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Vintage & Veteran Vehicles Pre 1950 Collection

1886 Benz Patent Motorwagon

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1917 Reo Tourer

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1925 Ford Model T

Ford Model T
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The Ford Model T is an automobile that was produced by Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, which made car travel available to middle-class Americans. The relatively low price was partly the result of Ford's efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual handcrafting. It was mainly designed by an American (Childe Harold Wills) and two Hungarian engineers (Joseph A. Galamb, Eugene Farkas). The Model T was colloquially known as the "Tin Lizzie", "Leaping Lena" or "flivver".
The Ford Model T was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, ahead of the BMC Mini, Citroën DS, and Volkswagen Beetle. Ford's Model T was successful not only because it provided inexpensive transportation on a massive scale, but also because the car signified innovation for the rising middle class and became a powerful symbol of the United States' age of modernisation. With 15 million sold, it was the most sold car in history before being surpassed by the Volkswagen Beetle in 1972, and still stood eighth on the top-ten list, as of 2012

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1928 Mercedes Benz SS Open Tourer

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1930 Packard 734 Boattail

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1930 Packard Brewser

Packard Eight
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Packard Eight

1931 Packard Individual Custom Eight Type 840 Dietrich Convertible Sedan[1]
Overview
Manufacturer
Packard
Production
1924-36
Assembly
Packard Automotive Plant, Detroit, MI
Body and chassis
Class
Luxury car
Body style
•2-door roadster
•2-door coupé
•2-door convertible Victoria
•4-door sedan
•4-door phaeton
•4-door dual-cowl phaeton & Sport Phaeton
•town car
•landau
Layout
Front engine, rear drive
Related
Light Eight
120
Powertrain
Engine
319.2 cu in (5.2 L) L-head inline eight
357.8 cu in (5.9 L) L-head inline eight
384.8 cu in (6.3 L) L-head inline eight
Transmission
3-speed Manual transmission



The Packard Eight was a luxury automobile produced by Packard between 1924 and 1936, and was an all new platform that took the top market position from the earlier Packard Twin Six which was first introduced in 1916. When it was introduced, it was designated as the Senior Packard until the company ended in the late 1950s.
Packard's first eight cylinder engine was introduced as the Single Eight with two wheelbases offered in 136 in (3,500 mm) and 143 in (3,600 mm), while sharing a naming convention with the junior Single Six.
In 1930, the Eight was factory priced between US$2425 ($39,336 in 2021 dollars]) and US$2885 for the Standard Eight, US$3190 to US$3885 for the Custom Eight, and US$4585 to US$5350 ($86,783 in 2021 dollars]). In 1932, prices ranged from US$2250 to US$3250 for the Standard Eight, while the De Luxe Eight started at US$3150 ($51,097 in 2021 dollars).


1930 Packard Brewster



Model Description

This is a 1:18 scale die-cast metal with some plastic parts. Opening the box and removing it from its packing frame shows one of the prettiest cars I have had to include in the museum. The detail is great with even the tiniest details shown. The museum is starting to get some great examples just like this and you may have seen our 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. This model is made by the same maker.

The Body

We always start with the body and this model is no exception. It's a 4-door saloon thats similar to vehicles from that era. Big with the sense of wealth in every panel and nut & bolt. This vehicle usually starts life as a motor on a frame which then goes to a coachbuilder who constructs what you see today. So these vehicles were hand built in small amounts with in most cases the owners of these, putting their own touches to make them unique. Paintwork is exceptionally well done with a colour combination that works well. One of the first thing that you notice are the wheels with the solid rims and their white wall tires. This also includes the 2 spare wheels mounted on the mudguards. The attention even extends to the wheel hubs that may be associated with sports cars with wire wheels that have one central nut to remove the wheel similar to the early MG’s and even to the early Ford. All four doors open with the two front ones being suicide doors. All open wide to give an excellent look into the interior. In reality these early cars with the sweeping mudguards that continue with the running board are just so unusual to us these days. We are so used to all the latest technology and gadgets, that these vehicles of our grandparents just amaze us today. But these were the vehicles they drove. That distinctive Packard lady on the radiator gril represented status for that time in America. The bonnet in two parts allows access to the engine with both sides opening wide giving a good look at the engine. The roof represents the fabric roof at the time that was common on these types of vehicles. There was no boot as per say, but luggage could be stowed behind the rear could be folded down for luggage.
The chrome bumpers on this model are solid. We have some with the types of bumpers that are fragile. But this is a well made example solidly built that would be most appreciated by the original builders.


