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Old Nov 27, 2017, 1:33 PM   #1
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Default 1925 Alvis 1250 Beetleback

Picture taken in summer of 1956 on a beach somewhere in Cornwall, England when I was 26.

The car engine had 4 cylinders and no radiator fan - the coolant circulated entirely by convection. The pipes carrying the coolant had of course to have generous
width otherwise the coolant would have often boiled. It was the most fun of any car I've ever had.

The camera was 35mm and was, I think, a Voigtlander.
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Old Nov 27, 2017, 2:05 PM   #2
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Some great memories there I'm sure.
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That steering wheel is huge. With a bit of body work, a new paint job and shiny chrome this would be a beautiful beast.
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Some perspective.

If you are currently driving a 1986 vehicle (my first new car was a 86 4runner): Thats as old as the 1925 Alvis 1250 Beetleback was in 1956 when you were 26. That means you are? Sorry. Are you still driving?

All kidding aside that looks like a really fun car to drive. Except for the steering wheel being on the wrong side. And the cooling system is interesting. It's a nice photo. Did you add the color to the photo?
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No I'm not currently driving a 1986 vehicle - but I'm curious what made you think I might have a 1986 one.

And yes, I'm still driving, though the Powers That Be have ordained that I must persuade a doctor every two years that I'm fit to do so!

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I missed answering your question about adding color to the photo. No I didn't.

And yes the steering wheel is on the wrong side because the British did (and still do) drive on the wrong side of the road.

Drivers making the change from the one system to the other have to be very careful indeed. Old habits die hard - and can make the drivers die too.
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That steering wheel is huge. With a bit of body work, a new paint job and shiny chrome this would be a beautiful beast.
Yes - and the steering wheel needed to be huge: the steering was heavy, the wheels were quite big and in 1925 there was in Britain, so far as I know, no power steering - not even in a Rolls Royce.

It certainly needed bodywork and a new paint job, but as a soldier being paid about $5 a week that was way beyond my pocket. Shiny chrome however was very much despised - the radiator was some sort of metal alloy that needed regular polishing and then it looked very nice.
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