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Route 66, the “Mother Road”, opened California up for both vacationers and travelers seeking a new life there. Running over old established trails that the earliest settlers blazed while heading west, Route 66 became the highway of dreams to “The Promised Land”. It crossed the desert, then entered the San Bernardino Valley and ended up at the famous pier in Santa Monica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The road became legendary, as did the Golden State, in oft repeated stories of sunny, warm weather and lack of rainfall in the land of palm trees.
It’s U.S. Route number was assigned by the American Association of State Highway Officials in late 1926 when the highway got it’s start and was accepted by the Automobile Club of Southern California in 1928. Seen above are a two hard working Route 66 sign inspectors assuring quality while living the easy life there in the late 1930′s. You can find many more Route 66 related articles with photos from the Joe Sonderman Collection previously posted on here The Old Motor. And take a moment to check out Joe’s new book, Route 66 in Texas.
*Updated* Ariejan Bos from Holland replied within a hour or so of posting this mystery: This car must be a 1908 Darracq double phaeton. On the radiator badge of the second photo you can vaguely see the intertwisted double D.
Grant from New Zealand confirmed it by stating: Certainly looks a lot like one of the larger Darracqs. Although they were French they were widely exported to the British Empire and there were a lot in Australia and here in New Zealand.
Read both of their comments to learn more and we have also posted another photo below of a close-up of the front of the car for further study.
The setting for this pair of images is Stanley Park in the city of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in front of what at the time was called appropriately enough, The Hollow Tree, the scene of many photographs taken in the park at the time . The gent behind the wheel who owned and operated this sightseeing car is Harry Hooper and the women out enjoying the day are May Morgan, Mrs. J.C. Morgan, Mrs. Hockin, and Flo Hockin,. All attired quite smartly with very interesting hats, as was the fashion at the time.
What we do not know is the maker of the fine looking and impressive touring car. It may not be of American or Canadian manufacture and since many of the cars at that time in Canada were imported from England it maybe from there. But that is where all of you, our knowledgeable readers, come in. We are asking you to once again to help us solve this mystery.
So put on your thinking caps, go to work and let us know who you think the maker of this car was and we will give you 24 hours before we post any of the replies. Note the extra pair of acetylene gas lamps on the fire wall and the unusual starting crank extension. Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver.
Summer has really lived up to it’s billing in the last couple of days here at The Old Motor. We’ve had some ideal beach weather, and although we haven’t been able to get away, these young ladies and their faithful canine companion managed to do so a few seasons ago. It appears that the car may be a 1925 Marmon Model 74. Marmons of this era were well engineered and while the article below from the September 16, 1926 issue of Automotive Industries magazine describes a 1927 model 75, the big touring car in our feature photo shared many of the advanced features mentioned there.
An innovator in the use of aluminum in their engines and bodies, Marmon also used a thin, deep “L” channel steel for their frames to save additional weight rather than the customary “U” channel of the day. Running boards were used as stressed members to reinforce the side rails. You can read more about the mechanical advances of these cars in the accompanying article (above). Our feature photo appears to be either a Marmon factory or a California dealer’s promotional image. A short biography of company founder Howard C. Marmon from Hemmings Classic car can be found here.