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A shortened 1926 or 1927 Model T Ford Sedan

Interesting Images of Four Vehicles to Peruse and Ponder

Charles Heyer’s father, A.P. Hayer was a clever individual, and we have featured a photo of his welding shop that was located in Montclair, New Jersey in the past. Today we have pictured above a shortened 1926 or 1927 Model “T” Ford sedan that he modified circa 1930. We are left to wonder if anyone can identify the closed car on the left with the distinctive windshield treatment?

1905 Spyker Touring car

This early touring car is a Spyker, a low production high-quality automobile that was built in the Netherlands between the late-1890s and the early-1920s. The year it was built is not known, and we will rely on our knowledgeable readers for help to date it. Two points of interest are the exposed cover below the radiator and its one self-generating acetylene magnifying-lens headlamp. The photos are courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

1905 Spyker Touring car

A Canadian and Pacific Railway steam-power railway car called the Jiggler

This photograph is dated circa 1885 and shows a railroad vehicle called The Jigger. It was a small steam-powered car the Canadian and Pacific Railway construction crews apparently used for transportation. The brakeman is up front, and the engineer is in the back tending to the throttle and the boiler. A few jury-rigs can be seen on the machine that lead us to wonder if this was a railroad shop built piece. Can any of the railroad buffs in the audience tell us more?

1908 Peerless limousine bt the Holcker-Elberg Carriage & Rubber Co. of Kansas City

If you have not seen this type of folding canopy over a windshield  before, one might think it was used for shielding the chauffeur from the sun, but it turns out that is not the case. This limousine body was constructed on a 1908 Peerless chassis by the Holcker-Elberg Carriage & Rubber Co. of Kansas City, Missouri. The builder was an old-line carriage-building outfit that made the change over to the automobile. The company called it: a rain and snow hood to prevent the blurring of the windshield.

8 responses to “Interesting Images of Four Vehicles to Peruse and Ponder

  1. The Spyker of this type was introduced end of 1905 on the London and Paris automobile show. The front plate was part of the ‘dustless’ Spyker concept, consisting of a sheet metal plate covering most of the bottom side of the car. The car on the photo therefore was probably sold in 1906 in England, where the Spyker was quite popular.

  2. There is an interesting page about Spykers here – – and includes this pic – – of a very similar car to the one here which has been dated at 1908. I notice that both this and the mystery car has a tubular front axle and most of the Spykers of 1907 or later have I-beam axles. It would interesting to know if the axle type is definitive to the date – or maybe not? I assume that, from the plate, the mystery car was registered in the UK?

    • The purpose of the hollow axis was weight reduction, as described in the 1906 catalogue. However it seems to have been used only during 1906. Possibly the strength wasn’t sufficient. A difference with the catalogue model was the position of the tie rod, which was behind the front axle on the Paris show model (and on the A-7040). In the 1906 catalogue however it is positioned in front of the axle. I do not know the reason for changing this and when it was done.

  3. To Chris Reed – it does resemble the windshield on the 1919 Hudson Limousine, but those windshields consisted of flat glass as in a standard windshield, but had a sort of wing windshield slanted inwards toward the centerline of the hood,on each side of the main glass. I think most Hudson limo’s of the period (1916 thru at least 1921 – and I’m not sure about 1916 thru 1918, for that matter).

  4. In the first photo, the windshield in question looks like a Brewster Windshield. I’m not sure of the purpose but the front windshield has a horizontal slant to it with smaller side windows filling in the gaps.

    I’ve seen one these on an upper line Auburn of 1925, at the ACD Museum. It is very rare. Once windshields became angled back, the Brewster windshield could not work.

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