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The Sunday Edition No. VIII – The Parking Problem Solved – The Disturber IV – A Pickwick NightCoach – A Studebaker Electric Car Hauler

Today’s Sunday Edition video was filmed in France during 1927 and shows a Citroen with its steering modified so that it can turn around in a circle. An interesting thing noted about this car is that the front axle has the same proportions of that used on the Model T Ford and appears that it may be one. Let us know if you can tell us any of the history behind this car. Courtesy of British Pathe.

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  • James A. Pugh’s Disturber IV with two straight-twelve Duesenberg engines

The Disturber IV speed boat was built by Commodore James A. Pugh to compete at the  Harmsworth Trophy race to be held in August of 1914 in England. To power the craft, he turned to the Duesenberg Brothers to have them design and build two straight twelve-cylinder walking-beam engines with a 6.75 x 7.5-inch bore and stoke and a displacement of 3,221 c.i. each.

The two engines can be seen in the boat above, and one of the crankcases can be seen below. The race was canceled on account of the start of World War I, and the boat was shipped back to the States.

dues12                         One of the ten-foot long Duesenberg crankcases

On October 20th, the boat was run in a special race held near Chicago on Lake Michigan. Pugh won the two 15-mile laps of the race and finished 17-minutes ahead of the Black Demon III. Close to a year later on September 7, 1915, again at Chicago, the boat ran in the Wrigley Trophy Race finishing 10-minutes ahead of Miss Detroit and won $22,000 in prize money.

By winning the races on the second and third day of the meet, Pugh and Disturber IV went on to win the National Speed Boat Championship. Thanks to reader Buz Raz of Seattle Speedometer for leading us to the story at the Old Machine Press.

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  • Pickwick NiteCoach bus.

The Pickwick Stage Lines first originated in 1912 and produced some of the most interesting and revolutionary bus designs to be seen before World War II. Reader John Diamond sent us this interesting posed press photo showing three of the twelve Pullman style double sleeper compartments in Alsacia, a Pickwick NiteCoach bus in use.

Take a moment to look back on our earlier post covering the Pickwick Intercity Parlor-Buffet Coaches and the Pickwick NiteCoach filled with photos and information on the unique units.

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  • A Studebaker five-ton Electric Truck hauling a Studebaker Touring Car.

And finally, earlier in the week we did a post covering early Studebaker postcards that showed both a similar car and truck made by the South Bend, Indiana company. Since that time, a smaller version of this photo was found by contributor Benjamin Ames. We were fortunate to be able to track its origin down and located it in the Recent Automotive News section of The Automobile, May 19, 1910 issue.

The magazine caption only described it as: An example of the utility of the modern big truck. Apparently the Studebaker New York City branch or dealer was using this truck for its car hauling needs and at the same time getting some good all-around publicly. The only earlier truck of this type we have seen so far is this 1904 Grout Steam Truck.

The Sunday Edition is for reader contributions, please join in and help us share interesting discoveries with other vintage car enthusiasts. If you have a great photo, know of an excellent video, a mystery or story, contact us here (we will send you and email address for photos) and include your full name so we can credit your submission.

5 responses to “The Sunday Edition No. VIII – The Parking Problem Solved – The Disturber IV – A Pickwick NightCoach – A Studebaker Electric Car Hauler

  1. My deceased father-in-law questioned me over and over in regards to the fact he was CERTAIN he had seen an in-line 12 cylinder motor. He was from Chicago. I always told him I was certain such a thing had never been built. ‘Pops’, I was wrong.

  2. The car in the Pathe film in France with the modified steering is a Citroen, probably their 5 CV model. I have an accurately scaled tin toy car produced by Citroen of the same touring car as shown in the film sitting on my desk . Citroen made these toys and were an early form of a “promo model”. The Panhard car radiator shell looked very similar but the radiator was much stouter and larger with interlaced letters PL at the center.

  3. I found a history of Pickwick at For many years the Grayhound bus station at 11th and McGee in Kansas City Mo was in the Pickwick Hotel. Until now I had no idea of the connection. Thanks again for all you do!!

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