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The stunt with a collapsing Model T in this clip is done by Buster Keaton.  Will Rogers did a similar stunt with a car that shed its parts as he drove toward the camera.  If anyone knows of an explanation of this stunt it may be interesting.  It appears that the Model T is coming apart even before it hits the ditch in the road.  The sides of the body are falling outward.  As the car's front wheels just start into the ditch the wheels are already askew and apparently detached from the axle shafts.  As Keaton climbs off of the wreck he right foot touches the ground at the same time the right front fender ghosts into view and lodges against the wheel.  The pile of sheet metal suggests there is no engine nor transmission, and the radiator disappeared somehow. The special effects people did a pretty good job back in the day.  Watch the driver of the car because there is a stunt man actually "driving" and he is replaced by Keaton.  It happens quickly but by focusing on the driver position one can see a man wearing a pork pie hat, while Keaton is wearing a straw hat.

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1 hour ago, John_Mereness said:

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Owned by Prince Gustaf Adolf, father of the present King of Sweden. Died in a flight accident 1947 before even becaming the Crown Prince. 

Coachwork by Nordberg's; licence number A 26 moved to a Bugatti Type 46 in 1932. That Neuss bodied car was the honeymooncar of the Prince.

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48 minutes ago, LCK81403 said:

The stunt with a collapsing Model T in this clip is done by Buster Keaton. 

There was a lot of tape splicing done in that short clip wasn't there. Your pretty observant. 

 

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While not a photo I think you might all find this interesting.  While sorting my Hudson Literature I came across this used car list from a Hudson Dealership.  Particular interest would be the last car. I think I paid too much. ;) 

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