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Classic Cars at a Pinehurst Country Club Men’s Polo Match

Updated – We are back at the Pinehurst Country Club once again with two photos, one with some of the spectators and their cars and the other showing winners of a polo match held there in 1931 with their awards. The lead image and the enlargeable version of it below show once again women with a 1929 Packard, this time with a Model 640 roadster. This Packard is fitted with disc wheels, a single front-mounted Pilot Ray “Automatic Safety Lamp” that is turned by the steering mechanism, and another pair of lamps that mount on both sides of the windshield stanchion.

Update – The distinctive-looking sedan on the far-left will serve as a perfect mystery car for readers to identify.The 1930 to ’31 Ford on the far-right is fitted with a very attractive body built by the Murray Corporation of America located in Detroit, Michigan. You editor misidentified the Ford and readers believe that it maybe a 1931 to ’31 Buick?

The photos are courtesy of the State Library of North Carolina.

  • The winners of the Men’s Polo Match at Pinehurst Country Club are shown below. Note the car on the far-left with either chrome plated disc wheels or spun aluminum wheel discs.


24 responses to “Classic Cars at a Pinehurst Country Club Men’s Polo Match

  1. ARRR, David, and it’s my job to make the host look good, …..but the sedan to the left in the picture looking very like a Ford Victoria, is not.

    Other than the similar cowl band, Ford Vicky’s didn’t have visors, had a different style cowl lamp, door handle and running board trim. Even the body contours are different.

    Someone smarter than I am will correctly id the manufacturer.


      • I have a 1931 Ford Model A Victoria. The car in the photo has different running boards and the front fender on the car in the photo is altogether different in contour or shape. Also as stated Ford Model A Victoria’s (A 190) did not have a visor. The car in the photo does however have what looks to be 1932 Ford fenders and running boards. The cowl lights are in the 1932 location and not the 1931 location (below the belt line). The slant windshield is that of a 1931 as well as the cowl band and body. The assist straps located inside on the B pillar also look to be Ford. The door handle is neither 1931 Model A or 1932 Ford Victoria style. Notice the windshield wiper, Ford Model A Victoria and Model B or 18 had only one wiper on the drivers side.

        I’m pretty confused. This is either a 1931 Ford Model A Victoria that has been modified or some other manufacture that utilized a body very similar to the 1931 Ford Victoria. It’s also strange to see these other high end automobiles parked next to a Ford or some variant of a modified Ford Victoria. I am leaning to a non Ford automobile.

        • Does your Victoria have a separate electric conduit to the cowl light as this car does? I think the Ford Victoria has a different door handle and a smaller rear window. This photo might not be wide enough but it doesn’t look like this car has the gas filler cap in the center of the cowl.

          • On the Model A Victoria’s the wiring for the cowl light ran through the cowl light arm. Same for the 1932’s. Also if you compare a side by side photo of this car and the Model A Victoria the belt line molding on the bodies are different.

        • On second thought, the running boards and grease cover are not Model A Victoria. Something about the windshield frame looks a bit different too. Passenger side wipers were an add-on for Victorias, so that could go either way. Another foot more of the car in to photo would have really helped!

    • Well Jim, I have seen aftermarket visors on a Victoria. This one has interior straps, rear shade and who knows what else… Some Ford owners just like more jewels on the wheelbarrow. I still think it is a Victoria.

    • I agree, not Ford, I’d say it’s a 1930/31 Buick Opera Coupe, notice the vent below the side light and the grease cover between the door and the running board. Also cowl light and bracket, running board outer edge, door handle.

      • I will agree about the Buick. The door hinges are not in the same place as my 31 Ford Victoria and the door handle is straight instread of curved. I hadn’t to go look at my career to see the difference.

  2. In the 1st photograph, parked on the left, is a 1931 HUDSON, might be a Standard Sedan [looks like the driver is about to back up].

  3. The car at the far left is a 1931 Hudson Eight, there seems to be a small child sitting in the driver’s seat, with right hand on the steering wheel.

    • The 1930 and 1931 Buicks were identical body styles except for minor interior trim details. 1931 was the first year for the straight eight engine. There were three different series each year depending on wheelbase and engine displacement. This looks like a larger series.

  4. The guy in the Packard doesn’t look too happy. Perhaps he’s wondering what he’s gonna tell Dad about that dinged fender and the weeds hanging from the springs.

  5. If you look closely at the car on the right, there is a air intake vent on the side of the cowl just in front of the door. The Ford model A didn’t have this. The 31 Buick has this vent and identical door handles. Also the style of the sheet metal around the side windows and the A pillar match.

  6. Perhaps, Chris, but a minibike is a vehicle whereas a horse is a sentient partner with a mind of its own. A player not only rides, but is also aware of the the horse is doing.

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