Old photo - rivals meet for the first time?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Monday, April 04, 2016 - 03:27 pm:

A new Ford and a new Chevrolet 490 in Hudiksvall, northern Sweden about 1917:

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Instead of a licence plate the Chevy had a demo car sign. Dealers were allowed to make the signs on their demo cars larger than regular plates for advertising. This one said in translation: "Demo car, Hudiksvall's car company"
The Model T looks fairly new as well and the tires looks like what was on the Rip Van Winkle '17 - smooth white tires with a black wear surface and threaded in the rear. Very few new cars reached Sweden in 1918 due to the war so I suppose the photo might be from 1917?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sole - Castelldefels (Spain) on Monday, April 04, 2016 - 03:36 pm:

Isn't is strange that the Ford is LHD at a time when cars drove on the left side of the road in Sweden? The Chevrolet is a more "practical" RHD.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Monday, April 04, 2016 - 03:46 pm:

The vast majority of all cars sold in Sweden before the changeover to driving on the RH side in 1967 were LHD. Don't know the major reason for the whole era, but from back in the 20's I've seen it discussed in a motor magazine - the main reason for LHD while driving on the left in a country with narrow winding roads and very little traffic was that it was deemed more important to keep control of the side of the car closest to the ditch :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sole - Castelldefels (Spain) on Monday, April 04, 2016 - 04:24 pm:

Ah, I didn't know the cars were LHD there before the changeover.

I had heard that in Switzerland and other mountainous countries that traditionally the trucks and busses were RHD so the drivers could see the edge of the road more easily and so avoid falling off a cliff! :0


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Monday, April 04, 2016 - 05:29 pm:

Buses were the main exception over here - not many mountain roads, but the entrance for passengers in buses was on the left side and when the buses got the modern "loaf of bread" style in the 30's, the entrance was moved to the front and the driver to the right side. Many were rebuilt in 1967.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Layden Butler on Monday, April 04, 2016 - 07:00 pm:

The Chevrolet is a 490 Series with new 1920 styling, the front fender instead of coming straight from the peak to the running board now has a reverse curve like the Ford, also a tie bar between the headlamps had been eliminated.
Picture thus could be as early as last half of 1919.


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