Vehicle Profiles

In an effort to create an archive for the club, and to assist those searching for details of Veteran vehicles, we are asking members to complete a short profile of their vehicle/s. If you are looking for more information about one of the vehicles below, please contact us and we will connect you to the owner. If you are a member and would like to complete a profile, please click here.

1909 S.C.A.T. 25/35

Engine Type: 4 cylinder side vale 2 blocks 4.7 litre tube type radiator with water pump

Details of fuel & ignition system: Gravity feed from tank mounted behind drivers seat. Magneto ignition

Transmission: 4 speed and reverse, Multi plate disc clutch in oil, torque tube 3.25:1 final drive 

How did you acquire the vehicle?: Purchased from descendent of owner of an apple orchard at Baulkam Hills where it worked as a truck until the early 60’s when the fibre timing gear stripped.

Brief known history of the vehicle: A very worn out original car that was mechanically complete, that had worked as a truck on an Apple orchard at Baulkam Hills until the early 60’s

What do you like & dislike about your car?: Nothing it’s a fast and agile Veteran, oh but it is Italian so I should mention oil leaks here!

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include? The car has the same engine type as the 1911 Targa Florio wining car so I decided to build the body similar to the Targa Florio cars of the time

1914 Wolseley Model C7 Colonial wheel base

Engine Type: 4 cylinders IL SV with recirculating system via pump Horsepower 16/20 Colonial wheel base (10 feet 4 inches) Bevel drive all electrical lighting, combined oil/air pump; and air compressor starter

Details of fuel & ignition system: Dual system Magneto and coil

Transmission: 4 forward plus reverse

How did you acquire the vehicle?: Inherited from Max Chapmen by his daughter Louise Yeomans.

Brief known history of the vehicle: This 1914 Wolseley was restored from two Wolseleys, both manufactured in the same year. One left the factory at Adderley Park, Birmingham, England on 30 July 1914 and the other on 14 October 1914. Both cars were shipped to Australia but to different agents. The car was restored by Max Chapman from some parts recovered near Mittagong NSW, and other parts from around NSW, Australia and the world. The engine was powering a sawbench in a workshop on the Central Coast NSW. Restoration was completed in 1997 and its first run was on 15 June 1997and its first rego day was 2 November 1997.

What do you like & dislike about your car?: We love the air start and dual system. Its a spacious reliable car. We don't like the authentic horsehair padded seats in the front and the back which are extremely hard on the bottom!

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include? This was the second Wolseley in the family with its little sister 1913 Wolseley called The Elephant. The 1914 Wolseley was affectionately known as Tinkerbell due to its capricious nature!

1914 Talbot 4CBX

Engine Type: Four cylinder side valve engine, with blocks cast in pairs. Non-detachable head. 2412 c.c rated at 12HP. Water cooled with the assistance of a water pump.

Chassis number 7279 Engine number 4CBX 76

Details of fuel & ignition system: Air pressurised fuel system with a hand pump to pressurise the system prior to starting. There is a small pump on the back of the cam shaft that maintains air pressure once the engine is running. The car is fitted with a 36mm Zenith carburettor. The car has a Bosch duel ignition system which comprises a coil and switch mounted on the firewall and a Bosch ZU4 duel magneto. The car was fitted with 12 volt lighting originally with a Brolt generator, however the ignition system only used 4 volts.

Transmission: Cone clutch lined with woven material. Four speed gearbox with a conventional H pattern gate change on the right hand side. The vehicle has internal expanding drum brakes with both hand and foot brakes side by side in large drums on the rear wheels.

 

How did you acquire the vehicle?: My father and I purchased the vehicle about 98% complete, but un-restored from from the family of a V.C.C.A member who had started to 'restore' the car prior to his passing. Sadly the 'restoration' work did more harm than good and resulted in a few bits and pieces going missing. We acquired it in 1994, but very little was done to restore it for a number of years.

Brief known history of the vehicle: The car was imported by Phizackerley's who were the Talbot agents in Sydney. The car was purchased by William Boden, who lived in Maclean and operated the Clarence Engineering Works. The car was inherited by his daughter Elsie Boden who never married. She passed away in 1975 with the car being sold at auction in Grafton in November that year. The car sold for $10,000 which at the time was quite a considerable amount for an un-restored car. It was purchased by the wife of a local publican who said she bought it for her 20 year old son who liked old cars. She also wanted to keep the car in the district.

What do you like & dislike about your car?: Likes: performs quite well for a car of its engine capacity and size and is generally quite reliable. Pleasant to drive with good steering and very good brakes for a veteran. Dislikes: the diff is way too heavy making it hard on rear tyres. Talbot tried to overcome some issues they had with the diff on the previous 12HP model (4CT) but went a bit too far. They also made some modifications to the cooling system to the previous model, which again weren't really an improvement, or certainly not for the Australian climate.

