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The SVVS Website currently receives approximately 500,000 hits a year and the "HELP PAGE" is internationally the most visited 'page' on the site. We receive numerous e-mails from historians and motoring enthusiasts from all over the world with the request to identify vehicles from old photographs. We can help with identification of Classic cars because most of us are old enough to remember them as new, and owning Vintage photo  or Veteran vehicles, many of us, and/or our associates, are also specialists in own make or type of vehicle  -   These Help Pages are therefore devoted to some of the interesting enquiries received, and information that we have provided.  While page is being built, enquiries are in received order, - when completed,  cars are in year order:

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Page156 below relates to enquiries received during 2020Click on picture to enlarge
IDENTIFICATION/DATING:  SVVS HELP PAGES have some 4,000 Enquiries Received & Identified

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1905'6 Star 10HP Tourer
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicles in garage in Christchurch.  -- Our Star owning expert Neale Lawson advises photo likely taken at Scott Bros, later Vauxhall agents. No control levers on steering wheel so not the 14HP, and trembler coil size suggest 4 cylinder car. This would seem to be a cca 1905'6 Star 10HP Tourer. As Christchurch Star Cycle Co had name fist, cars were called Stuarts to WW1. Star was taken over by Guy Motors, closed 1932

1905'6 Star 10HP Tourer

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1906 Bliss 30HP Touring
While searching for answers we come across photographs of interesting vehicles which have not been identified and which we put aside for later study and investigation.   -- This looked a nice easy 'Germanic' looking car on a US New Jersey numberplate, - that defied all investigation and had to be refereed to our Ariejan Bos who advised that this was an exceedingly rare expensive cca1906 Bliss 30HP Touring manufactured in New York, and that only 10 were made at $5,000,  when Ford $750.

1906 Bliss 30HP Touring

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1906 De Dietrich 40'50 Tourer
Fascinating photo posted on the AACA website by PWhiteneck (USA) asking for identification. Photo was taken in USA 1913 and relates to Milton Hershey of the chocolate bar fame. --  Car is French made by a Luneville rail rolling stock company that employed Ettore Bugatti to design car based on Turcat-Mery. Equidistant rim to radiator suggests a cca 1906 De Dietrich 40'50 Tourer. British version had shaft drive. The company name was changed to Lorraine-Dietrich to emphasize location.

1906 De Dietrich 40'50 Tourer

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1906 Darracq 20'32 Tourer
Another interesting photo received via Mark Dawber of one posted on Facebook by John Davies (UK) looking for identification.  This one was labeled 'Suffolk; Ye Ancient House, Ipswich' -- Just possible to make out the London County Council Registration LC 2K series being 1905/6. French car from English owned company run by Frenchman Alexandre Darracq, having one of the many radiator changes during few short years. Medium car so would seem to be cca 1906 Darracq 20'32 Tourer.

1906 Darracq 20'32 Tourer

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1907 Daimler 35HP Tourer
Another interesting photo received via Mark Dawber of one posted on Facebook by John Davies (UK) looking for identification.  This one was labeled 'Terminus Hotel Grounds off Chatsworth Road. Chesterfield, July 1912.  -- Not possible to makr out the first letter of the registration so no help in dating. The 'chunky' looking early Daimlers were largely before the Knight engine. The larger engined models had lots of wooden spokes, This is probably  upper range cca 1907 Daimler 35HP Tourer. 

1907 Daimler 35HP Tourer

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1907 &1912 Unic Taxis
While searching for answers we come across photographs of interesting vehicles which have not been identified and which we put aside for later study and investigation. Is the car on right a  Hotchkiss.  -- Registration BJ were issued by East Suffolk County Council. Car on the left was registered 1912, middle late in 1912 and right 1907 with 'round' rad but has vertical sides, so is a French cca 1907 Unic, The left and middle cars are also cca 1912 Unics, probably the 16'20HP, very popular taxis in UK.

1907 &1912 Unic Taxis

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1907 Mitchell Model E Runabout
While searching for answers we come across photographs of interesting vehicles which have not been identified and which we put aside for later study and investigation.  -- This seems to have as slightly European look so investigation took longer than necessary, so we sent it to our Ariejan Bos who advises it is a cca 1907 Mitchell Model E Runabout made by a carriage maker Mitchell-Lewis in Racine Wisconsin making cars from 1903 to 1923 when it folded. Nash Motors bought the Mitchell factory.

1907 Mitchell Model E Runabout

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1908 Panhard Levassor 18'30HP
Fascinating photo posted on the AACA website by PWhiteneck (USA) asking for identification. Photo was taken in 1913 in Egypt. The Great Pyramid is in the background. -- Photo relates to Milton Hershey who was an American chocolatier who invented the Hershey Bar and built his own company town of Hershey, Milton Hershey standing, wife Kitty in the car. Care was built in Paris France by company started 1887, defunct 2012. This is cca 1908 Panhard Levassor 18'30HP Landaulette.

