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Driving With Dorris: 1920

Driving With Dorris: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Dorris 6-80 seven-passenger sedan." Which retailed for an eye-popping $7190. Latest entry in the Shorpy Baedeker of Brobdingnagian Broughams. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Early SUV?

An earlier version of the SUV? Do you think this driver also toted children to soccer games?

Pictures and words

I come for the extraordinary photographs, but I stay for the sesquipedalian rich captions.

Scuffed Sidewalls

Looks like those front tires have seen plenty of cases of being wedged against the curb when parked on the hills of San Francisco. As late as the 1950s you could get ticketed for not doing that.

Those two wheel brakes

Must have been a real joy on the hills of San Francisco with a beast of that size and weight.

Grandma, is that you?

Nice tassels on the pull-down windowshades.

"To the opera, Livingston."

Louver Come Back

There's that double upper pane of glass again that has me so intrigued.

I'm hoping someone with a preserved example of one of these windshields will comment on this. I'm sure of course that it doesn't work as well as wipers, but is it effective at all?

And I like the adjustable hood louvers. Along with the window tassels and tricolor finish, these are features I would simply expect from a car at this price point!

Brobdingnagian Broughams

Love it. This and the "Forgotten Phaetons" are my favorite Shorpy descriptions of car models and/or manufacturers that most (including me) have never heard of.

Paying for what?

That panel above the running board is awfully wavy for $7199.

[That's the splash apron. - Dave]

How appropriate

Shorpy has a Dorris day, on Doris Day's 92nd birthday!



81 lbs

With all the modern camera lenses these days, I'll make a wager that most wouldn't be as sharp as the lens on this old camera. KEEP INFLATED TO 81 LBS, indeed!

[You can read the tire because the negative is 7 inches wide. - Dave]

2150 Washington Street

Built 1915. Just a block down from the Spreckels Mansion.

In Today's Money

In today's dollars that would be $85,000

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