Model T Ford Speed and Racing Equipment Part IV – The Body Builders: In our earlier posts on this series we have concentrated on the hardware produced by the speed merchants that helped to propel the Model “T” Ford into the racing arena. In this post we are going show you some of the most attractive of the commercially available racing bodies that came on the scene as early as the mid-teens’. Learn more and see many photos @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=107686
Two more bodies aimed at road use are pictured here. The Dunham body below is quite novel. Much more info and many more photos @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=107686
I really like the fenders for the Bub body. I'm actually having something very similar made for my speedster. Mine won't wrap quite as far, but same concept. Is it normal for ads from back then to have a regular photo and then an artist draw on top of the picture? If the Bub add were a cartoon you would know that the wheels, fenders, and hood were going to move at some point since they are obviously drawn compared to the rest of the photo.
Seth, Here's the Bub photo without the advertising graffiti.
I'm not talking about theoldmotor.com thing - that doesn't bother me the way it annoys some people.
What I'm saying is if you look at the picture - the background, the main body of the car, the guy driving it, are all a regular photograph.
But the wheels, tires, fenders, hood, and radiator are drawn on top of the photograph. It's well done, they look good, but that's not what was actually on this car whenever the picture was taken. I was just wondering if that is a normal thing for advertisements back then.
Seth, Yes this is a real photo that was strengthened. It was common back then to touch up photos to make the image stronger. Back then it was done the old fashioned way by an artist skilled in touching up photos.
Today the same thing is done in photoshop.
Here is a Factory picture of a Faultless Raceabout
Reader Patrick Chronis sent us these photos of his 1921 Champion Torpedo Speedster manufactured by the (Champion Race Car Body Co.) in Chicago.
Auto Trade Journal May, 1922
Neat home made speedster photo for sale here:
Patent drawing for the Morton & Brett body