A few pics from 1958 of my dad's cars. He's behind the wheel of the Roadster. Friends are in the Speedster in the other pics
My grandfather, who built the Speedster in 1927 is standing between the cars in this one.
Thanks for posting the photos. How special it is that you are putting your Grandfather's speedster back together and that he put it together back in 1927. It is great that you have the photos from back in 1958. I've seen several of the ones you have posted probably from different years. Is the earliest photo you have of the speedster the one on your profile or is that the one you like the best?
Again thank you for sharing a part of your history and future with us.
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Thanks for the kind words. It's really a labor of love getting the car back together after all these years.
The photo on my profile is from 1955 or 56, and the only one I had at the time I joined the forum. The ones I just posted (above) were slides that my mother had stored, that I had scanned. These are the only photos of the car that any of my family have, though I have heard that a distant relative may have photos from the late 1920s or early 30s of the car, but it's unlikely that they've survived, or that I'll ever see them.
Hopefully, next spring, I can replace my current b/w profile photo with an updated color one when the car is finished!
While it is a real long shot -- I would recommend you contact the distant relative. Send them some photos of the cars, a short history how your Grandfather purchased a used roadster in 1927 and turned it into the speedster (also called a bug back then). [I may have some or a lot of that story line wrong -- but I think that is what you previously shared.] Ask them if they may have any photos of your Grandfather or the car or of him with the car.
Depending if they are an older or younger distant relative you may want to send a written letter with a return stamped addressed envelope or a text message. And in some cases large print is helpful. You have very little to loose -- less than a couple of bucks if you snail mail them. It is a long shot. But if they responded positively -- that would really make your day! I remember many of my Dad & Mom's old photos have cars in the background. The guys were often proud of their cars and they wanted the car in the family photo.
Also, do you know if you Father or Grandfather participated in many organized old car clubs or events? If one or both of them did -- there may be some photos of their cars in the related club magazine etc. My Dad along with his old cars are in two of the "Horseless Carriage Gazettes" in 1952. And of course you might try contacting members or sons or daughter’s of members of the same clubs. They may have photos from some of the old meetings or tours.
Again, best of luck to you and your project.
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