Tuesday, November 29, 2022

1960 Holden FB Ute (Australia)

1960 Dodge Dart Seneca station wagon

for the racing car enthusiast

Hopefully it's a fiberglass or plastic replica, it's hard to imagine a standard ceiling coping with the weight of a real car.

Nyborg Færge, Denmark, circa 1970

Nearly all the trackage existed because of the town being one terminal of the Store Bælt crossing to Korsør which until 1997 was done by ferry. That year the 18 km bridge was opened and Iittle of this exists now. See earlier posts.

Monday, November 28, 2022

'there's nothing like lounging outside with a good real book'

topiary Mini outside the Cotswolds Motoring Museum, Burton on the Water, England


1928 Leyland Lion bus

1951 Lincoln promo art

1951 Chrysler New Yorker


1950 Chrysler Town and Country Newport

from Barrett-Jackson.com

This Town & Country Newport features a 324/135hp Inline 8-cylinder engine with a 3-speed fluid-drive transmission with synchromesh gears, independent coil-spring front suspension, solid axle rear suspension with hydraulic shocks and leaf springs, and 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. It has a 127.5" wheelbase and was purchased from the personal collection of Jim Rogers. A one-year-only design, this is one of 698 built. Semi-restored, it [had] 65,300 original miles (the title reads mileage exempt), and is, except for a few quality refinishes, exactly the same car built by the factory in 1950. This fine example features original wood panels and original engine. The paint shows very well, the interior is in excellent like-new condition, it drives smooth and the engine purrs like a kitten. Made only in 1950.

The car featured in an episode of Pawn Stars set in Las Vegas a few years back.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

early 1950s Ford Thames truck ad by Ford NZ

It looks an impressive load.

'it's called a real book'

Pacific Electric car, greater L.A., 1930s

At Huntington and Marengo in South Pasadena, looking west. There is a still a broad way here, but used by cars, buses and trucks, not railway vehicles.  Google map reference

Ford GT50 Replica


Favor motorcycles poster circa 1920

 "Goes straight to the target."

"Favor was established as a manufacturer of bicycles in 1898 by Guillaume Étienne, with a factory built in Clermont-Ferrand some time later. In 1919 he was joined by his brothers Joseph and René, and their first motorcycle, a 125cc two-stroke, was built in 1921.

The company built midrange twostrokes, and single cylinder fourstroke SV and OHV models with engines from JAP and Blackburne. After the Second World War they built motorcycles using engines from AMC, Aubier-Dunne, Benelli, Alter, Ydral and others.

In 1955 they formed a partnership with Riva of Vichy (RSI), and also absorbed Gima of Chamalières and Alter of Chalette-sur-Loing.

Due to the turmoil experienced throughout the European motorcycle industry in the late 1950s as a result in the boom in small car sales, Favor ceased manufacture of motorcycles. Mopeds and motorised bicycles, along with cycles, remained in production. That same year they became French champion in the 50cc and 100cc classes.

Benelli came into the picture in 1960, with Favor selling their Favor-Benelli range of rebadged Italian 50s. All sales of motorised two-wheelers finally ceased in 1971. The firm was wound up in 1977."


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

1919 Auto Red Bug Smith Flyer

Powered by a 1-cylinder 2-bhp Briggs and Stratton engine mounted on the 5th wheel.

See earlier post.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

FS passenger train in the drink, Piombino, Italy 1983

This railway accident at the port of Piombino on 31 July 1983 happened when the Freccia dell'Elba train was heading towards the Piombino Marittima station. Approaching this it failed to correctly perform the braking operation, impacted with the buffer stop placed on the dock at the end of the tracks, knocked it down and went into the sea. The front electro power car ALe 840 was completely submerged, followed by the hauled trailer Le 800.005 (shown) which was partially submerged in the water, remaining poised on the edge of the pier; the rest of the trainset, made up of another towed vehicle and the tail power car, remained on the dock and were severely damaged by the impact. Luckily  the accident caused no injuries: the train was devoid of passengers and the crew managed to escape by jumping off the moving train.

Transit Buses Inc. 32 and 40 seat bus advert, circa 1950

At that point, a subsidiary of Checker Cab Manufacturing.  Info

New York, Ontario & Western 4-8-2 model by Bachmann

The prototype was one of 6 supplied by Alco in 1923 following a batch of 4 delivered the previous year, designated class Y/Y-1 -- info

A pic of the prototype in action in 1940 is here

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Edison electric mini-bus that ran from Christchurch to Dunedin NZ, circa 1920

Photographed in Christchurch by Samuel Heath Head. The sign on the bus reads “Edison Electric Vehicle. Christchurch to Dunedin. A.R. Harris & Co. Sole NZ Agents. Chch.”  Details are not recorded about how comfortable and reliable it was, particularly compared with the train.

1960 Buick Invicta

 As well as the styling, the two-tone livery schemes added a lot to the visual appeal in those days -- as did white wall tires.  

Ethyl gasoline advertisement 1953

Although leaded gasoline is history, almost all gasoline in the US contains 10 percent ethanol.