wrong radiator or something?????
The picture was taken in the 1950's. The car has a lot of incongruous parts, the demountable wheels and the cowl lamps for example. It is an early "restoration".
From that picture, it looks like a very rare center drive model..
The early days of the antique automobile hobby produced some very strange creations, as well as some sad losses. A lot more is known today about automobile production and history the first two or three decades of the last past century than was commonly known sixty years ago. It seems strange, considering that many of the people that made that history were still alive when that photo was taken probably about 1950.
That coupe has "T" shaped door handles as opposed to the "bail" or "stirrup" handles the earlier coupes had. The door handles would have been easy to change at any time, however, there is also no cross brace visible from under the front fender. Again, the car could have forged running board brackets and been simply missing that brace, or the running board brackets could have been changed at some point (although not so easy). But the lack of that brace indicates (not absolutely) that the frame, and therefore the coupe, likely would be 1921 or later. That fits with the door handle.
There were after-market radiator shells with that shape available in the early '20s. I don't think they were ever very popular because of the similarity in shape the the then badly outdated brass radiators of the early to mid '10s. There were, however, several expensive cars that also did use a similar shape radiator surround, not the least of which was Rolls Royce. Moon used that style for a couple years, as did McFarlan. Cheap imitations were offered for Fords. So I wonder if that is one? Or something that somebody simply made up?
An interesting photo. Thank you Jay!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Hmm, gas headlights,side lanterns ,oh well to each their own interpretation for the time.
Early attempt to make newer car into a 1915 so they could go on HCCA tour!
Parts is Parts!
"Is it original - yes - built it myself from parts I bought."
It almost looks like someone put sharp corners on a black rad. I wonder how well the hood actually fits.
John- the centre drive model T was the McLaren F1 of its day...