* Updated * It has been a while since we have had a great mystery car, but reader George Tilton sent us quite a remarkable one. The car was owned by John Kallauner of St. Joseph, Missouri, who is the passenger in the front seat; he was a well-to-do Furrier in St. Joseph. George’s grandmother is in the middle of the rear seat in this photo he believes dates to sometime in the early summer of 1913.
It appears that the date of the photo is correct, because based on the car’s appearance and equipment it is likely to be a 1912 or 1913 model. Having already compared it with examples of both the manufacturers of cars that it was likely to be made by has proven futile. What we do know by closely observing the photo is this: it appears to be a big six-cylinder and it is shaft-driven; it is riding on a wheelbase we would estimate at 140-plus inches.
* Update * We have received a number of answers about this mystery car but only one from Ariejan Bos that appears to have possibly identified the maker, Ariejan writes:
“After a thorough search of books and archives I have only come to a possibile conclusion, though in my eyes a very feasible one. The car could very well be a 1913 Stuyvesant that was built in Sandusky, Ohio. The only available picture of a Stuyvesant appeared in the MoToR Car Directory of 1911 (see above) and in a list of the Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal in the March issue of that year (identical picture)”.
“According to the Standard Catalog the 1911 car was a monobloc Six. In 1912 there was no production of Sixes, but in 1913 a return to a six was scheduled. However, there seems to have been only one car and a promotional campaign. You may notice the similarities of the 1911 model with the mystery photo, but there are also some differences (10 instead of 12 spokes in the front wheel, a slight differences in the body, the downward curve in the rear part of the frame, and the electrical lighting). These may of course be attributed to improvements in the car. Unfortunately proof can only be provided by the photographs of the 1913 promotional campaign, but I really wouldn’t know where to look for them.”