Got Milk? – The Macon Pure Milk Company Indian Scout


  • Large-sized figural product symbols such as seen here were much more common in earlier days. The circa 1930 Macon Pure Milk Company bottle is mounted on a Winter-Weiss Company platform sidecar attached to an Indian Scout and was likely meant as a promotional piece for use in a parade or other event. Winter-Weiss was located in Denver, Colorado, and the image originates from the Denver Public library. Hundreds more old Motorcycle photos can be found here.

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The Ingemar K. Rystedt Streamliner Concept

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  • A 1925 concept drawing of the Ingemar K. Rystedt Car by C.C. Bratten.

Ingemar K. Rystedt of Dayton, Ohio was an automotive and aircraft inventor who held numerous patents, but like many, ninety-five years later, little is known of the man. He was born in Sweden and moved to Ohio by the late teens. The earliest reference found about him is in the April 19, 1919 Automobile Topics were it was announced that he and four others had incorporated the Wizard Spark Plug Co. in Dayton.

superRystedt’s first patent application to be found was filed on October 30, 1920 for a very imaginatively designed muffler for an airplane engine. The patent drawings show that the exhaust gases from the engine were ducted to a ring right behind the hub of the propellor. The gases next were to be drawn out by passages in the rotating propellor blade.

His next design to be found was for the Rystedt Super-Charger seen above-left in the December 1921 Automotive Trade Journal. This device as described in the article combined kerosene mist with the air-gasoline mix after it had gone through the carburetor. The device was of dubious merit and the ad claimed as countless others have to produce more power with less gas consumption.

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  • Ingemar K. Rystedt Motor Car April 22, 1925 patent drawing.

The next endeavor that we found him connected with is the design of the Ingemar K. Rystedt Motor Car. The top photo in the post shows a colored artist rendering by C.C. Bratten, which like most drawings of this type lengthens and lowers the concept considerably from that seen in the April 22, 1925 patent drawing above. Nothing more is known about this car other than one-half interest in the design was assigned to Chester R. Synder, also of Dayton, Ohio.

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  • Patent drawing showing the “pneumatic bags” labeled no. 8.

The design post-dates some of the earliest streamlined cars known, those of Paul Jaray the Tropfenwagen of Edmond Rumpler and the North Lucas Car. The Rystedt Car stayed with the tried-and-true dirigible shape, but what it may have lacked in aerodynamic sophistication was more than made up in other ways by using a full pneumatic suspension labeled no. 8 in the drawings above and below.

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The design also incorporated other interesting features for the time seen above that include: Wheels and tires set into the body work; Rystedt also designed fold-out steps that were mechanically actuated by a linkage attached to the door, and an interesting glass windshield even featured an opening panel for ventilation.

If you can add any more photos or information about this car, please send us a comment. You can view more Rystedt patents here and many other streamliners here on The Old Motor.

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The 2014 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s

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  • Best in Show – American – 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria.

The 2014 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s Inn, located in Plymouth, Michigan, was held on Sunday, July 27th. The 36th annual running of the event marked the fourth year at its new home after moving from Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills. More than 250 vehicles were on display on a part of the 27-hole golf course located at the Inn.

Highlights and special classes covered the evolution of the sports car, the visionary designs of Virgil Exner, Jet Age pick-ups from the fifties and sixties and the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini. In addition, there was a full field of the traditional concours fare comprised of American and European brass, antique and classic cars.

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  • Best in Show – Foreign 1939 – Bugatti T57C Cabriolet.

The highlight of the event was the awarding of the best-in-show trophys, one to an American vehicle and the other to a foreign vehicle. The Best in Show – American was won by a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria owned by William and Barbara Parfet of Hickory Corners, Michigan. Best in Show – Foreign went to a 1939 Bugatti T57C Cabriolet from the Patterson Collection of Louisville, Kentucky.

The 1932 Duesenberg wearing coachwork by Walter M. Murphy is believed to be one of the earliest Convertible Victoria bodys to be built on a Model J chassis. The 1939 Bugatti T57C when new was fitted with very distinctive coachwork by Voll & Ruhrbeck, a German coachbuilder. Two of its styling elements of interest are the unusual art moderne style grille and the peaked and razor-edged rear fenders. You can see more of the Bugatti on a video taken at last years St. James’s Concours.

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  • 1929 Duesenberg J - 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial - 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750.

Other notable award winners above are: a 1929 Duesenberg Model J owned by Tony & Jonna Ficco of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, a 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial owned by Donald Bernstein of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 owned by Denis Bigioni of Pickering, Ohio. Look for more photos and information soon at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. 

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