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  1. According to The Standard Catalog, in 1924 when the T runabout was at its lowest price of $260, a chassis could be bought for $225. Ford apparently sold quite a few thousand each year. There have been several photos of cars with aftermarket disc wheels posted here recently. This one for the 'Homecoming Parade in the town of Jasper, Alabama in 1923' was posted on a facebook page today. Going by the sign on the front of the car it is a Buick, although the lights don't look right. As the Buick is a 1924 model it has to be quite late in 1923. Edit - I did these as two separate posts but the programme apparently thinks they should be posted together - which I disagree with.
  2. This one is from a New Zealand facebook page. The well drilling rig is mounted on an early Ford AA chassis. The 1928-29 NZ registration plate tells us the truck is near brand new. Is that standard Ford dual rear wheel set up - or is it aftermarket? In that era all of the Fords for NZ were sourced from Canada.
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    WW1 era

    This photo was posted on an NZ website with the caption 'Cars in NZ, WW1 era'. To me it is obviously not NZ, it looks more like central Europe. Maybe someone recognises the uniforms? The small car on the left with central steering is unusual.
  4. This photo was posted on the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation facebook page, and then shared to the AACA facebook page. The caption with this photo begins '1925...' Whether that infers the car is 1925 or the photo date is I can't say but what looks to be an early Ford A in the background dates the photo to a bit later. I reckon the Peerless is not earlier than 1927 going by the double moulding on the body and the cowl lamps 'sticking out' from the body. I think it is one of Peerless' lower price models.
  5. Of course it was the 1948 tour that was cancelled. The Australian government chose to sell two of its Daimlers while they were still in transit as it felt four were enough. The 1953-54 tour went ahead and, from the point of view of both New Zealand and Australia, was wildly successful. It was the first time a reigning monarch had visited that part of the world.
  6. There is a story behind those Daimlers which by coincidence is due to appear in the next issue of Beaded Wheels, the national magazine of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand. It seems that 12 were ordered from Hoopers the body makers for the proposed 1949 tour of Australia and New Zealand by then King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (parents of the current queen). The cars - four 'all-weather', three limousines, and five landaulettes - were built and shipped ready for the tour - six each for Australia and New Zealand. Not long after the ship left UK the king became ill and the tour was cancelled. The cars were put into storage to wait for the next tour. History dictated that didn't happened until the new queen and husband Prince Phillip travelled in 1953-54. The six NZ cars were stored at the Public Service Garage in Wellington. The NZ part of the tour lasted for 39 days and the necessary cars were flown around the country to be used as needed, depending on the weather and circumstance. The royal couple travelled by train and aircraft for some parts of the tour and the cars were used for parades etc. Of the 12 cars, two intended for Australia were sold to India before the tour. Of the other ten, seven have survived; one is in the the USA and of the others three are in NZ and three in Australia. The photo above looks to have been taken in Australia and I think is the all-weather model chassis #51702.
  7. It is Tuarc - without the first r - 😀 -
  8. AS a follow up to all that parts or all of at least three cars that competed in the NZ Motor Cup in the 1920s have survived. The Stutz survived mostly intact and was restored many years ago and is in the Southward Museum. The Craig Packard mentioned in the results is this car - restored many years ago by Tom Cloudsley - using the surviving mechanicals of the Craig car. Another car that raced at Muriwai was a Series 6 Mercer. Its mechanicals survived and with some parts from Australia this one was built up in the 1990s. The Mercer has been for sale for quite a while - 1923 Other Mercer Series 6 Raceabout | Trade Me Motors
  9. Mention of the Ford K reminds me of what is known of the single example that came to New Zealand. Most has been researched by John Stokes who has recently completed a comprehensive tow volume history of Ford in New Zealand. Re the K - " Almost certainly just one Model K came to New Zealand. There are no known photographs of the car (serial number 211) in its original form. In May 1909 a Model K, described as ‘practically new’ was advertised for auction, without reserve, by the liquidators of The Automobile Company of New Zealand who evidently had been unable to sell it. The car did not sell and a second auction was held in December that year. It is presumed that, this time, the car did sell as no further advertising for it was found" By 1921 it was on a farm near the North Island town of Marton. John posted the following on a local facebook page in July 2020 - "In a nutshell, the story is that the Model K body was rusted out, removed and disposed of approx. 1921-22 (on a farm in Marton). What was left was given a racer body, as in the photo (taken on that farm!). The car broke a crankshaft at Muriwai and the hulk was sold to a new used motor parts business in Auckland, called AutoParts. Because the owner of the business (whose name I forget) appreciated what it was, it was stored in a shed down the back of the yard for many years. I gather it was the 1950s that they decided to dismantle the car and that is when this huge and unusual engine was plonked into the window, where it remained for many years, as I understand it. Then they decided the motor was in the way. So they "offered it back to Ford", who weren't interested. "Offered it back to Ford" is a phrase I questioned - who was "Ford"? Was it Ford-NZ? Was it a Ford dealer? If so, probably that would've JW Andrew. No-one knows - but their answer was "thanks, but no thanks". So the motor was taken to the Auckland tip. I first got on to this story when I found a letter in a very early edition of Beaded Wheels (the magazine of the Vintage Car Club of new Zealand). It was from Dick Messenger, telling the story. I became a little excited because I had been hunting for proof of the existence of a Model K in New Zealand. So, I asked Leith Newell, who I knew reasonably well. "Leith!" I asked, "Dick Messenger reckons this car is a Model K! Would that be right?" If you know Leith she is a stickler for accuracy. As, I understand, was Dick Messenger. Her response: "If Dick says it is a Model K, it is a Model K". From there I was able to work backwards and found the evidence I was looking for, as presented in the book "Ford in New Zealand - Putting the Car Before the Horse". That even included a photo of Dick with the Model K at Muriwai, which I found at Auckland Library." The first photo is the car at Marton after conversion to a speedster, and the second is the 'Dick Messenger' photo taken on the road to Muriwai Beach in 1925. Edit - I guess there are those today would have liked to get their hands on those self-generating lamps.
