Winter is fast
approaching and it's interesting to look back at our cars pre-war when
an interior heater wasn't even an optional extra let alone a standard
fitment. With large exhaust pipes travelling down each side of the car
there was admittedly a slight rise above exterior temperature and the
flow of engine heat could also be drawn into the car through less than
hermetic bulkhead and floor sealing, also aided by opening the
A slight opening of the windscreen could help with demisting but for
those less happy with frozen fingers the addition of a defroster panel
was an obvious solution. Mr J.O.H. Willing's 1938 Monte Carlo car
clearly shows such an addition and the shot of Prince Michael's car
outside the SS works also shows one along with a dusting of snow.
Pictured with rather more
snow on a skiing trip this 1936 2½ litre again finds it useful.
(Photo courtesy of
Old Classic Car)
Looking at Messrs Harrop, Currie & Mangoletsi competing in the 1939
Monte Carlo Rally in another SS saloon it's rather difficult to tell
whether they are using a defroster or not. They did start from Athens
rather than John O'Groats but they are wearing overcoats. Is their
sunroof open to suck in engine heat?
Nice to see the leaper in place.