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We understand last weekend's Amelia Island Concours (see results) never was better. No clouds but crowds yes. One of our observers was particularly impressed with the line up of no less than a dozen(!) American Underslung motorcars, like the 1914 displayed above. The US made underslungs are a family in itself and made us wonder, were the Americans first in this, or if not who were? Not too far from there was yet another underslung, the 1913 Regal Underslung owned by Paul Wilson, an extremely original and basically never restored automobile. It gave him some headaches to get the car in good running condition however. Below his condensed report.
"It ran well when I bought it, but before I even took it on the road, the engine lost power and would barely run. It had spark; I had the carb rebuilt. I took the radiator for a precautionary checkup; seemed fine. The engine seemed to have low compression, so I removed the valves and lapped them in (everything looked OK, though). No change. Then I pulled the block off the crankcase (no removable head) and checked the pistons and rings. All looked like new. Reassembled it. No change. Then, the third time I took out the valves, one had a broken head. The heads are screwed to the stems, and it must have been cracked. So I got and installed new ....
A streamliner with highly characteristic tail design. So very few cars were out on the road similar to this that we don't want to give you a lot of hints. Except the fact that it is a european car and that it has a Cotal gearbox. So drain your brain, squeeze your memory and tell us all you know about it. Make. Year. Model/type. And anything relevant. Especially trivial details that are not easily to look up on the web will result in high scores.
Do you want to have a fair chance of winning the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt, then please first read The Rules under Read More and than post your answer under 'Comments'. Results published next Saturday, 15 March.
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