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Vintman

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Hi Folks, Another photo from Romania of a car that looks American cca 1910 and photogaphed cca 1913. I dont think the traces of a logo on the radiator would be of any help. The last letter seems to be a 'R'. Any thoughts on what it mighy be? Regards Vintman

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Hi Layden, WOW, new one on me. And you may have cracked it. So many of the little details match that it does very much seem to be a canditate. Details such as the triangles on the windscreen support which I cannot recall seeing on other cars (?), the brackets, radiator shape with angled corners at the bottom, starting handle position, the running board toolboxes, the roof irons and the little straps that hold the cover in place. Shame the angle on my photo does not show the area where the 'chain' cover would be. Only thing, what would such a specialised local car be doing in Romania?? Regards Vintman

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Great find Layden! I agree with your id. The two things differing are the windshield support and the height of the headlights. Would the light heights have been changed by the owner or a special order or specifications changed for export or ...? Curious and possibly un-answerable questions. Thanks so much.

Chuck

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Many manufacturers both small and large made running changes during production. Small companies frequently purchased components in lots and when that shipment was used up they could easily change to something else, changes in lamps, windshields and wheels are common. Other unseen components like magnetos and carburetors were changed also due to price and availability. The catalogs of the time usually contained the " fine print" disclaimer of specification being subject to change.

Styles also changed rapidly, the fender tips are a good example of something that was often changed midyear.

As for one showing up in Romania, it could have been taken to Europe for the "Grand Tour" of the continent by a wealthy family and sold rather than shipped home. Many small companies also advertised globally as in print from afar they looked on a par with large manufacturers. It is amazing how many obscure make cars went to Australia.

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