour. The protruding radiator top tank possibly betrays German engineering... The high profiled scuttle is showing two fold-down windscreens; made from m...
The junkyard mystery. (UPDATE III : 1940 GMC on left? )
John Mallinak sends this photo from the time his family owned a junkyard. "This was probably taken just before the war at my paternal grandfather’s junkyard in Harlansburg, Pennsylvania. The car on the right is not a Durant, but very possibly a 1932 Frontenac (as you know, a very scarce Canadian Durant product) and the commercial vehicle on the left with the light bar is a taxi or tow truck—lo...
MG mystery wings. (Update II : Singer Le Mans ? )
"I'm trying to identify the rear wings on my MG J2 (bought through Prewarcar.com in 2005). I know they are not J2 wings and since I now have proper replacements, I'd like to know what they are, so I can find a new owner for them. Hope you can help." Frank van Dalen (click for more detail or for a second perspective) Info@PreWarCar.com UPDATE II by Fernando Godoy:"Maybe the wings in the depic...
The Shah's mystery tour. (UPDATE II: Qajar Dynasty)
Mr. Borzou Sepasi is working on a book about the cars of the Persian Shah's. It is well know the Shah's had a fine taste for cars. See for example this much later Horch 853UPDATE II by Borzou Sepasi (busy writing the book:"... there was a mistake in that text. That king was the last Shah of Qajar dynasty, not Pahlavi dynasty." (UPDATE I/thnx. for correction Jack Braam Ruben & Harry Schley & P...
The Jaeger Clock Mystery . (UPDATE: 'Temps de Marche' Chronoflight)
This nice (rally? aircraft?) clock is from the collection of the late Barend van der Hoek who rallied as a navigator in the years 1934-39 in the Monte Carlo and the early postwar years was. Ford, MG and Packard were the cars. The amazing collection currently is being investigated and catalogued. This clock is one of the objects that so far not has been identified exactly. On the web you can find a...
The Inboard Evinrude Mystery (UPDATE III: more on the Model DD 1920-23)
Greg Smith informs us about this strange pre-war boat engine. It was found in a decaying hull which had been the rescue boat for a local yacht club on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia. The inboard engine runs beautifully and still has its original pull start rope and wooden toggle. Apart from a small amount of local history and the name (click) not much is known about this Evinrude inb...
The Crossley Painting Mystery
Recently Tony Clark, a collector of motoring art, found this painting of a 1927 Crossley (possibly a 18.50 or 20.9 Fabric Saloon). The size of the image had been reduced with white snowpake (click!). Tony assumed it was recently applied to mask out the name of a magazine and possibly the artist's signature at the bottom. After carefully removing the snowpake, Tony was left with the second picture ...
Star marked Renault mystery. (UPDATE: Labourdette & Stella)
"My neighbour let me scan the two pics from her family album, showing her father, Dumitru Vasiliu, proudly posing sometime around 1930 in his newly acquired car from Paris. It’s the most striking Renault I’ve ever seen. The superlong 40CV (45?) chassis with a sporty coachwork. While some features are in the 20's sportscar fashion, others seem strange, like the lack of the passenger door with s...
Forgotten Brooklands driver...! (read Update: Mystery Motorcycle?)
Meet Rex King Clark (click photo to see the young RKC with flat cap behind the Singer), one of the very-very few drivers who actually raced at Brooklands before the war and who is still with us at the age of 94 (!). David Swann was kind enough to tell us about his friend who has helped him to build a reconstruction of one of the works Singers that was owned and raced later on by Rex. However it wa...
Weird Wednesday: The Coffin Nose Mystery (UPDATE: AC !)
This strange coffin nosed chassis was recently found by Andrew Winter from Karangi in New South Wales at an Australian junk heap. It is a quite small chassis that looks almost cycle car size. The two headlight brackets seem almost out of proportion to it. Still they look like they were proprietary built with the chassis. The gear lever, handbrake lever and gate change are still on the chassis and ...
Mystery Six revisited.....
Remember the emblem of the earlier published 'Mystery Six'? It was recognized by Gerd Schoenwewolf from Germany. He was kind enough to send this photo to support his assumption. The photo was depicted on the cover of the (Echo Continental) a publication of Germany's largest tyre manufacturer (Volkswagen, Porsche etc. all use Conti's ). Ger reports : "...here is Frau Grete Reinwald in front of her...
The Mystery Racer of Baix Penedes. <br>UPDATE: Price On Application.. :-)
The first edition of the Catalan Cup was held the 25 May 1908 at the Baix Penedés circuit ( later replaced by the ill-famed circuit of Sitges- Terramar; read also at GrandPrix.com). In this race participated a "POA" car bearing nº5, driven by P.Romeu(DNF). Can anyone of the readers supply info about this secluded manufacturer? I found the info in diverse local publications of the period. (a...
The Six Mystery. <br>UPDATE: Brennabor 3 liter ASK !
Like earlier said, Frans Vrijaldenhoven has seen a few cars, has read some books, has browsed a few brochures. Still he is keeping this little picture, a six cylinder logo since ages without having a clue... Aside this one picture, he has never come across the same logo again. Never. Nowhere. Ziltz! Do we hear any suggestions or memories out there? Info@PreWarCar.com UPDATE by Gerd H.Schoenewolf:"...
the Monday Mallinak Mystery UPDATE: Kissel Kar 1909)
"The photo was taken in New Castle, Pennsylvania, possibly on the 4th of July 1908 or 1909. (Note the bunting or streamer that is likely red, white and blue tied to the inside top support.) My great-grandfather, Robert Kirk Hanna, is the police officer in the center of the photo. I assume the man with his right hand on the right fender is the owner of the car. The sunlight makes a glint on the rig...
A mystery tool. (UPDATE III: drain check...? )
Steve Hamilton (US) sends these photos. "These (photos) are labled 'jack' but they are not. I have no idea what the tool is for but it came along with a 1935 Voisin C-25 in the boot. The weight is about 1 kilo and the diameter is about 25 cm's. The disc is made of resin, the knob is spring loaded. It seems to be a device that is used to set a tension of some sort. The Voisin has a Cotal gearbox, ...
The forward cab tourer mystery. <br>(UPDATE IV: the Dutch importer's White)
How about this family album photo of which very little is known. Let's ask the photo to talk as we know very little more. The L80 license plate tells its own story to the man who knows. More than that the very forward outset of radiator and engine. Very unusual, so this must give somebody a clue. The radiator shape itself plus the unusual air outlets on the side of the bonnet should do it. The boy...

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