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About Quiz # 342: 1921/1922 McFarlan Twin-Valve-6

Jury Member Kit Foster wrote: "Quiz #342, is, of course, a McFarlan TV-6. I'm just another voice in the crowd." Well, Kit was right! We received lots of correct answers, including many from our distinguished jury members. Yet we still think this was a difficult car to recognize, as we don't think many people outside the US have ever heard about it. Because we suspected to get many correct answers, we asked for one that stood out from the masses. This was rather tough as most told us all there is to know about McFarlan. Two entrants - Callum Walsh and Ted Wilmarth - gave a wealth of info within the 100 word limit, yet we found that Ted gave just that extra bit more about the McFarlan we see here, so we decided the prize is his. Congratulations Ted! After many, many correct answers, finally your first win! See 'Read More' for Ted's answer and the list of all others that mentioned McFarlan. See you all next week with another quiz.

The winning answer by Ted Wilmarth:

"The car shown is a 1921 McFarlan Twin-Valve Six Phaeton. McFarlan made cars in Connersville, Indiana from 1910-1928. The cars were usually built around 200 vehicles a year. Their first cars were tested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 1921 was the first year of the Twin-Valve Six motor for McFarlan, which made 120HP and was equipped with 18 spark plugs and triple ignition. In 1924, McFarlan made a Single-Valve Six and by 1926 added a Lycoming Straight 8. Two of McFarlan's famous customers were Fatty Arbuckle (movie star) and Jack Dempsey (heavyweight boxing champion). McFarlans usually came with artillery wheels."

Others who mentioned McFarlan:
Mac McAnlis
John Mereness, who saw one at Ault Park Concours d'Elegance in 2011
Dave Fitton
Nigel Plant
Peter Brouwer
Anders Svenfelt
Don Risen
Daniel Reuben
Tom Lukaszczyk
Alan Spencer
Mark Roberts
Callum Walsh
John Crowell

And jury members:
Luke Chennell
Peter Ransom
Kit Foster
Stuart Penketh
Chris Paulsen

And special mention should go to jury member Frans Vrijaldenhoven, who was the only one to recognize in the photo Mrs. Wallace Reid, wife of the famous movie star. (check the link for many other famous owners of a McFarlan).


#2 2013-04-15 19:09
It isn't clear if Wallace Reid owned two or three McFarlans. This photo would indicate he had three, as it doesn't look like the 1923 Knickerbocker cabriolet that was sold to Fatty Arbuckle and is now in the Nethercutt Museum, and it's not our 1919 sport touring.
#1 2013-04-14 13:09
Ok, I always feel stupid getting the correct answer and not being picked. However Mr. F.V. is wrong as they black and white photo does not match the modern photo references to Reid's two cars. The old photo clearly shows a foot step instead of runningboards and the hood is creased at the side edge and nit rounded lik the Fountainhead car. Ok can U at least win a keychain? ...till next time....Dan.

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Bart Oosterling NL
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Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
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Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
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Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
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Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
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Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK