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  1. You were partly right on the German Navy, but I have received some more specific information - 'Our Moscow military uniforms expert thinks the uniforms are German WW1 'Marinekorps Flandern', Marine Infantry servicemen who used 'M' registration numbers. 'Marinekorps Flandern' were the Naval Corps of Imperial German Kriegsmarine 1914-18 operating in coastal area of Flanders: canals, bridges, locks and ports (Belgium/Holland). Car on left has widow's peak radiator header tank and is wide enough for only a single person which suggest a circa 1914 Wanderer Pupchen W3 Tourer Tandem seating/doors 1286cc made in Chemnitz. Car at at back in middle has most of the identifiable bits hidden but we think from the thin edged veed radiator and distinctive drooping sides windscreen is probably a circa 1915 Opel 8'25 Tourer. The car on right has oval badge proud off a veed header tank, small flat radiator, high gas lights on double stalks with a high headlamp link bar, adds up to a circa 1916 Audi 18’45 Tourer.'
  2. There is a right hand drive Flyer here in NZ - probably a rare variant. And there have been the remains of a couple of Beacons.
  3. One memory I have of my trip the the US in 1978 was the wheel covers stacked against the side on freeway clover leafs - probably not able to be retrieved.
  4. My book of serial numbers suggests only 651 were built. Body choice was sedan or coupe.
  5. Like this one which no one has yet come up with a definitive answer for - A family photo from about 1912; we know the people, but not the car. What is it? - What is it? - Antique Automobile Club of America - Discussion Forums (aaca.org)
  6. This, unfortunately not very big, photo was posted on a facebook page. Apparently the Chicago History Archive have dated it at 1925. I reckon it is from several years earlier. That looks to be an ohv Oakland chassis on the left. Oakland went to a side valve engine for 1924, so to me that photo is no later than 1922. I think those car Haynes cars on the right.
  7. Pic #3 - looks to be a Smiths Auto Wheel. The AT registration is Kingston-upon-Hull. From the look of the grumpy spectators the date is probably just pre WW1. Pic #4 looks like a stretched Purvis Eureka. Pic #5 - the bike was registered in the Reading, UK, area in 1952. Not much clue to the identity of the bike, but it competing in a trial, a very popular type of event in the UK.
  8. 1931 Buick Series 60 on the 118" wheelbase I think. The 8 radiator cap distinguishes it from a 1930 model. Since I have become the owner of a car with a golf bag door I been noticing the shapes and method of opening of various cars with them. There is quite a variety.
  9. I did initially think Chrysler but couldn't get a quick match. I am aware there were 'Royal' and standard models, and also early and late series models. As far as I know there are no NZ new 'real' 1931 Chryslers. I have never seen a CD 8 but there are a few CM sixes that are more recent imports. Up to 1930 Chryslers popular and there are plenty of survivors. It looks as if our mystery car is slightly different to your donor sedan with the placement of the cowl lights and also the windshield visor brackets which have the extra little struts which confused me into thinking it might be a Graham. Thinking back they are more like what is on, presumably late? - 1930 cars, like this 77 -
  10. Posted a short time ago on a facebook page. The poster's wife's great grandfather. Chrysler? Graham? Hupmobile? or??
  11. Similar dimensions - at least in height - to the 1910 National 40hp that visited NZ in 1996 -
  12. More on the subject of the Royal Daimlers. This photo is from the National Library of New Zealand collection. I have posted three versions of it. It shows the Queen and Prince Phillip in one of the Daimler landaulettes entering the premises of the Ford assembly plant in Seaview near Wellington on 11 January 1954. In the background is the yard of Gillies who dealt in war surplus vehicles, mostly GMC trucks from the Pacific islands. Also there is the car park of the Ford plant, which among other things contains a '32 Ford roadster. The photo gives an idea of the large crowds assembled just to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
  13. Does 'leaving' mean just getting out of it, or is she leaving the car there and perhaps going away? The vagaries of the English language - as she is spoke.
  14. Stutz Bearcat. I thought perhaps the drum lights might make it a later date - 1921-22? - but a quick look at photos shows they used those drum light from quite early - 1918 or so? Way before other makers found them to be fashionable.
  15. Going by the wheel hubs I think this one is either French or British. Unusual wire spoke set up which someone might recognise. Note the quarter elliptic rear springs.
