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  1. They were indeed officially imported...there are a few around and one features in the opening titles of a Sunday morning BBC politics programme The Andrew Marr Show, driven by Marr to the BBC for his shows. There were also a few Nissan S-Cargo vans sold here as well but may have been 'Grey Imports' brought in by entrepeneurs.
  2. Leonard Williams was the UK importer, with premises on 'The Golden Mile' in Brentford, Middlesex, which was the main route from west London to the west..the A4 Great West Road. Firestones were almost opposite, and in front was Lincoln Cars Ltd, a Ford subsidiary that sold....Lincoln cars! From around 1940 the Packard facility went over to war work and then when the Packard-Merlin engines were being shipped over to the UK, they became an unboxing and repair facility. They also serviced and maintained existing pre-war Packards and any 'Generals'' and diplomats' cars. My late godfather worked at Lincoln Cars during the war when they were rebuilding Flathead Ford engines for marine craft, tracked carriers, etc., and against the rules used to sneak in an use their canteen. At the time there were numerous women workers. A V-1 flying bomb made a direct hit on the Packard factory and hit a gas main. Several women were killed as they could not escape a wall of fire from the gas. My godfather was injured...by a piece of asbestos roofing tile that went into his leg. The foreman at Lincoln Cars who was also the nightly roof watcher on the roof, organised rescues of the injured and was awarded the MBE medal.
  3. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia tells you.... a marvellous film and I love to identify as many vehicles as possible.
  4. McLaughlin-Buick chassis ran # 207001 and up for the 1934 34-50 series, and # 210001 and up for the 34-60 Series, Engine #s 2862001 and up. The 1935 cars all adopted the new GM of Canada designations, with 545xx001 TO # 545xx847 and 546xx001 TO # 546xx361, engine #s 2940001 TO # 2941400. Lendrum & Hartman dubbed the '34s and '35s both the 'NA' Series... CA for '33 then NA/NA then DA for '36 spelling CA-NA-NA-DA!
  5. The convertibles were 'Volantes'. David Brown's (of tractor and gears fame/money) had Aston Martin-Lagonda Limited based in premises that looked like an old corrugated iron shed I recall, in Hanworth Air Park in Feltham, Middlesex before they moved to Newport Pagnell.
  6. I wonder how the Vauxhall and Opel Ampera (and Holden Volt) difrfer from the Chevy? Vauxhall Ampera | Extended-Range Electric Vehicle ? Vauxhall Motors UK It had been suggested that the Vauxhall/Opel would be built in Ellesmere Port, Liverpool alongside the Vauxhall Astra but I am not sure if it is.
  7. The 'MCalughlin Motor Car Co. Ltd, Oshawa, Ontario' build plate also identifies if it was ex-Oshawa. Here is another '25 as seen in issue 34 of RESTORED CARS magazine: MASTER SIX 25-49 PHAETON chassis # 1293346 engine # 130671x
  8. Looks to me as though it's a 1925 25-X45 Master Six, built in Flint and not Oshawa. I have it that chassis ran # 1249865 AND UP; Light Six chassis ran # 1239259 and up. But that's just my data from British books, etc. I also ha\ve it that Light Six engine numbers ran # ENGINE # 1264701 AND UP and Master Six # 1439500 AND UP.
  9. Over here yoiu can post up to 10% of a work and you are allowed to publish for review and educational purposes. I have however to add that as regards material relating to a certain Canadian auto company, the head of the company that provides data for old vehicles has asked that nothing be put on any website as it is 'proprietory'. This is because he paid for it and he charges querents a fee. If it was publshed then this could damage his fee income. Fair enough. I know that there was a guy who provided a private Pontiac historical service and one that has the old Chrysler records. They both charge[d] for data on vehicles. However on another Forum it has been suggested that the Pontiac guy has had problems with GM. Have you tried: Chrysler LLC Corporate Historical Collection 12501 Chrysler Fwy. CIMS 410-11-21 Detroit, MI 48288 USA ????? The simple answer may however be that if it was information that was in the public domain in its day, then that presents no problems. The easiest way to get round any problem is to say on the site: " This information is published for non-commercial research purposes only. If anyone wishes to claim copyright on any material on this site please contact the author at........."
