Thanks to the enjoyment many readers get from the weekly “Readers Photo” section of Old Cars Weekly, we get quite a few requests to identify the vehicles in old photographs. Many of those cars are Model T Fords, but just as often, those vehicles stump the staffers. Here’s a variety of some recent “Whatsit?” photos we have received. If you can help your fellow readers identify any or all of the cars in the photos, please write to: Old Cars Weekly, c/o Angelo Van Bogart, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses will appear in an upcoming issue of Old Cars Weekly. Or, CLICK HERE to post your Mystery Car photos in the Old Cars Weekly Community Forums.
Mystery 1: This car is pictured at a fair in Wilkes County, N.C., in 1909. The photo comes from reader Doug Peterson’s friend, Cam Finley, and shows Finley’s great-grandfather and his children. Consider this a test.
Mystery 2: In the late-1920s, relatives of George Peltier came from Quebec to visit Peltier’s family in Escanaba, Mich. Peltier mentioned the large radius to the shape of the rear door’s bottom. Is it enough of a clue to identify the sedan?
Mystery Car 2:
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Mystery 3 & 4 (two photos above): Reader Bob Guckenberger found these photos of distant relatives, and he’d like to know the cars — can anyone help?
Mystery 5: This interesting all-wheel-drive machine pictured in a postcard from William E. George is obviously home-built. Can you identify the parts?
Mystery 6: Reader Tom Slaymaker’s grandparents, Simon and Clara Whistler, posed in their touring car while at their Illinois farm near Morrison. The car is awfully large and wears a diamond-shaped emblem on the radiator. We know that will be enough for knowledgeable readers to identify the car.
Mystery 7: As an insurance agent, John R. King gets to meet many people. One of his customers had this photo, which shows her as a young child on the running board of a mid-to-late 1920s sedan. King and his customer would love to know what company made the healthy-sized sedan.
Mystery 8: From Meridian, Conn., comes this photo of two pre-Depression cars. There’s not much to work with, but we know all of the cars are parked on or near Hanover Street in that city. That won’t help identify the cars, will it?