  10. Possibly the only right hand drive Rickenbacker is in New Zealand. The first photo is from 1961 and the other a more recent shot. I think it remained with the same owner for many years until he passed away. Its registration appears to have been cancelled in 2016 so it may have been sold overseas? Report - AR8333 - 1924 CUSTOMBUILT RICKENBACKER in Red with Black (carjam.co.nz)
  11. Not sure on the years but the date code seem to be the days of the year - 108 and 209th days of the relevant year - Olds FAQ -- Heads (classicoldsmobile.com) Maybe #8 is 1955 and #14 is 1957? - oldsmobile casting numbers | Hot Rod Forum (hotrodders.com)
  12. This one was identified by Varun Cutinho on facebook as a 1910 Pierce-Racine. Proof photo from the Detroit Public Library collection.
  13. Several lower price cars used that size wheel and tyre - eg Pontiac and Plymouth - and no doubt some more less well known makes.
  14. I had hoped that plate on the side of the frame might help but the photo is too small.
  15. No idea what it is yet but I notice it has full elliptical springs at the front. The rear springs seem to be not visible. Maybe it has a transverse setup - like a Paige-Detroit does. P-D doesn't seem to have full elliptics at the front though. Oddly enough there was a similar size mystery roadster posted somewhere within the last few months with similar front springs - now just have to remember where I saw it.
  16. My first thought was Buick but on the badge on the radiator the second - and third? - letter has a 'tail' - maybe a Y or G? The bike is a similar mystery - engine mounted forward and low down. $7295 was obviously a lot of money in 1956 but it was still only about 2 1/2 times the price of a Corvette. In modern terms it is nowhere near the half million of so that supercars go for. Maybe the mark vs dollar ratio had something to do with it?
  17. Some great photos posted today on a facebook page by Daniel Stoner in Indiana of his great grandfather and his repair shops. Any thoughts on the identity of the vehicles?
  18. A photo posted a short time ago on a facebook page. No info other than it is "The new mayor of Dallas in top hat, ready for the parade" At a guess the photo date is 1904-05?? Car not yet identified but maybe an S&M Simplex??
  19. Something my son is building from scratch at his work for an overseas client. Modelled after no one particular car, just intended to have the essence of the period. It is being built around modern mechanicals - a mid 2000s BMW V8 - for ease of use. I look forward to its completion - probably in about two years. Reassembly work on the red BMW 3.0CSL next to it has kept him off the project for a few weeks. Photo - not 'period' of course - posted on a local facebook page by the father of the young guy in the foreground.
  20. A diff ratio of 4.33:1 is not that low by the standards of the early 1930s. In fact from 1937-on the Buick Special used a 4.44:1 rear end. The 1934-35 Series 40 is geared such that at its quoted power peak of 3,200 rpm it is doing 60 mph. It just means that your '35 Buick will cruise all day at 50 mph but will be doing a lot more revs than something modern with overdrive. And of course any old car doesn't have the sound proofing that a modern has and, especially a straight eight, will sound busy. Can you be certain your '35 has not 'gone around the clock'? I owned a couple of them back in the '70s but don't recall the miles on them. They were well worn though. I know the family '35 which is still in the shed awaiting restoration (probably no longer a viable proposition) had over 100,000 miles on it when it was overhauled in 1952. My 1929 Studebaker. which has a 4.66:1 rear end, will cruise at 50 mph, which is about 2500 rpm (power peak is 2,800). It does let you know about everything that it happening. Once you have done a few miles you get used to the noise. Cars of that era certainly didn't last as long, mechanically, as modern ones. Many needed an overhaul before 100,000 miles. In the not too distant past that 100,000 miles was magic figure to watch for - of course odometers rolled over at that - and if a car was for sale it was important to know whether it had been overhauled. Here in NZ when we changed to metrics in 1970s there were those who were still concerned about the health of a vehicle with over 100,000 on it. Of course 100,000 km is only 60,000 miles. Of course a well-maintained modern will do several times that.
  21. Looks a strong possibility. 😀
  22. Many makes used 20 inch wheels in the late 1920s. The five rim bolts should narrow the field of possibilities down a little.
  23. I have been advised that this one is a 1902 Darracq, presumably sold in the US as an American Darracq. although there was little difference between the American version and the French one. This one has been modified considerably - chassis lengthened, radiator size increased, and the controls and steering wheel altered or replaced, among other things. I think it is reasonable to assume that the 'car wash car' is the same model, in unmodified from.
  24. Very similar to this one which turned up on a facebook page a few days ago. I think the car in the fb pic is a few years old as I reckon it dates from 1902-03 but it has a registration plate, and appears to have had its wheels changed.
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