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What is a 1910 Garret?

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This appeared on ebay motors recently http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayIS...p;category=6472

It's advertised as a 1910 Garret but it sure looks home-made to me. Could it be one of those cars created by Disney for their home-town USA street scene out in CA? Looks like the car has actually been sold once before - I looked at feedback for person who listed it and there is feedback there from somone who recently purchased it, however it's up for sale again. I hope nobody gets taken in by this, but on the other hand, I could be wrong, and it if is a special movie or Disney vehicle, perhaps it does have some value? Anybody know anything about it?

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Looks like a cobble job made to look circa 1900-1903.

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Sounds French. I think I've seen this car in a Tom Selleck movie "Montie Walsh"that was on TV earlier this year. He played an old cowboy at the start of the 20th century. At the very end of the movie this car is stuck in the mud and the owner asked to have "Montie" pull the car out. The car was black and red in the show had had 1915 T sidelights in place of the 1914 style on it now. Note the T front axle. Why I remember this stuff is unknown to me.

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Three different Garrett automobile companies are mentioned from that era in SCAC 1805-1942, but only one was mentioned where production appears to have been achieved.

"The Garrett Machine Works Company at King and Guilford Streets built a highwheeler in 1909, according to the Ware yearbook of the industry that year. Details regarding it are lacking."

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looks like a 1910 "Humbug" to me.....as you all may know, "Humbug" styling lagged a few years behind the rest of the industry, thus their "1910" model looked more like everyone else's 1904 model.....

I'm supposin' that this was a Hollywood movie car...or somebody's Popular Mechanics "weekend project".

That sure does look like a "T" front axle, and those sure do look like "T" wheels (de-mountables, at that!), and that sure does look like a "T" column & steering wheel where a tiller should be...

Am curious as to what it has for motive power - looks like the engine is mounted horizontal & amidships, with the starting crank exiting on the passenger side ala merry-Olds....

Movie car creations have some justification...they have to be reliable and relatively easy to operate and suffer some abuse...most horseless-carriage owners would probably not want their buggies to be "movie stars"...

But it would be sad for someone to be taken-in by this mock-up, thinking they're getting a real piece of history....that would be like buying Disney's "Flubber Model T" and expecting it to fly....

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Howdy Frank,

You and Bob have it down pat.

This is what my late friend Richie called a "morphodite".....

Oddly enough I once came this close to buying a "repro" curved dash olds replica, not the cheaply assembled Briggs and Stratton powered ones commonly seen but beautifully constructed, aesthetically correct copy powered by a 2 cyl Isetta motor, the guy wanted $500.00 bucks in '85 and when I returned 3 days later with the cash it was gone.

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