The Interior

When you open the doors, by placing your finger on the seats and the floor of this model, instead of the hard plastic that you would expect, you will find it is a soft plastic that has a fur type finish. This type of plastic is being used on an increasing number of models to make them more realistic. As in these periods they are actuality bucket seating and not the usual bench seating that was the norm in that period. Also in the back section, you will find the model shows the footrest that’s in the original vehicle. The door panels have both the door handle and the window wipers attached rather than simply moulded as one piece like other models. This again makes this model more realistic. The dashboard with the instruments is located in the middle like most makes of automobiles and shows instruments such as the speedometer, oil pressure gauge, fuel gauge. The dashboard is a wood panel finish with a glove compartment on the passenger side. Controls like the handbrake, as well as the floor mounted gear shift have been made to scale and not oversized. Steering wheel is the same. This model has of course given the ability of turning the front wheels using the steering wheel. Overall the interior may look basic to us, but back then, this was a luxury automobile.

The Engine

This engine keeps in step with the rest of the automobile. The detail is good with the motor itself, rather than being made using one piece, here we have this engine moulded in multiple parts using different colours the same as on the original vehicle. This gives the engine a more realistic look than most models. The detail is excellent with small details such as the radiator hoses and spark plugs. Opening the hinged hood gives good access on both sides with the only difficulty being that you cannot raise it right up without something to hold it if you wish to display it. But overall a nice display that without a doubt gives this model class.

The Undercarriage

Turn over this model and there is no doubt that this is a display model. Forget about the small parts on the body that are fragile, This has 6 plastic cones that are in fact part of the moulded bottom. They form a stable platform that allows this model to be displayed firmly on any surface. The one under the engine is higher that the other 4 so to allow the front wheels to turn. Underneath, the detail is very simple as it shows mainly part of the engine drive shaft and back axle without any fine detail. Springs are there as well as the fuel tank. Its a display model, so it's very unlikely anyone will want to see underneath this model.

The Conclusion

This is a great model. It shows details exactly as on the real automobile. Overall I cannot find any section that has any defects in its design and construction. It is a display model in every sense of the word. The attention to all of the finer details are never in doubt with the small inclusion of these small parts well attached. I would recommend that its is placed in a dustproof container as its cleaning this model is when you are more likely to break small parts. Never use solvents on the paintwork or any plastic parts, as these will destroy the model with damage to the paintwork. Always keep this out of the sunlight as the paintwork just like a real car that has been exposed outside, will fade. If you like models that have a high degree of detail and you see one of these for sale, grab it. Very well done. I give this a 5.0 / 5.0. Robin Finlay 16/03/2023.

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1931 Alfa Romeo 82 2300

Alfa Romeo 8C
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Alfa Romeo 8C was originally a range of Alfa Romeo road, race and sports cars of the 1930s. In 2004 Alfa Romeo revived the 8C name for a V8-engined concept car which made it into production for 2007, the 8C Competizione.
The 8C designates 8 cylinders, and originally a straight 8-cylinder engine. The Vittorio Jano designed 8C was Alfa Romeo's primary racing engine from its introduction in 1931 to its retirement in 1939. In addition to the two-seater sports cars it was used in the world's first genuine single-seat Grand Prix racing car, the Monoposto 'Tipo B' - P3 from 1932 onwards. In its later development it powered such vehicles as the twin-engined 1935 6.3-litre Bimotore, the 1935 3.8-litre Monoposto 8C 35 Type C, and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster. It also powered top-of-the-range coach-built production models, including a Touring Spider and Touring Berlinetta.
1931 8C 2300
The first model was the 1931 '8C 2300', a reference to the car's 2.3 L (2336 cc) engine, initially designed as a racing car, but actually produced in 188 units also for road use. While the racing version of the 8C 2300 Spider, driven by Tazio Nuvolari won the 1931 and 1932 Targa Florio race in Sicily, the 1931 Italian Grand Prix victory at Monza gave the "Monza" name to the twin seater GP car, a shortened version of the Spider. The Alfa Romeo factory often added the name of events won to the name of a car.

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1931 Alfa Romeo 8C Tourer

1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300

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Alfa Romeo 8C
This article is about the classic Alfa Romeo 8C. For the modern sports coupe, see Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
Alfa Romeo 8C
Alfa romeo 8C.jpg
Custom Alfa Romeo 8C (1936)[1]
Overview
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Production 1931–1939
Assembly Italy: Portello, Milan
Body and chassis
Class Luxury car, Sports car, Racing car
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 2.3 L 2336 cc I8
2.6 L 2556 cc I8
2.9 L 2905 cc I8
(road cars)
The Alfa Romeo 8C was originally a range of Alfa Romeo road, race and sports cars of the 1930s. In 2004 Alfa Romeo revived the 8C name for a V8-engined concept car which made it into production for 2007, the 8C Competizione.

