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About What is it? Quiz #459L ZIS 101B

There was a catch in last week's quiz, as it wasn't a 'real' pre-war. But most of you noticed it and gave the right answer. Yes, it is a ZIS or ZIL 110 B. A car based on a Packard (that was the pitfall for many of you), something Stalin loved. Even if you don't know the car, you were able to find out more about the car as the persons in it were well known. So, the car is a ZIL 110B. It's a prototype, manufactured during the World War. Stalin wanted to show to the world that he could improve the car manufacturing process, even during the World War. That is the reason why he made this car. The photo was set by Iveta, who has the car for 27 years now.
What makes this kind of quizzes as interesting as they are, is the fact that we find new information in the answers. One of the responses came from Konstantin Zhukov, who restored the car in 1998. He gave us more photo of the car on his own website.

As said, many good answers came in and this makes our task even harder to choose a winner. After reading all the answers, we decided that Henk Visscher will receive the full 5 points for his answer as he is most complete: On 29-04-1958 Gamal Abdel Nasser, president of the newly formed United Arab Republic (Egypt and Syria) arrived in Moscow for an 18-day state visit. Soviet Presidium Chairman Voroshilov and First Secretary Khrushchev welcomed him. Standing in the pictured ZIL-110B (mirrored!), they drove to the Kremlin. Launched end-1945, the 110-limousine designed for the Communist elite was the product of reverse engineering of the 1942 Packard-180. Initially named ZIS-110 (Zavod Imeni Stalina), the model was rebranded as the ZIL-110 (Zavod Imeni Lichachova) when Khrushchev had denounced Stalin. The cabriolet version ZIS/ZIL-110B was produced between 1949 and 1957; about 40 cars built.

Other good answers (who will receive the 3 points) came from: Tom St. Martin, Jeff Perkins, Donald Risen, Michael Roehrs, Paul Amato, Alan Spencer, Anders Svenfelt, Stephane Aderca, Robiolle Stanislas, Larry A. Lewis, David Horsley, Valery Patrakov, Gotthard, Adam, Awini Ambuj Shanker, George Cassidy, Fritz Hegemann, Andreas Brocke, Darryl Grey, Bob Hall, Stuart Penketh, Gerd Klioba, Peter Skofic, Robert Hafner, Jean-Claude Poisson, Bernard Corrège, David Chelonie, Fried Stol and Luc Ryckaert.

The bad luck trophy of 1 point goes to: Alan Brookman, Sarah Foret and Politi.

This gives us a change in the top 5:
1. Gerd Klioba - 33 points
2. Henk Visscher - 29 points
3. Alan Spencer - 28 points
4. Fritz Hegemann - 23 points
5. Luc Ryckaert - 22 points

Thank you all for participating and enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, 09 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Are you taking my job, lady?

This chauffeur must be out of a job after this photo was taken. The lady looks proud and very convinced to drive this car instead of sitting in the back. And we totally agree with her. This looks like a fantastic car to drive! Can anyone identify this big brass machine?

Photo by Andy Watt

Friday, 08 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

An early Tom-Tom

An early Tom-TomTravelling in the early days of motoring often was a challenging experience. Road signs were absent and society was not equipped for cars travelling over roads for hundreds of miles, where normally only stage coaches would cover distances of more than the few miles from your own village to the market in the next. If you would travel for longer distances, the train was the obvious means of displacement which could be as luxurious as you could afford.

The car however gave you something extra: no time tables, no rails, so in principle you could go anytime anywhere you wanted. But, although the excitement of taking new roads passing villages and landscapes you had never seen before was a very positive thing, it would be nice to arrive at least a good distance closer each day to your final destination without endless detours!

Therefore not long after 1900 in many countries in Europe motoring related companies like Michelin and Mors, and private organisations for cyclists and car owners like the Automobile Club de France and the Touring Club de France published travelling guides and started to place road signs. In America from 1901 on the famous Blue Books were published, in which for certain states and areas detailed routes were described with village and city names and recognizable land marks to make orientation easier. In the US you could even buy the Photo-Auto Maps, books with route descriptions, where every turning point was shown by a photo. These tools did help not only the motorist, but also stimulated many other economic activities along these routes: the traveller needed oil, gas, repairs, food, sleep etc. etc.

There was only one problem: the driver had to drive and the person next to him had to read the maps. In theory this seems a happy coincidence: now the passenger can have an active role in the trip too, and not just sit lazily looking around enjoyng the surroundings. The practice as we all know can be very different. I will not go into details.

With the Tom-Tom still almost a century away, how do you solve this? In 1913 (!) already this could be your answer: the Automatic Road Indicator, as it appeared that year in the accessories catalogue of Domenico Filogamo (with branches in Turin and Rome). On this apparatus you could read the road while travelling. The route was printed on a film, which “unrolls itself in the indicator at the speed of the car running on the road, so that a simple glance to the apparatus will enable the driver to locate the position on the road and will show which turning must be taken.” It will inform the driver of every railway crossing and dangerous turning by ringing a bell.

In one word: amazing! It is questionable however if you will be able to purchase one as a X-mas present for your antique car in time this year, but with thorough searching on autojumbles and some luck you will undoubtedly make her happy next year!

Words and photo: Ariejan Bos

Thursday, 07 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

From the family album: Star c.1925

Star  c.1925
Julian Hill shows us a photo from the family album:"I think this is a Star bought new from the factory in Wolverhampton about 1925 by my grandfather, George Edmund Hill pictured in the photo with his family; Margery, John, and Alexander and wife Odile. The picture is taken in front of the AJS club which became the Woodfield Club. They lived on Coalway Road, Wolverhampton and this was at the bottom of their garden! I suspect the car and clubhouse no longer exist, however, their fine house on coalway road still does. It was one of only 2 cars owned on coalway at this time. George was a tobacco Merchant with offices in Wolverhampton and London on the banks of the Thames, which was destroyed in the blit".

Editor: thank you for sharing Julian. This is what we like, a photo of a proud family with their 'modern' car. Would they publish our photos in 80 years as well?
If you have a similar photo, please share it with us!
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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