Plantations and Plantation Gates4 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 33293
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.
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.
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.
I think it's a Vulcan, but it could be a Fiat,.