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  1. It's not a very clear photo but that second car could be a Delaunay Belleville HB4 or HB6. What was your great grandfather's background?
  2. Sorry, I don't know the difference between P4 and P4B. Attached is a page out of Omnia magazine from January 1st 1924. The photo is of the 25/30CV six cylinder. It looks like the bonnet on the car in your photo is shorter which would make it the 12CV 4 cylinder. The article mentions the 4 cylinder car will do 100kmh and has Perrot brakes on all 4 wheels which is essential for safety at high speed. CV is Cheval Vapeur which is the power rating.
  3. I think it's a Delaunay Belleville P4B. They made some really great cars, especially pre World War One. The first getaway car was a Delaunay Belleville circa 1911, stolen and used by the French anarchist group La Bande a Bonnot.
  4. https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/car_info_pontiac_laurentian https://www.tradeuniquecars.com.au/buyers-guide/1903/pontiac-1957-to-1980-2019-market-review https://www.carsguide.com.au/oversteer/the-parisenne-is-the-aussie-built-pontiac-people-forgot-about-69801 http://www.pocketoz.com.au/afe/motoring-manufacture2.html
  5. Some more detail here: https://simeonemuseum.org/collection/1913-mercer-raceabout/
  6. Roger, your project reminds me of the Bedelia.
  7. I’ve got one of those, very handy!
  8. These drawings are from this website: http://www.theoldtimers.ru/?page_id=673&lang=en http://www.theoldtimers.ru/?page_id=581&lang=en
  9. This British Pathé movie on Youtube has probably been posted before but it's still worth a look:
  10. The files are too big to post in one hit.
  11. Hudson Miniatures made a balsa model kit of a Mercer Raceabout in the 1950s. Attached are the plans if you don't already have them. The car is shown as a 1911 but I think it is based on Jack Fetterolf's 1913 car shown in this thread here: https://forums.aaca.org/topic/341211-period-images-to-relieve-some-of-the-stress/page/21/?tab=comments#comment-2015924 There is some footage of a Mercer in this film of the 1954 Anglo-American Vintage Car Rally. It's referred to as a 1921 but I think it should be a 1912:
  12. Here is Ray Mitchell in his Ford V8 powered Jeep Special at the 1947 Australian Grand Prix held at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. The car is two jeep frames welded together. Ray was leading the race up until the last lap when he got a flat tyre. He finished the race driving on the rim, with sparks flying. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1947_Australian_Grand_Prix
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