Just thought these pics might be of interest...it is always good to see period pics of cars
Wellington Mail Car (New Zealand)
This is the car used by the Wanganui volunteer Fire Brigade-descibed as "ideal for racing to a fire."
R H J Hamlin's Premises Napier approx 1913?
What year are these cars? Interested for ideas....Taken in Carterton, New Zealand
Close up of previous photo
Ohura County Council Chambers, New Zealand
Town Car, Christchurch, New Zealand
Great pictures Alex. The Hughans dealership looks like 1914. Check out the windshields and doors.
What about the outside rear door handles and the pnale between front and rear doors?
Alex, I have been reading too many Centennial postings. Those are late 12s. the removeable door kind. Great pictures. Keep them coming.
More like mid year 1912's. Probably built in January or Febriary 1912. The body is the earlier style but has the one piece dash and tall forward doors. Also interesting is that they are all L/H steering. Is that picture from New Zealand?
Thats a very interesting point!!!
Food for though.....
It is supposed to be Carterton in New Zealand....but do not have any info beyond that. it is from a book published sometime back.
Actually taking a closer look.....they are RHD Royce...no the ammount of seat space to the right of each driver in the pic....
Right you are Alex and so are they! Nice batch of photos. Thanks for posting them!
It appears that the The Hughans Dealership cars are 1912 as the one just left of the car under the "A" in Agent shows the removable front door; only in 1912. Maybe different in NZ??
I like that Town Car. Very nice thanks for posting the pictures.
Makes you wonder what happened to all those cars.
There is a big dump about an hour from me where apparently down the bottom is alot of cars.
One guy dumped a sevean seater studebaker amoungst about 4 other cars because lots of people wanted to buy them so istead of selling he dumped them....
Alex, one of the best bosses I had when I was living in Amsterdam was a New Zealander. He once explained to me that Auckland is such a dull town that a banner headline in the newspaper once read, "WOMAN ALMOST HIT BY BUS!"
Interesting interpretation....if somewhat disagreeable...
However, as I am a south islander I wouldn't know...
Hi Alex. This NZ pic is on Trademe at present.
Thats a cool pic Nevin!!!
Try this one...
Interesting Pics from across the ditch in Australia. Thought to have been taken around the 1920's.
Hi Alex and All,
Some info on the NZ pics which you might enjoy.
RHJ Hamlin was the Ford agent in Napier - these are newly-arrived cars from Canada, just after they've been "assembled" on the street outside. The remnants of the packing cases are evident. It was quite common to unpack and "assemble" the Ts on the main street outside a dealership - assembly amounted to little more than putting on the wheels, steering wheels and adding oil, petrol and water!
You are right, Hughans Garage was in Carterton, in the Wairarapa (just north of Wellington). Harry Hughan and the Wilkinson family, who had purchased Souters (Waikato - Auckland area), would still be debating today which of the two had the first Ford agency in NZ. It was certainly one of them!
The pic taken outside Ohura County Council (near Taumarunui) was November, 1912. It is of the three who undertook the first journey by road from Wellington to Auckland - the tale was published by one of the three, Arthur Chorlton, approx 1947. The T was a new one, provided by The Colonial Motor Co, who saw the publicity opportunity. Note the mother-in-law seat. The journey took 8 days - today it would take around 8 hours.
Some of the other pics are, I think, in the "Ford Ahead" book - if you haven't got a copy of that, let me know and I'll get you Roger Gardner's contact details.
I love the Model T polo, I suppose, from Aussie. What a hoot! If they don't die from being thrown off, the third-degree burns to the bum will get them!
All the best.
No doubt you will have copies but the top 2 are from the Canadian Ford times...VERY interesting mags....shame I have only found 2 so far...
why are all the town's in NZ so hard to pronounce?
Probably the Maori words? The locals who were here before cook arrived....
How about a TT on Mangaroa Hill, Upper Hutt (NZ)
Or maybe a baker's truck from Kaponga
And a milk truck.
Finishing with a NZ bodied dump truck from Wanganui.
OOps, forgot the Gear Meat Co delivery truck...
They are really cool pics...saving them to file...
Where in the country are you from?
Hi Alex, just up the road in Rangiora. My 26 TT is almost road worthy - not a restoration, but a "renovation".
"RHJ Hamlin was the Ford agent in Napier..."
Hamlin is not that common a name, but a semi-famous Franklin dealer from the earliest days in Los Angeles was a Ralph Hamlin.
Mmm know anymore about him or his family?
I believe Ralph Hamlin started the famous race from Los Angeles to Phoenix in the early days. www.FranklinCar.org may have something on him.
He apparently gave one each of every year Franklin to the County of Los Angeles museums. Some of them may still be in storage at the Petersen.
There was a 1913 to 1915 brass radiator touring car running around Christchurch in 1957 to 1959 when I was stationed there with the U. S. Navy's Operation Deepfreeze group. I always wondered what happened to that T.
those are some pretty neat pictures