Found this on eBay and was wondering if it is a Model T.
It looks like a Model T ambulance in France.
"Patisserie"= French for a bakery specializing in pastries.
Oh, and yes, a "T" ambulance, probably on a baguette run!
1915 Model T
Yup. A Model T. The letters "patisserie" have been removed from the sign board, flags and an official notice posted above the doorway plus the uniformed official, the nurses and the look of the bundles being loaded into the T would appear the bakery's location was pre-empted as a medical supply depot of some sort ?
I was pretty sure it was a Model T. Next question, am I correct that this is not the normal ambulance body shown in most pictures?
It has balloon tires mounted on demountable rims that may be a military spec. I can't see any brass on the top of the side light, may be a 16.
This is not an ambulance, it is a delivery van. The body is too short to accommodate litters.
Maybe not an ambulance but there were some ambulance body designs which were not as long.
Here is one where the litters (stretchers) are alongside the driver, this one is RHD
Looks like a standard British design to me, I have a photo of a whole fleet ready to ship to France in 1915. The demountables are confusing me slightly, when did they first appear? Interesting that it has rear doors rather than a tailboard.
After-market demountable rim wheels were available from several companies (including Firestone) for the model T by early 1915, and I think a bit before.
I would say about a year or so younger than this one, a red cross supply car.
That is a typical french commercial body, probably locally built. It was probably running suplies for the medical service which would explain the red cross
A similar car (on a TT chassis) was in the recent Den Hertog auction
Oh and the demountables are Goodyears, they were very popular in WW1 (figures..)
Trying to post a picture, here goes..
All respect Leo but the Den Hartogh body is not like that in the photo. That framework side is very French. The period photo is much more like a Manchester ambulance but obviously could be locally built.
Hey Peter, the ambulance body you showed is a unique design, I suspect that no examples made it out of Australia as I have not seen any other photos of this design. It is actually a very good design, allowing two litters and two or three ambulatory cases to be carried. The one shown in the original post is a normal covered car body that could have been used to transport ambulatory cases, but I doubt that any were used at the front. Nearly every ambulance company had a few of these, I even have a photo of a depot hack that is numbered to an ambulance company.
Jem, i just included the picture to show the typical french way of building commercial body's; i.e. with a wooden construction from the 'waist'down that curves inward going down. I seriously doubt if the TT in the pic really was an ambulance, i saw it in person, it is 20's.
Allmost all commonwealth and US built ambulances were slab sided affairs while most french cars were a little more 'elegant' (Mai naturellemant!)