Thursday 19 July 2012

I Love Vintage Cars

I am particularly fond of vintage cars. In fact a vintage car is high on my want list of things I would love to own someday. Who knows, maybe one day I will. Until then, it will have to remain a favourite dream of mine.

Motorfest 2012 was on last Sunday so we decided to go and see what vintage cars were on display. Wow! What a treat was in store for me. There was car after car that I would've been proud to own. At this stage though all I could do was take heaps of photos to drool over when I got home. It wasn't easy getting good shots with all the hundreds of other motor enthusiasts drooling as well but I did my best. That was until the battery in my camera died. I had to then resort to using my mobile phone for the rest of the day. Actually, the mobile phone photos turned out rather good except for the ones where someone kept putting his finger over the lens. Wonder who that was?

Below is a collection of photos of some of my favourite things that I saw on Sunday. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Not sure what type this is. Must be British though as it has the Union Jack on the radiator.

Again unsure but most likely pre 1919 which would make this one a Veteran car.
What the definition of veteran or vintage is depends on who you talk to. NRMA Insurance place veteran cars as being pre 1919, vintage as being made between 1919 and 1930 and classic cars as being 15 years old or older. The purists would dispute some of these dates. The Veteran Car Club in the UK places veteran cars as being pre 31st of December 1904. They call cars built from 1905 up until the end of World War I as Edwardian. The Vintage Sports Car Club in the UK adds a Post Vintage Thoroughbred category for some quality cars such as Rolls Royce, Lagonda, Alvis, Talbot, etc.. These are cars that were made from 1931 to the end of 1940. And the US tend to regard all pre 1942 cars as vintage as 1942 was the cut off date for production before World War II.

You can make your own mind up what to believe but I will just go with the NRMA guide of:
Veteran - pre 1919
Vintage - 1919 to 1930
Classic - 15 years old or older

The classic category is a bit suspect however as it means that our old Toyota Tarago would now be classed as a classic and my present Holden Berlina is not far off either.

Buick Tourer (probably 1930)

1929 Chevrolet Sedan (I could live with this one)

Dodge Tourer (1928 or 29)

1929 Dodge Six Roadster (stunning colour)

Interior of the Dodge Roadster

Early 1930s Chrysler Sedan (really love this car)

Rear of Chrysler (looks great from both angles)

1929 Essex Super Six Ute
 (would be a great vehicle to own for picking up my antique purchases - how cool would that be?)

Interior of Essex Ute (love the way the steering wheel pushes up to make it easier to get in and out)

1929 Oakland Tourer (nice colour)

Model T Ford (early 1920s)

Indian Motorcycle

Indian head mascot on Indian Motorcycle

Early Ford Fire Engine
(always wanted my own vintage fire engine - probably a little impractical though.)

Fire Hose nozzles on the Ford Fire Engine
(gave a hose nozzle just like one of the large ones to my son Laurie when he graduated as a firefighter)

1930 Model A Ford Sedan (another favourite of mine)

1929 D. A. Dodge Tourer

Model A Ford Sedan (loved this car also)

Interior of the above Model A Ford

Auburn Boat-tail Speedster (way out of my price range)

Hudson Sedan (very, very nice)

Front of Hudson Sedan

Austin A 30 Van (very cute)

Austin Seven Van
(Karen loved this little car. She first saw it as it was driving into the show
 and had to find it and get some photographs.) 

Austin Seven Tourer

Austin Seven Tourer - Chummy (looks like Brum to me)

Vintage Plywood Caravan (whose finger is that over the lens?)

Ply Caravan again
(not much room in this little guy but it would look great being towed behind the right car)

As you may be able to tell from the photos I took, I tend to favour vintage sedans and tourers from the late 1920s. My first choice would be a sedan as they are more versatile in regard to being used through all types of weather although a tourer with a well fitted hood and side curtains would also be very nice. And the tourers are usually cheaper than the sedans.

Oh well, I can continue to dream, can't I? Anyone out there got a vintage car for sale and fulfil my dream?


  1. Wow, they look great! Must have been a fun day. :-)

  2. It was. And it could even be better if one year I can actually show a car of my own.

  3. Great collection of photos from Motorfest. Best regards form Belgrade!!


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