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V Is for Velie: 1916

V Is for Velie: 1916

San Francisco circa 1916. "Velie Six touring car at Golden Gate Park." Filed under "V" in the Shorpy Abecedarium of Antiquated Automobiles. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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In Addition

Velie Motors also made a heck of a good airplane in the late 1920s, the Velie Monocoupe.


The Velie was made in my hometown of Moline, Illinois, from 1908 to 1928. The car was named for Willard Velie, a grandson of John Deere.

Nothing runs like a Deere

Willard Velie was the maternal grandson of John Deere. I wonder if the Velie Six came in green?

Making me smart


I love it when I have to look something up while browsing Shorpy. It's as if Shorpy were a mind-stretching vocabulary primer!

Alpha Betty

Abcde (pronounced Ab-si-dee) is a feminine name. Between 1990 and 2014, 328 girls in the U.S. were given the name Abcde.

And conversely

Assuming it's a rear wheel drive, the need for stronger wheels to get the buggy moving.


"Abecedarium." Wow, Dave, you are good!

More on rear -- less on front.

Rear wheels have 12 spokes, front 10 spokes -- interesting. Assume rear of car designed to support more weight despite engine in front.

[The reason is braking force. The front wheels don't have brakes. - Dave]

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