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include? The first trip the car did after restoration was to the National Rally in Toowoomba, which was done without too many problems, although a few issues had to be sorted both on the drive there and back again. The car was driven in the 2018 National Rally in Forbes by my two daughters who were 22 and 20 years old at the time, which with the journey there and back was over 1500km's. The original NSW registration number was 12197

1911 Renault AX

Engine Type: 2 cylinder side valve, mono block, 1060 cc, 8 KW, thermo syphon cooling with radiator and fan at the rear of the motor.

Details of fuel & ignition system: Gravity fed fuel system from tank underneath driver's seat. Magneto fixed ignition.

Transmission: 3 speed plus reverse with progressive change. Cone leather clutch. Hand brake to the rear wheels and foot operated transmission brake.

How did you acquire the vehicle?: Evan Quamby advertised it in the club magazine. I loved the look of the Renault and organised to view it. I had already met Evan through the vintage Vauxhall connection. The Renault looked even better in the flesh. Then a ride in it and the deal was done.

Brief known history of the vehicle: It was originally owned by a single family in Maryborough, Queensland from new through to the late 50's It was then purchased by Sam Hecker who used it in its original state before repainting it in the 60's. Sam passed in the 90's and left it to his daughter. Evan then purchased it from Sam's daughter in 2001. Maria & I became the happy owners in 2020.

What do you like & dislike about your car?: Like: The uninterrupted view, no windscreen, no hood and no instruments to distract the driver.  Watching the grass grow

as we drive by. No real dislikes at this stage as we are still in the honeymoon phase. Although the handbrake being applied by pushing away from you will take some getting used to.

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include? The Renault was affectionately called Penny as Sam Hecker soldered a penny over a hole in the radiator. The hole has now been fixed by Evan and the penny has been moved to a less obvious place on the radiator, so the penny and name remains.

1911 Vauxhall A Type

Engine Type: 4 cylinder, side valve, mono block, 20 hp, 3 litre, pressure fed lubrication, thermo syphon cooling.

Details of fuel & ignition system: Pressurised fuel tank from compressor driven off rear of camshaft. Bosch magneto variable ignition.

Transmission: 4 speed with reverse. Multi plate clutch. Handbrake to the rear wheels and foot operated transmission brake.

How did you acquire the vehicle?: IPurchased from Jim Weir, fellow vintage Vauxhall enthusiast in 2016.

Brief known history of the vehicle: Believed to be sold new in Brisbane. Found in a derelict state in the 60's at Molong, NSW. Restored by Jim Weir in the 70's. Jim then sold it on before purchasing it again in 2000. Maria & I purchased it in 2016.

What do you like & dislike about your car?: Like: Motors well. Dislike: Maria won't drive it.

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include? The famous 50 bob is also an A Type Vauxhall which in the hands of Boyd Edkins, held many inter city records - now owned by the Adam's family.

1912 Maxwell AC Messenger

Engine Type: Two cylinders, horizontally opposed with side valves, constant loss lubrication, thermosyphon cooling

Details of fuel & ignition system: Fuel is gravity fed to a carburetor of Maxwell design

Transmission: Two speed planetary 

How did you acquire the vehicle?:  I bought it from USA in 2008 from a deceased estate after friends in USA told me about .

Brief known history of the vehicle: Prior to my purchase all owners were in the USA, starting with Roscoe Smith who bought the car new for his work stringing power lines to outlying areas.  His business grew to become listed on the NY stock exchange and he started a museum. The Maxwell was in that museum for many years.  After his death the Maxwell was owned by Roscoe Smith's nephew Dave Bush.  The next owner was Leonard Votroubik,

followed by Lester Robinson. Up to this time the Maxwell had not been restored.  Lester restored the car cosmetically and carried out some mechanical work.  I bought the car in 2008 and completed the restoration.

What do you like & dislike about your car?: It performs well for a 2 cylinder car but its very slow on hills when low gear is needed.

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include?  The Maxwell motto was "Perfectly Simple, Simply Perfect".  It is certainly an extremely simple car, as for perfect. not quite, its been a challenge.    Notwithstanding it completed the Perth to Sydney tour in 2012.

1911 Albion A3 16H.P

Engine Type: 2cyl. T Head. Monoblock. Large tube radiator with the water pump driven from the governor camshaft.. Dry sump ,lubrication to bearings, big ends and cylinder wall driven by camshaft. Engine speed, fuel and mixture, spark advance controlled by governor from single hand lever. Max. Revs 980 rpm.

Details of fuel & ignition system: Petrol gravity fed from tank in front of passenger dash. Low tension ignition. Mechanical make and break spark inside combustion chamber. Float bowl and jet on off side of engine then fuel travels through a hot water jacket to the near side of the engine where the governor controls valves to regulate the air and mixture going to the combustion chamber.

Transmission: Leather faced cone clutch,- 3 forward and reverse gears. Gearbox and Differential

one cast aluminium unit. Chain drive to rear axle. Brakes, foot brake to contracting cast iron shoes on tailshaft. Handbrake to expanding shoes on rear wheels. Maximum speed 35kph. Weight 1700kg. 

