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Harry Hickling was at the Motorclassica in Melbourne, Australia's equivalent of the famous Pebble Beach. Celebrating the Mercedes is the second oldest car entered (beside a 1986 Benz Velo) and Australia's oldest known surviving Mercedes. The car is not yet finished but is already gorgeous.
You may know Harry from earlier features at these pages.
Harry describes the car as: 1908 Mercedes Simplex shaft drive. 35/40 hp engine. A very rare car, being the oldest known shaft drive Mercedes in the world, and similarly the oldest known surviving Mercedes in Australia. And only some 25 pre 1909 surviving cars known.
Originally with a Barker Body. The history is know through to 1914 when the car was overhauled and sent to a Sheep Property in QLd, called Issis Downs. It may have originally been owned by Sir Andrew Spence Chirnside, and then / or alternatively from new Robert Whiting or Sir Rupert Clarke who owned Isis Downs.
This is the start of a veteran week, this in view of the London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run next weekend. So we start with a quiz regarding a car that was made at the turn of the last century. It is a car with a long history. Her name is Peggy and she has been all over. No matter her fragile appearance she participated in dozens of London to Brighton runs, going back to as far as 1927(!) at least. Now for most LtB cars that rally is the Big One. Not so to Peggy, for her the road down to Brighton is a short warming up. In the sixties she participated in London to Edingburgh. And on yet another trip she took the steamer to Australia to test her chassis and 6HP on the 1000 Miles from Melbourne to Sydney! To give you some final hints the marque you need to look for has its roots in two countries, yet as far as we know the fine & sturdy motorcar is in Britain since ages. Well that's all folks. Enjoy your weekend and let google do the work for you. Or did you already recognise her without any aid? Please be frank and tell us all about her. Make, Yer Type and whatever trivial knowledge you may have about the car. However before you post, be sure to read The Rules under Read More.
UPDATE: be sure to look in the Newsletter which is going out withion hours for an extra photo of this quiz car. Also there is soem slack in sending your answer: Be sure to post before Monday night 23.59 hrs. GMT (London time)
(source of photo to be revealed next Saturday)
"Huber six cylinder models for 1936 have completely transformed lines, while the frontal appearance is modern and pleasing to a degree. The car illustrated is an Eighteen: the Snipe is very similar in looks, but has a 27 h.p. engine. "
Bruno didn't tell too much about the charming lady. Nor did he tell us about the fate of AKV985. We would be thrilled to hear she's still around. And yes, also when we learn she is owned by a 105 year old lady.
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