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Help to identify a family car connection (UPDATE: 1926-27 Model 96 Overland Whippet)

help to_identify_a_family_car_connection-1_470Peter Johnston writes: "Apart from my passion for vintage cars I also research my family history and recently was sent these two pictures by my cousin. My great grand father (Frank c1870) was an engineer and spent his life at Crossley Engineering near Manchester. He was very well respected and became one of the first people in his locale to own a motor car. Born around 1870 one of his sons followed him into the trade and became my grand father. He is shown here with my father (the younger child and my Uncle on a drive out (Great Grandad is taking the photo) I estimate the year to be around 1930-1932. But what is the car they have taken on there day out? I hope one of your well informed readers can help."

Editor: Well Peter, radiator and mascot look Chryslerish to us, not the enamel badge however. Let's see what our knowledgeable visitors have to say.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

The Quirky Cars Mystery (update: 1911-12 Singer plus two 1912 Phoenix cars)

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Bill Coates sends a kind e-mail: "It's about time I put something back into PWC after all the good response to ads I've had recently! So here is a photo I discovered in a junk shop yesterday.  I know where it is - Keswick Cumbria UK - but I don't recognise the vehicles.  Obviously I would love to know what they are, especially as I am a Singer afficionado!"

editor: the photo added by Bill is showing two big tourers, an omnibus and a smaller runabout. The car at the far left and far right seems to show the same cathedral shaped radiator. As two of the cars carry advertising it looks like a company materials line-up. Finally we wonder what became of the Quirk company. We learned that at least in 1949 they were still in business and sold a 1905 Alldays & Onions...  

UPDATE II by editor: it appears that the depicted cars left and right are not Iris but Phoenix automobiles. Please read the below comments by Mr.  Friend and Ariejan Bos. We just hope that the two gentleman can explain us about the differences between Phoenix and Iris...

UPDATE by editor: we tend to follow William Hearne with respect to Iris. Just by coincidence this weekend we saw a very similar car with identical radiator in the most recent edition of The Light Car. For more pictures and info check Grace's Guide

Monday, 08 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Swiss Air

Swiss Air

Packards all have an air about them. From first glance, one can usually tell a Packard, if not from its distinctive radiator shape then from its hexagon-adorned hubcaps. What, then, are we supposed to make of this 1935 Packard, which was deemed Best of Show at last Saturday's 20th annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in that Connecticut town? Looking perhaps more like a Hispano-Suiza, it carries a body by Hermann Graber of Bern (which the Swiss will tell you is pronounced GRAHber, not GRAYber), and badged profusely under his own name by Werner Risch of Zürich, the Swiss importer and distributor. Even the hubcaps bear the Risch label, replacing the hexagon, and the vee-shaped Packard grille of 1935 is dispensed with, replaced by an earlier flat radiator, itself disguised with a stone screen. Deceptively, it is on the Series 1201, basic Eight chassis, not the Super Eight or Twelve platform. From the Ralph Marano collection in New Jersey, it wowed the judges from its very entry to the field, resulting in the Best of Show honors.

The people, on the other hand, went for familiar beauty. People's Choice was handed down to a 1932 Auburn 8-100A Speedster owned by H. DeWayne Ashmead. Auburn Speedsters look wonderful in any color, even black. Most unusual Classic might be the 1934 Duesenberg of Sonny and Joan Abagnale. Outfitted with supercharged engine and a luggage rack on its Rollston body, it could be the world's fastest stagecoach. The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, actually two shows in one, reconvened on Sunday with (mostly) postwar European sports cars.

(Text and pictures by Kit Foster)

UPDATE by editor: regarding Peter McGuire's remarks about original 'metallic' fish- scale based paint, read this brief history at the Consumerist

Sunday, 07 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #396

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It's a French cyclecar powered with a 6CV Ruby DS, yet who can add anything to that? We decided to do something different this time. The information is above, now you give us the photo! Well that probably may be impossible as very little is known about the French one-off of which only the 'brass literature' above remains. Still we're convinced that one or two people out there know all about this car. We also learned only yesterday that in a distant past the car was known in British VSCC circles.  Let's see who comes up with the full history of the car.

Please give us any relevant information you may have on this particular car. Whatever you can come up with, that is to say within 100 words. Please post your answer in the comment box below (please do not email) and be sure to read The Rules under Read More. This may be your chance to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt and wear with pride at this season’s events! Results will be published next Saturday, June 13. 

Saturday, 06 June 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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