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Post War Classic is the natural sister of Pre War Car, an internationally oriented webmagazine-marketplace with the focus on great cars built after 1945. It is the international platform about true classics of the late forties, the fifties and sixties cars. Daily visited by thousands of afficionados, amateurs, enthusiasts, collectors, mechanics, historians and journalists.

Some great news and articles to catch your classical eye.

  • Turquoise Thunderbird the ultimate women’s wheels?
    This weekend in 1991 a film opened in theatres only to become an instant hit: Thelma & Louise, about two women – Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis - on the road trip of their lives in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird. The dramatic ending of the movie makes an impact to ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-25
  • Back to back: (relatively) cheap Aston Martins
    We picked out two cars from Bonhams’ traditional Aston Martin Sale, to take place on the 2nd of June this year but in Reading rather than Newport Pagnell this time. But why this most unusual duo? You may ask. Well, apart from being Aston Martins it may indeed seem hard ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-24
  • Perfectly manicured lawn to host ‘the most incredible gatherings of cars’
    When you had a look at the Royal wedding on the television last weekend, apart from the cars, the beautiful scenery of Windsor must have struck you too. So close to the city of London but also so far away from the maddening crowds. Well... usually. But how about the ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-23
  • Harry and Meghan’s sponsored E-type is electrically powered
    The British Royals had come out in force, last weekend, and they’d brought the cream of their motor collection to Windsor Castle, too. The public was presented to the Queen’s famous 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV and a trio of Daimler DS420s, to name just a few. But the biggest ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-22
  • Volkswagen history in an image
    Have a good look at this photograph, sent to us by Ian Bennetts. What we see is the Volkswagen factory from the outside, supposedly shot just after the War when VW production had already started. Prototype Beetles were ordered to be scrapped, and so one foreman takes out his forehammer ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-21
  • Planes, trains and automobiles
    Oh, this is another jolly good classic film! No, not the American Christmas classic, but a lovely British promotional picture. And it may bring you to an idea when you have not planned your summer holidays yet. Would you like to take your classic car to adventurous new places, ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-20
  • About Tough to crack car puzzle #183: Bugatti Type 252 Roadster
    Last week’s car puzzle proved to be not too tough. As Klaus Salomon wrote: “Could this be the Bugatti Prototype 252 with the 4-cylinder 1½ -litre engine Type 73?” Yes. This was indeed that. Timo Laitinen described it as “The Bugatti 1500 Sport ‘Ettorette’”, adding “The tail lamps seem to ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-19
  • Mille Miglia 2018: the ladies teams
    Never mind it’s another not too startling vehicle for a Mille Miglia entry: the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta of mister S. Bellani made it to the 2015 event wearing number 446. That’s when this picture was taken, and we absolutely love it. The ladies on the right pose for the photographer. ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-18
  • Mille Miglia 1957: the last real road race?
    Over to the Italy of 1957 for some light-hearted entertainment. We found this lovely 19-minuteds long colour movie on the world wide web, and since it’s Mille Miglia weekend this weekend, we thought the time to share it was there. The film is fully designated to the last of ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-17
  • Dirty classics to fully disappear from cities?
    It’s hard to follow as a classic car owner: which European cities are you allowed to enter with your car and which not? Or for which one do you need to pay? Or buy a sticker or certificate? The major city closest to our home will soon close it’s environmental ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-16
  • We’re all going on a Summer holiday…
    Daydreaming about a family holiday in the UK, we bumped into this crazy little thing. An Austin J2 Paralanian of 1965. It has nothing to do with the Paralympics, we think. It’s just the ticket for, say, a three-week journey over country lanes and dales, passing village greens and duck ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-15
  • Mille Miglia 2018: where are all the startling entries?
    The Mille Miglia is still often described as a motoring museum on the move, although we are questioning that particular title more every year. We remember the great road race of some fifteen years ago as one big plethora of unknown rarities. The number of Etceterinis unknown to us was ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-14
  • Tough to crack car puzzle #183
    From the cars seen in the background of this picture, you may conclude that this is not your average classic car meeting. And that’s the case. We took the photograph ourselves some years ago on a sunny day in May and were much surprised to see this car right there. ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-12
  • Girls don’t tire of tyres – well, in advertising
    Tyres are just black and round, aren’t they? Well, tyre manufacturers think very differently, and they may well be right. As we all know it’s the tyres that are in touch with the road as nothing else does on our beloved cars. You might like to know then, that it ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-11
  • Back to back: Real Works MG or replica Works Healey?