1908 Panhard Levassor 18'30HP

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1908 Delahaye Type 25'35 Limousine
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicle on Dutch Facebook page. Suggestions car could be a Sunbeam or Leon Bollee?  -- This would seem to be a French luxury car built in Tours by company that started in 1894 by Emile Delahaye a railway wagon engineer who started producing steam engines. Started in cars 1898. This is a cca 1908 Delahaye Type 25'35 Limousine. Delahay boubt Delage 1935, merged with Hotckiss in 1954. Closed by Brandt in 1956.

1908 Delahaye Type 25'35 Limousine

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1909 Lanchester 28 HP Surrey
While searching for answers we come across photographs of interesting vehicles which have not been identified and which we put aside for later study and investigation.   -- The photo is a bit fuzzy so difficult to see any details. Car seems to have no bonnet which suggests a Lanchester. It has a separate rear section, so post'06  with doors and has a tall wide radiators suggesting 1909+ and as it seems to have a steering wheel is 28HP. So, a cca 1909 Lanchester 28 HP Surrey. Normal shape post WW1

1909 Lanchester 28 HP Surrey

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1908 Russell Model L Tourer
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicles in garage in Christchurch.  -- Photo taken at W B Scott Motors, later Vauxhall agents. These two are very unusual cars having been built in Toronto by Canada Cycle & Motor Co. Initially Electric cars 1903, and petrol 1905. Offices in UK, Australia and New Zealand. Big car on left has support bracketry lo tall rad so is a cca 1908 Russell Model L Tourer, in bits an earlier 1907 Model E. Sold to Willys-Overland 1916.

1908 Russell Model L Tourer

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1911 Rossel Racing Car
Puzzling photograph posted on the AACA website by Wayne Sheldon (USA)  who is intrigued by it and would like to know what it is. Photo was taken  in Europe? -- We are not into racing car identification but did some research and it seems this is a French racing car made near the Swiss border by ex-Peugeot Frederic Rossel making big 35, 60 and 80 CV T heads of 12 litres etc. Found copy of photo headed "Gaste on 6 cylinder Rosel car 1911". Branches Paris, New York etc. Taxis in Vienna.

1911 Rossel Racing Car

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1912 Panhard Levassor X19Torpedo
While searching for answers we come across photographs of interesting vehicles which have not been identified and which we put aside for later study and investigation.   -- Interesting photo of unknown location. Seems very rocky terrain and car is carrying three spare tyres. Desert background but gent on left is in full morning dress. The roundel on the radiator helps to identify the car as French made, and no scuttle filler as being cca 1912 Panhard Levassor X19 10 HP Torpedo. Last car  in 1967.

1912 Panhard Levassor X19 Torpedo

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1913 Siddeley Deasy 18'24 Limousine
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicle on a Facebook page relating to a London scene in the 1920s. -- Yes,  a cca 1913 Siddeley Deasy 18'24 Limousine. Firm started 1906 by Captain Henry Deasy who left 1908, replaced by JD Siddeley from Wolseley. Became Siddeley Deasy 1912, bought by Armstrong Whitworth 1919, and renamed Armstrong Siddeley 1919, to last car 1960. Bought by Sopwith's Hawker Aircraft,  merged with Bristol Aero. 

1913 Siddeley Deasy 18'24 Limousine

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1913 ZIP Two-Seater Cyclecar
Very puzzling photo recerived from Pär Sörliden (Sweden) looking for identification of a belt driven little car. Photo is from Kristinehamn town archives -- This has beaten our experts and two libraries of cyclecars. This is a well designed and made car. The cyclecar movement went on a bit after the war and these are sometimes hard to distinguish from their pre-1918 predecessors. Ariejan Bos thinks that this one is from around 1920. Subsequently identified on Help Page 157 as c1913 ZIP Cyclecar.

UNIDENTIFIED c1920 Cyclecar

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1914 Regal  Underslung Roadster
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicle on a Facebook page relating to the 1918/19 'Spanish Flu' pandemic.  -- Spanish Flu infected one third of the world's population and killed an estimated 50 million people. It was believed to have started in the WW1 trenches and bought home all over the world by the returning troops. Photo has Australian numberplates. The car is unusual American cca 1914 Regal Model N 25HP Four Cyl. Underslung Roadster. 

