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IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1899 De Dion Bouton 3.5hp Vis-a-vis
Another fascinating photograph from our regular contributor Cicos Florin in Constanta by the Black Sea (Romania) who is interested in old cars of Romania.  Do we know what this is?   --  This photo was titled 'Rare car in Cluj, Romania'. Cluj is the second city and the capital of Transylvania. Our Rory Sinclair advises this is a French cca 1899 De Dion Bouton 3.5hp Type D or E with the addition of a spoon brake. The event is unknown to us but there is a small monkey sitting on the steering bar.

1899 De Dion Bouton 3.5hp Vis-a-vis

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1911 Daimler 15 HP Tourer
Lovely period photo sent to us by Ron Easthope (New Zealand) who is the Honorary Archivist in the capital's Wellington Hospital. Photos were taken between 1917/18. Could we  identify the make & model. -- This is an up-market British car, then a few years old. Old type windscreen, small rad, no cross fins on the end fins and large wire wheels. This is a cca 1911 Daimler 15 HP. Edwardian Daimlers are frequently seen to have had an accessory bulb horn fitted centrally below the windscreen.

1911 Daimler 15 HP Tourer

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1924 FIAT 501Torpedo
Another fascinating photograph from our regular contributor Cicos Florin in Constanta by the Black Sea (Romania) who is interested in old cars of Romania.  Do we know what this is?   --  Nice to see another non-American car in his collection. This one was made in Torino Italy by  Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino. This is a cca1924 FIAT 501 Torpedo. 501s were the first car made after WW1, from 1919 to 1926 1460cc in three power ranges 23/27/30 HP, and over 47,000 were manufactured.

1924 FIAT 501Torpedo

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:Probably 1925 Sizaire Freres 11CV
Another fascinating photograph from our regular contributor Cicos Florin in Constanta by the Black Sea (Romania) who is interested in old cars of Romania.  Do we know what this is?   --  Difficult one this. Very Rollsy bonnet and rad, but the mascot wrong and hubs are all wrong. Does not fit any of the American imitators. Left with the French Sizaire. Sizaire Freres and Sizaire Berwick had Rollsy rads. Five louvres suggest pre WW1 but hubs suggest post. Probably cca1925 Sizaire Freres 11CV.

Probably 1925 Sizaire Freres 11CV Torpedo

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1925/6 Packard Dual Cowl Phaeton
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of buildings with automobiles in front of them.   -- This photo is titled 'Wright 1940s'. Presumably this refers to Frank Lloyd Wright, the American Architect who died 1959, who did a lot of architecture in 'the wild'. Not aware of the building. The car is a cca 1925/6 Packard 236 Dual Cowl Phaeton,  updated cca 1928?

1925/6 Packard Dual Cowl Phaeton

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1927 Austin 12'4 Mulliner Drophead
Rather blurry period photo sent to us by Liz Jones (Holland) one of only five of her Grandfather. He died in WWII in a POW camp aged 45 in 1943. Photo may have been taken in the UK, but he was stationed in various places. Probably taken around 1935 onwards. She has one picture a lot younger and two in Africa in 1942 with no hair. So this one is likely in between. -- Our Mark Dawber advises this car is a cca 1927 Austin 12'4 Mulliner Drophead Coupe.  Cannot  help  with date / location.

1927 Austin 12'4 Mulliner Drophead

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1927 Avions Voisin C7
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of buildings with automobiles in front of them.   -- This photo is titled 'Corbusier 1930'. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris was a Swiss architect known better as "Le Corbusier", who became French. Our info is that car is his own cca 1927 Avions Voisin C7 Saloon.  The building is 1931 Pavillion Suisse, Paris Uni.

1927 Avions Voisin C7

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1927 Avions Voisin C7 Saloon
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of buildings with automobiles in front of them.   -- This photo is titled 'Corbusier 1927 Voisin softtop'. Seems Corbusier's own car 1927 C7 which was a hardtop. Corbusier started cooperations with Citroen but eventually got sponsorship from Voisin,  and was apparently involved in design of the 'Lumineuse' range.

