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A photo taken in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1919. I am sure I have seen one of this type of car before but have a blank on what it is. 

 

Welcome Gateway,Christchurch, with decorated buildings, for Peace Day 1919, said to show railway station - Copy.jpg

 

Welcome Gateway,Christchurch, with decorated buildings, for Peace Day 1919, said to show railway station.jpg

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Not a Paterson. The radiator shell on the car in question has sharp angles in the cutout where it turns down from the top. The other car has curves there.

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Could be a Mitchell. The tops are different, two glass windows vs. one window. One looks right hand drive and the other left hand drive.

 

Nice pictures.

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The Mitchell's cowl length, its side hinge height location, and position of the windshield on it (but not its mounting fixture) look more like the Patterson's, but the radiator filler looks like the Mitchell's.  (Could it be a Mitchterson..?) , But it looks longer to me than in either of Bloo's or Leif's pictures.  In 1918 Mitchell had a 127" wheelbase, in '19 thru '22 there were 2 wheelbases, one 120" and the other 127", while in the corresponding years the Patterson had no wheelbase over 120".   A tough nut to crack.

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Now why would you get what appears to be the right rear tire with chains under the front of the car, or is it the right rear tire that ended up under the right front position?

 

Would you ever drive a car of this vintage with tire chains on the front, one side only?

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It's also possible that it's Hollywood - a picture from a movie or TV show.  Look at the car behind the crashed one. It's wearing a significant amount of snow on its hood and fenders, but there's very little snow anywhere else. 

 

Is this a colorized picture? If not, shouldn't it be black and white? I think it looks a little staged.

Peter

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This pix was poster in the General Discussion forum a year or so ago.  I believe this pix is staged.

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...Car was hit hard by another vehicle on the lower LH side at an angle in which it was forced up over the Street Curbing ripping the RH rear wheel off and the Car came to rest on it. Notice that there was no damage to the Iron fence but RH front fender had made contact causing slight damage to it.

 ...The snow on the other car could have come from that car just being in another location minutes before i.e. Mountains in California to the North East Great Lakes- ‘Lake effect Snow’ narrow bands (I see it happen all the time).

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44 minutes ago, Dave Mellor NJ said:

The black guy looks like he has an ear ring. Odd for that time

I don't think so.

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The car is a mess. As was said earlier it hit several things.

 

Do you reckon it is a Mitchell?  Hard to say with the radiator covered. If it is, it is a different year from the pic at the top. Note the fenders.

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6 hours ago, Craig Gillingham said:

I think this is a Saxon Six.

Note also it has both DC and Maryland plates.

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