*Update I*: The mystery car is a Marmon Model 32 which was built between 1910 and 1914. The following readers were all able to correctly identify the car; Jon Lee, Tim Martin, Ariejan Bos, Bob Swanson, Robert Rampton and Jeffery Harper and thanks also go out to both Dan Haynes and Dick Sargent for identifying the blacksmith’s swage blocks bolted to the rear of the frame for weight.
Behind the wheel of the Marmon is Johnnie Sellers and photo dated as being taken in 1914. Sellers also built an airplane in 1910, which can be seen at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Based on this new information, can any of our readers identify the contest in which Sellers won the trophy with the Marmon? The Model 32 did quite well in racing and one can be seen here at Atlanta and at another at Indianapolis.
*Update II* Based on reader Billy Dunbar’s observations that this photo may have been taken in New Orleans where the Marti Gras races were held between 1909 and 1911, we searched the limited records of the races available without finding Sellers name. An article in the Automobile Topics, January 22, 1910 issue can be seen (below right) listing all of the fourteen different events held that year, some of which were for amateur entrants. Perhaps Sellers was victorious in one of these races or in a different year? Do any of our readers have the time to search and find out if he did?
Today’s special mystery car is an interesting one because it will be a bit more of a chore to identify with the coachwork removed. That does not mean it is impossible either, as it was manufactured by a known American maker that produced quality machines from near the turn of the last century into the 1930′s. This particular model was well respected and sold by the company for four years. We are only looking for the maker’s name and the model of this car, but if you can narrow it down to a certain year, we welcome that too since the exact year in which it was produced is not known to us.
We do know the name of the driver and that he won a contest of some kind with this car. After studying the photo it appears that it might have been a hill climb judging by the weights attached to the back of the chassis that would have been added to improve traction. So now it is up to you, our knowledgeable readers, to put on your thinking caps and solve the mystery. Send in a comment with your answer by 6:00 AM Friday. All comments will be posted then and we will list any and all winners before noon on the same day along with the name of the driver.