* Updated * The car is an early Fiat that was likely built between the years of 1905 and 1906. Six readers were correct in identifying it as a Fiat and you can read their comments below. Thanks to all for your input. Learn more about Fiat’s of this period here.
This mystery car is pictured in front of the Farragut Garage that was part of the Hotel by the same name that was located in Rye, New Hampshire and can be seen in the background. The facility may have housed its own cars for hire in the garage, along with those the guests or their chauffeurs drove to the Hotel. The sign on the building states that “Electricity (for recharging electric cars) and Gasoline Supplied”.
All of the cars parked in the Garage, which we will take look at soon, as well as this car appear to be from the 1905 to 1907 period. The mystery car, which has been identified, was built by a well regarded automaker. We will give you until Sunday morning to identify the maker of this car, and at that time we will post any and all correct answers.
The Hotel, that can be seen in the background in the photo below, was built in 1883 after an earlier structure burnt down in 1882. It was one of the largest of the summer hotels in the town. The hotel stayed open until 1974 and was torn down the following year. You can learn more and see a photo of the Farragut Hotel here.
The photo was taken by Clarence N. Trefry of Rye Beach, New Hampshire and is courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum.