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Berlin : Woman with an Auto Union DKW 1000 [1962]

Taken in 1962, this photograph shows a woman posing with an Auto Union DKW 1000 at Berlin. The DKW letters stood for Dampf - Kraft - Wagen or Steam-powered vehicle as the first design of the founder, Jörgen Skafte Rasmussen, was indeed a steam car. DKW formed part of Auto Union, an amalgamation of four car producers in 1932 and predecessor of what is known as Audi in the 21st century. Respresenting the Audi, Horch, DKW and Wanderer brands, the four interlocking rings used as a logo can be seen on the boot of this vehicle, the registration number of which was B-RM 63. Earlier models bore the DKW badge but this car featured the four-ring Auto Union badge across the boot and air grill at the front. Produced between 1958 and 1965 and featuring front-wheel drive, this car was viewed as a slightly upmarket vehicle. This model appears to be the 1000 Coupé version. A pillarless coupé was also produced by the company.


Birmingham : Rover 14/6 Sports Saloon Car AKV 559 [1957]

This Rover 14/6 Sports Saloon was parked close to Kunzle's Bakery in Birmingham in July 1957 so perhaps it was owned by one of the managers. Johnfromstaffs on the Birmingham History Forum states that the AKV number plate originated in Coventry, and dates the vehicle between July to October 1935. The car was therefore more than twenty years old when this photograph was taken.


Scarborough : Veteran Car [c.1907]

This car looks to be heading to Scarborough on an early rally and is being photographed on departure. However a sound theory by Johnfromstaffs is that the car is a seaside photographer's "prop" for the purpose of selling his services. He adds that there are apparently no brakes in any of the wheels, and the tyres do not look roadworthy. The plate C719 is a pre-WW1 number for West Riding of Yorkshire, commencing in January 1904, and completing in April 1915.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying thise vehicle.


Birmingham : Vauxhall Wyvern LIX LOC 433 parked in Summer Lane [1957]

This Vauxhall LIX was parked in Summer Lane at Birmingham in March 1957 when the photographer captured this image. Influenced by American design, this saloon was one of the first post-war designs to be produced by Vauxhall. Production commenced in September 1948 and continued for almost three years, though most were sold in the export market. The vehicle was powered by a 1442 cc four-cylinder engine and boasted a top speed of 62mph. In the UK the Wyvern was remodelled and continued in production until succeeded by the Vauxhall Victor.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying thise vehicle.


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Birmingham : Triumph Renown Mk I Saloon Car LRW 21 [1956]
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Parked in front of a Fordson 5cwt van in Brearley Street at Birmingham during November 1956, this photograph shows a Triumph Renown Mk1 saloon that was registered at Coventry in September 1951. This vehicle was renamed the Renown in October 1949 and deployed a new chassis based on the Standard Vanguard. The Standard Motor Company had acquired the Triumph Motor Company following the Second World War.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying this saloon car.


Glossop : Wolseley 11 [c.1934]
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An inter-war photograph of a Wolsey 11 parked in Chapel Street at Glossop. I suspect that the man is a member of the Oliver family. This automobile was produced between 1924-8.


Birmingham : Vauxhall Velox [PNX 468] at a Diesel Pump [1958]
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This Vauxhall Velox [PNX 468] is parked by a diesel pump and a bloke is reaching into the boot for his sawn-off shotgun before asking for the contents of the till. In reality he is probably having a jerry can filled with derv. Fitted with a larger engine, the Vauxhall Velox was a more powerful saloon car than the Wyvern. Production of this design continued until the PA model was introduced in 1957.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying thise vehicle.


Birmingham : Morris 8 Series E with Ford 8 in Summer Lane [1949]
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The cars are parked in Summer Lane at Birmingham not long after the Second World War. FOF 611 is a Morris 8 Series E, a car that went into production in 1939 but continued to be made for during the war for the military and other essential civilian use. In front of the Morris is a Ford 8 or Model Y, a car that caused a stir because it was so cheap to buy.


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Birmingham : Singer Nine Sports Car BGO 290 [1954]
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This Singer Nine Sports was parked amid large-scale roadworks in Digbeth at Birmingham during 1954 and was probably owned by one of the contractors involved in the redevelopment of this arterial route. Originating from London and registered in 1934 the car looks in superb condition considering it was 20 years-old when this image was taken. The competitively-priced Singer Nine Sports went into production during 1932 and later in the decade evolved into the Bantam model.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying this sports car.


Birmingham : Ashley Laminates Sports Car parked in Templefield Street [1960]
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This Ashley Laminates Sport Car was parked in Templefield Street near Birmingham City's football ground when photographed in July 1960. The number plate [YOL 522] shows that the fibreglass-bodied vehicle was registered at Birmingham in June 1959. Ashley Laminates was founded by Keith Waddington and Peter Pellandine in 1955. This model was based on an old Ford 7Y chassis, the engine probably being from an E494A Prefect.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying this sports car.


