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  1. Hi Greg, I have done some brief research and it seems that Lexingtons were being sold from 1923 onwards by Masters Motors in Adelaide and the Simpson Motor Co in Brisbane. AV Turner had imported Lexingtons around the end of WW1, but I don't think he was the agent by 1923.
  2. Craig, The Landau and Charger are excellent choices! I would like to nominate the 1984 Nissan Pulsar Turbo ET - the first turbocharged 4-door hatchback built in Australia. The Turbo ET combined the practicality of the Pulsar hatch with the performance of the 2-door EXA Coupe - 0-100 km/h in under 10 seconds and the standing 400 metres in 16.5 seconds, with a price of under $15,000 new. Most of the surviving examples have been modified with body kits and extras, so finding an original car would be very, very difficult.
  3. When my father-in-law paid me a visit a day or so ago, he told me that he had been invited to have a look at some vintage cars in a factory/warehouse. While he was able to identify most of them, he was stumped by one. He said that is was a "Lexicon". When I showed him the Standard Catalog of American Cars entry on Lexington, he confirmed that it was in fact a Lexington he was looking at, circa 1923. He e-mailed me photos that he took, and which I am enclosing below. The car looks very much like a Skylark roadster, but the rear bodywork has been extensively modified, with a cradle f
  4. The Summit was one of the several attempts to manufacture an “Australian” car in the period between World War 1 and World War 2. Kelly’s Motors of the inner Sydney suburb of Alexandria were the firm behind the Summit. Production began in 1923, and Kellys ensured that details of the new car featured prominently in the press, such as this piece from the Burnie Advocate, dated the 7th of September 1923: “The Summit Car. Among the new cars on the market today a striking example of the progress made in design is the Summit. Not only is the engine rendered, almost vibrationless by a five bearing, f
  5. The 1925 Case Jay-Eye-See and Model X both had a 6 cylinder 52 hp Continental engine on a 122 inch wheelbase - what were the major differences between the two models?
  6. There is a dealership in Brisbane, Australia called Mike Hunt's Wholesale Cars.
  7. At the 2015 All Holden day just down the road from where I live, I saw a 1963 EH Holden S4. The S4 was a racing version of the EH built specifically to compete in the Bathurst 500 mile touring car race. Only 126 were built, and there are only a handful of survivors. http://australianmusclecarsales.com.au/muscle/122054-1963-eh-holden-s4
  8. As someone who is interested in US "independent" makes of the inter-war period, I'd take the REO. The other advantage of the REO is when you display it at car shows, people will be interested because it is no longer being manufactured. You can tell onlookers not only about the REO, but also the role that Ransom E Olds played in the creation of Oldsmobile.
  9. Worldmobile - Lima, OH - 1928 http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2010/10/03/sia-flashback-what-in-the-world-is-a-worldmobile/
  10. 89tc, Here is some more information on the Ranger from my personal blog: https://graham64.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/the-ranger-car-scam/
  11. The Beaulieu Enyclopedia of the Automobile has a photo of a restored Ranger, so at least one car survives.
  12. OSI (Officine Stampaggi Industriali) built cars at Turin between 1963 and 1968. The company was originally founded in 1960 by Ghia, manufacturing bodies and components for the Innocenti S and Fiat 2300 coupe. The first original OSI was a spyder and coupe based on the Fiat 1200, followed by a coupe based on the Fiat 850 and a 4-door version of the Alfa Romeo 2600. After the Taunus, the 1966 Cross Country was a Jeep-style vehicle using Fiat 124 parts, followed by the similat Week-End, based on Fiat 850 parts. Here is a photo of the Fiat 1200:
  13. The car going from left to right at 1:10 looks like a 1919 Renault 10CV.
  14. The 1916 Paterson is a pretty rare car - only 983 were manufactured for that year. Is it a Model 4-32 or Model 6-42? According to the Standard Catalog, 1916 Patersons were valued at approximately $6,000-$7,000 for a car in "good" condition back in 1996, so have values increased since then? It would be interesting to see how much it actually sells for.
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