From the family album: a lady behind the wheel in Trinidad

Would you smile if your just drove into a palm tree? Or is it that she just stopped on time in front of some palm leaves. Fortunately, there is not much damage to the car. At least not that we can see.

Earlier we received a photograph from Julian Hill that came out of the family album, showing a 1925 Star. But he also shared another photograph with us. One with his aunt Rosalie (Bay) Bryan, nee Hill behind the wheel. Which was taken in Trinidad in 1956. A fantastic photograph we must say. Can anyone recognise which American car it is?

An American car on Trinidad is quite fun for them who know the history of the countries. As both Trinidad as well as America are `discovered` by the famous Christoffel Columbus. Nowadays, the smallest of the two has its main source of income for the tourism industry. Which we can totally understand if we look at the photograph. How fantastic is it to drive an old car around the island; the palm trees, beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. We close our eyes and tour around. Enjoy your weekend!

Published: Thursday November 9th, 2017



    Packard did the same thing Chrysler did and opened a Canadian factory in 1931. This was also in Windsor Ontario supplying LHD cars for the Canadian market and RHD cars to the Commonwealth. Business was so good in 1935 they opened a new four story factory. The cars were built from raw engine castings and body panels from Detroit with all other materials and components sourced from Canadian companies. Packard also had a subsidiary in Britain called Packard Limited of London which, I think, assembled cars from Canadian and American parts.

  • Indeed a RHD car. The American Automobile Industry did make RHD cars in Canada and service the colonial markets all over the world. I have a couple of RHD Packard's, did they also produce in Canada? I don't think so. All German manufacturers like Mercedes, DKW, Adler, Opel Hanomag, Hansa, etc. did supply RHD cars to India.

  • Chrysler started producing cars in Canada in 1925. The Maxwell Chalmers Company in Windsor, Ontario was bought out and that factory was used to make LHD cars for the Canadian market and RHD cars for the Commonwealth. In England RHD cars were assembled with parts brought in from Canada and the USA, but that was just for the market of Great Britain and Ireland. So, I am sure the car in the photo was Canadian built.

  • Looks to me like it's a 1934 Plymouth. You can just make out the distinctive Plymouth louver and door arrangement on the hood. The body looks to be the same as my 34 Dodge. This would be correct as the convertible bodies were shared by both makes.

  • This has to be a 1934 Plymouth convertible. Behind the visible spare wheel there's the typical vent for this model year.
    Greets from Germany

  • 1934 Plymouth PE convertible coupe - one of 4,482 but most of those will have been left hand drive. Rare in right hand drive I would think. Whether this is US or Canadian production I don't know


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