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The Sunday Edition No.VII – The 1957 Pikes Peak Hill Climb – Double-Ended Model T Ford – A Streamlined Motor Home

The video for our Sunday Edition today was produced for the Socony Mobil Oil Company and shows and describes the running of the 1957 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The event was sanctioned at the time by USAC with classes for both open-wheeled championship type racing cars and stock cars. In addition to the racing cars, at points in the video there are some interesting views of parked spectators cars. Bob Finey won the champ car class, and Jerry Unser took the stock car class win.

You can learn more at about the history of the event at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The video is courtesy of the pikespeaklibrary.


Reader Stan Fleming sent in this photo of a double-ended novelty car, made out of a Model T Ford. By the mid to late-teens used Ford’s and parts could be obtained cheaply and we assume that the first of these may have been constructed starting in that period or the 1920s. If anyone knows more about the origin of this type of car or the details behind this later one, please send us a comment.


In response to our recent post on the Zephyr Land-Yacht, reader Lillian Manfried from the United Kingdom sent us a copy of this press photo she bought at a flea market. She would like to learn more about it including the constructor and what type of chassis it is on. Send us a comment of you have any knowledge about it and can help out.

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6 responses to “The Sunday Edition No.VII – The 1957 Pikes Peak Hill Climb – Double-Ended Model T Ford – A Streamlined Motor Home

  1. I think my dad & uncle took me to this race. I remember that one of the Unser brothers won . My dad had a 1953 xk-120 Jaguar and my uncle had a 1955 xk-120 convertable. We attended several Pikes Peak Road climb races in the 1950’s. My grandfather won this race in 1921.

  2. Regarding the photo that Lillian Manfried found, it is a 1927 Erskine “House on Wheels.” Erskine was a marque owned by Studebaker and produced from 1927 – 1930.

    I knew I had seen a similar photo before, but it took a while to locate the source. A photo of the right hand side of the “House on Wheels” is shown in the book Studebaker Cars by James H. Maloney. There is no door on the right hand side, and with the exception of what looks like a cowl light on the “A” pillar, it otherwise looks similar to the left side. It even appears to have the same license plate. Here is the full caption to the photo in the book:

    “This 1927 ‘Erskine House on Wheels’ supposedly exhibited modern ‘Scientific Streamlining.’ Erskine claimed this vehicle was capable of maintaining a speed of 45 mph all day long without a falter. The car used an extended Erskine chassis and stock engine beneath its strange, top-heavy looking body. No information could be found regarding the builder.”

    The author does not state where the photo was originally sourced. The license plate looks British, and I wonder if this was created by an English coachbuilder. Possibly the vehicle could be traced in Britain (as well as Ireland or Scotland) by the license plate if the records still exist. A name on a registration document could provide the lead needed to provide more of the story of the vehicle. The license plate looks like MP 485 (WP 485?) or something similar.

    Depending on where the driver seat was located, actually driving this had to be quite hard with either almost no side view or a windshield that was incredibly low so that you could see out the side windows.

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