    A real works MG or a recreated Works Healey? That’s the question. We are still unsure ourselves. The MGA seen here is a Twin Cam that was prepared by the MG Competitions department in Abingdon and supposedly entered in the 1959 Tulip Rallye (driven by John Gott with a ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-10
  • Dino is 50 this year – road cars reunited
    Are there still people thinking the Dino not to be a proper Ferrari? We had the chance to drive one not too long ago and were much-impressed. This is a lovely machine in every respect, and it's so much more than the first step on the ladder to Ferrari-ownership. The ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-09
  • Cyprus cars all mapped – but who names the unidentified ones?
    Wow. Lots of reaction came in on yesterday's film footage, taken illegally on Cyprus. Not everyone was sure we should have published the video on PostWarClassic, but we did it since we felt we wanted to share it with you. There were also messages coming in from people knowing more ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-08
  • Illegal but ever so interesting: Cyprus movie
    We were sent a link to the seen above and were quite taken by it. Had you ever heard of this impressive scrap yard in Cyprus before? We had not. We had heard of the Cyprus National Guard which planned a coup which led to a civil war between ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-06
  • About puzzle #182: Zagato Renault 5CV
    We received just three (3) replies to last week’s puzzle, which puzzled us. Simply as we think this car cannot be mistaken as a Zagato design. Fritz Hegemann saw it, but still had it wrong. He wrote: “Gosh, this car is completely unknown to me... I just have to guess ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-05
  • Happy Greenery Day to our Japanese friends
    It’s not so long ago since we had this particular vehicle as a quiz car – we’ll lead you straight away to the answer this time, as we keep the puzzling to Saturdays over here. But this lovely Friday Ladies photograph seemed fitting for today, since the car is a ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-04
  • Back to back: Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider or B24S Convertible?
    It may seem like a small difference to the not so trained eye, but the two Aurelias seen here form world’s apart for the Lancisti. On top we see a lovely 1956 B24S Convertible in baby blue that is offered for sale next weekend with Bonhams auctioneers in their ‘Les ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-03
  • Unique Jaguar may hide C-type parts and BB-history
    Missed out on yesterday’s unique coachbuilt Porsche? No worries, here’s another rare chance for an equally unique thoroughbred: the 1955 Michelotti Jaguar XK140. Bonhams offers it during the Monaco sale next Friday the 11th. We only knew it from Roland Urban’s wonderful book ‘Les Meamorphoses du Jaguar’ but it seems ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-02
  • Coachbuilt Porsche 914/6 is still a stunner
    When you are in Strasbourg today and planning to enter Osenat’s sale with the idea to drive home one of the cars they have on offer, you can go for a Porsche 914. It’s a two-litre version in a very period colour. Nothing wrong with it, it seems. Other than ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-05-01
  • The first of the Land Rovers and its amazing rediscovery
    It’s 70 years today that a remarkable car debuted at the Amsterdam motor show. On April 30, 1948, the original Land Rover was unveiled there. Ever since that day, the rugged Land Rover - with its boxy and utilitarian design, plus permanent four-wheel drive - has never been away. Well, ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-04-30
  • Tough to crack car puzzle #182
    This car breathes all the signature markings of its builder, so we’re not giving away much as we’re sure you guys will spot them, too, and they will speedily lead you to the answer. It's got several sister-models which share its looks, too. What’s fascinating us most about it, however, ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-04-28
  • Transparency not Pontiac’s strongest point?
    On 27 April 2009, General Motors, in all its wisdom, announced that the then 82-year old Pontiac marque was to be ‘phased out’, which was perhaps a nice way of putting for killing it off. Decades earlier, in the 1970s, they’d announced money-saving strategies for Pontiac when they started to ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-04-27
  • The First Mini Specials
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    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-04-26
  • Please enlighten us about this body style
    Sometimes it’s a bit of a challenge to find two cars that are evenly matched for our famous ‘Back to back’ features. Other times, however, they are right there. And it’s clearly the case with Osenat’s sale on May 1. One collector decided it was time to part with ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-04-25
  • BMW’s Cheetah – with a cheetah or two
    Andre van de Loo again, our African correspondent who continous to come up with interesting snippets from The Dark Continent. Over to him, enthusiastic as ever: "A photo recently send to me by an old school buddy and old car enthusiast, Keith Stewart, still living in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. This photo ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Celeste: the poor-man’s (yet practical) Espada
    Now that Lamborghini has decided that a souped-up version of the Audi Q7, certainly one of the world’s more unpleasant SUVs to look at, is the way to go, we thought it would be nice to have a look at what could have been. How about a miniature version of ... read more
    Source: Post War Classics NewsPublished on 2018-04-23
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