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Mystery Car

Mystery Car

We found a box of 4X5 glass plate negatives in my parents' basement years back. We're assuming the photographer was somebody in my family. Taken in Detroit. No idea what kind of car. License plate reads either 1910 or 1916 (I think it's 1910). View full size.

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A Studebaker

Totally agree with aenthal. As a longtime Studie owner, and member of the Studebaker Drivers Club for decades, I recognize the Studebaker logo on the radiator shell, and you seem to prove it with the photo you posted!

Confirmed 1916 Studebaker

Your car is definitely a 1916 Studebaker 7 Passenger Touring Car

Road Dust????

I don't think the paint on this car is in bad shape. It looks more like a layer of road dust to me.

Just a guess

Studebaker touring car.
Looks very much like a 1916 Studebaker but they had brass letters across the radiator in addition to the logo at the top of it. This car is missing that.
Paint is in really bad shape for a new car.

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