  10. Excuse me if I bore you gusy again but I have done a fair amount of research over the years about Gray and Gray-Dort. This is from my draft book on the British imports:
  11. The scond car was I think a similar conversion to the Phaetons created by GM Suisse on 1939 and 1940 Chevrolet sedans.
  12. Art Deco in the UK: 1935 Singer Airstream As regards the V-16 Caddy, these were exported and offered in the UK. although the one owned by Workmate inventor and Lotus Cars designer, Ron Hickman on Jersey, is an ex-Maharajah car. It has however been featured on a Jersey stamp! 1931 CADILLAC V-16 SPORTS PHAETON SERIES 452-A, FLEETWOOD BODY, ENGINE # 702927 Now that I have checked, they were offered here 1930-32 1930: MODEL 452A V-16 57.5 H.P. LIMOUSINE LAUNDELETTE BY CARROSSERIES VAN DEN PLAS, S.A., BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MODEL 452A V-16 57.5 H.P. “IMPERIAL” LIMOUSINE? MODEL 452A V-16 57.5 H.P. “FLEETWOOD” LIMOUSINE
  13. It could be a royal-connected car though the Duke of Kent had a McLaughlin-Buick series 90 at the time. The Royals used Daimlers since Edward VIII became the first monarch toi ride ina motorcar. This lasted until Rolls-Royce were favoured post-war by the Queen although the Queen Mother had Daimler 420G limos bodied by Vanden Plas until they ceased production. Can I give you all some history from my notes and excuse me if this boring you to death: The 1910 company was then acquired by the Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA), which eventually sold Daimler (cars and buses) to Jaguar Cars in 1960 I think. There was also a German Daimler connection to complicate:
  14. The Serial Number does not make sense! DK is a 1946 DK Fleetmaster or Fleetline Sub-series. My page tells you the Model Numbers by body style UNLESS you are overseas from the USA and that's a local assembly plant number! 1935 TO 1942 CHEVROLET BODY NUMBERS A US car will have the plant code, then DK, then assembly month in two digitis, then thne sequential production number. The Engine Number is appropriate for a 1946 216 cu in engine.
  15. CARLTON CARRIAGE COMPANY LIMITED, Waldo Works, Waldo Road, Willesden, London N.W.10. They were located near to Lendrum & Hartman who were the Buick importers at the time, as well as Cadillac and La Salle. For some reason I don't have the 1936 Chrysler imports. There were two companies: Chrysler Motors Limited and Dodge Brothers (Britian) Limited, and both were based in the factory in Kew, then in Surrey, on the south bank of the River Thames. Consequently the cars were named after Surrey towns, plus Wimbledon which you will have heard of from the tennis tournament, which was actually in London S.W.19. Also, Heston, near where I come from, was in Middlesex [now west London] and was the site of one of London's two civil aerodromes and home of an aircraft company or two. These are the 1935-7 models that I know of: 1935 LIST CHRYSLER USA/CANADA/ENGLAND 19.8HP KEW SIX PLYMOUTH PJ CHASSIS 2-DOOR SALOON FIXED-HEAD COUPE DROP-HEAD COUPE PLYMOUTH 2-DOOR SALOON 9’ 1” W.B. AND SYNCHRO PLYMOUTH 4-DOOR SALOON SAME 23.4HP WIMBLEDON PLYMOUTH PJ FIXED-HEAD COUPE DROP-HEAD COUPE 19.8HP RICHMOND AIRSTREAM SIX CHASSIS FIXED-HEAD COUPE DROP-HEAD COUPE 4-DOOR SALOON 27.3HP KINGSTON AIRSTREAM EIGHT CHASSIS FIXED-HEAD COUPE DROP-HEAD COUPE 4-DOOR SALOON 27.3HP CROYDON AIRFLOW DE SOTO SE ALL STANDARD MODELS 33.8HP HESTON AIRFLOW CU ALL STANDARD MODELS 33.8HP ROYAL EIGHT AIRFLOW AIRSTREAM EIGHT? ALL STANDARD MODELS DODGE USA 19.8HP VICTORY SIX SALOON 5-SEATER 25.35HP SENIOR SIX SALOON 5-SEATER 1936 LIST? DON’T HAVE BUT: C8 WAS KINGSTON RICHMOND SIX C7? 