Birmingham : Wolseley 4/44 Saloon Car [1955]
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This Wolseley 4/44 [OOM 254] was photographed outside the premises of James Lawrence at Birmingham in 1955. This model was introduced by the British Motor Corporation in 1952 and produced for three years before being succeeded by the Wolseley 15/50. The vehicle was quite similar to the MG Magnette ZA but the latter was more desirable as it was somewhat faster. However, the 4/44 was equipped with some luxurious trim and seating.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying this saloon car.


Birmingham : Ford Prefect E93A and Ford Anglia 100E [1959]
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This photograph was taken in Islington Row near the Five Ways towards the end of the 1950s. In the foreground is a Ford Prefect E93A which was registered in Warwickshire during 1948. Manufactured at the Ford factory in Dagenham and produced specifically for the UK marketplace, the vehicle went into production in October 1938. Behind this vehicle is a Ford Anglia 100E which came to the market in 1953. This particular car was registered in Birmingham three years later.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying these vehicles.


Birmingham : MGA Sports Car Restoration [1960]
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This photograph was taken in Hampton Street at Birmingham during 1960 and seems to show a restoration project of a MG Sports car. Perhaps the vehicle had been involved in an accident as it was only a few years old when captured on film here. Officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the MGA was produced from 1955 to 1962. Although more than 100,000 rolled off the production line, only a few were sold in the UK as the majority were exported. Parked next to the MG are three different Austin models, the Mini, A35 Saloon and an Austin 12 or 16 saloon, both of which had the same body but offered a choice of engines.
Thanks to Johnfromstaffs for identifying these vehicles.


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Thetford Forest : Woman with Volkswagen Beetle [1978]
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This is possibly a Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle with a flat screen. Other photographs that came with this suggests that the woman lived close to the Thetford Forest so I assume this is where the car was located when photographed in 1978.


Old Saloon Car photographed in New Zealand [c.1957]
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This vehicle was photographed in New Zealand around 1957. The registration plate was B19891. It looks a little like a Jowett Javelin but not so aero. If you know what car this is please drop me a line.


Woman with a Morris Minor on a drive in Shadoxhurst in Kent [c.1975]
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A woman posing with what is probably her beloved Morris Minor on the front drive of her house at Shadoxhurst in Kent. It looks like a Series III which went into production in 1956 and continued throughout the 1960s.


New Zealand : People with a Hillman Husky Estate Car [c.1957]
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A couple named Hazel and David, along with their friend Gwen, posing with their pride and joy on North Island New Zealand. The vehicle is a Hillman Husky, a model produced by the Rootes group. It was succeeded by the Commer Cob.


Illiois : Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria [c.1971]
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The 1971 plate is the most modern element of this old classic. I think it may be a 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria, though it does not have a transparent top that was a feature of many models. This was a standard couple version, among the first of the Fairlane range that changed seven times during a long production run that ended in 1970.


Car Picnic [c.1965]
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A scene that I used to see often back in the day - and still do from time-to-time. A Sunday afternoon out in the car, with curled-up sandwiches and a flask of tea for sustenance. And plenty of the people I have seen doing this have not even bothered to get out of the vehicle and walk a few yards. They sit in a lay-by or some bizarre spot where the parking is free and tuck into their butties, slurping tea out of plastic cups. It is wrong on so many levels. I am not sure what vehicle this is - it could be a Humber Sceptre or Hillman Super Minx. It looks like one of the cars produced by the Rootes Group.


California : DIY Camper Van [c.1977]
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When I first saw this I thought W.T.A.F. I suspect that everybody that encountered the monstrosity thought the same. I assume this vehicle started life as a pick-up truck. Even with a massive engine, this would take some shifting, particularly uphill. And just to make it harder to see out of the windscreen, the owner thought it was a good idea to fit a staircase to the front. I guess there was no chance of getting under the height barriers for many car parks! When building the hideous contraption, couldn't the neighbours have suggested that it was just a tadge O.T.T.


Morris 1100 Saloon parked in lay-by [c.1969]
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I think the strip of metal and badge on the bonnet of this vehicle indicates that it is a Morris 1100 rather than the Austin version. Both came under the same BMC ADO16 range of vehicles that, despite them being pretty horrid, were best-sellers in the 1960s. Even the police drove around in them. Not so good if wanting to catch some bank robbers making off in a Jaguar. The owner of this car, registration number 644 GXA, was clearly proud of it, pulling over in a lay-by to take a photograph. The owner also adorned the radiator grille with an R.A.C. badge and another for the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The car looks in pretty good condition here. However, in another few years, like most of these vehicles, it would be a rust bucket with a collapsed sub-frame.


Stoke Mandeville : Woman with a Sunbeam Alpine Sports Car at the Hospital [c.1969]
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This woman in a flowery dress is looking not best pleased when having her photograph taken next to a Sunbeam Alpine sports car. The photograph has registered a big fail for omitting part of the nearside front of the vehicle. The registration plate of this model was YHP 554 which I believe means that it was first registered in Coventry. The radiator grille suggests that this was a MKII, production of which was between 1960-63. The vehicle is parked in the grounds of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, perhaps during a fund-raising event.


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