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  1. Seems I was on the wrong track - the car is an Armstrong-Siddeley 30 hp.
  2. The photo was taken at Arthur's Pass railway station where a train is being prepared for the trip through the 5 mile long Otira tunnel - opened in 1923. Drivers had the option of putting their cars on the rail wagons to avoid the difficult climb over the nearby pass, which was often closed due to snow. The date is not later than 1940 when the locos were altered. NZR EO class (1923) - Wikipedia I am fairly sure the car is American. Suicide front doors makes me think Hudson. Whether that is a Biddle and Smart Hudson, or a totally different make with a coachbuilt body I don't know. The style of disc wheels looks American to me. They are similar, but different to those used on the 1927 Studebaker Dictator - they didn't have the bolts around the hub.
  3. Could be - it is not a big car and the Whippet was a popular model in NZ.
  4. A photo taken only a few minutes from where I live, probably about 1930. There may enough clues to identify the sedan from the mouldings, door handles and visor. The two outer bikes are late 1920s Harley-Davidsons - I am not sure of the exact model - and I think the centre one is a British single of some sort. Unfortunately the licence plate on the front of the centre bike is in glare, otherwise we would have been able to date the photo more accurately.
  5. I think the Oakland was intended to be called the Pontiac but in 1907 there was already a Pontiac car - it didn't last long - so the name Oakland was chosen. By 1925 when the new GM car was being designed and Oakland was given it to build, the name Pontiac was the obvious one to use.
  6. Looks like the 1000hp Sunbeam - Sunbeam 1000 hp - Wikipedia Lots of pics on the net.
  7. I am not 100% convinced though as A-D cars I have seen pics of have the crank handle under the radiator rather than 'through it'.
  8. A photo posted on a facebook page with no information. Obviously a modified Ford T. The radiator looks very Kissel-like but I guess it is an aftermarket unit for Fords?? Any thoughts on what the occasion might be - and the date of the photo? The guys in jodhpurs suggests maybe late teens/early '20s? It almost looks like a posed photo but I think it is 'just a street scene'. The car has obviously been in the mud, although the driver's and mechanic's overalls look to be quite clean. Notice the spectators are all male.
  9. On second thoughts it might actually be the later Big Seven - note the differences down the side - unless it is an optical illusion -
  10. Certainly looks like Austin 7 -
  11. The mystery car is a slightly earlier, circa 1920 Model EG, Big Six. You can see the 'square' head lights.
  12. On this 'side of the pond' - diagonally across the Pacific - the magic date is 31 December 1918, before which a vehicle is 'veteran' and after which it is vintage. (The 'vintage era ends on 31 December 1931.) Back in the early days of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand they had to come up with some cut off dates and they were what was chosen. As I am sure you are aware excludes some that, due to a quirk of the calendar, or shipping dates, might have been regarded as a year earlier. Nowadays there is more information available to those dating vehicles and generally they are dated more accurately than in the past. I guess it is never an exact science as - how do you date a vehicle? - by model year or date of build, or date of first registration? In the late 1920s Studebaker was introducing new models at odd times of the calendar year it is difficult to say any one car is certain year model. My Studebaker is registered as 1929 but it was already in New Zealand by Christmas 1928. (It wasn't actually sold until 31 July 1930.) My 1965 Pontiac was assembled in California in the first week of September 1964, but it is still a '65.
  13. A recently deceased acquaintance had both a 1918 Packard Twin Six, and a 1930 733 Standard Eight phaeton. Always said the Twins Six was the faster car. I guess your Stude six had a quite tall rear end? Those engines didn't rev very hard I think - maybe not much over 2000? My 1929 Dictator is saddled with a 4.66:1 rear end and I think 60 mph is about all it will do - and it is really busy at that - up around 3000 rpm. We have a 4.3 to put in it but are considering an overdrive instead. Choice between a post WW2 Studebaker BW three speed with o/d which came with the parts when we bought it - - or else keeping the original box and adding the o/d unit from a British Triumph car gearbox which I also have in the shed. Being a (false) cabriolet I think it is quite a bit lighter than a sedan, although the weights quoted in The Standard Catalog suggest they are the same. I will have to run it over a weighbridge some day.
  14. The top pic being enquired about needs to be a higher resolution for clarity. I am guessing it is from a 1923 Model 30 Sport Touring but the info doesn't tie in with what is in The Standard Catalog. My copy of The Serial Number Book for US Cars 1900-1975 is lacking in the area of those early sixes. This one has individual body production figures for the 30 series Olds cars - Classic Car Database, Specifications, Dealers, Parts and Services for Antique, Classic, Vintage and Muscle Cars
  15. A facebook photo with no info except that it was taken in 1938. No guarantees the car is American. I have not spent time on it but the mouldings which go upwards to the rear, along with the door hinges and handles should be a clue.
  16. Note also treadless tyres on the front - good for grip in the snow(??). They might be a different size to those on the rear? Being right hand drive it possibly has at least one, if not more doors, on the left side.
  17. Your Big Six probably uses different, much heavier, wood wheels.
  18. More - COACHBUILD.com • View topic - Gordon Watney Mercedes
  19. 'The car in the 1917 add could be a 37/90 - a big four cylinder car. One of the classic magazine di a road test of one not too many years ago - or maybe it was longer ago than I think. In the UK the firm of Gordon Watney was known for rebodying earlier Mercedes cars.
  20. That big ring in the steering wheel is something Mercedes-Benz used.
  21. A photo - actually three - just for interest. Posted on a facebook page. Maybe someone knows more.
  22. This photo has been posted on a facebook page relating to memories of Route 66. Whether the photo was taken along Route 66 I can't say but I think it may have been on the aaca forums before. I recall the make was a two word name but have a memory blank on it.
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