1937 LIST CHRYSLER USA/CANADA/ENGLAND 19.8HP OR 23.4HP CHASSIS KEW TOURING SALOON CONVERTIBLE COUPE FIXED-HEAD COUPE 23.4HP WIMBLEDON CHASSIS WIMBLEDON TOURING SALOON 7-PASSENGER CONVERTIBLE COUPE FIXED-HEAD COUPE 27.3HP RICHMOND CHASSIS RICHMOND TOURING SALOON RICHMOND 7-PASSENGER 11’ 1” W.B. CONVERTIBLE COUPE FIXED-HEAD COUPE CROYDON SALOON 9’ 7 ¾” W.B. WITH OR WITHOUT OVERDRIVE 33.8HP KINGSTON TOURING SALOON 11’ 1” W.B. 7-PASSENGER 11’ 1” SPORTS SALOON 10’ 1” HESTON SALOON 10’ 3” WITH/WITHOUT O/D ROYAL SALOON 10’ 8” W.B. DODGE: VICTORY DE LUXE 25.35HP CHASSIS 5-SEATER SALOON FIXED-HEAD COUPE SENIOR SIX 25.35HP CHASSIS S.W.B. 9’ 7” CHASSIS L.W.B. 11’ 5-SEATER SALOON 7-SEATER SALOON 7-SEATER LIMOUSINE CONVERTIBLE COUPE
  16. In the UK we have had barstewards buying photos of old vehicles, which are then copied using a film camera-type dupe machine, and then reprinted with a 'copyright' stamp on the back and sold on at swap meets, etc. Or they just buy, scan, then print on photo paper.
  17. Yes, Bentleys had a different grille which required a different, lower, bonnet/hood. Sometimes Bentleys got a tachometer vice Rolls-Royces, aka per RROC 'Royces'. The Flying B mascot, hubcaps, steering wheel badges, dash badges, and a fractionally lower price differentiated. On a differtent subject, the argument as to whether Acadians and Acadian Beaumonts and Beaumonts are Pontiacs still rages. In the Ford empire the '60 Frontenac was a Frontenac, and not a Ford Frontenac. It goes on....
  18. A 'Rolls-Bentley' is a euphemism for the Crewe-built Bentleys and not the 'W.O. Bentleys'. As with Vincent, who bought-out the 'H.R.D.' name*, there is no connection between Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd and W.O.'s company, which was bankrupt; R-R just bought the name in effect. I should also add that many Bentleys have been created out of Rolls-Royce cars. This is because in the 1970s only about 18% of R-R production was of Bentley-badged cars and so they are much rarer than their R-R counterparts. There is just one official Bentley Camargue for instance. And if you wonder why they persevered, the answer lies in the once-extant fine dividing line in the 'snobbery stakes' between the two marques. An example is a company owner that was asked why he didn't buy new R-R Silver Shadows and went for identical, more-or-less, Bentley T-Series instead. The answer was that if he did buy a R-R, or 'Royce', then all his employees would have demanded a pay rise as the company must be doing well! *Phil Vincent acquired the rights tp use the name of the H.R.D. Motors motorcycle company that had gone bust, founded by Howard Raymond Davies. They had never met until a Vincent Owners' Club Dinner!
  19. I wish I knew what the build plates on the Chevrolets, and I guess the Chrysler cars, say. I am not aware of any Romanian assembly plant though there was a private company assembler in Poland 1937-1939. Before the war Ford of Britain had a Romanian subsidiary and supplied cars, possibly including US-sourced as well as UK cars.
  20. I wrote the story of the 48-215 in RESTOIRED CARS AUSTRALIA. An online earlier version is here: It was probable that as a consequence of the dire consequences in t Smiths Industries in England supplied some components as well as GM Limited AC-Delco Division. Thus a few Holdens came over to the UK for trials. Here is an extract from my Holden in the UK story:
  21. Or Uruguay... Brazil also drove on the left at the time but it's obviously not there.
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