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Interesting to see the photo and accompanying letter seeking identification of the car in the photo.
The vehicle is a Humber Super Snipe MkII of 1948-1949 vintage, indicated by the large hole under the head lamp for the parking light. Later models ,1949-52, had rectangular park lamps.
Powered by a 4086 cc side-valve six cylinder engine, these were large English vehicles produced by t he Rootes Grouproup (absorbed by Chrysler) and used byy both business moguls and the Royal Family. mily.
I hope this information is help full to you. It is sad to see such a once classy vehicleehicle in such a pa rlous state a nd obv iously beyond t he scope of a ny economic redemption.
ED: Thanks, Colin, and everyone else who dropped us a line about our One for the Sleuths letter and photo last issue. We got a huge response to that question and we’d have to publish a separate mag just to cover them all. A 1949 Super Snipe was the most popular conclusion. Since you lot seem to enjoy a little train-spotting, what car is the interior pictured out of?
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Great Editorial in issue
416 about the 850i and M5. However, I’m sure you’ve been inundated by now with corrections. The chassis codes in the story have been reversed. The 850i was an E31, while the M5 of the same era was an E34.
Fabulous article otherwise, and I have also used the house value analog y in a presentation about my own 850i. My 1992 model in its spec lev level was around $240,000 ne new, while the median house pr price in Sydney at the time wa was $185,000.
I picked my E31 up five ye years ago for $18,000, pic pictured here at Qld Raceway du during the 2017 BMW Clubs Na Nationals. A lot of car for the mo money.
The Big Drives article was als also awesome. Keep them co coming.
ED: ED Thanks, Ian. Yep, I must ha have had a little dyslexic m moment with that one. Big Drives is missing this issue because we had to make room for the giant family car value guide, but it will return in issue 418. Young Alex, who writes it, tells me the next one is an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Great article about the Avanti in your July edition. A real stand-out design for the struggling Studebaker company.
Thought the following might be of interest.
In the article it refers to a widely accepted misconception about the origins of the shapely ribbed Coca Cola bottle, that is that Raymond Loew y, much later to be recognised and hugely respected as the Avanti’s designer, was responsible for the iconic bottle’s design.
In fact the unique Coke bottle was created over
100 years ago, in 1915, by a Swedish engineer, and foreman at the Root Glass Company of Indiana, Alexander Samuelson. Possibly inspired by the shape of the Kola nut, the bottle’s design was patented a year later.
At that time the twenty-two year old Raymond Loew y was a continent away, serving in the French Army, before migrating to the U.S in 1922. After initially working as a department store windowdresser, Loew y started his own design consultancy business, which, by the 1940s had grown to be the largest in New York.
In part the attribution of the coke bottle design to Loew y likely resulted from a letter he sent to the Coca Cola Company, in which he described the bottle as ”...the most perfect f luid wrapper of the day and one of the classics in packaging history”, a quote later misinterpreting Loew y as the designer. Never one to lose an opportunity for selfpromotion, Loew y was in no rush to correct the error.
Of course the term ‘coke bottle’ has a more contemporary automotive connection. In the mid 60’s the term was used to characterise the upswept hip design on the rear quarter of many ‘sporty’ production cars, as seen on Ford’s XR Falcon, GM’s 67 Chevrolet Camaro, and locally on GM-H’s scaled-down Camaro, the humble HB Torana, nee Vauxhall Viva.
Ah, the pause that refreshes!
ED: Paul is the author of the excellent book Crayon to CAD. See Jon Faine’s column (page 148) for more.
“IN FACT THE UNIQUE COKE BOTTLE WAS CREATED OVER 100 YEARS AGO”