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What is it? Quiz #462

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This Saturdays Quiz-Car is a very modern one for its time. Its titular saint was an engineer who started his career at a marquee located in Aachen/Aix la Chapelle. The car on the picture was the prototype, built in 1924. The car was powered by a 1500ccm straight four OHV-engine. Production and materials were very expensive and so was the car. It was entitled to be "the car for the bank manager, who doesn´t want to take his Maybach for every tour". About 15 cars were built until one of the sponsors of the project passed away in 1926 and the production was stopped. Only eight cars were sold, the other seven sadly were scrapped. Some more hints: Most known pictures show a very elegant roadster, but in 1925 two other versions were presented: a limousine and a cabriolet, both with bodys by Alexis Kellner. And next to the already mentioned engine, a sleeve-valve "counter-piston" engine was built. It sadly seems that none of the eight cars survived, even if a limousine was used as a cab a long time and our engineer still drove a roadster during the 1950s.

You know this fantastic car built between 1924 and 1926? Don´t hesitate and leave your answer in a comment before Monday and use no more than 100 words to collect some more points for our six-month challenge

Words and photographs by Hubertus Hansmann.

  
Saturday, 27 January 2018 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Saturday Night Fever

Friday ladies


A photo catches the moment, but the story often gets lost. What is the moment caught here? Two girls in a two-seater and a young man leaning against the car. A common scene for generations. Do we really need to know what was happening or is it maybe just better to let our phantasy start running? Let's imagine that it is a Saturday afternoon and that these ladies drive by the workshop, where the young man is doing his daily hard labour. A short break, during which the ladies ask him if he would like to join them and watch that evening the show of the famous 'Cinéma parlant', which just came to visit their village. And maybe drink a glass of wine in the local café afterwards? He looks pleased, but working day is not over yet: his employer is already waving impatiently with his hammer. Still a few hours to go, and then …

But perhaps you see an entirely different story, which could have been equally true. Feel free to tell yours below!

Let's not forget of course to mention the car, the silent prop in this scene happening more than a hundred years ago: it is a car from a famous brand, this nice little 1913 Motobloc. Recognizable by …, yes, actually by which features? In this case these are relatively small, but nevertheless decisive: the flat rear wheel hubs with the two opposite holes next to the hub, and the radiator filler tube and cap shape. Ad then other matching details follow, like the curve of the front dumb irons as well as the rear spring system. And like on any proper French car the tires are from Michelin!

Words and photographs by Ariejan Bos.

 
Friday, 26 January 2018 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Cars for a grand occasion at The Grand Palais

cars for a grand occasion at The Grand Palais.Rétromobile is just around the corner and nestled amongst the enormous space inside The Grand Palais in Paris is an interesting selection of cars to be auctioned by Bonhams on Thursday 8 February.

1907minervaIf the Minerva marque is your thing you are in for a treat because there are no less than eleven examples from which to choose, starting with a 1907 Type K 40 HP limousine/torpédo transformable with imposing Belvalette coachwork which attracted the first owner at the Grand Palais having '... spun on his heels' at being told the Rolls Royce he wanted had a 12 month waiting list.

minerva-1938The newest is a stately thirties limousine - a 1938 Type F/M8 . Its six-light cabin is separated with a fixed division, most probably to distinguish passengers from its chauffeur, and with harder wearing leather for the front and fawn Bedford cloth for the rear. Much effort is made in this car's detail with stylized Art Deco wood door cappings, and door pulls, commodious seats with extended arm rests and vanity units to the sides.

minerva-1925Amongst the other different style Minervas on offer from different periods, we particularly like the 1925 Type AD « Feval » berline à carrosserie toilée with lightweight fabric covered Weyman coachwork which has been carefully preserved by just two owners - which to this day has a graceful patina but only modest attrition.


regal1912Other makes of veteran cars include a 1908 De Dion-Bouton Type AX 15 HP double berline, a five-place 1910 Cadillac Model 30 tourer , a similar five-place FN modèle 2000 tourer from 1912 and a 1909 Zedel Type CA 10 HP double Phaëton .  Bonhams share no less than twenty photos to illustrate the Underslung 1912 Regal 25 HP Model N  ( see picture right)

alta1936Now we are in sporty mode so let's look at the 1936 Alta 2-Litre Sports - a rare beast by anyone's standards.
Restored in 1974, the car features Alta's 1,960cc twin-cam engine, which is fed by an Alta Roots-type supercharger - all made by the car's designer Geoffrey Taylor .
The engine produces 160bhp at 6,000rpm and the complete car weighs 800kg, and for instant gear changes - a four-speed Wilson  pre-selector gearbox. ( This writer would give rubies for such a car!)


Text Robin Batchelor, pictures courtesy Bonhams.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Two heads are better than one - Fiat 501

My Fiat 501

On the 4th of January 2018, we received the following message in the PreWarCar.com mailbox:

''This is my Fiat 501, slowly becoming a real car from as many original parts as I possibly can find. According to the archives of the Fiat Centro Storico it was made in November 1925 and delivered as a bare chassis to the Finnish importer Walfrid Alfthán, but sadly I only have the left front wing and windscreen frame from the original coachwork. Luckily, I have now a good 501 radiator, bonnet catches and most importantly I have loaned well preserved original wood parts for a factory torpedo coachwork for patterns to make my own. Alfthán had a white 501S racer that was raced in Helsinki, Stockholm and possibly in Estonia in the 1920s, so my plan is to recreate that car as accurately as I can. For the base of my projects, I have several complete Tipo 101 and 103 engines, the best one is a very rare Fiat-Tamini 503 motopompa, as well as lights, radiators, axles, wheels, hubs, several Fiat-Metron gauges and many other parts for recreating a 509A, most of a 1928 507F fire-car (dismantled in the fifties and found almost completely in parts under a barn) and two good 520 sixes. The water pump was saved literally in the last minute when a fellow enthusiast sad it hanging from an excavator in a waste tip site, so sadly the water tank was damaged a bit. The hunt for parts is far from over and most importantly I am missing all the cardan parts including the cast tube and the cardan joint, as my only rear axle has been cut with a hammer as a trailer axle! Also, I would like to find a steering wheel, the fusebox/cutout case to the behind of the dashboard, original canister type tail light and a facsimile of period Fiat workshop book.''

''I would like to find other enthusiasts of 1920s Fiats to swap parts and knowledge for the benefit of all these wonderful vintage projects still existing, so do not hesitate to connect me if you could have something for me. I am a professional carpenter and I intend to make small series of every part that I eventually will make, such as body panels and woodwork. Anche parlo un po italiano et je parle aussi un peut francais. This is my first prewar project, which I bought in the Christmas holidays three years ago sitting under a spruce tree in the yard of a famous cinema car builder in Finland. Since then, my old garage has turned to a real barn-find -barn and I am truly devoted in searching more clues for possible vintage parts to complete my projects. It is a long journey and I have a lot to learn, at the moment I am struggling with dismantling the brake drums, I wonder if I really need to take the hub apart first to get to the brake shoes as I can't pull the drums out as I expected?''

Is there anyone who can help this very enthusiastic man? Help would be very much appreciated, please comment below so we can bring you two into contact. If you have a similar story, do not hesitate to ask! Please send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Two heads are better than one!

  

 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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