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Anton van Luijk sends another interesting photo. But come on Anton, no information whatsoever with the photo! Don't do this to us. It's only that we like the photo, otherwise you wouldn't have made a chance to get the picture here.
Alas... it's a pleasant little roadster. Please note the fine wooden trimming around passenger compartment and tail (Labourdette? is it a coachbuilders plaque we see in front of the horn?). Is the car German, Italian, French or American after all? Who will tell? The atmosphere, the street scenery and driver + co-driver present a possibly eastern European setting. The sporty little roadster with an abundance of brass fittings looks 1910-ish. Yet what's the meaning of the flag? All question marks... We leave more educated guessing up to you.
Update by Matthieu Gras who located this photo also at the French Librbary:
25-2-12, Tour de France, Doutro sur Majola, 4 cyl[indres] 65 x 100 8/10 HP
Update: see the most interesting Update by connoisser par excellence Malcolm Jeal
Mark Walker remembers: "We used to go on family holidays in this 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom II. This must have been taken in 1962, the car original and unrestored. Sitting between the dumbirons is my younger brother Tom Walker. Memories of the car are the distinctive smell of the fabric upholstery, the wind up glass partition, the sadly disconnected exhaust cut out lever on the floor marked "For continental use only", and waiting for the radiator to boil when stuck in a traffic jam in Kings Lynn.
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We didn’t expect this tricycle to be a tough quiz question, as it should be well-known among the Bugattisti. It was built by Ettore Bugatti during his apprenticeship with the Italian company Prinetti & Stucchi, manufacturers of sewing machines, bicycles and motorized vehicles. You should have noticed that this was not just any tricycle when you followed our clue “the sting is in the tail” and found the twin De Dion-Bouton engines at the rear. Correct answers came in from D. C. Stephan; James Helms; Pug Vogler; Jeffrey Vogel; Guy Mahy and jury members Mark Dawber and Reg Harris. Two of the answers, from James Helms and Pug Vogler, were amazingly close so it came down to the very small details. Only James mentioned that this tricycle was a replica so we choose him as the winner, but a “special mention” should go to Pug. Congratulations James, with your third win. You are now one of the members of our distinguished jury! See Read More for his answer.
Photos from the new book "3e... Ettore Bugatti" by Bruno Nicolini and Paolo Maggi. The book tells the story about Ettore's pre 1900 engineering & racing career with Prinetti-Stucchi. If you like to see the tricycle you may consider to come with the Pre-War Via Flaminia which will make a stop at the fabulous Righini collection.
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