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Old 10-11-2012, 09:22   #1
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one more car

One more car to identify. should be a tough one, or maybe not.

It's a pre-1930 touring car that was forced to do double duty. The owner is a fairly famous name, but not necessarily in relation to cars. It's different from most big touring cars and the identifying features may jump out at you, or maybe not.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:25   #2
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No, I don't think the president would want to ride in this car.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:56   #4
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the owner was an inventor. his claim to fame was one of his inventions.
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They made a movie about that car... I think it was called the Yellow Rolls Royce.
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Lightbulb Larry's Explode-o-mobile. Designed to kill his competitors. He could never get Tom Edison to ride in it. :(
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Real close, but you missed it on a technicality.
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One more car to identify. should be a tough one, or maybe not.

It's a pre-1930 touring car that was forced to do double duty. The owner is a fairly famous name, but not necessarily in relation to cars. It's different from most big touring cars and the identifying features may jump out at you, or maybe not.
Is it a Doble Model C 7 passenger Steam Engine Car?
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A Lamborghini
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No, it isn't a Doble. It's a gasoline powered car.

You're right, DanaT, almost. It is not a Lambo but it shares something with a Lamborghini.
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is not a Lambo but it shares something with a Lamborghini.
Cool. I like V12s

I got me a new benzinpumpe. I am pretty excited.
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How many benzins will it pump in an hour?
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Unless TSA steals it from my luggage because it looks suspicious.....then zero
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Westinghouse with air brakes? HH
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Ok, Alex: "what is Joe Biden's first car"?
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I'll reveal it tomorrow morning. It's a pretty interesting story.
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look closely, you can see what identifies the car.
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It looks to me like a 1906 Christie Touring Car. The wheels are very interesting. If I am correct it was used for racing.

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http://earlyamericanautomobiles.com/1906.htm
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It looks to me like a 1906 Christie Touring Car. The wheels are very interesting. If I am correct it was used for racing.

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http://earlyamericanautomobiles.com/1906.htm
I did a quick search on some 1900-era touring sedans.

I think cars look practically alike now. Wow! Very minute differences in a lot of those things. I found a 1905 (or was it 08) Upton. Except for the front and another angle on the engine compartment, it was virtually identical - down to the shape of the fenders!
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My first impression said 'Edison' ... But Googling it only came up with Edison electric cars ....

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I looked closely, Bill, but nothing jumps out at me.

I'll wait for your revelation.
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The only things that jump out are the front suspension (coilovers, MacP struts, front wheel drive?) and that it has bot electric and carbide or kerosene lighting. I wish I could make the image bigger... HH

Edited to add: it also appears to be air-cooled (no radiator cap)...
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RWBlue nailed it. The owner's name was Walter Christie and he was the inventor of the Christie suspension for armored vehicles. He built the first front wheel drive car in 1900 in hopes of building a commercial taxi. He was also heavily involved in the Vanderbilt Cup races on long island.

For the 1906 race he had shown up with a twelve hundred cubic inch V-4, front wheel drive racer, which he planted hard into a tree. Where the touring car comes into play is as follows. He didn't have time to repair the race car so he dis-assembled the touring car, transferred the rear brakes from the racer to the touring car. The problem the car he created was a 50 hp car and the wrecked racer was a hundred hp.

The photo is the car he created by tearing apart the touring.
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