Old photo - Ames body?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andrew Brand on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 04:26 pm:

I think its an Ames but not sure about the rear deck. Did they have a boot lid and is it removed on this car?

They look like Hayes wire wheels.

Andrew


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 09:14 pm:

Great photo!
I would guess it is missing a deck-lid? But I am not familiar with that body, so do not know. Several things about the body and hood closely resemble Ames. So I would Say it may be.
Something I find curious, is where the radiator cap is? It appears to be further back on the shell than normal? There does not look to me to be a filler neck ahead of it. But a scratch in the photo makes me not sure. It could be a black painted straight sided radiator neck? I have some after-market radiators like that.
I have seen a few pictures of boat-tails with tops like that. While it may add to comfort on a cold winter day I never really cared for the look of them. And I would think climbing in and out with no doors would not be fun. It is tricky enough getting in and out of my current boat-tail as it is. I do know my first boat-tail I had years ago did have such a top originally. It had remains from Murphy type snaps for the back of the top. I never made a top or irons or bows for it however.
Again, wonderful photo, Andrew B, thank you for sharing it!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andrew Brand on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 07:12 am:

Mystery solved. Below is a photo of a car with what looks like the same body style with the spare mounted on the deck. This was outside the Ames Sales Corp building at 4444 Second Ave Detroit (which they occupied in 1922-23).



And inside the salesroom:



Andrew


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 03:30 pm:

Wow! These photos are incredible! I have seen a few advertising pieces for Ames, but never realized that they were such an operation as this. That showroom is wonderful with several cars, and the display pieces all around. I knew they provided a variety of after-market bodies and accessories.
Few of the coupes and tourings survive (One touring has been offered on eBad several times over the years). There is a typical speedster in the showroom in the corner (with a fellow leaning by the rear wheel). Several of those speedsters survive. A red one was owned by Bill Harrah for many years. A white one with a Rajo was owned by a fellow in Hayward CA some years ago. I haven't heard anything about it in about fifteen years.
I knew Ames had quite a business selling speedster kits and accessories. I also knew they sold a fair number of touring and coupe/roadster bodies. Seeing what their showroom looked like is a real treat!
Thank you Andrew, for sharing these!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andrew Brand on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 04:32 pm:

Thanks Wayne.

What surprises me is the scale of the operation here. There are 10 staff in that photo - I wouldn't have thought sales would have been high enough to justify that.

Does anyone know of a surviving roadster? I'd love to see some details of the rear deck.

Andrew


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