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About Quiz #359 : 1908 Mitchell

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This one wasn't particularly easy. Of all senders four were correct with tha make Mitchell. Daniel Reuben, Bob Brammer and jury members Ariejan Bos and Ian Hayhurst. It's in Calgary (Alberta) Heritage Park's Gasolene Alley Museum. It appears to be an original truck rather than converted later.  Indeed, Kimes and Clark report that Mitchell not only started as a wagon and coach builder, but were known to have built trucks and buses (this one has bench seats along each side) between 1905 and 1908. Interstingly three competitors attached the year 1907 to the truck while the musem describes the truck as 1908. Bob Branner was best: "1908 Mitchell Mountain Wagon built for 8 passengers. This is one of only nine ever built. 4 cylinder 3 speed 1 reverse top speed 55 mph. In 1906 Mitchell won 4 endurance competitions to boost sales."   

(special thanks to Robb Stewart, for quiz information and photos)


#2 2013-12-09 02:08
Actually, the museum's website calls it a 1907, but I would have guessed 1909 or even later based on the fender shape.
#1 2013-12-07 17:10
A 1908 Mitchell, a passionate car, for a long time i am a fan of Mitchells. They are fast and powerfull cars. For like 11 yers, I have a 1916 Mitchell a C-42 6 cilinder in line, special roadster, a 3 seat that belonged to Jack Barry an american actor. According to all the information I gathered its the only 3 seat Mitchell of 1916 that exist in the world with such body. I love driving that car, climbs everything and is fast, I got a speed record of 1km in 42,24 secs with a average speed of 91km/h and can reach 140km/h.
I would like to have more information about Mitchells If anyone has about it and if someone knows any 1916 Mitchell model C-42, because I only found 2 C-42, 1 in New Zealand under restoration and a Touring 7 seats in USA
Its a car that I love and nowadays is difficult to find one such like this machine and in that time was one car that rivalized against Pierce-Arrow and Peerless.

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Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
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
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
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.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
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
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK