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Merry Old Cole: 1919

Merry Old Cole: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Cole auto." Climb in, if you can figure out how. The yard last seen here. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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Two doors, one wide aisleway

with all due respect to fellow Shorpy enthusiast T. Water, this beautiful little roadster was in fact a 2-door called the Cole 861 Tuxedo Roadster, which according to a factory ad was "a perfect dream. It has the snappy double-cowl design, with "rear compartment access ... provided by a wide aisleway between the front seats." Plus, it was powered by a "giant 70 horsepower" V8 displacing a whopping 5.7 liters.

Three Doors

The Cole was a high-end V8-powered car. This car had three doors. One driver's side and two passenger side. It was not an entirely uncommon body style. Many municipalities had laws regarding entering or exiting a car on the street side.


Door latch is probably on the inside. It is a roadster which has no side windows and outside one is not really needed.

[The question is how to get into the back seat. See above. - Dave]

The address

Taken in front of the still extant 1701 Franklin Street.

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