What type of body is this?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tod Wirth - Richfield, WI on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 02:12 pm:

Saw an interesting photo of a 1912(?) T. Anybody familiar with the body on it?

Sorry everyone, picture removed at request of picture's owner.

If anyone else has a similar picture of this type of body please post.

(Message edited by adminchris on September 27, 2014)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sayer on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 03:16 pm:

It's a Towncar I believe, pretty rare.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sayer on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 03:18 pm:

I might be wrong though:?) anyone feel free to correct me:?)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Zachary Dillinger on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 03:21 pm:

I believe that would be called a Town Car, and I absolutely love it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 03:33 pm:

I believe a Town Car would have an open front. Not sure what this is, maybe aftermarket? Very nice though.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Williamson on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 03:46 pm:

I think this might be a Model T with a body by Kimball Piano Co. It was in collection owned by the Magee family I think.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sayer on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 03:46 pm:

That's true Jerry it would have a open front, other than that it does resemble one.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Zachary Dillinger on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:17 pm:

I think there was a very similar T on the cover of Model T Times a couple of years ago. I'll go through the stash of back issues I bought from the Gilmore Car Museum tonight and see what I can find.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Don Watson -Florence,Colorado on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:20 pm:

Perhaps our Friends in NH can shed some light on this car.Last Time I saw it,it had a NH License Plate #9818 but that was back in 2004

-Don


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron Mc Willie on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:34 pm:

Indeed, this car is a custom body built by the Kimball Company. If you are thinking about Kimball pianos, you are right. They also were coachbuilders for early automobiles. There are two of these sedans known to exist. The blue one above was owned by the McGee Family at one time. There is also a green one, with slightly different doors, that was owned by the noted collector Harry Johnson in Reno, Nevada. I believe both, or at least one, are now owned by the Snyder family in Ohio.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris from Long Beach & Big Bear on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:39 pm:

Harry Johnson had one like that painted dark green. He lived in San Pedro, CA and I had his son in my drafting class and knew Harry well and he sponsored me for membership in the H.C.C.A. in 1958 with our 1912 Buick. When Harry retired he went to Sparks Nevada to work for Bill Harrah. The car was featured on the cover of the V.F. This blue one looks a lot like the green one. It is called a Limousine.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:41 pm:

Beautiful car, but it looks heavy, hope it has 4:1 gears or an auxiliary rear axle or transmission!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 04:52 pm:

Somewhat over forty years ago, I went with my parents and a friend of mine to look at the cars on a Santa Clara Horseless Carriage Club annual tour called the Blossom Tour. There was a T there that was very similar to that one. I was told by a friend that was in the club that the car was very rare and very special, and owned by a fellow well known in the hobby. I did not know until now that the fellow was Harry Johnson. I never knew Harry Johnson, but have known of him for a long time. A good friend of mine has one of harry's favorite cars in his collection.
Thank you all!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris from Long Beach & Big Bear on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 05:11 pm:

Wayne, Harry had a green Pope Toledo Roadster and Jay Leno's yellow Mercer.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Val Soupios on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 05:39 pm:

The Magee family had that car on a tour in Bermuda back in 1989. It ran beautifully but was so heavy that it ate through a set of bands half way through the tour. Not a lot of room to change bands in that body but Cecil Church, who was well up in age at the time, was able to do it with a bit of help after dinner so it was ready for the road the next morning! When Bill Magee moved from Connecticut to New Hampshire the car went with him but since his passing I have no idea where it is now.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tod Wirth - Richfield, WI on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:21 pm:

Ran across the photo recently and I knew it wasn't a Town Car but didn't know what it was and the story behind it. Interesting vehicle. Thanks for enlightening me guys!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter Kable on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 05:00 am:

I have seen this car twice when on trips to the USA. First time at Hershey in 1993 from memory it was in a tent for sale at $25,000.
It was also on a MTFCA tour in New Hampshire. It was later a centrefold in a Vintage Ford parked in the Lupin field behind the hotel where the tour was based.

I also happened to have met Harry Johnson, my wife and I were going to Reno to Harrah's museum to take measurements of their Lamsteed Kampkar and arrived on the plane during a severe snowstorm. Harry picked us up at the airport having waited there a number of hours for the plane to be able to land.

When we got to the car park his car had about 9" of snow on it. He took us to our hotel and we were to go to his place next day to see his green limousine but the storm was so bad he was unable to get back into Reno the next day so we missed out on viewing it.

I love those unusual bodies!


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