1914 Regal  Underslung Roadster

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1919 Harley Davidson 989cc 
 --1918/19 Spanish Flu infected third of world's population and killed an estimated 50 million people. In 2014 a theory was put forward that  it first originated in rural China and came over with the Chinese Labour Corps in 1916 as organised by Sir Douglas Haig to bring over 90,000 Chinese to replace men being lost in WW1. They came across Pacific to Canada, then UK, and hence to France and Belgium WW1 trenches.  This Photo is also showing cca 1919 Harley Davidson 989cc M/Combination. 

1919 Harley Davidson 989cc

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1919 Ford Model T Ford Peerless
While searching for answers we come across photographs of interesting vehicles which we put aside for later study and investigation.  -- This seem cca 1919 Ford Model T, but does have an unusual non-standard radiator with a dip in the header middle. Bit of research reveals that Corcoran Manufacturing Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio manufactured the Peerless rad 1917-23. It also made the 'No 12 Combination' a combined bonnet/radiator module for updating the Model T to the 'modem' look.

1919 Ford Model T Ford Peerless

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1920 Oakland Sensible Six Touring
While searching for answers we come across photographs of interesting vehicles which have not been identified and which we put aside for later study and investigation.   -- Looks like a promotional photo because the car has no number plate, looks quite clean and new, and is located in a rather unusual setting. Animals in background are easy to identify as Ostriches but the car proved more difficult being a cca 1920 Oakland Sensible Six Touring made in Pontiac Michigan, in Oakland County.

1920 Oakland Sensible Six Touring

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1922 Orpington 10'12 Two-Seater
Another interesting photo received via Mark Dawber of one posted on Facebook by John Davies (UK) looking for identification.  -- Typical British-looking light car of just post ww1 period. Found the the very same photo in the AZ of 1920 Cars as an  Orpington 10'12 Two Seater, with 1505cc Coventry Simplex SV and Moss 3speed gearbox. These were built by Smith and Milroy in Orpington in Kent between 1920 and 1924 with about 300 made. Marketed as 'The Business Man's Light Car'. 

1922 Orpington 10'12 Two-Seater

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:c1923 Morris Bullnoses
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicle on a Facebook page relating to a London scene in the 1920s.  -- Both cars in this part of the photo segment are British post cca 1923 Morris Bullnose. Both have a split windscreen  which helps with dating. Earlier cars had a a single piece windscreen. Detail is not clear enough to see identification features beyond that the left one is a Tourer, possibly an Oxfordm  and the right one is a Roadster, possibly a Cowley.

c1923 Morris Bullnoses

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1925 Talbot 10'23 Two-Seater
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicle on a Facebook page relating to a London scene in the 1920s.  -- Registration seems to be XR 82## which was a London County Council Issue of early 1924. Nice little car with headlamps on the bar and with curved edges to the radiator header, suggesting this is a cca 1925 Talbot 10'23 Two-Seater, 1074cc four with torquetube transmission. From the very complicated Anglo-French Talbot Darracq organisation.

1925 Talbot 10'23 Two-Seater

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:1926 Armstrong Siddeley 4'14 Tourer
Our regular contributor Mark Dawber (New Zealand) is trying to identify vehicle on a Facebook page relating to a London scene in the 1920s. What is the car wit reg YM 8541.   -- YM 8541 is a London County Council registration of early 1926. British car with historic pedigree of Armstrong Whitworth buying out Siddeley Deasy to become Armstrong Siddeley, but is their first foray into lower class cars with simpler rad 1923-29 this being cca1926 Armstrong Siddeley Four Fourteen Tourer.

1926 Armstrong Siddeley 4'14 Tourer

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING: 1950  BMW-Veritas Spohn Roadster
Our Publicity Officer Tony Russell (UK) seems to be on the lookout for unusual cars and wondered if we knew what this one was? Photo from new member Chris Caffyn. -- Photo of car recently up for sale at named $235,000. Made by German race car company turning pre-war BMW 328 cars into BMW-Veritas in 1949. BMW objected, so called Veritas thereafter, Closed 1950. This ia a 1950  BMW-Veritas 2L SP90 Spohn Roadster, body by Carosseriebau Hermann Spohn, some made by Baur.

1950  BMW-Veritas Spohn Roadster

IDENTIFICATION AND DATING:UNIDENTIFIED c1930s Saloon
Another very puzzling photo received from from Georges Truffaut (Belgium) of a vehicle he is trying to identify. The licence plate is French - Paris area (RG) Any idea what car this could be? Probably French made?  -- This vehicle has beaten our experts and we cannot give a positive identification. Our French expert's best guess is that it is a coachbuilt car with four doors. In view of the bodystripe, it could possibly be a cca 1938 Rosengart LR4 Saloon. Other ideas appreciated !

UNIDENTIFIED c1930s Saloon
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