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Lost: 1904

Lost: 1904

July 1904. The Trevor family takes a motor tour of France. Apparently they got lost. View full size.

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Where it all started

One of the earliest examples of men not asking for directions.

How fast

How fast was this touring car? I can't imagine it going very fast.

What were the tires made of? It looks like they have screws in them to keep them on the wheels.

Was there a trunk of any type?

[Trunks back then were actual trunks strapped to the back of the car. For a discussion of tire clamps see this post. - Dave]

The pipe things

I believe those are sight glasses used to control the flow of oil to various places in the engine.There were a lot of things to do to drive these "old time" cars.


Forgive my automotive ignorance, but what are those six pipe-looking things in front of the steering wheel?

Other possible titles

"Transporting bee-keepers"
"World's first back-seat driver"
"If you're so smart, YOU drive"


I do believe this might be the first example of the famous "Town horn, Country horn."

Who needs a windscreen...

... when you can wear one on your head? Quite the attire in the back seat.

Sweet Ride

That's a very nicely built, highly sophisticated car for 1904. I especially like the big horn on the right fender, in case the little one on the left doesn't scare the pedestrians enough. The only thing it's lacking is any attempt at a windscreen.

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