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Montag 19. Dezember 2022

Available now: The Heritage Dictionary of Historic Vehicles











Compiled and written by Dr. Gundula Tutt

In collaboration with David Cooper, Mario De Rosa, Peter Diehl, Ben Erickson, Carsten Müller, Prof. Dr. Karl Heinrich Hucke, Norbert Schroeder, Thomas Wirth and Julian Westpfahl.

With a foreword by Miles C. Collier.



In the classic car community today, there is a confusion of language of Babylonian proportions. While passion can be communicated in lyrical tones, facts demand precise wording. Expert opinions and appraisals typically toss around terms like condition, originality, or patina – whose meanings are considered depending on one’s experiences and perspectives.

Meaningful discussions, however, become more difficult when the same vocabulary gets lost in this broad panorama of free interpretations. Recently, the difficulties have been magnified because terms from the spectrum of art and cultural assets have found their way into the world of historic vehicles. These terms have been separated from their established definitions, although they are anchored as legally valid standards in international norms, agreements, laws or treaties on the protection of cultural property. This new Heritage Dictionary incorporates these terms of art and cultural heritage, following their established international definitions, as well as reviewing and clarifying many commonly used automotive terms.

Everyone who is interested in and passionate about historic vehicles can draw on this work for a more precise reference for differentiating and describing conditions and approaches. It adds precision and a common understanding to the growing discussion about historic vehicles as valuable and significant cultural assets.

This English version of the "Automobiler Fachwortschatz" (German edition, 2018) is published by Karren Publishing Münster under the Creative Commons License. All images (which are cited in the text as "Grosszitate" under EU legislation for scientific publications), are expressly excluded from this unless they are also subject to a Creative Commons license or were created by those involved in this work. 



You can order a printed book copy via (distributor in the United States, Canada, South Americas) and at Karren Publishing (distributor in Europe).

The publication also is available as PDF free of charge:

Heritage Dictionary of Historic Vehicles
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 2.2 MB


Here you find the book review published in Rare & Unique Vehicles, Issue 9 :

Donnerstag, 24. November 2022

Verleihung des "Goldenen Klassikers" der Auto Bild Klassik in Wolfsburg

Stellvertretend für die Arbeitsgruppe "Zustandsnoten" wurde Peter Diehl als Person des Jahres 2021 ausgezeichnet. Lange verzögert durch Corona fand in Wolfsburg nun die Preisverleihung statt.

Die Jury hatte befunden:

Eine Revolution in der Zustandsbewertung historischer Fahrzeuge: Die Arbeits­gruppe Zustandsnoten (bestehend aus Peter Diehl / Christian Deneke / Martin Stromberg / Norbert Schroeder / Gundula Tutt) im Parlaments­kreis Automobiles Kulturgut überarbeitete das Bewertungssystem, damit künftig die originale Substanz eines Fahrzeugs mit in die Beurteilung einfließen kann. Dafür er­stellte die Arbeitsgruppe um den Versicherungsexperten und Journalis­ten Peter Diehl einen umfangreichen Beispielkatalog. Das be­sondere En­gagement der Arbeits­gruppe für die Klassik­szene möchten wir in diesem Jahr würdigen und zeichnen Peter Diehl stellvertre­tend für das fünfköpfige Team als Person des Jahres aus.

9. - 12. November 2022

Joint conference of the REVS Institute, the World Forum for Motor Museums and the National Association of Automobile Museums in Naples/Florida

"Obsolete Materials in the Restoration of Historic Vehicles" - my "show-and-tell" talk at the conference...


To preserve, conserve or accurately restore the cars of the early 20th century, we need to understand the materials used in their construction, especially as many of these are different than the products common in automobile construction today. The focus of my presentation was obsolete materials, means historic materials commonly believed not to be available any more.

My talk focused on: What materials are thought to be obsolete—but maybe aren’t—and why?  What are the differences to modern replacements, especially in regard of authenticy? What were the advantages and disadvantages of the historic materials?  Why is it important to still have them available today? What is needed to use them today?  I showed a great variety of related materials, which still can be found today and also presented many genuine samples to see and touch.