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1905. 14-16 HP ARGYLL CAR — Dog-Cart Body

1905. 14-16 HP ARGYLL CAR – Dog-Cart Body By Julian McNeil This Argyll was built at the Hozier Street Engineering Works at Bridgetown Glasgow. The company had been set up by a young engineer, Alexander Govan in 1899. Argyll cars enjoyed early success due to wins in motoring trials and an aggressive advertising campaign to at one stage become the second most productive car company in Europe. ...[Read More]

Teach your grandchildren to drive your veteran!

Teach your grandchildren to drive your veteran!

Here is a photo of my granddaughter Julia on her way down the SE Freeway this morning 3rd Jan 2015, a catastrophic fire day, and my property was in the path of the fire. She confidently took it to my son’s home with her sister Jacqui to help. Jacqui also plans to drive the car soon when she has her Ls. While I have sprinklers on and in my shed I judged it much safer to remove the cars, and Julia i ...[Read More]

1905 N.S.U.

1905 N.S.U.

1905 N.S.U. The history of the marque can be traced to 1873 when in the German Duchy of Swabia at Riedlingen two mechanical engineers, Christian Schmidt and Heinrich Stoll established themselves as knitting machine makers. By 1886 their island factory on the Danube afforded no room for further expansion. Schmidt left Stoll and established works at Neckarsulm, a town on the river Neckar near Heidel ...[Read More]

1901 De Dion — Vis a Vis

1901 De Dion — Vis a Vis

Julian’s Vis a Vis (or in this case simply VISA) To round out the collection of veteran De Dions, Julian thought he would bid on a 1901 De Dion coming up for auction in the U.K. He discussed the budget, and Gavin watched with interest the bidding on the said night. I had arranged to collect Gavin the following morning to visit Julian and I arrived to learn that the final bid was well above said bu ...[Read More]

1912 James motorcycle

1912 James motorcycle

1912 JAMES The Villiers-powered James lightweights of the 1940’s and 50’s are so well known that the proud history of the marque is often overlooked. Like so many other makes the James Cycle Company’s heritage begins in Birmingham, in this case in 1880 at Constitution Hill. Harry James was the founder and his product was the standard penny farthing cycle. Harry retired in 1897 an ...[Read More]

1909 FN SINGLE CYLINDER

1909 FN SINGLE CYLINDER

1909 FN SINGLE CYLINDER  Until 1908 FN single cylinder motorcycles were belt driven in the conventional way. They were unique however in that the engine was mounted in a divided front down bar of the frame. In other words, the front down tube split at the engine and passed around it. This same feature was carried over into the shaft driven model introduced in 1909. The engine was turned through 90 ...[Read More]

DELAGE – A visit to ‘The Shed’

Denman’s Delages – A visit to ‘The Shed’ Julian ‘phoned to say that we had been invaded by Tasmanians, and I suggested that just as England at one time had trouble with the Vikings, once they intermarried, learned the language and had taken all the good stuff, they were no longer a problem. As Julian must continue working to pay for his indiscretions, he thought that maybe the visitors ...[Read More]

De Dion 8hp single

De Dion 8hp single

De Dion 8hp When these are finished it will bring my total of De Dion automatic inlet engine rebuilds to eight. In my view they were the best of the lot, both in design and manufacturing standards. These two are 1903 and 1904, and most parts are interchangeable up to 1909. The oiling system worked well, and provided the crankcase is drained and a half pumpful is used to start the day, just a littl ...[Read More]

1907 Buick — flat twin

1907 Buick — flat twin

1907 Buick While some of the well known veterans have been restored in recent years there are others which have been active for a very long time. While a few, like the ‘United Motors’ Prince Henry Vauxhall (first rally 1934), are still in the same ownership ( and much the same condition ) most have changed hands from their first ‘discoverer’ and their appearance by now. One such car is a 1906 Buic ...[Read More]

Arthur Mullins celebrates 100th birthday, still driving his classic 1908 Darracq

Mr Arthur Mullins in his 1908 Darracq

Read this article reproduced by permission from the Advertiser about centenarian Mr Arthur Mullins and his 1908 Darracq.