Highlights of the 2014 CARnivale Vintage and Classic Car Display, Australia Day, Sydney

1908 Renault AX roadster1

2014 Highlights of the CARnivale, Australia Day, Sydney Inclement weather may have dampened some automotive spirits sufficiently to stay away. There were slightly fewer cars on display but the day was fine and mostly dry, though overcast. 1908 Renault AX Roadster A 1908 Renault AX roadster was new to the event, though made up for [...]

Caring for Your Vintage Motor Car

The Care of a Motor Car pic

The Care of a Motor Car By Wade Kaempffert, auto editor, McClure’s Magazine Caring for Your Vintage Motor Car – Timely, Modern Advice from 1916 It’s amazing how relevant this advice from almost a century ago still is. Today’s cars require much less attention than in these early days, but the principles still hold true. [...]

Evolution of the Vintage Car Engine

1912 Peugeot Ad

Evolution of the Auto Engine – Useful Advances We Take for Granted by Igor Spajic VCH Correspondent   When we drive today’s cars with their computer-controlled, fuel-injected, alloy-built engines, it’s hard to appreciate just how far the art and science of the automobile engine has come. In some basics, of course, it is locked into [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Winton Six

1919 Winton Six 48 Limousine

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic Cars from car-makers on the way out – WINTON Six Another also-ran by 1920 was Winton. Again, a pioneer of the auto trade in America, Alexander Winton’s imperfect product led to the Packard brothers building their own car in 1899 [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Stevens-Duryea Model E

1921 Stevens-Duryea touring

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic Cars from car-makers on the way out – STEVENS-DURYEA Model E This company was founded upon the Stevens Arms and Tools Company and the engineering of J. Frank Duryea, one of the Duryea brothers who had built and run the [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Singer Series 20

1917 Singer cape top tourer

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic SINGER SERIES 20 1920 was effectively the last year that Singer was offered. Built in New York and certainly marketed there, the Singer would have been a convenient buy for Gatsby, had he wanted something a little different. With its [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Hispano-Suiza H6

1923 Hispano-Suiza Ad1

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic HISPANO-SUIZA H6 Perhaps the most successful vintage luxury car to come out of Europe, the Hispano-Suiza H6 was the result of extensive experience building aero engines for France and her World War I allies. Hispano-Suiza could have been expected to [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Marmon 34

1918 Marmon34 Ad

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic MARMON 34 Always an innovator, Howard C. Marmon led his company into realms of engineering where few American carmakers dared to go. The Nordyke & Marmon Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA started with air-cooled automobiles in 1902 before moving into [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8, 8A

1923 Isotta-Fraschini American ad.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic ISOTTA-FRASCHINI TIPO 8 Having first used 4-wheel brakes on a model in 1910, Isotta-Fraschini was not a newcomer with this feature when it appeared on the new Tipo 8 of 1919. Apart from this almost unique feature, Isotta introduced the [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Lanchester Forty

1922 Lanchester 40 Ad referring to the London Motor Show.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic LANCHESTER SPORTING FORTY People forget (or never knew) that before Lanchester was swallowed by Daimler in 1931, it was an independent manufacturer of luxury cars in Great Britain. Passing over the genius of engineer Frederick Lanchester who had built the [...]