Winners of the Motafrenz Show and Shine 2011 tell us about their cars
Best Pre-1950 - Crossley -15/30 hp
Robert writes about his car:-
Fold down occasional table, spot light, front opening split windscreen, carpet, electric start and crank start, running boards and lots of elegant jewellery.
No front brakes, no seat belts, no water pump, single beam headlights and one hand-operated windscreen wiper that originally was an aftermarket extra. It originally had no brake lights, indicators or shock absorbers but I had too added them for safety when driving in modern traffic.
How I got it & Provenance of the car:
My father and grandfather both had a passion for vintage and veteran cars so I also inherited the passion from them.
After my grandfather died, I also inherited two unrestored vintage cars at the age of 13.
I then had to decide on which car to sell so I could purchase an instrument to satisfy my musical passion.
Choice one was a 1926 six cylinder, two seater rusty Chrysler Roadster that had 4 wheel hydraulic brakes with pictures of Fred Flintstone and the Road Runner painted on the sides.
Choice two was a smashed and tired looking grey old Crossley.
Why I love it:
I choose the 1923 Crossley as I appreciated the English elegance and ornamented craftsmanship of the Crossley.
The car also had much more antique appeal.
Driving the car is also more exciting than driving a modern car as you feel and sound like you are really moving along without breaking the speed limit.
What I have done to it etc:
I restored the car completely from the ground up.
I made a mudguard, two door panels, a side panel, one parking light, two taillights and rebuilt the timber body frame, engine, gearbox, axles, instrumentation etc.
I also painted most of the car and did all the upholstery including the hood and side curtains.
How other people could procure something similar:
These cars are fairly rare. You can find vintage cars at Shannon’s auctions, in Just Cars or by just searching the internet. Vintage cars need a reasonable level of mechanical knowledge by the owner.
Otherwise it could cost you a lot of money to keep the car on the road.
Many mechanics will not want to touch a vintage car. It should be noted that a vintage car is commonly defined as a car built between the start of 1919 and the end of 1930 known as the "Vintage era".