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Big Wheels: 1925

Big Wheels: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "REO touring car at Golden Gate Park." Ready to carry these ladies in style. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

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Nice cars!

I am a dyed-in-the-wool trolley buff but I do enjoy all of the pictures of old cars. Thank you and keep 'em coming!

Big and beautiful

Those "deep dish" solid wheels are quite handsome (Packard used that style for a number of years) and are far better looking than the wooden artillery spoke wheel, the most common alternative.

Probably not the most efficacious way to keep the brakes cool, but in those days brakes were a pretty rudimentary mechanism anyway -- almost universally mechanical rather than hydraulic, still only on the rear wheels on most makes.

When one of Ettore Bugatti's race drivers complained of the brakes on his car, le Patron is said to have replied, "I build my cars to go, not to stop."

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