20+years ago, the Horseless Carriage Club raffled off a yellow brass model t speedster. It was called "Daffodil". Does anyone here know who or where the car is now?
I recently was invited to an estate sale and purchased all the model t parts including a new speedster body that was built by the same builder at the same time as Daffodil. My pile also included a fresh very hot Fronty complete engine with model a crank and a small drum Ruxtel and some early brass t radiators and a lot of other T goodies.
I would like to see some photos of the original daffodil speedster for the fender treatment. I was told that the build used a torpedo hood and underslung chssis.
I remember Daffodil. It was built by members of the SoCal HCCA and the project was spearheaded by Phil Reed. Phil did most of the work and hauled it to swap meets and car shows selling tickets. It was basically stock. I do not believe the chassis was lowered. I think it used torpedo fenders and I believe a torpedo hood. The body itself was very nicely made.
It had wood wheels and a stock chassis.
There should be a good amount of photos of the car in old HCCA Gazettes. I think there was even a Gazette cover made with the car.It existed before the advent of the internet so I doubt there are photos online, but you never know.
I vaguely remember the car being used after the raffle and I think someone in the LA area won it-maybe even an HCCA member? It was a really nicely built car. I bought a lot of tickets but didn't win!!!
Phil is still an active member of the Long Beach Model T Club. Maybe someone in the club could ask him. I would think that if anyone would remember, it would be him.
Here is the car. Volume 47, #4, July/August 1984, HCCA Gazette. The story of the car is inside.
Is that a syverson body?
The car was won by an Ed Johnson at the 1986 National Convention. These I am posting form my 1985 Gazette's. They have given me permission to use their material as long as it isn't for commercial gain.
Is Gilbert Metal still in business? The owner was a cousin of a friend here in Excelsior, MN. His lamps were very well done. Who is making the present repros of E&J lamps?
The body was built by master wood body builder Vic Groah. His wood work was outstanding and by far the best of anyone building bodies.
Sadly Vic has retired and sold off his molds and patterns.
I appreciate those of you that did respond to my inquiry. I now have lots of good input and photos.
Phil has a yellow speedster like that in his collection. I don't know if it is the same one. He still goes to work nearly every day at his business.
Electronic Chrome and Grinding
9128 Dice Rd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA. 90670
This is Phil's Speedster at the 1975 HCCA Tour in Sun Valley. It is not Daffodil.
Gilbert Metal Products is still in business. Wayne Erickson and, I believe, his son run the business now. They still produce all the lamps that they have been making for many years and the quality is still outstanding.
They are located on St. Louis Drive in South El Monte, CA.
I saw Phil on Monday and asked him if he knew the whereabouts of the car. He said it was in Canada, and that someone in one of the Canadian chapters should know where it is.
Does anyone know how successful the raffle was in 1968? It was a great volunteer effort but I can't recall if they told how much was earned.
I believe Phil said they raised about $45,000.
Wow, that is great.
Ed Johnson won the raffle and moved the car to the Banning area. Later he donated the car to the Horseless Carriage Foundation who sold it on Ebay. It fetched about $11000 and was bought by a dentist in Ontario Canada.
I was a Board Member at the time and helped pick up the car from Ed and load the car into the transporter. I also checked it over, it was in great condition but the block froze during the trip to the frozen North.
I took a few minutes to find this, it was taken on Sept 19, 2005