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Chauffeur Peter Christian Wick and a pair of Delaunay-Belleville Limousines

Peter Christian Wick posing with a Delaunay-Belleville collapsible town car This is the forth post in a series covering the automobiles that Peter Christian Wick operated during his career as a professional chauffeur; he drove in the New York City and Ridgefield, Connecticut areas in the early 1900s. This set of photos show two different Delaunay-Belleville…

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The Art Smith Baby Cars Travel To Japan

Earlier in the year we did a feature article titled: Art Smith – The Life and Times of The Comet. That post tells the story of Smith building his first airplane at the age of fifteen, his career as a stunt pilot, and a trip to Japan in 1916 with his plane, crew and drivers of his baby racing…

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The Isotta-Fraschini-Fiat Special – Photos by Stefan Marjoram

The British have long had a history of building “specials” which chances are, the first one may have been built well over 100 years ago. A special is just that, a car which is sometimes custom built with the use of components taken from many different makes. Many of the specials built back in the…

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A.W. Blanchard, Inc. at an early New York City area auto show

Auto shows in the N.Y.C. area back in this period (circa 1910), must have been quite exciting to take in. Being an area of financial means meant that the best American, British and European offerings would be on the show floor in the hands of area dealers and distributors. In just this one row we…

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A.W. Blanchard, a modern garage in Brooklyn, NY

x This is one of a series of photos connected to A. W. Blanchard who first stated out in the automobile business at 107 Liberty St. in Brooklyn, NY. His business must have prospered with the three brands he handled; Fiat, Oldsmobile and Herreshoff. Blanchard then built this new garage at 342 Flatbush Ave. in…

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Peter Toresani, Stockton California metal magician

The other day we did a post on Peter Toresani with a photo dated 1910. The photo above is 18 years later and shows him with his 1914 Fiat. After having read the press clippings about this accomplished metal worker and having studied the details on the body on his Fiat, we are left with the…

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A. W. Blanchard’s Garage and Sales

This is the first in a series of very special photos made available to us by a special arrangement with Steve Blanchard whose relative, A.W. Blanchard, ran a garage and dealership at 101 Liberty St, Brooklyn, NY. We will be showing many more photos in the future but have started with this impressive display of Fiats,…

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1909 Indy Inaugural: Remy Brassard….Peter Helck

1909 Indy Inaugural: Remy Brassard. Another fine Peter Helck artwork depicting the twenty-five-mile Free-for-All Remy Brassard race, that was held on the second day of the three day Indianapolis Speedway opening event. There were only three starters for the race; Oldfield’s white Benz, Zengle’s Chadwick and DePalma in a stripped stock Fiat which was a…

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1908 Briarcliff: Vaughan’s Stearns, the best of the Americans

We previously showed you the winning car in the 1908 Briarcliff Road Race, Louis Strang’s Isotta. This Peter Helck artwork shows Guy Vaughan on his way to placing third in his Stearns, the highest placing American car, just behind Cedrino in his Fiat. The road race was a tough, eight lap event on a 32 mile…

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The Roderic Blood Packard Collection

Through the courtesy of  The Larz Anderson Auto Museum we are pleased to be able to share with you the Roderic Blood collection of original Packard Company photographs and promotional materials. This collection was rescued from destruction in 1951 when Blood traded a 1910 Packard model 18 runabout to secure the collection that was being…

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