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About What Iz it? Quiz #434: 1911 Izzer 20HP
After seeing the title of last weeks quiz, one might think we were getting a bit sloppy but actually the first and most important clue to the solution was in the headline where we wrote "What IZ it? instead of the usual "What IS it? ". The picture that we used was a picture of the car owned by manufacturer Dr. Bissell taken around 1911. People who visited the museum must have seen this US built od...
'The Auto Girl' Mystery ( Update: + artist impression)
A studio shot like more than many were made in the early days of motoring. The young motorist seems ready to go. At least she has the right garment with her hat secured with a nice long silk(?) shawl that probably will be functional with speeds up to 15 mph. Further a long driving coat and a stout pair of chauffeur gloves. So far so good. But now her car(click). Not too much to go on, except for t...
Sun shines on veteran at auction.
      

With the London to Brighton veteran car run still fresh in our minds, we naturally enjoy increasing our knowledge of pre-1905 cars so we can be better prepared next year - and the year after that.... and so on.H and H Auctioneers have an interesting veteran in their sale at Chateau Impney on December 7th. It is a Phebus 21⁄4 HP Forecar dating back to 189...

Liscard image dating

I believe the car shown on image one is a 'fake', the same car appears on this Frith postcard of Grayshott  , Hampshire, on this the registration A 8961 is just decernable, possibly a Panhard. The Frith serial number of this card is 64204 and dates from 1911, the bus is a Commer run by  Ben Chandler of the Royal Huts Hotel, Hindhead, Fortunately both shops and pub still survive but ...

Pom's Prince Henry

When Laurence 'Pom' Pomeroy, the erudite technical editor of The Motor magazine in the early postwar years, was given the chance to purchase a one-owner Vauxhall Prince Henry in 1939, he jumped at the chance.

The Prince Henry was perhaps the greatest engineering achievement of his father, also called Laurence. Pomero...

Looking for info on William Toy and Cars that he built/imported to Australia
Murray Stack comes up with e remarkable set of photos:"These photos are from our family records and come from Victoria Australia. I am guessing that they date to around 1900 to as late as 1915 to 1920 as my morther recalled the first time that the car driven by her uncle Will Toy, arrived at Tarnagulla in central Victoria.  My mother was born 1910, so I am guessing that whe must have been a...
The Wash Out Bridge Mystery (update: Chevy 1927 or 1928? )
Mark from Phoenix, Arizona found a chassis that spent the most recent part of its career as a bridge to get across a wash out.  A flash flood bent the front Right frame horn. He is now thinking of cutting it up to make a Rat Rod frame for his 36 Ford truck.  But wants to figure out if its a rare car frame or something maybe worth saving and not chopping and butchering it up. (glad you wrote down...
Coughs and sneezes spread diseases
Yes, it is the season of colds and flu. We have all suffered from one at some time or another but none of us remember the awful flu epidemic of 1918-1920.Our picture shows nurses from Blackfriars Depot, Chippendale NSW on board a C 1914 Underslung Regal Model 25 and we wonder how much ribbing he got when the driver crumpled the offside wing? Perhaps a reader can help us identify the motorcycle out...
What is it? Quiz #434
This week's quiz is an American producer of steam and petrol powered automobiles. In fact you're looking at one of the prototypes of a four cylinder 20HP car, of which only three were built and outside the three never made it into production.The man who has built these cars wanted something new and different with the latest modern improvements. He was so content with the result that he decided to ...
A Friday Ladies Phaeton Mystery (update: 1911/14 Delaunay-Belleville HB6)
It nearly looks like Michael Schlenger week! Here another fine pic from his rich resources: "Today I'd like to hear your opinion regarding the large phaeton with two charming ladies on the picture.I assume this car was built around 1910 and its body style reflects earlier models which still had the radiator behind the engine (like Charron, Clement-Bayard etc.). But if one takes a closer look, one ...
The Towing Rope Mystery Update: 1923/1925 Auburn 6-63 or 6-43)
Another lovely picture sent in by Michael Schlenger: "I recently acquired this rather unusual picture of a large phaeton from the late 1920s that appears to have broken down (see the towing rope in front of the car) and is about to be repaired (or maybe is going to be dismantled for parts...).The number plate indicates that the vehicle once was registered somewhere in Berlin ("IA"). But it's defin...
Did your car enjoy some snow already?
Last weekend, we sent a Newsletter with the following message. 'Winter is stil young and the first snow in Europe has melted off again. But we think it is a matter of days before new and more will come, while summer is getting near with our friends Down Under.We are eager to see photos that you may have of your old car in fresh snow. No matter if the photo was taken in 1910, 1960 or today. Yo...
Tempting variety to Brighten up your winter
Brightwells have listed an interesting variety of cars in their next auction to be held on wednesday 23 November at the auction centre in Leominster, Herefordshire.The 1934 Riley 12/6 Mentone Saloon was our favourite before we even read the description, which starts,  “...At once let it be said that this is an outstanding car… Most of the cars tested by us in the Midlands pass along a certain...
Patinated Adler 6/25 h.p
The German car manufacturer Adler from Frankfurt/Main is still highly renowned among prewar car enthusiasts, even if it stopped producing cars after WW2. And yet, even on classic car events in Germany you'll find it difficult to spot an Adler - apart from the popular 1930 Trumpf models, of course.This summer (2016) I had the occasion to take some pictures of a very rare 6/25 h.p. Adler which...
Two Family Album Mysteries (update: 1914 Alldays Midget and 1913 Clyno)