1927 Avions Voisin C7 Saloon

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1927 Avions Voisin C11
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of buildings with automobiles in front of them.   --  We identified this in 2003 ! This photo is titled 'Corbusier 1931'. The car is a cca 1927 Avions Voisin C11 Saloon.  The building is Le Corbusier designed Villa Savoye which is radiused to a turning circle of a car which  however was not a Voisin  but 1927 Citroen.

1927 Avions Voisin C11

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1927 Mercedes Benz 200  Limousine
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of buildings with automobiles in front of them.   -- Photo is titled 'Mies 1927 Daimler'. This, and photo below, were Mercedes Benz advert photos taken at the Weissenhof Estate for the new Porsche designed cca 1927 Mercedes Benz 200 8'38 Stuttgart Limousine. Ludwig Mies designed part of 
Weissenhofsiedlung.

1927 Mercedes Benz 200 Limousine

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1927 Mercedes Benz 200  Kabriolet
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of buildings with automobiles in front of them.   -- This photo is titled 'Corbusier 1927 Daimler'. " Le Corbusier " designed this 'Weissenhof Haus ' which was completed in Stuttgart Germany in 1927.  The car is not a Daimler but the Porsche designed  cca 1927 Mercedes Benz 200 8'38 Stuttgart Spezial Kabriolet.

1927 Mercedes Benz 200 8'38 Stuttgart Spezial Kabriolet

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1929 Wanderer W11 10'50 Saloon
Interesting photograph posted on a
(German) website Hubler.de "For friends of classic cars " featuring photos of old cars and motorcycles, many which have not been identified. Marked "fiat plakettenfahrt". -- Not an Italian Fiat, but a German car which started as Winklhofer & Jaenicke in 1896 in Chemnitz. In 1911 they chose the name Wanderer for their export models but soon adopted the name overall. This is the 6 cylinder 2.5L cca1929 Wanderer W11 10'50 Saloon. Became Auto Union.

1929 Wanderer W11 10'50 Saloon

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1929  Morris Cowley Saloon
Another photograph from Philip Clarke (UK), this one showing
the Market Place in Diss, Norfolk, which he is trying to date. He was told it was taken in the mid 1920s, but suspects that it may be a little later, possibly the early to mid 1930s.  --  We asked for a higher resolution photo to try and date the registration but still did not help. A number of our experts seem to agree that it is a  cca 1929  Morris Cowley Saloon. Therefore,  the photo is not likely mid 1920s, - so probably is mid 1930s.

1929  Morris Cowley Saloon

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1934 FIAT 508 Ballila Spider Sport
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of buildings with automobiles in front of them.   -- This photo is titled 'Corbusier 1930s Balla'. The photo was actually taken at the rooftop racetrack of the Fiat factory at Lingotto in Turin. The photo shows 'Le Corbusier' in a cca 1934 FIAT 508 Ballila Spider Sport, 995cc.  'Ballila' was an Italian revolutionary in 1746.

1934 FIAT 508 Ballila Spider Sport

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1935 Mercedes-Benz 130 H Limousine
Number of interesting photos sent to us by Andrew Kostin from Moscow (Russia) who is a collector of old photos. Can we identify this vehicle photoed in the USSR after the end of World War II ?  -- Looks like a Volksvagen Beetle but has a Mercedes star, so has to be cca 1935 Mercedes-Benz 130 H Limousine rear 1.3L aircooled engine, rear drive, made between 1934 and 1936 as their attempt at Hitler's  'Peoples Car'. Other contenders were Adler, Steyr & Hanomag, - Porsche KdF winning.

1935 Mercedes-Benz 130 H Limousine

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1936 Wanderer & 1938 Adler
Number of interesting photos sent to us by Andrew Kostin from Moscow (Russia) who is a collector of old photos. Can we identify this vehicle photoed in the USSR after the end of World War II ?  -- Looks like two German cars probably sequestrated by the Russian army. The car on the left looks very much like a cca 1936 Wanderer W35 Saloon made in Chemnitz. The car on the left looks like a cca 1938 Adler Trumph Saloon made in Frankfurt.  Both have had  radiator badges and logos removed.

