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Colin Spong

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  1. Henry....Some 20-30 years ago there was a 1931 Dodge Fast Four Panel Van that was around in the Enfield/Herfordshire area of the UK. I can't remember the compete registration number but it started "DG".Is this your van? Regards, Colin. (UK)
  2. 1923 Ford T Roaster/Pickup with after market Martin-Parry deck. Barn stored in PA from 1946 until mid 1980's. Original paint, upholstery and glass. Top material is embossed with Ford script "F". It came with the turtle deck, original tools, jack and handbook. The only replaced items are tires, tubes, radiator hose, fan belt and battery. Shipped to England in 2018 and now carefully conserved to preserve the wonderful originally.
  3. An elegant couple, formerly dressed in top hat and tails. leave the theatre while their chauffeur driven 1927 Model T Tudor awaits them. We know that Ford was "The Universal Car" but is this taking things a little too far? From the British edition of the Ford Times. January 1927.
  4. Matford Showroom on the Avenue Champs-Elysees, Paris about 1937. Matford was an amalgamation between Ford of France and the French manufacturer, Mathis. When I was last in Paris I tried to locate the site but it now appears to be a MacDonalds !!
  5. 1934 Ford 4 cylinder "Rheinland" with coachwork by Hebmuller of Barmen, Germany. Seen here being used as a taxi in immediate post-war Germany. Note the bombed out buildings in the background.
  6. Original Caption. Havana, Cuba -Havana Plaza, Grand buildings around a formal garden at the piazza in Havana, Cuba. March 1939 The 1937 Lincoln-Zephyr in the foreground looks as if it has had a hard life, perhaps as a taxi. The rear skirts are missing and the door check strap is broken.
  7. 1938 Packard 120 with ambulance coachwork. The location is Australia House in The Strand, London during wartime, probably around 1942. The writing on the Packard states "Presented By Royal Automobile Club Victoria Australia, RACV Patriotic Appeal". The Packard itself did not come from Australia as it was registered in Yorkshire, England in 1938. British Empire countries raised funds for the war effort and paid for ambulances and sometimes aircraft. Due to the massive losses of vehicles in the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940 the government bought many hundreds of cars for conversion into ambulances, fire tenders and tea wagons. Many patriotic owners gave their cars to the war effort . American cars were favoured as they were big, tough and could withstand continued abuse. This Packard has a very neat body compared with most conversions which were simply cars with the rear body hacked off behind the front doors and a crude wooden box body fitted. Those cars that survived the war often enjoyed. a third metamorphosis into "woodies" and light rucks.
  8. Jensen Number 1 known as "The White Lady" photographed in the mid-1950's. It was later exported to Canada but returned the the UK in recent times.
  9. Thornycroft J Type Lorry as supplied to the British Armed Forces in World War 1.
  10. 1937 Lincoln-Zephyr RHD 4 door sedan converted into a hearse with a chassis extension by Baico of Chiswick, London and coachwork by unknown builder. The photo shows it in a junkyard but it was rescued in a restoration attempt that failed. It went to another junk yard where it languished until rescued by me and dismantled for parts to aid the restoration of a Zephyr RHD Coupe.
  11. 1939 Hudson "Country Club" sports saloon by Coachcraft , one of 20 such examples manufactured including one on a 129 inch wheel base. This car had been abandoned in the street and a few days after this photo was taken it was towed to the junk yard. None are known to exist. Sorry about the poor quality of the photo .
  12. 1939 Pontiac with British coachwork probably by Carlton Carriage Co of London.
  13. Here in England my nephew and his wife run a driving school and have just disposed of their last stick shift car and the kids learning to drive today at the ages of 17/18 have no idea of how to drive one.
  14. 1936 and 1937 Zephyrs had the gear shift on the floor. 1938/39 the gear lever was inside the center console, protruding out of the side of the console. 1940 on wards was a column gearshift.
  15. Looks as if they are Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe/Convertible or 2 door Coupe-Sedan 1936-38
  16. c1929 Lincoln L with coachwork by Henry Binder, Paris.
  17. 1932 Ford "Continental Coupe" by W J Reynolds, East Ham, London. 14.9 hp refers to the small bore 4 cyl engine (Lower annual tax) 24.2 is the regular 4 cyl engine. W J Reynolds were (and still are) a major Ford dealer and most likely sub-contracted the coach building to local companies.
  18. British licence plates show the car was first registered in the County of the North Riding of Yorkshire October/November 1930. Hudson and Essex were assembled from CKD kits just outside central London.
  19. 1939 AEC (Associated Equipment Company) RT class bus for London Transport. Photo shows RT1 prototype in July1939. This class of bus was still in use in London until 1979 .
  20. 1932 Ford Model Y pre-production prototype. Designed for the British and European markets in Dearborn by Eugene "Bob" Gregorie. Edsel Ford liked it so much that the design was scaled up and became the 1933/34 Ford V8
  21. 1936/7 Ford V8 with coachwork by unknown German builder.
  22. 1932 Ford V8 with coachwork by Chaseside Motors, Enfield, England.
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