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Classic Cars and Models in the California Sun

We do not know the reason why either of these mid-to-late twenties photos were taken, but it is likely that they were used for promotional purposes. The Packard Phaeton image above may have been taken for a Packard dealer or possibly for the Company itself. Note the two-tone wheels. The Marmon below with a model pointing…

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Vintage Women and the Automobile No.2

We last featured Vintage Women and the Automobile No.1 back in January so it long overdue to to bring you a new installment of photos of the the fairer sex and the car. The dictionary definition of fairer is: of pleasing appearance, especially because of a pure or fresh quality. In contemporary usage, this term may be…

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Madame Bob Walter – A Notorious Arranger of Elopements

By: Ariejan Bos You may wonder if this title has anything to do with automobile history, but it really does. It appeared as the title to the obituary of Madame Bob Walter in the Auckland Star of April 13, 1907. The name Bob Walter will sound familiar to those of you that have studied early automobile…

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Time For Lunch in Washington, D.C.

Shorpy just posted this great pair of images that were taken in Washington, D.C., in 1919. A women using a Model “T” Ford converted for food vending with a table supported by a pie rack, sells to her lunchtime clientele. The Ford is wearing a few accessories including: a front bumper, Hassler Shock Absorbers and…

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*Updated* An Intriguing American Underslung Traveler Coupe

After our recent coverage of the American Underslung, Layden Butler posted this photo of one wearing an exquisite closed body that was photographed in Southern California. Having seen this photo before, and after our recent research, an advertisement in December 1912 issue of Country Life in America came to mind showing the illustration of an artists rendering below. This…

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Vintage Women and the Automobile No.1

A circa 1910 Alco Seven Passenger Touring car. Today being a quite Sunday is the perfect time for something a little different than our everyday car coverage. It has been a while since our post last fall covering women’s involvement with the automobile, both driving and accompanying them. At that time we covered the Concours D’Elegance in…

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Route 66 in the Golden State – The Western End of the Fabled Highway

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…

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*Updated* A Tuesday Morning Vancouver Mystery

*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. Robert Troendly who owns a 1908 Darracq added the following: “This is a 1907 Darracq, the 1908…

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Fun in the Sun – A Marmon on the Beach in California

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…

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