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Plantations and Plantation Gates


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Photograph of a vintage car outside the Plantation Gates No doubt someone will know what make of car it is?

Comment by: MikeW on 5th September 2021 at 09:49

I would date the picture around 1910 and back in those days there was no mass production. Car makers would build the chassis which would then go to a specialist coach builder who would construct the bodywork. It is possible the car shown was unique. The bonnet is however reminiscent of Packard models of the era.

Comment by: Barrie. on 6th September 2021 at 20:15

Could it be one from Northern Counties body shop around 1919 as they put wooden bodies onto imported chassis. They also used the Plantation Gates as background to their publicity photographs. Also Massey Bros. in that era built some cars after the 1st world war and they also used at times the Plantation Gates as a backdrop. There is a photograph in "Northern Counties" book by Rob Rowe that shows a selection of wheeled chassis awaiting wooden bodies to be fitted to them. Makes included American Ford, Austin, Fiat, Vauxhall.

Comment by: MikeW on 7th September 2021 at 20:54

I put the question to friend of mine, an amateur automotive historian. He is in agreement with me and suggests the chassis could be an early Packard model 30. A quick look on google images indicates a similarity around the bonnet/radiator.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 8th September 2021 at 19:28

I think it's a Vulcan, but it could be a Fiat,.

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