Wealthy Queensland cattleman A J Cotton took his children to school in England in 1909 while he searched for a suitable motor car for the Australian outback , often hundreds or even thousands of miles from nowhere . The Silver Ghost RR was too big and cumbersome , Napiers were already doing well in the Colonies as were Talbots , so he had a run of similar size autos built in Scotland with motor driven winches on the front chassis irons which he attempted to sell to fellow Ausie graziers ; this venture exhausted his interest in becoming a motor manufacturer and he returned to making millions off the land.
In 1914 his daughter Vera was asked what she would like for her 21 st Birthday and she replied " a little Rolls Royce would be fun ".
She was duly presented with this dazzling Brisbane built roadster with Mott wire wheels, all brightwork Nickel, and the body silver painted , overcoated clear - and a Kewpie Doll flying lady mascot with a parasol . Vera was my Godmother and Grand Aunt, and left me hundreds of Kodak 6X4 photos dating from 1907 - motoring in the outback .
I am re-creating her"Rolls-Ford" as she noted on the reverse of this photo .
Fantastic story and photo, Victor. Thanks for posting it.
It is interesting how many outback graziers opted for Fords. They were certainly the 'go anywhere' cars.
Any idea where that car is today?
I love the demountable wire wheels!
Great picture, my question is , what is the splash apron made of? canvas or maybe leather? Thanks for posting the picts. Jim
That is a sexy car with great lines. I really like the curves of the NZ cars. I find it interesting that they didn't try to center the rear wheel in the rear fender. I have always thought that was a flaw in the Ford design aesthetically.
Great story! Great photo! Would love to see additional ones.
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