1936 Wanderer & 1938 Adler

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1938 Citroen 11B Traction Avant
Number of interesting photos sent to us by Andrew Kostin from Moscow (Russia) who is a collector of old photos. Can we identify this vehicle photoed in the USSR after the end of World War II ?  -- My immediate thought was that it is not what it looks like, a Citroen. A look at other similar cars, and further investigation however determined from the wheels, chrome strip on door etc that it indeed it is a cca 1938 Citroen 11B Traction Avant Cabriolet. The nosegrille seems period aftermarket.

 1938 Citroen 11B Traction Avant Cabriolet

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1955 Ford Thundebird
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of their buildings with automobiles in front of them. What is this one?  --  The chap is Albert Frey who we note was a Swiss borne architect, came to USA in 1928, later active in California where he designed a number of structures. The car is a  cca 1955 Ford Thunderbird  in front of his home in Palm Springs.

1955 Ford Thunderbird

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1956 Austin Healey 100
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of their buildings with automobiles in front of them. What is this one?  --  The chap is Albert Frey a Swiss borne architect,  active in California. The car is a British cca 1956 Austin Healey 100 Sports designed by Donald Healey for own company but made by Austin with Jensen bodies. '100' is mph (160kph)!

1956 Austin Healey 100

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1957 Chevrolet 150 Four Door Sedan
Number of interesting photos sent to us by Andrew Kostin from Moscow (Russia) who is a collector of old photos. Can we identify this vehicle photoed in the USSR after the end of World War II ?  -- American car frequently used by US Police and Military authorities. This is a cca 1957 Chevrolet 150 Four Door Sedan. Part of the economy/fleet model of the Chevrolet range from 1953 to 1957. Noticeable by the lack of the Dagmar rubber bumper guards ;  (Dagmar being well endowed actress!)

1957 Chevrolet 150 Four Door Sedan

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1959 Buick LeSabre Four Door Sedan
Number of interesting photos sent to us by Andrew Kostin from Moscow (Russia) who is a collector of old photos. Can we identify this vehicle photoed in Egypt or perhaps another Middle east country ?  -- From the flags it does seem as if this procession of cars is indeed in Egypt. This would seem to be a support car further down the parade. The car was identified by or Mark Dawber as a cca 1959-60 Buick LeSabre Four Door Sedan. All the cars in the parade seem pre/around 1961 so photo 1962?

1959 Buick LeSabre Four Door Sedan

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine
Number of interesting photos sent to us by Andrew Kostin from Moscow (Russia) who is a collector of old photos. Can we identify this vehicle photoed in Egypt or perhaps another Middle east country ?  -- American car frequently used as a ceremonial/presidential car in many countries. This is a cca 1961 Cadillac series 75 Limousine.  Egypts's President Nasser used/had Cadillacs but it seems possibly not this one? Friend President  Tito of Yugoslavia  had similar car but that was a convertible. 

1961 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1961 Cadillac & 1958 Chevrolet
Number of interesting photos sent to us by Andrew Kostin from Moscow (Russia) who is a collector of old photos. Can we identify this vehicle photoed in Egypt or perhaps another Middle east country ?  -- American car frequently used as a ceremonial car in many countries of the world. This is a cca 1961 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan de Ville, four door six window. It seems to be part of the same procession as the photo above. It is followed by a two tone car which is probably cca 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air.

1961 Cadillac & 1958 Chevrolet

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: Unidentified c1930 Saloon?
Another photograph from Dr. Christopher Wilson, Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College, Sarasota (USA), writing about early Modernist architects taking photographs of their buildings with automobiles in front of them. What is this one?  -- Not entirely sure! The photo is marked "Corbusier 1927 Voisin hardtop". Building is Villa Stein-de-Monzie, Garches, Paris. Not a Voisin as it looks a quite 'norma'l car. Does not seem a Citroen nor seemingly Mercedes. Looks possibly a Fiat.

Unidentified c1930 Saloon

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: Unidentified Statuette/Mascot?
Couple of interesting photos sent to us by Glenn Hewlett of Cape Paterson, Victoria, (Australia) requesting advice if it is a car mascot. Made of cast zinc (?) but painted to look like bronze. The statue itself is solid metal, but the boat shaped base is hollow. -- UK mascot specialist doubts this is a motor car mascot. The finish looks domestic and not weather friendly, and is probably Spelter base metal. Possibly the top of a French or German clock, or perhaps a garniture to a clock or statue.

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