The family seems prepared for a nice weekend tour. Maybe slightly overdressed for this time of the year we thought. So we checked the climate around Quetta (Pakistan) where apparantly this photo was shot and found it really can be quite chilly overthere in November.  David Harrison writes"I came across these photos of my late mother's family the other day. I believe they may have tak...

About What Is It quiz #433: An early 1920's Ryjan

Quiz 433 was apparently a quiz for jury members: Peter Ransom, Robbie Marenzi, Alan Spencer, Fried Stol and Yannick Garcia all agreed on Ryjan, and that is indeed what it is. They also agreed on the fact that the car dates back to the early '20s, which is in agreement with the license plate, issued in 1920. However they disagree on the model. Is it an HJ4 or an HJ6 model? A...

Friday Alvis Royalty ? (update: 1938 Talbot Ten Sports Tourer )
A most charming appearance on the postcard we recently picked up. An almost professional smile and garment chosen and displayed with flair. And of course a quality motorcar to match. The whole image has a thirties 'Vogue' appeal. We may be wrong but the section of car in pictured is showing strong resemblance with an Alvis short chassis tourer, but no doubt you will help us out. There is an abunda...
Dating photos from Liskeard in Cornwall
Mr. Rhoops has an interesting request:I'm writing an archaeological report on a former coaching Inn in Liskeard, Cornwall, and I'm trying to date the change in the front elevation!  The three pictures show cars from 3 different decades, and I'm wondering if anybody could identify the cars in each,  which would tell me, more or less when the building changed!  The first picture...
Old cars and Family

As an every day reader of your pages I thought I would like to share this with you and your readers.

The photos were taken in 1936 and the site is a creek-side picnic spot at the foot of the Toowoomba Range, Queensland, Australia. As I was only 4 years old at the time I don't remember any details but included in the Photo are my mother, siblings and numerous ...

1 horse vs many HP ( update: 1914 Delage, Sunbeam, Sheffield-Simplex, Cadillac or Buick?)
Before the cars, horses were all over the place. So the competition race and horses were less attractive. Luckily there were still people with horses and they want to show their price. Enclosed is a picture, taken in 1924 of the rider Sylvia Spooner (19 at that moment). She was described as "fearless" and well known for jumping obstacles. Her father ran "Spooners Harriers" at Yelverton, Devon, whi...

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