  16. The Waltham Runabout is a variation of the buckboard which has its engine in the tail. I think the mystery car may be one the many body variations available for the Locomobile steamer. Note the 'valves' next to the woman's skirt. You can see where the vertical engine is under the seat and the chain drive to the rear end.
  17. 1904 Oldsmobile French Front, rear entrance tonneau. Bonhams : 1904 Oldsmobile "French Front" Rear Entrance Tonneau Chassis no. 25816 Engine no. 25816
  18. Looks like an early underfloor-engined car like a Cadillac or Oldsmobile or similar that has had later style body work fitted to it. That big lever on the side will be the clue to its identity. It might mean it has friction drive?
  19. There are different versions of 'completely knocked down'. The case where one car was put into a crate mostly assembled but with its wheel removed and top separate to limit the height was really an SUP, a single unit pack. In the 1920s and '30s cars of a body style that was not locally assembled - typically coupes and roadsters imported in small numbers - came SUP. I have some figures for Pontiacs and Buicks showing CKD and SUP variants. For models that were locally assembled there was always at least one imported SUP, presumably so that the workers could see what the finished product would look like. I have seen photos taken at the local assembly plants back in the 1930s where there were crates of parts - eg a crate of roofs and a crate of body quarters etc etc and then the body parts would be welded together to create a body and then added to the chassis, which probably arrived mostly complete, but needed the mechanical parts put in. In the 1950s and '60s, because of the relatively small numbers involved the 'American' cars - Canadian sourced Ford, Chevrolets, Pontiacs and various Mopars mostly arrived 'semi knocked down'. The bodies were already painted and trimmed and all the assembler did was bolt the mechanicals to the chassis, drop the body on the chassis, add the few local components, battery and tyres for example and hey presto a car. In that era a heater and radio were usually dealer fitted options, and a car fitted with them was regarded as having 'all the options'. The cars were all relatively basic models. Availability of cars in the post WW2 era was very sporadic and depended on the country's export receipts, and its dollar reserves. In 1952 there was a great demand for wool for the Korean war so NZ did well out if that and quite a lot of cars were allowed to be imported. In contrast 1953 saw a much reduced quantity. It wasn't until the late 1980s that cars were readily available in the quantities the market desired. As far as Fords were concerned, being much more simple cars, local assembly of Model Ts from packs of parts began quite early - I will have to look that one up. Plants were even set up in smaller towns. As the cars became more sophisticated assembly became limited to larger centres. All this the meant there were detail differences between cars from different plants.
  20. If it is a Fiat it is more likely the longer, six cylinder, 510. I think this one is the standard factory body touring car -
  21. Are you referring to the outhouse cab truck?
  22. The comments about wood wheels reminded me of this one. A photo taken at a local 'first Sunday of every month' get together which usually draws more than 500 cars - mostly post WW2 Americans - as can be seen in the background of the photo. I know the driver but I don't know who actually owns the truck - I will ask him. I know on both his parents' sides he comes from 'old car' people - he has both of the cars his maternal grandfather bought new, a 1960 Canadian sourced NZ assembled Fairlane 500 sedan with 332 and three on the tree (he showed me the right hand drive gear shift linkages one day - seems they were designed in NZ), along with his grandad's next car a '65 Ford Country Sedan, apparently the last Canadian Ford wagon sold new in NZ. As a side note, in the 1950s and '60s, due to the low numbers involved, all of the 'American' cars that came to NZ new were four door sedans. I think there was a limited amount of colour choice but I suspect in some cases you got whatever the dealer was allocated. The '60 Fairlane was rebuilt some years ago and the 332 became a 390. In the wagon photo the '59 Olds belongs to his cousin. I know that members of the McVicar family were also car nuts - mostly into Fords. Someone else I know locally, another Ford nut - he has several As - as well as being into Morris Minors - spent many years restoring a Ford AA. I recall it had an 'rare' Timken rear end in it. I don't have a photo of the finished article - I must try and get one. I can't recall what wheels are on that one but I suspect they are the later style slotted steel type. Just found something interesting while going through my photos - this one taken at a meet in Reefton. just west of the Main Divide. Those rear wheels look kind of familiar. Not sure about the fronts though. Is that the later style radiator? - hard to say. 'Outhouse' style cab? Btw the all of the photos I have posted on the page were taken in the last twelve months. The wagon photo is mine. The others were posted on facebook pages by people generous in sharing photos.
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