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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Friday November 30, 2018 at 3:58 PM
PIC: Some of the larger cars from the 20's and 30's,

1936 MG TA Airline coupe

1935 Riley Kestrel


Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire

1931 Marmon coupe

Cadillac Model 51 V8 from 1915.

A car telephone (!), air-conditioning, reversing lights, pneumatic suspension, an alarm, a refrigerator, swivel seats and a double bed; this Cadillac Model 51 V8, once owned by W.J. Moore, President of Moore Telephone System in Caro, Michigan, had everything. In 1915 Moore ordered the new Cadillac Model 51 V8 with a long wheelbase. Coachbuilder Kimball from Chicago was then commissioned to create a unique body to Moore’s specifications. Therefore, this remarkable Cadillac Model 51 V8 represents the first generation of two great American automotive traditions: the V8 engine and the customised car.

Beneath the bulge on the hood is a tube that funnels warm air from the radiator into the interior of the car via thirteen vents. A stove is situated in front of the radiator, to heat the car when the engine is switched off and which can also double-up as a cooking element. Electric fans provide the air circulation. The windows are double-glazed.

The Cadillac Model 51 V8 is a seven-seater. The seats swivel and the middle and rear seats can be folded up to create a single or double bed. There is a refrigerator behind the rear seats to store drinks and food, but it can also be used to blow cold air into the interior of the car. An alarm can be set to activate the horn when a door is forced or not shut properly when the car is put in gear.

In addition, the Cadillac Model 51 V8 has a telescopic pole, binoculars, a camera and a telephone. In order to use the latter, the car was parked next to a telephone pole so that Moore could connect to a line using the five-metre long telescope.

1915 Cadillac

1915 Cadillac

1930 Cadillac

1931 Imperial

Nagant Type D14/16-HP Town Car from 1909.

A comfortable town car, but this Nagant’s roof rack gives it away as suitable for long-distance travel. The driver worked partially in the open while the family (note the coat of arms on the doors) sheltered in a brocade-trimmed interior. Communication with the driver was made possible via a speaking tube. As with most cars of its time, the Nagant’s left side lantern has a green stripe to denote that side. In shipping however, the green marker denotes ‘starboard’, in other words, the right side. This 1909 Nagant was the first car of this make to be equipped with a driveshaft, and has never been restored.

It was owned by the Regout family, founders of the Sphinx porcelain factories in Maastricht. The plate of the Maastricht dealer is still fixed to the car. The bodywork was produced in Aachen and still bears its original paint.

The Nagant, which was manufactured in the Belgian city of Liège, was known for its solidity and reliability. Nagant was originally an arms and machine tools factory, but at the end of the 19th century it began producing cars under licence, starting with the French marque Gobron-Brillié. After 1904, Nagant began designing its own models, cars of a similarly reliable and conservative nature.

At the end of the 1920s Nagant was taken over by the Belgian Impéria-Excelsior company.

1909 Nagant Type D14 16 HP Town Car

1909 Nagant Type D14 16 HP Town Car

1909 Nagant Type D14 16 HP Town Car

1909 Nagant Type D14 16 HP Town Car

1909 Nagant Type D14 16 HP Town Car


Rolls Royce

Sizaire Freres 4RI Saloon whith Weymann Weymann Coachwork from 1924.

After leaving Sizaire Naudin, Georges Sizaire, together with his brother Maurice, started producing a four door saloon. This was the first production car in the world to be fitted with all-independent suspension. This system was based on the method used earlier by the Sizaire Naudin “voiturettes”, employing transverse leaf springs, although much more refined than the original.

The car was fitted with a four cylinder two-litre engine with an overhead camshaft, developing 50 bhp. This, in combination with the light yet strong Weymann coachwork, consisting of a wooden frame clad with leatherlike fabric, enabled the car to reach 120 km/u (70 mph).

Later, a sixteen-valve engine of similar capacity was produced, which was also very exceptional for an “average” production car. Maybe because of this, the car was too modern for its time.

Sales were slow and production ceased in 1927. The total number of cars produced is therefore low and this example is one of the few remaining

Sizaire Freres

Sizaire Freres

Sizaire Freres

Simplex Crane Model 5 Sport Berline

Spyker C4 All Weather Coupe from 1922.

This Spyker C4 is upholstered in simulated snakeskin. The luggage rack has a jagged edge to discourage mischievous little boys from hitching a ride on the back. The car is powered by a 5.7-litre, six-cylinder engine by the German zeppelin and motorcar manufacturer Maybach. The engine has an additional two-speed cooling fan. This car was fitted with four-wheel brakes, which was a novelty at the time. Note that there are four spare wheels on the running boards, and a wing mirror, which was also unusual. The number plate shows a G-registration for the Dutch province of Noord-Holland.
The reliability and luxurious design of the Spyker C4 earned the Spyker the accolade in England of ‘Rolls-Royce of the Continent'.
Selwyn Francis Edge, who set the 24-hour speed record at Brooklands in 1907 with a Napie

American Underslung Model 644 from 1914.

The low, sporting silhouette of this car is due to the underslung construction, which means that the chassis is suspended below the springs. This makes the car sit a lot lower than other cars, and it improves road-holding considerably. Oversized wheels give the car adequate ground clearance. The underslung construction in conjunction with a 60 hp Teetor-Hartley engine and a four-speed gearbox gave this American Underslung a brisk performance. Elsewhere in the museum, there is another car with the same type of construction, the 1912 Regal.

The American Underslung company, established in Indianapolis, USA, is regarded as the most prestigious American manufacturer of sports cars prior to World War I. The company manufactured cars from 1908 to 1914. There are reputed to be just three survivors of this 644 model in the world.

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PIC: Some of the larger cars from the 20's and 30's, by Dick Johnson #39637
A fine smorgasbord this time, Dick, with something for each of us who like by David Holcombe #39637.1
I love the MG Airline coupe; especially in 2-tone. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #39637.2
I'm a longtime fan. (EOM) by John Bono #39637.2.1
what a great post, thanks Dick (EOM) by Geoff Jowett #39637.3
great cars by Alan Dinsmore #39637.4
A great selection Dick - many thanks. The MG is a very.. by John Roberts #39637.5
I like the first one. With all the different makes, I was surprised not to see by Gary Rockwood #39637.6

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