Well, I am having a brain cramp. I can't recall the name given to the type of removable collapsible windshield shown below. I've looked in some of my reference library and am drawing a blank. My cerebral decrepitude saddens me. Please help! Thanks in advance, Bill
The car is a Metz! Circa 1913. I am not sure what to call the windshield. So I will check back to see if someone can give a definitive answer.
We can make one up, how about a 'weather' or 'rain' or 'storm' or 'element deflector'.
It was called a "Cambridge" Windscreen or windshield.
Thanks to Chris Paulsen who knew the name in this thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/424827.html?1392687995
Aha, Cambridge! Thank you, thank you. It is so aggravating to forget things.
Old age is tough. Your memory is the second thing to go.
What's the first?
A "weather front".
I should have remembered that thread. I figured Chris P would be one to know the answer.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Based on a casual internet search, the earliest reference I could find to the term "Cambridge windshield" online in Google Books is 1910 so the name and concept (a canvas or leatherette and celluloid windscreen sewn to a ridged metal arms or frame) probably dates from much earlier. Who knows, maybe the were originally used on buggies?
Period photo of a Cambridge windshield: