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About What Iz it? Quiz #434: 1911 Izzer 20HP

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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 oddball: 
The car is a 1911 Izzer Roadster, photographed in the days after 'Hershey' when we visited the famous Auburn, Cord and Duesenburg museum.  The museum is housed in the original super art-deco factory showroom and factory buildings. Most friendly located near the old and lively center of Auburn. It's so nicely situated that we consider to open a PreWarCar-PostWarClassic branche office in a deserted petrolstation right opposite the museum. 

Regarding Dr. Bissell's car. We received only a couple of good answers. Unfortunately both from jury members.  Robbie Marenzi came up quick, short and correct with the name and location and Fried Stol who came up with the full story in a few words: 

'It’s an IZZER otherwise he probably would have called it a Whazzer. Dr. Bissell from Watseka, Illinois was a character who liked to play with words when he ordered one at the “Model Gas Engine Co.“ from Perú (Indiana) in 1911.
E.A. Meyers owner of the Co liked what he had created so he decided to make another two, one for his own and one for his managing director James Littleton, using parts from Great Western another Peru-built car. The Bissell car has a folding front seat, installed by the doctor, to have a spare seat for his daughter.'

So thank you very much members of the jury, unfortunately as jury members are not eligible for a prize we keep this week's PreWarCar T-shirt for a next winner. If you have a nice idea for a quiz/ puzzle yourself, please send this to us: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it More precise we are looking for good quiz cars in the period 1925-1935

(photos by editor)

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Jury Member Location Information

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