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  1. Does that type of door handle suggest General Motors, or were they common? Someone elsewhere suggested it was an English "STAR", Built in Wolverhampton, circa 1908, but I thought the radiator badging said not.
  2. Place & Date Depicted: Mount Macedon, Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia, 1910 Summary: A man and two women in a car in front of the Waterfalls Hotel. A second man stands beside the car. There are two spare tyres strapped to the running board. Does anyone recognise it?
  3. Some kind of specially built car? custom bodywork?
  4. "First vehicle registered in 1935 was Q195-315 and the first in 1936 was Q216-215. This vehicle was new in the year 1935. Roadster was probably European, possibly a F.I.A.T. or a Citroen, The trams were the first electric trams in Brisbane known as match box design." "the president of the Eisteddfod Council (Mr A. P. Wynne, Maryborough)"
  5. Truth (Brisbane, Qld.) Sun 9 Jun 1935, Page 26 FIT to qualify with honors as chief of the city's traffic "death traps" is the McLachlan and Brunswick streets intersection in the Valley, where the third serious accident in the last few months nearly resulted in a fatality last Tuesday morning. Swerving to avoid a Valley-bound tram as he came out of Lachlan-street, A. P. Wynne, driving a sports model car, and carrying E. Rockett, of Brown-street, New Farm, as passenger, ran into the jaws of that tram and another going in the opposite direction. Yet, by a miracle, both men escaped, unhurt when the machine was sandwiched completely between the running boards of the two trams. A traffic policeman is now stationed there at peak hours. He "arrived" yesterday. This image showing a car crushed between two trams was published in the Truth on 9 June 1935. The accident occurred at the intersection of McLachlan and Brunswick streets in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Surprisingly the driver Mr A.P. Wynne and his passenger E. Rockett survived the ordeal. In an interview with the Truth, Wynne described how the accident occurred. “I thought I was a certainty to be killed. It was all a matter of seconds. As I came out of McLachlan Street I suddenly saw the tram coming from New Farm, and swung to the right so that I’d be going with it and not against it when we struck. Then I found myself running straight for the other tram. The car was right in its way. I jerked the wheel again to the left, and stepped on the gas, intending to shoot across the street between the trams. It was a pretty slim chance, the only thing to do. I said to Rockett, “Now for a real smash.” Then we got it. I don’t remember. But I found myself still whole, and sitting in the car, with Mr. Rockett still alongside”. Can someone identify the sandwiched vehicle?
  6. Ah, so from another of his journeys. Quite the character.
  7. In Arnhem Land. I think that's a kangaroo wrapped up in leaves and hessian on the back. Car has different wheels front and back. I suspect it was taken by Francis Birtles on his Adelaide to Darwin record attempt. Birtles car was an 1923 or '24 Oldsmobile Model 30, but this is much more stripped down than his car. is the radiator enough to identify it?
  8. I live here. https://www.google.com.au/search?ei=2T1LXJ3FKJH4rQGT26XABg&q=australia+cars+lhd+or+rhd&oq=Australia+rhd+or+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0j0i22i30.774519.783518..786321...0.0..0.460.3059.0j16j4-1......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i67j0i131j0i131i67j0i10.zXP01xb2Ib0
  9. "Bikes&Trucks 1929." I have to assume South Australia, but this particular photo had the least info appended.
  10. I think those are all 1928 photos of the body works. Bottom one was tagged 1928.
  11. Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) Sun 3 Jun 1923 Page 11 THE RUGBY CAR Interview with Sales Representative Hearing of the new Rugby car, one of which has been landed here and is on exhibition in the new Durant garage near Milligan-street, a "Sunday Times" representative during the week interviewed Mr. V. Barwick, sales representative for Australia and New Zealand of the export division of Durant Motors Inc, New York, and obtained from him particulars of this new cheap car. The chassis is manufactured by the Star Motor Co., controlled by Durant's. The car will be well under £300 in price. It will have an Australian body, manufactured in Adelaide, upholstered in leather, and seating five people. Australian timbers and leather are used throughout, and all work is done by Australians. W. C. Durant has vindicated his slogan of "another real good car." The motor is of continental build and of standard type, with no freak fittings. The parts will present no difficulty to anyone, and spares will be readily procurable. The controls conform in every way to standard practice. It is fitted with the Autolite generator, Tillotson carburettor, Spicer universal joints, Stewart vacuum feed pipe, etc These cars have been used for the last twelve months in America, and have proved themselves to be excellent in every way. They are now being turned out at the rate of 1000 per diem. The Rugby has good clearance, and is easily controlled, doing anything from five to 55 miles per hour. It should be ideal for the backblocks. The average mileage to the gallon is 27, but she will do 30 when tuned up. Although known as the Star in America, owing to the existence of a Star Motor Co. in England the name had to be changed to that of Rugby for sale in the British Empire. The local agents are Comet Motors Ltd. We had an opportunity of inspecting the chassis and engine. It is sound, well sprung, and well and attractively built, and should become one of the most popular cheap cars. A green four door 1926 Rugby R Sedan....
  12. Holden Motor Body Builders
  13. A period where only chassis and scuttle forward were allowed to be imported, in order to foster local body builders. Protectionism. Hence Australia has some car body variations not seen in North America or Europe.
  14. The Aussie bodies don't seem to have the suicide doors. (or is it only the closed bodies that have them?)