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Worm Drive rear axle

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Worm Drive rear axle

I have attached pics of a rear axle that I have had knocking around for a while. I have looked on the internet and vintage books etc but I'm struggling to find out what it was originally fitted to, could it be from a 1920/30s car ?

As you will see from the photo's it has a top mounted worm drive diff, top mounted leaf spring brackets, cute rear mounted oil filler with swing lid, 9 inch brake drums with 2 sets of shoes each side and the cam levers mounted at the front. It also has 5 wheel studs and would have had artillery wheels fitted but they are badly corroded. There is very little in the way of identification as the screw on hub/bearing caps are missing. The worm gear has a "DBS" in a circle mark which I think is the patent stamp of David Brown & Son that would have made the diff, but it is not for the Valvless car they made as I have checked with the one in the Tolson museum. So who would they have made it for ? The only other name I have found is one on the brass diff drain plug that is stamped with "Showells Strichley". A West Midlands company that made all things brass until mid 1900,s but I cannot find a link to a vehicle maker.

Any help would be very much appreciated.



Monday, 17 April 2017

SWS ? SMS ?Hello,

anyone can ID this cap ?


Who can help me?

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Who can help me?Dear prewarcar-team and -community,

a friend of mine, born in england, has this photo of her fathers car and wants to know the car-make - and after hours of searching the internet in vain I do, too.  
I would really appreciate  an email, if someone solves the mystery.
Kind regards,

Mystery car with a horn like a snake

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Mystery car with a horn like a snake

Dear editor,

Ariejan Bos requested a better scan of the published picture of my pre-war mystery car.

Will you be so kind to forward this message and the higher resolution picture to him? Thanks in advance.

The picture is actually very small (12 x 9 cm), so I made a new picture.

I think the number plate is: G-11628.

Thank you Ariejan for your help identifying the car.

Kind regards,

Pierre Don


Mysterious sportive car with a horn like a snake

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Mysterious sportive car with a horn like a snake

Dear reader,

In a small photo collection I found this picture of a very sportive looking car. The picture was taken in the Netherlands. The person in the car has already been recognized on a group picture from 1929.  

Some remarkable observations: 1) the outlet of the horn on the right side of the car looks like the head of a snake, 2) the car logo on top of the front looks like an agitated cat with the tail in upright position.


Received suggestions:

The license plate starts with a ‘G’ and suggests the province of North Holland,

Car is probably from German origin?

Manufacturing year between 1913 and 1920?


Who can help me identifying this car?


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