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  1. What caught my attention with this one was the relatively long hood and short front door.
  2. The photo date is 1932. On the left is a Ford AA. Kaeo is in one of the more remote parts of the country and there would be few new or new-ish cars there. There were very few new cars sold in NZ in 1932 and 1933. Even today the average age of the New Zealand vehicle fleet is 14 years.
  3. The serial number list in The Standard Catalog says the Model EC ran from July 1914 to June 1915. The serial numbers ran 500001 to 504483 - over 4,000 cars - and another batch - 613001 to 617155 - another 4,000 or so for a total of over 8,000 cars. Yours looks to be #735 so quite early. Maybe built in the first couple of months of production? The concept of mid year to mid year models was quite common at the time. I read somewhere it was to tie in with the summer agricultural shows. It us up to you what year model you call it. The whole business of dating cars is a can of worms. When you buy a new cars you want the very latest model - so you get a 2020 car in September 2019. When it becomes an 'old' or 'collectible' car you want it to be as old as possible. Here in NZ, for car club purposes, old cars are usually dated by their first year of registration, but is hard to be that accurate. Of course in later years there were distinct 'model years' with numbers on the tail lights etc, and dated data plates. My 1965 Pontiac was built in the first week of September 1964, so I guess I could say it was a '64, but it is obviously a '65 just by its visual features, and the info on the data plates.
  4. Not quite pre WW11 as it is January 1942, in Puerto Rico, but I thought it worth sharing - from Shorpy. Not often you see that many woodies in one place I guess.
  5. This photo was taken in the town of Kaeo, in the far north of New Zealand in 1932. The big sedan caught my attention - maybe a Jordan ? - or a big Hup? Or?
  6. Thanks, I will update on imcdb.
  7. I don't think it is a Studebaker. I should know it but have a blank. I have an idea the same car may have been used in another movie.
  8. The car is a Maxwell. A few years old in 1913 - maybe 1906-07?
  9. I agree as I don't think Studebaker had their own car until they took over EMF. They did have Garford build cars for them but usually they have the shouldered radiator - or maybe those ones are actually Garfords? I think it got a bit messy, which probably contributed to Garford exiting the arrangement. There are several photos on the Detroit Public Library site but I can't make them come up at the moment. This car has a similar rear hub cap to the mystery car.
  10. This photo was posted on HAMB today. Note the stripped T on the right.
  11. With only about 50 bhp from an engine of about 400-450 cid it probably needed to be quite low geared anyway. I was reading some info re the WW2 era tank transporters, both British (Scammell Pioneer) and US (Federal etc). The Scammell had only about 100 bhp from a six cylinder 8 litre Gardner diesel whereas the US models usually had about 200 hp from a big (600 plus cid)six cylinder gas engine. Both models had top speeds of less than 30 mph. On the Wisconsin Historical site are all the records and specs books of International Harvester. I was researching their big D series models of the late 1930s which were popular here in NZ. The biggest tandem rear axle model had a 451 cid six cylinder gas engine making 120 hp at 2400 rpm. With the 9.00:1 rear end the max speed was just over 30 mph
  12. As an addendum to this post I remember Bob telling me that when he began the restoration of the Sizaire he was able to make contact with Maurice Sizaire who designed the car and gain some useful help from him. Maurice died in 1969 at the age of 91.
  13. Here is a better look at the Sizaire fron suspension. Photo taken in New Zealand in 2007. Just by coincidence the photo was posted today on a local facebook page. This one is registered as 1907 but appears to have an improved type of spring mount.
  14. From HAMB -
  15. I can't match it with anything I know but it looks to have that prominent part at the top of the radiator which some Hups had. The photo is amongst quite a few from Canada so I assume this one is as well. I have tidied the photo up a little.
  16. This 1907 Sizaire-Naudin was restored in New Zealand in the 1960s by the late Bob Turnbull, a very talented and only slightly eccentric, engineer who was responsible for much of the early work on the Hamilton jet boats. I remember following it at 55 mph on several occasions as he lived not far from me. I took this photo from the back seat of a 1918 Ford T in 1980 during the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand National Veteran Rally. Bob spent his later years restoring a Type 57 Bugatti.
  17. Maybe generic? What size is the largest one? Horse drawn stuff had hubcaps too.
  18. nzcarnerd


    I guess the photo was 'snapped' rather than posed?
  19. nzcarnerd


    I am researching some info on Graham Brother trucks and came across this very interesting blog. On the page in the link the question is asked about the identity of the limo being attended to. Even though it is not 100% clear it does show some good detail. It is an impressive photo of an impressive car. I presume that is the toe board that the chauffeur has in his hand.
  20. A complex subject but I do know that GM cars that came in fully assembled were know as SUP - for single unit pack. Post WW2 our Chevrolets - supplied ex Canada - went from being CKD to SKD - for semi knocked down. The bodies arrived painted and trimmed The wiring, and some other parts, were supplied locally. They always came in blocks of 24 - why I don't know.
  21. I was about to email him a reminder but I guess it is late at night in the north east? 7 pm Monday night here.
  22. Locomobile - 1905 or 1906.
  23. Looks like Rickenbacker might be right but as it has 1923 plates on it the date is earlier. This one is 1922.
  24. That looks to be Washington DC plate along with the other one - which I presume is a Maryland plate. Wiki says black numbers on yellow for 1923 Maryland plates, and white numbers on brown for DC 1923. I saw something a while back which said that regular commuters to DC had to have plates from both their own state and for DC. Car? - I have no idea. Looks to date from around 1920-23 - and relatively expensive. Probably one of the many odd makes that went bust in the early 1920s.