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Rare and racy treats on auction in Toulouse.

Rare and racy treats in Toulouse.
We wonder how many readers can identify the pretty four seater tourer in the picture above?  It's a rare car - one of two remaining of just twelve built in Coventry. It's a 1924 ALBATROS and is one of the lots being auctioned by Stanislas Machoïr at the Chateau de Lasserre in Toulouse on October 30th.
The other Albatros known is in the Coventry Transport Museum (the town of its manufacture) and is a 1923 two seater on solid wheels.
The open four seater with beaded edge wheels and 1050cc Coventry Climax engine will be a delightful rare car to drive and we look forward to see it being driven on the roads.
Another rare car difficult to identify at first glance is the 1928 ITALA TIPO 61 Coupé Spéciale with its distinctive body loosely based on the so-called 'Blue Train' Bentley Speed Six. Will someone buy it and try and race a train across Europe?  Perhaps this evocative painting by Terence Cuneo will inspire you?
You can save money on tyres by driving a three wheeler. A rare 1913 AC Sociable perhaps? Or maybe a 1935 BSA TW-33-10 which according to the description was the first front-wheel-drive car in the world.  (We suspect our readers will know better!)
No French auction is complete without a Citroen - choose from a dusty 1924 CITROËN B10 Torpedo or a shiny 1923 CITROËN B2 Torpedo or the heavier 1927 CITROËN B14F.
 This auction is entitled 'Classic and Competition' so if you're able to rebuild the dismantled engine, then why not treat yourself to the 1936 DELAGE D6/80 racer with competition history and the 'aura of France' ?
Lastly, we will wave the flag for the humble Bullnose Morris with a very attractive light van body and just the job for carrying home anything you bought from the automobilia section.
You can download a handy pdf of all lots HERE.

Text Robin Batchelor, pictures courtesy Stanislas Machoïr Auctions.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Going to the market (update: 1907/08 Rambler)

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As a farmer, you need to sell your food; your vegetables, fruit, chickens etc. This is now different than it was in 1905. In that time you didn't have big corporations, supermarkets etc. You just went to the local market and sell them to locals.
The picture above shows a beautiful car, probably original a tourer body where the tonneau was cut of (a functional hotrod??)  and the crates were put on. Can you identify the car?

Photo from the book 'American home and gardens'
Monday, 24 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Which Trials Venue visited by this BMW Frazer Nash ? (1936 Brighton-Beer)

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Does anyone know where this pre-war trials photo was taken or even has more photos showing car No. 28 better known as DHX347. Surely someone must recognise the shed in the background? Or is this at one of the countless trials stages accross the UK?  The Frazer Nash-BMW car still exists.
Steve Fathers
Sunday, 23 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About Quiz: #431. 1902/03 gasoline Toledo

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Probably we just gave enough clues this time as the good answered popped in one after another. We better leave the word to the judges who concluded it is a 1902/1903 Toledo with 16 or 18 HP gasoline engine. Bob Swanson, Fried Stol, Ariejan Bos. Still there was one competitor who came up with a very interesting discussion. And as we only suggested Toledo in our original question without having a rocksolid evidence we like you to see that's the whole isssue is soemwhat complicates.  See Leon's (far too long so not winning but most interesting answer below). 

" The car is most likely a 1903 18 h.p. Toledo Gasoline Touring car, built by the International Motor Car Co. of Toledo, Ohio, and advertised in journals like the Horseless Age in early 1903. Toledo had previously built steam cars.
      Beware, however, that the car may be something entirely different. The American Bicycle Co. (often referred to by the press of the day as "The Bicycle Trust" - in the nastiest possible way) was formed in 1899 by clever, rich people involved with the bicycle industry to try to salvage something from the catastrophic crash of the industry in the late 1890s. The ABC was doomed from the beginning: almost all the businesses that joined the trust wanted payment in cash rather than shares in the new company. Some companies making cars were caught up in the ABC, and these were organised, within the ABC into the International Motor Car Co. Elsewhere in the ABC motorcycles were produced from 1902. Exactly the same machine was marketed under no fewer than SEVEN brands (Columbia, Crescent, Tribune, Imperial, Monarch, Cleveland, Rambler). In 1903, Rambler, Crescent, Imperial and Monarch motorcycles were completely different beasts, sourced from a different manufacturer, while the Columbia, Tribune and Cleveland stuck to the 1902 design.
      In late 1903, Col. A. A. Pope (who had sold his companies to the ABC in 1899, been a director of the ABC, quit as director, bought back in to the ABC, and acted as Receiver for the ABC) finally bought the rubble of the ABC at a tiny fraction of the 1899 capitalisation. Sound dodgy? Mmm... In September 1903 Pope had formed a new Pope Mfg Co, and ordered all ex-ABC businesses to change the branding to "Pope Mfg Co" as soon as practically possible. Thus Pope-Toledo from late 1903.
     This may explain why there are Toledo Gasoline cars that look NOTHING like our quiz car, and why we shouldn't rule out that our quiz car carried another of the ABC/International Motor Car Co. brands."

This weeks winner is Sandra Miller, with a most efficient and correct answer. Congratulations Sandra! 
Special thanks to Ted Olsen and to Ariejan Bos who provided us with information and contemporary car-magazine copies. Interestingly the openings on the side of the bonnet are small in the 1902 picture shown in the Motor World. No openings seen on the photo of The Automobile Review. And never as much as with our car... Did they experiment with 'louvres' due to cooling issues. 

Next week another quiz at Today a new challenge at 

(photo collection editor)
Saturday, 22 October 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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