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A well traveled Type 43 Bugatti

By Tim Martin: One might say this Bugatti T43, chassis 43264, has led a busy life.  It is one of the three T43’s Leon Duray received in exchange for the Packard Cable Specials (the two front-wheel drive Millers which were rescued by Griff Borgeson in the late 1950’s). 43264 was originally bodied as a Weymann…

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A very distintive Phianna Touring Car

By Tim Martin: The Phianna was a short lived quality car built between 1916 and 1922, and was successor to the S.G.V. which we have looked at before.  Production was limited, and by 1919 the car’s look had changed to eliminate hood louvers and employ a radiator with an angular look as seen with this…

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An Early Henderson Four

1912 was the first production year for the Henderson motorcycle, produced in Detroit, Michigan, and this is a nice example from that year, with a four cylinder inline “inlet over exhaust” engine rated at 7hp (57 ci). This model, with the distinctive cylindrical gas tank, was built just one year, after which the tank was…

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The Pesha 1910 White Steam Car

In an era when most families did not have cameras, post cards of automobiles were an alternative.  In this case, we have a post card maker to credit for these views of a fine White steamer.  The location was Marine, Michigan, just outside the studio of Louis J. Pesha (August 11, 1868 – October 1,…

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Roamer Touring Car of the Kasemann Midget Troupe

Thanks to HBK1955 we have this splendid photograph of his father, Hans Kasemann, and family with their Roamer automobile.  The Roamer, built in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been the subject of prior posts on The Old Motor, including this one featuring a 1921 touring similar to the Kasemanns’ car.  Mr. Kasemann, who is seated behind the…

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The 1900 Model C Packard

Edward N. Bliss is seen posing in a Packard Model C.  The photo was taken by M. E. Bliss and has a notation (as many of these early photos do) that it was the property of Warren Packard. One has to wonder if H. G. Martin & Co. whose sign we can see on the…

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The 1900 Packard Model B

The photo above  shows a 1900 Packard Model B on the dynamometer being tested at the factory. This is the second early model produced by the company, which can be seen fully equipped in a photo at left below.  The text below is from the May, 16 1900 Horseless Age magazine, which used the very same…

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The First Packard Car….The Model A 1899-1900

William Doud Packard is seen above driving a single-cylinder Model A Packard in the spring of 1900.  Only five model A’s were produced (in addition to the 1899 prototype, which resides at Lehigh University). The first test of the new Packard was on Nov. 7th, 1899 and the Warren Daily Chronicle reported that “The ‘auto’…

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Packard History Before Automobile Production

The first post from The Roderic Blood collection shows newspaper clippings above, from the Western Reserve Chronicle, Warren, Ohio December 3, 1851, advertising an early business venture undertaken by Warren Packard, who formed the company that would later bear the family name. Below is a Packard Electric Company electric motor, which was produced  by William Doud…

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1905 Stanley

A 1905 Stanley poses with the owner’s family in front of a classic farmhouse of the type found throughout New England. This particular car presents a very rare combination of the so-called coffin nose that Stanley used on all non-condensing vehicles from this year on, with a tiller steering setup found on earlier models that…

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