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The Crated Chassis Mystery <br> UPDATE IV: 1908 Buick 10 ?
Tim Martin from Vermont wrote to us; “There is nothing quite like the mystery photos you post from time to time. If time ever permits, please feel free to run these and see if any followers can identify the make. This is a chassis owned by friends of mine in England, and they are anxious to know what make it is.” A compliment will get you anywhere, Tim, so here’s the chassis. Apart from the...
A Monday Morning Chili Mystery (UPDATE II: 1929 Plymouth Roadster)
This wonderful picture came from Alejandro Rademacher who lives in Santiago de Chile. He runs a www.Tuerca.cl the Chilean site about antique cars and came across this family photo that was taken around 1940 in Antofagasta, up north. The owner of the workshop was a German immigrant who ran a body shop. We're not sure if this is his car, but we most certainly we cannot identify it. In view of the ow...
The Artist's Studio Mystery (UPDATE III: Park Ward ! )
Only 5 minutes from the PreWarCar world headquarters one can find the CoBrA Museum (as you may know CoBrA was an avant-garde movement started in 1948 by artists from Copenhagen, Brussels & Amsterdam). All very modern and not so prewar. Yet... a few days ago this small expositon opened with photos by Hans de Bruijn depicting the studios of 50 contemporary Dutch artists. Among them the studio of 80 ...
The Dangerous Mystery (UPDATE VI: Insurance!)
This small copper plate was found by Per Westerberg in France early in 2007. The text in French reads: “AVIS. Le propriétaire de cette voiture n´accepte pas des passagers qu´a titre gracieux. Sa responsabilité ne saurait donc être engagée en cas d´accident.” Freely translated, it means in plain English: “WARNING. The owner of this vehicle does not drive passengers against payment. Th...
The Shiny Brass Radiator Mystery (UPDATE V: Aster pump)
A few months ago our distinguished jurymember, Verner Johnsen from Denmark, bought this rooftop shaped radiator. He is not sure but assumes it is from an automobile. The radiator has a small cooling block but also a wide frame, which makes us believe we are talking about a small car trying to look bigger. Verner is very curious as to what this is, and asked our help. The shape could certainly be a...
The Algerian Adventure Mystery <br> (UPDATE IV: Fiat 1905-1906, Baron Pierre du Crawhez )
Some time ago Stijnus Schotte visited a fleamarket in Antwerp, Belgium. Always on the look-out for old photographs, he dug up a set of photos of which on the back was written “Algeria”. We have no clue whatsoever about the year these photos were taken (1904-1908?) or the make of the car, although we venture a guess at Mercedes or Berliet. Please let us know if you recognize this automobile. An...
The Cisitalia Mystery
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The Fuerza Libre Mystery (UPDATE II: Graham-Paige or Mercedes?)
While doing research for his book Fuerza Libre about Argentinean racing history, Guillermo Sánchez came across this heavily modified chassis of unknown origins. It belongs to a race car of which the history can be traced back to the 1950s. Nothing really important other than many names, one of them Varela Castex in Mar del Plata around 1959 and many engines like two different Hudsons and an Argen...
A Mumbai Mystery (UPDATE: DeSoto)
Another picture from the seemingly endless collection of Harit from India. This one looks like a real gem. The photograph was taken in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) when the streets were still deserted. Just look at the beautiful wooden veranda supports on the building at the right. The car seems to be a classy one and it appears to be huge. Between the headlights there is a badge bar with some sort of...
The Waterman’s Mystery
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The non-steamer chassis Mystery.
Tim Martin from Vermont, USA, sends the photos of a chassis waiting to be identified in the UK.... Tim writes:" The chassis owner is John Goold in Camerton (near Bath), England, a dear friend and a superb Stanley steam car restorer and parts maker. He thought it might be Maxwell, and Dave Greenless thought possibly Reo. As I understand it, the chassis was purchased in the US, quite possibly at Her...
The Brighton, Melbourne Mystery. ( UPDATEs: 1909 F.N. 8/12 )
"Could you identify car #1768 ? It is my grandparents major Albert Henry James and his wife Gladys taken in Brighton, Melbourne , Victoria Australia." The photo is from the family album of Anthony James. Click the photo to get a better view on the fine roadster. It looks like they pose on the sidewalk along a dust track long before the times of tarmac & asphalt. We're sure you will ID this Eng...
The Horses Head Mystery
Not long ago David Barker from the UK bought a kit of Delage R-Type parts, that included a rear axle. However, this axle is certainly not Delage and now David wonders if we can help identify it. The axle has five stud artillery type wheels with finned brake drums. No maker’s name could be found. David took it apart and photographed the stampings on the Crown Wheel. There's a series of numbers an...
The Family Album Mystery (UPDATE-s-s-s !: Franklin Pirate)
Family albums are always a great source for discoveries and mysteries. Recently Harit from India found four on a flea market. Apart from family photos they contained several pictures of nice cars, although presumably they were not all owned by the family in these albums. There were two faded pictures of this tourer that are almost identical, one with the hood up and the other with the hood down. T...
The Standard Mystery (UPDATE VI: 1907 Mora?)
Leonard Barr is the registrar of the Standard Register, the automobiles that have been made in the UK from 1903 to 1963. Leonard has been given this picture that was taken in February 1907 and is reputed to show a 1905 Standard in the snow. If it’s really a 1905 model it must be one of the very early cars, but Leonard is not so sure that it’s actually a Standard and thinks it might even be ano...
The VandenDriessche Mystery ( UPDATE V : 6 cylinder Pipe )
We received this photo from Jean VandenDriessche who lives in Belgium. He wrote: “I wonder if you can help me to sort out what kind of mystery vehicle this is. I think that I know the answer but I’m not sure, therefore I would like to hear some more opinions. The two people sitting in the back seat are my late grandparents, they were just engaged at the time and as you can see they seem to be ...
The Italian Baby Car Mystery <br> (UPDATE II: early LWB 10 CV ?)
Meet the grandparents of Roberto Calligaro from Italy who had this snapshot taken during a leisurely drive in the country. The only information Roberto has about the picture is that it dates back to 1920-21. He thinks his grandfather is driving an Italian car, although he is positive that the car had the nickname “Baby”. It’s not a real mystery as one look at the photo convinced us that it i...
The Jess Willard Mystery. ( UpdateII 1914 Fiat , not Tipo 55, but Tipo 505 ) <br> (Update on Jess Jackson in a 1910 Chalmers):
The man at the wheel is Jess Willard, Heavyweight Boxing Champion. His wife, Hattie, is accompanying him. The photo was taken in Lawrence, Kansas and is dated in the 1916-1919 era. Sender J. W. Mace is wondering if this can be a Fiat (editor: possibly a Model 3A ?) We are counting on your knowledge! The funny thing while researching Jess Willard is that we learned about another car loving ring ch...
The Cottereau Gearbox Mystery (see UPDATEs)
Not long ago Andrew Bradshaw bought a 1906 single cylinder through one of the adverts on PreWarCar. It was an unfinished project that came with an incomplete gearbox/differential. After starting the rebuilt, Andrew has doubts that the gearbox is really for a Cottereau. The casings are a little strange: they look like aluminum, but as they are quite heavy, Andrew suspects they are either steel or i...
The Frua Minivan Mystery.
Stefan Dierkes sends this early "one box design" from the prewar section of the Frua archives. First what jumps to mind is the striking resemblance with the 1936 minivan Stout Scarab (youtube.com). But as the vehicle is much smaller than the Scarab you can also look at it as a prewar study of the Fiat Multipla. Now the best part is the notes in Italina at the backside of the photo. >Batterie int...

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