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About quiz #408 ~ Albert G1.


About quiz #408 ~ 1919 Albert.Last week, we showed you a rolling chassis in show condition and the car was an Albert.  The model is a G1 which had quarter elliptic front springs and cantilever rear springs as seen in last week's photo, and a radiator copied from Rolls Royce.
The push-rod overhead valve engine featured a drilled crankshaft with pressure lubricated mains and big ends with the camshaft running in a trough of oil.  Initial description included a foot- operated mechanical starting device, but - perhaps wisely - did not go into production.
The partners in the firm that promoted the car,  Adam, Grimalde & Co. , had limited experience of motor design or manufacture. The initial design had been commissioned from A.O.Lord and within four months of its November 1919 launch, Gwynnes Engineering were manufacturing all the mechanical parts of the Albert and in 1920, Gwynnes took over the firm and made a further 1450 cars  but by 1923 they renamed the cars Gwynn-Albert.
The pioneer aviator we mentioned was Harry Hawker and his sports Albert is pictured here and this rare survivor is  a 1922 G3 with a body copied from Hawker's car.
We thank the three readers who responded - James thought it was a Varley Woods which does look very similar with Rolls Royce look-a-like radiator and same cantilver rear springs - Stuart Penketh was convinced it was a 1919 A6A Farman , but we congratulate Peter Ransom on guessing Albert correctly  and since he is a jury member, we send a virtual cigar!



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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