The 8C designates 8 cylinders, and originally a straight 8-cylinder engine. The Vittorio Jano designed 8C was Alfa Romeo's primary racing engine from its introduction in 1931 to its retirement in 1939. In addition to the two-seater sports cars it was used in the world's first genuine single-seat Grand Prix racing car, the Monoposto 'Tipo B' - P3 from 1932 onwards.[2] In its later development it powered such vehicles as the twin-engined 1935 6.3-litre Bimotore, the 1935 3.8-litre Monoposto 8C 35 Type C, and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster. It also powered top-of-the-range coach-built production models, including a Touring Spider and Touring Berlinetta.

Model Description

This model makes collecting these type of models a joy. Because. of that incredible red paintwork, this stands out. made from die-cast metal with plastic parts, just looking at this model shows how manufacturers can get it right for collectors. Paintwork is superb in every way with no bubbling, cracking or bubbles, quality control is very good. Tyre on the side is something that was very popular, especially on this type of vehicle that has no boot or trunk. Definitely this in real life was not a vehicle that one went for an extended holiday. This model displays the corm work to perfection, but as this is a display model, one has always to be careful especially for the plastic items. That addition of the fuel cap at the back has been done well as for the front grill and lights as well as the numbers done well to scale.
The interior being an open tourer allows you to get a very good look at this. The attention to detail in the cockpit has been well thought out with seats that has been seen on the actual vehicles themselves done to perfection. Gear shift and brakes with the floor pedals are according to scale, as is that slightly oversized steering wheel. The impressive instrument panel in the dashboard is well done with readily readable instruments.

The engine is very well designed and has without a doubt a realistic view of what is an untenable Fiat made engine. Excellent detail and that continues underneath the vehicle, where one get an extraordinary look underneath this vehicle.

Overall its a very nice little model. Full of detail 360 degrees and shows us just how Fiat was a very well maker of fine vehicles in regards to design and performance. Its a pity that cars these days no longer have that flair as these. It's very hard to see these vehicles being built today. But even so, they are a part of at least in the sports cars, shows that design and style was important even in that period. A very much collectable model. I give it a 5.0/5.0. Robin finlay 01/12/2022.
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1932 Chrysler Lebaron

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1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

Model Description
1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow
One thing I have been asked many times is why there is a need for the Museum. Well, we now have a vehicle I had never heard off and did not know of. It was only through a brochure advertising the model, that’s when I first heard the name Pierce-Arrow. So here we have a 1:18 scale die-cast with some plastic parts. And it stands out from many cars from this time period. How does one describe this car? Not something that would be able to be produced in our world today. But this was something very different back then especially during the Great Depression. It's something that would be associated with European makers like Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz and even Citroen let alone an American Brand.
The model itself when one unpacks it really stands out. That sleek body in silver with that red pin-striping is meticulously done. There has been a great deal of attention to ensure that this paintwork is right on the button. All the panels such as doors, boot and even the bonnet that's just like that period as well as that very small trunk open and close with minimal gaps The front doors are what they call suicide doors. And here is where we have a problem. You cannot open the front and rear doors as they will not open because the gap between front and rear is too tight. The split bonnet opens well, but if it's best view of the engine is to open one side at a time. It opens quite wide and stays open. One of the strange things that you will notice is that very tiny rear window and one can only wonder how on earth can they see behind when travelling. There are no external mirrors.
Interior
The interior shows that this is a very luxury car and it’s reflected in its design. The doors open to display the wood inlay on the door panels which is simply divine on this model. Door and window handles have been added separately and not as made as one piece like other models. Now I will speak of this hidden panel on the left hand fender that very cleverly hides the spare wheel. I have never seen this on any other vehicle. Everything is tight and in images of the actual vehicle, which I would point out that there are only 3 examples now in existence shows that the fit is tight and on the model it's the same. Seats are of the plastic that gives a soft touch when you feel it both front and back. The instrument panel is of the same design as those fitted on the Model T. Gear box lever and handbrake are in the scale range. Overall this is a very tidy and true to scale and look like the real car.
Engine
The engine detail is very good and it shows this large 12 cylinder engine to perfection. With the split hood that opens and stays open one can get a feel of how big this engine was. The very large air filter with the carburetor is very identifiable.
Parts like the radiator with its connecting hoses and other parts make this one of the best engine in regards to detail.
Boot/Trunk
What ever you call it, there is very little space available. I am not sure how it was opened as there is no handle. I guess that that swept line on the back does not give much room for a large one.
Conclusion
This is a car that even back in its day, would have stood out in a crowd that still had the box type body. But this car was hand built and due to the depression, there was only a very limited market. Only 5 were built of which there are only 3 left, The price today must be considerable. Very little change from $3,000,000.
I love this model. If you are able to find one for sale, grab it. It was regarded back then as an extraordinary vehicle. This is one I have to give it a 5.0/5.0. Robin Finlay 15/1/2023.

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1934 Bugatti Type 59

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1934 Mercedes Benz K500 Coupe

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