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  1. A small six with exposed valve gear - maybe a late teens Oakland.
  2. I mentioned in an earlier post I was looking for some photos of local coachbuilt cars. Haven't found them yet but did come across these in my files. A series of photos of the same location from 1880 to 2011. The last just after the big earthquake of 22 February 2011 which resulted in the demolition of a significant proportion of the older commercial buildings in the city. The area in these photos is Papanui, a few miles north of the central city. I drive a bus through that intersection several times a day. It is now 1 am Friday - time I went to bed. 1880 1914 1960 1966 - the occasion was the funeral of a senior police officer. 1975. Firestone tyres had a factory not far from here which was closed only few years ago. 2009 2011
  3. More on this - I will have to see what I can find about the actual import duties in various eras.
  4. Unlikely I think. It most likely came as SUP, a single unit pack. Tourist Motors also imported Studes at the time - there were three Presidents for Husheer, 1921, '32 and '33, all of which survive. As far as I know those two Pierces were the only one to come to NZ in that era. Someone locally has had an engine from a teens Pierce for many years but I don't think its origins are known. There was no local assembly of Studebakers either. I presume they mostly arrived in a big crate with the wheels removed to save space. The only significant local assembly was of Fords, which had been going on since the teens, and the lower and mid price GM stuff (including Vauxhalls) from early 1926 when GMNZ was set up and the plant established in Petone, near Wellington. As far as I know there was no local assembly of Mopars until 1935. A few English makes saw local assembly but to what extent they had local content I don't know. Up until about the mid 1920s there were a few cars fitted with local bodies but the prices were much higher than the standard factory items. I have a photo of some Dodges at a local show with a mix of local and factory bodies. I will see if I can find it. The NZ market was quite different to the Australian market where they had quite severe rules which had been introduced during WW1 to reduce pressure on shipping space and which also favoured the local coachbuilding industry. In NZ the rules varied but mostly did favour local assembly to some extent but not as much as Oz. Particularly post WW2 the import rules tended to change frequently depending on the country's overseas reserves. Our imports of 'American' cars were quite mixed with most of the lower price stuff coming from Canada and the rest from the US.
  5. New Zealand didn't have the requirement for the fender mounted side lamps that the UK did, as far as I know. English cars just arrived here with them fitted. This Pierce was one of two imported for Gerhards Husheer. I don't have details of the other one to hand but will see what I can find. Whether this one is the same car or another I don't know - Here is the car in the main photo from the front - wearing a dealer plate that dates the photo to between 1 July 1934 and 30 June 1935 - And another of it in Southward's Museum in 2016 - giving a better look at the wheels and proving it is a Twelve -
  6. I had never given much thought to the finish on those 'shiny' artillery wheels that Pierce and Stude used. I may have posted these before. This is a car that was supplied new by Tourist Motors in NZ to a local tobacco magnate - 1935? The second photo is from when it was owned by author Maurice Hendry in the early 1960s. I believe Maurice is still with us but whether he is in any state to tell about the Piece wheels I don't know. This 2013 Flickr photo of the same car in the Southward Museum doesn't really give a clue to the finish on the wheels.
  7. This was linked on a facebook page. $50k a bit optimistic? Antique Automobile - cars & trucks - by owner - vehicle automotive... (craigslist.org)
  8. Some info here but not an answer to your specific question - Charron (CGV) - Graces Guide The Standard Catalog article about the American operation is not much help either.
  9. Being steel felloe it will be 1920s. If it is bigger than 20" it is 1924 or earlier. From 1925 they were 20".
  10. I guess you mean landaulette? Not somewhere you get your clothes washed. I would call it a town car myself, but different car and body makers had their own names for the various styles.
  11. Not a list of makers but if you search the 'Festival of Slowth' you will see similar vehicles.
  12. Still business I guess - Home (royersfordspring.com)
  13. Worth a look? - Holdings: Royersford Spring Bed Company records (hsp.org)
  14. A photo posted on facebook today - supposedly the (very messy) carpark at the 1911 Indy 500. I can see a Stearns on the right, one Ford T near the middle and a Packard on the far left. Anything else identifiable?? Being Indy there must be a Stutz or two or maybe a National. I see three raceabout/speedsters.
  15. An update on this one - apparently the photo was taken in England before the family emigrated to NZ. That being said it is odd that two of the cars are American. Of course there were plenty of American cars sold in the UK in the 1920s. Just a pity there is not a visible registration plate to prove the case one way or the other.
  16. Essex in front - no doubt about that - and the other one - maybe a Hupmobile?
  17. A 1920s photo from New Zealand. Looks to be a circa 1926 Chev roadster at far left, and maybe a mid 1920s Vauxhall or Standard at far fight. Any thoughts on the car on the right? Double bead moulding on the fender - shiny ring on the rear of the drum head lamp - multiple rim clamp bolts.
  18. Here is a what is it photo posted on a facebook page. Whatever the car is it makes an interesting period shot.
  19. The various model wheelbases varied from year to year the but the Limited was always 14" longer than the Autocrat - due to the extra two cylinders in the engine I guess.
  20. Of course that dark blue roadster has a Holden body. I do see a pad on the top of the fender. Here is one I found showing the step - on a cabriolet. So that probably confirms the mystery car being 1928 Pontiac.
  21. Thanks I thought it had to be something GM. The 'two coins' badge wasn't obvious. Any thoughts on the 'rumble seat step'?
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