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About Quiz #406: 1903 M.M.C. 20 H.P.


About Quiz # 406 - 1903  M.M.C. 20 H.P.

In last week's Quiz we showed the chassis of a new 1903 20 H.P. M.M.C. as displayed by the Motor Manufacturing Company at the Islington Motor - Car Show of March 1903. This picture shows the "new type of honeycomb radiator, of special design and having extra large cooling surface by reason of the fact that the surface of each of the pipes is fluted." The car's description adds... "This vehicle has a reinforced wood frame of very evident strength and rigidity."

There are two types of ignition, principally the Eismann high-tension magneto and "on the opposite side of the engine another set of sparking plugs is fitted in conjunction with a high tension system of ignition, with contact-breaker carried on the end of the half-time shaft and in front of the motor." The other use for the gears visible in front of the engine is to drive the water pump which was correctly named by jury member Ariejan Bos who sent in the only answer. He also correctly identified the source of our picture as 'The Car Illustrated' but wrongly guessed it was a 1903/4 Elswick which had an ingenious 2-speed ventilator which used a sort of cycle hub to change speed and may well have explained one of the visible gear drives in the picture. We thank Ariejan for his Elswick knowledge, but no winner this week, better luck next week.

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