How did you acquire the vehicle?: Purchased partly restored in 2010. Previous owner had spent 10 years assembling vehicle from a heap of parts. I reset the piston rings, valves and ignition system. A lot of problems with insulation and points, finally making porcelain insulators and platinum points. Built a new body. First rallied at the Canberra 1-2 Rally in 2013.

Brief known history of the vehicle: Found @ 1980 near Wauchope NSW. Stored dismantled by Peter Adams. Malcolm Bailey assembled the car between 1995-2010. Rod Holmes acquired it in 2010, restored and had it running by 2013, attending rallies in Canberra, Newcastle. Kalgoorlie WA. Goulburn, Dalby Qld., Yamba. and local events.

What do you like & dislike about your car?: Different technology to most other veterans. Reliable and comfortable. Very underpowered and slow. Heavy.

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include? Named "BLUEBELL" because she is blue and made in Scotland. Albion made the same model form 1904 to 1912. Sold as chassis, owners built bodies for passengers or commercial use. Chain sprocket changed for heavier commercial use.

1914 Grant Model M Roadster

Transmission:  The car has two forward speeds, (high and low) and reverse. It has a sliding gears transmission incorporated in a transaxle with the differential. The cone leather faced clutch is in the engine flywheel.

How did you acquire the vehicle?:  The car became available after over fifty years of sitting not running in the garage of Llorelle Colley, (the daughter of Hunter Thomas who restored the car) which was only three kilometres from our home. With my mechanic husband, and his well earned reputation of never failing in making cars go again, I figured it would be a great challenge and a wonderful thing to get it back on the road after so many decades silent. The deal was done and we brought the little car home. After three years of repair work we successfully drove it for the first time in January, 2020. We have worked on and repaired every single part of the car except the upholstery and bodywork. I made and fitted a new canvas hood and hood bag and I received a genuine oil box as a gift from the only other Grant Model M Roadster owner in Australia, Alex Selley in W.A. It was the only part missing from the engine and as there are only fifteen of this model car left in the world, I am extremely grateful to Alex for his generosity in gifting me the part.

Brief known history of the vehicle: 

The car was bought as a pile of rusted parts by Hunter Thomas of Georgetown, NSW, from Tea Gardens, NSW in November 1961 and restored in 1962. It is believed that the car was once used as a race car by mischievous local youths in its early days. In 1974 it was awarded "Popular Choice" at the Hunter District Vintage Car Club Easter Rally and has been exhibited in the Newcastle Show and Newcastle Mattara Car Show in 1964.

What do you like & dislike about your car?:

It's cute! This is a fun little town car that is interesting and challenging to drive as it's so different to our other, more standard, veteran cars I am used to driving. It's a real people magnet due to its tiny size and unique look. It climbs hills brilliantly, rarely losing speed, and is a very comfortable ride due to its three spring suspension- two full elliptic at the front and one transverse leaf at the rear. It helps not to be too large as the cabin is tiny. Being great friends with your passenger also helps! There's next to no room for any luggage so this can be a downside. Unfortunately the car was restored with incorrect wheels and tyre size. They are currently too small and so the car sits too squat on the road. With correct tyre and wheel size (28 x 3" beaded edge), the car would motor along at a taller and speedier rate.

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include? 

The Grant Model M Roadster was only built in 1914 with a production run of about 3000 cars. About fifteen survive around the world today, two (and one under restoration) are in Australia. Almost all of them are in museums or not on the road. When the roadster was first produced it had a price tag of $495 which at the time was an intentionally lower price (by $5) than a T-Ford and marketed as a sports car. The original colour scheme of the Grant Model M was an all black body on a "rich red" chassis. Unfortunately, to the Grant Motor Company's dislike, the car developed a reputation of being a cycle car, which it isn't, and so in 1915 the company brought out the Grant Six, a much larger capacity car with a conventional tourer body and the little Grant roadster was discontinued. James Grant from the USA has just produced a book (December 2020) on the surviving Grants of all models around the world.

1916 Buick Tourer DX45

Engine Type: Engine is 6 Cylinders overhead valve arrangement.. BUICK was famous its overhead valve arrangement..Quoting a Buick brochure from 1916 "Buick first conceived the valve-head-idea.Buick built the first valve in head motor.

Details of fuel & ignition system: Vacuum Tank is located under bonnet and feed by Petrol tank at rear of car.. Fuel is then piped to Marvel Carburetor

Transmission: Gearbox is 3 speed connected to rear of engine. Semi Floating differential.

Engine Type: It is a single block engine, detachable head, four cylinder, 1500cc engine which is quite gutsy for the very small size of the car. Valves are extraordinarily large, cooling is thermosyphon. Lubrication is all splash fed.

Details of fuel & ignition system: The fuel tank on this little roadster sits under the dash and is gravity fed to a Solex (non original) carburettor. Ignition is via a "Swiss" brand magneto which is the original brand magneto the car left the factory with. Swiss magneto later became Swiss American, and then later again, just American. Throttle is via a small lever on the steering column. Advance retard for the ignition is also from a small lever on the steering column.

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