Thanks for posting this Herb. I'm getting ready to start a 12 torpedo this winter and this is one of the best picture of the top bow sockets I've seen.
Converted to electric lights, a more "modern" horn and that running board looks like that side of the car bottom'ed out at one time. Nice pic'
That is a very nice photo. The car has seen some tough roads. I think the license plate is a Mass. 1917.
I often wonder why the perfection of the earlier torpedo design was abandoned for the rather clunky 1912 edition ? Production costs ? Customer preferences ? Supplier unavailability ? Aesthetic numbness ? What ?!?
May very well have B&B John Browns on it. Seems to have the spare anchored to the holes punched in the splash shield and running boards of the later 1912's where you might see B&B. Windshield and such seems black so maybe owner painted to modernize??
Ken in Texas
Rich, the 1911 style Torpedo and Open Runabout were likely abandoned after one year due to all the unique parts necessary to assemble one -- longer hood and steering column, just about all the fenders and body parts were unique to that model only, in addition to a multitude of other brackets and small parts. It probably didn't fit the template having to stock all those special parts for the sake of producing a separate model for which there was relatively low demand.
I agree with Richard that it is a Mass. plate.
Notice the flags on the windshield.
Showing their patriotism as we entered the Great War. 100 years ago.