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The Sunday Edition IX – The Pebble Beach Tour – A Hudson Ambulance – A Mystery Car Covered with Serpent Hide – Texas Service Trucks

Most of the old car world is focused on the Monterey Peninsula of California and the many events of the coming week that run in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which takes place a week from today on Sunday August the 17th. Having participated in the event, we thought it would be a good time to share with you what is considered by many to be one of the best parts of the whole experience – The Pebble Beach Tour.

This video produced for the Concours shows you the details of the event last year. This year’s run once again takes a lap around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Raceway before heading back out to the coast for the spectacular twenty-five mile run down Route One to Big Sur and back. Full details and a map can be found at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance website. See Steve Natale’s story, and photos of last years tour here.


Reader John Fleming sent in this photo of an Alexian Brothers Hospital Ambulance on what appears to be a 1914 Hudson chassis. The automaker offered the standard Model 40 and the larger Model 54 that we assume was used for this vehicle. This Model Six-54 was based on a 135-inch w.b. chassis with a 421 c.i., six cylinder engine, which was more than capable of this type of duty. The health care provider is still in operation, and you can learn the interesting history the Alexian Brothers Hospitals here.


Franz Goodue of Austria sent along this photo of a very interesting coupe with the main section of the coachwork covered with some form of serpent hide. He relates that on the backside of the photo is a note that it was taken in Berlin, Germany by Friedrich Seidenstucker. Franz would like to know the brand, coachbuilder and the year of the car. Can any of our readers help?


Reader Robert Sims from Texas sent in this photo of what he believes is a DC-3 being serviced in Texas during the late 1930s. He would like to know more about the air conditioning truck with the unusual fenders that apparently kept a plane like this cool during a layover and also maker of the fueling 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.

10 responses to “The Sunday Edition IX – The Pebble Beach Tour – A Hudson Ambulance – A Mystery Car Covered with Serpent Hide – Texas Service Trucks

  1. That’s not really a DC3, it’s actually A DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) the first variant of DC3. Definitive spotting feature is the small upper berth windows visible. One of 21 made.

    Above image at Smithsonian with additional caption details:

    “American Airlines (USA), Operations, Refueling; Douglas (DC-3) DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) “Flagship Massachusetts”. [photograph]
    Three-quarter left front view, close-up, of American Airlines Douglas (DC-3) DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) (r/n NC-16003) on the ground at Fort Worth, Texas, circa late 1930s; aircraft is being refuled from Shell Petroleum Corp. (Dodge) truck in American Airlines livery at center; baggage handlers load or unload luggage at right foreground. Note “Air Conditioner” truck parked at left, behind fuel truck. Airport terminal building with control tower in left background”

    America Airlines schedule of the service in 1936. If the picture was taken in 1936 that may have been 4:30 pm in Fort Worth.

  2. Agree on the DST – those slit windows are the clue.

    The servicing is taking place at Fort Worth Municipal Airport, named Meacham Field in 1937. This airport served the Fort Worth area until Carter Field took the responsibility in 1953.

    The Meacham Field terminal building was built by the City of Fort Worth with the aid of the Works Progress Administration. The building was “thoroughly modern”, being fully air conditioned.

    Douglas DC-2, DC-3 and DST aircraft were not built with air conditioning, altho’ they did provide fresh air to every passenger with individually controlled air vents. And as most aircraft of the period, the aircraft became ovens while on the ground sitting in the summer sun.

    In addition to the baggage handlers, you also see mechanics attending to the two Pratt and Whitney Cyclone (or Twin Wasp) engines.

    Great photo!

  3. The only thing I can tell you about the snake-skin bodied car is that “IA” was the license-tag prefix for Berlin in the twenties and thirties!

  4. The ambulance is indeed a 1914 Hudson Six-54.
    The long “bulge” over the RHS running board is the cover for the battery box which, besides the wet and dry cell batteries, also contains the (mercury) voltage regulator and the cut-out relay.
    This was a feature on the Six-54, but not the Six-40.

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