Here is another example of fenders, hood, etc being gloss while the body is something else. What is the body painted?
That is the difference between black varnish, and black dipping enamel.
My guess is that it's due to the different painting methods for the body vs. other parts which caused the body paint to fade faster than the other (dipped & baked) ones. There were some recent threads about that. The car appears to be from the late 'teens or early twenties and the tag is a 1927, so the car was several years old when this pic was taken.
Like Larry said.
Note the rebound straps with the Hasslers.
My theory is that the high speeds Fords could travel let the wind wear the cowl to a dull finish. :0)
That man looks like he is pretending to be Clark Gable.
The car is a '19. Could possibly be an early '20 but, there is a shortage of info on the cutoff date.
(Message edited by 404 not found on February 09, 2015)