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No Hupmobile indeed! Owner Alexander Vonow pulled a leg to us all by presenting one of his own photos as a mystery interior some time ago. Helped with this knowledge and with addding a few smaller hints, now sudxdenly 'everybody' knows. Well everybody.... sorry to say that no less than six competitors took the wrong turn by choosing Lancia Aprilia. And sorry, it's no Steyr-Daimler-Puch either. In fact it is the Fiat 1500 priced in large numbers from 1935 to 1950, this being a 1936 specimen. Nine competitors were correct in naming the Fiat 1500, so as often it came down to judging the details to point out a winner.
Without doubt the answer by Christoph Röhrs was most substantial: " (...) a pillarless 4-door saloon car of the early streamline era. It´s a FIAT 1500, presented in 1935 at the Motor Show in Milan. The car was designed by the young Dante Giacosa and was the first car tested in a wind tunnel. They are built with slight changes until 1950, this one here is presumably an early model with the rope from the armrest tube in order to close the door. The car has a 6-cyl. 1493ccm 45 PS OHV engine and an interesting front axle." Congratulations Christoph, please send us mailing address and shirt size. Next week a new pre-war challenge. Today a new postwar quiz.
(photos Alexander Vonow)
February 1939, a well meant message from a wellknown premium petrol retailer. Read it like you want. Now when we read it, we wondered what would have been the first car - or maybe better first carburettor - with automatic choke. Yet keep in mind this may not be the perfect conversation topic when dining out with your Valentine tonight...
Phil Cordery gave us this photo. You must know Phil, his stand at the Beaulieu Autjumble is nearly opposite the press tent. He presumes this could be aan automobile of the make Bell. The Bell Motorcar Company used to operate from York, Pennsylvania, now better known for the large Harley Davidson plant. To be honest we had our doubts, untill we realised that Phil of course refers to another Bell... Checking with Georgano we found that no less than 5 manufacturers used the name Bell! And Phil probably assumes this could be a 'silent' Bell from Ravensthorpe, Yorkshire. We have our doubts as the Yorkshire based Bell stopped in 1914. So we're curious to hear what your thoughts are.
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