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Snapshot

The images appearing on SNAPSHOT are selected entirely at random and may cover any type of motor vehicle from any era of automotive history. It is hoped that the words that accompany the image will provide some enlightenment for the majority of viewers but polite comments about what is seen or written can be sent via the ‘Contact Us’ button. The image and its text will be changed each week and those previously shown will be rolled down.

SNAPSHOT 120: 1917 White Sixteen Valve 4

The 1917 White “Sixteen Valve 4”, known as the Model GM by the maker, was the last car model made…

SNAPSHOT 119: Marconi Wireless Telegraphy

  The 80th anniversary of the death of Guglielmo Marconi will be on 20th July next week, so we wanted…

SNAPSHOT 118: A circa 1919 Garford Motor Truck

One could be forgiven for believing that this photograph represents an advertisement for house removals, but in fact the image…

SNAPSHOT 117: Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane

This snapshot was taken, almost certainly in London, around the late 1960s or early 1970s.  The Ford Capri Mk 1…

SNAPSHOT 116: 1919 15·9hp Arrol-Johnston

  Were one to try to find a photograph of a typical car from the start of the first post-Great…

SNAPSHOT 115: 1929 AEC Reliance Bus

  Motor buses (as opposed to trolleybuses) operated by Stockport Corporation came into service in 1919 (these being two AEC…

SNAPSHOT 114: Back on the estate

The 1936 Ford V-8 ‘Brakenvan’, seen here on 14 January 1937 at motor dealer Kevill-Davies & March Ltd. in London, is…

SNAPSHOT 113: 1933 McLaughlin Buick

We are taking a big risk with our identification of the car in this Snapshot from just before the Second…

SNAPSHOT 112: 1908 Belsize

One of our principal Snapshot contributors, John Warburton of Manchester, had no difficulty identifying this 1908 car as a Belsize…

SNAPSHOT 111: 1909 10hp Alldays & Onions

  This photograph truly merits description as a ‘Snapshot’. The interloper distantly getting in on the act these days would…

SNAPSHOT 110: 1899 Decauville Voiturelle

Reaction to this coloured photograph from 1899 will very much depend upon one’s point of view – from “what fascinating…

SNAPSHOT 109: The Canon’s 1934 Sunbeam Speed Twenty

Canon Norburn was Vicar of Bolton in the 1950s, when his son was a school class-mate of your contributor. This…

SNAPSHOT 108: 1939 (or later) Bedford removal lorry

Even Snapshots are expensive to buy – possibly.  This one was found in a vintage shop in Yorkshire, and was…

SNAPSHOT 107: 1920 Rauch & Lang model C-45

  A true ‘snapshot’ here: taken on what must have been an early spring day, the lady is fashionably yet…

SNAPSHOT 106: 1929 LaSalle

  This elegant illustration of a 1929 LaSalle Convertible Coupe is curious for several reasons.  Firstly, this American automobile appears…

SNAPSHOT 105: 1955 Scientific GT

Post-WWII restrictions on materials – and steel, in particular – hampered home market sales for car manufacturers large – and,…

SNAPSHOT 104: June 1948 – The Petrol Ration returns

Our Snapshot this week illustrates a highly popular milestone: on 1st June 1948, motorists could buy petrol again for the…

SNAPSHOT 103: A c1898 De Dion Bouton Motorised Tricycle

The photographer, or the gentleman in this photograph, has written his name and the date, 1899, in the lower right-hand…

SNAPSHOT 102: SARA

At first glance, this unusual old sports car has the appearance of a one-off special. Its lines and especially radiator…

SNAPSHOT 101: Dorothy Patten’s Peugeot

This snapshot of Dorothy Patten in a Peugeot 402 Darl’mat ‘Spécial Sport’ on Brighton’s Madeira Drive is a rare one. …

SNAPSHOT 100: 1911 FIAT S76 ‘Beast of Turin’

Offered as a supplement to The Motor magazine with the issue dated 7th November 1911, this is a colour print…

SNAPSHOT 99: Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon

For our Snapshots, sometimes it pays to find old publications that have nothing to do with motoring history.  Literally an…

SNAPSHOT 98: Circa 1924 Morris Oxford

One hundred years ago, motoring for the masses was still a dream for most people. Certainly, cars were more numerous…

SNAPSHOT 97: Hirondelle Minima portable bicycle

The car in this week’s Snapshot is a 1914 Darracq 12-44 Torpedo; so far, so normal.  But our subject is…

SNAPSHOT 96: 1920 15·7hp Glover

It’s the year 1920, and here’s a brilliant motor industry business opportunity. In the UK, post-war inflation and great demand…

SNAPSHOT 95: 1927 Georges Irat Model A

The Georges Irat car is commonly recalled as a sporty open two-seater version of the Citroen Light 15 that was…

SNAPSHOT 94: 1905 Hurtu

To modern eyes this French-made Hurtu with 8 h.p. De Dion engine is just cute but we take for granted its modern features ahead…

SNAPSHOT 93: 4½-litre Bentley

This photograph, taken at Oulton Park Richard Seaman Trophies meeting in 1971, is clearly of a Bentley – and, from…

SNAPSHOT 92: 1907 Argyll 16/20hp Four-seat Tourer

Quite late for the genre, this image comes from a 1907 photographic postcard titled, ‘How Many Tunes Does It Play…

SNAPSHOT 91: Newton racing car

Many are the unrecorded father-and-son interviews that would have made for compelling eavesdropping. One such would have been that between…

SNAPSHOT 90: Clift with Thorn coachwork

The purchase of an 1880s carriage brochure for W. & F. Thorn, coachbuilders of Norwich and London (founded in 1824),…

SNAPSHOT 89: Sheffield-Simplex

This Sheffield-Simplex looks to be more 1920 than 1907, but on the back of this postcard, the handwritten text explains…

SNAPSHOT 88: 1920 Daimler

What a difference a caption can make. When this Daimler 45 h.p. registered XB6220 appeared in Brian Smith’s monumental Daimler…

SNAPSHOT 87: Kriéger Electric Landaulet

We were initially attracted to this Snapshot simply because of the sheer beauty and quality of the image, which comes…

SNAPSHOT 86: 1910 Great Chadwick Six

A single glance at this week’s ‘Snapshot’ is sufficient for the early car enthusiast to say, “American raceabout of the…

SNAPSHOT 85: 1900 M.M.C.

Although the pneumatic tyre had been re-invented by John Dunlop, and the benefits of inflated tyring had been demonstrated over…

SNAPSHOT 84: Stellar performances at the Weybridge Track

  Yes – the setting is Brooklands in the 1920s. Yes, that is Malcolm Campbell in characteristic pose. For an…

SNAPSHOT 83: Ottoporte!

If we know the name of one of these Maserati saloons, then surely the red car in the foreground and…

SNAPSHOT 82: Crossley 19.6 h.p.

This lovely watercolour by P. B. Hickling of a Crossley 19.6 h.p. on tour, in Scotland probably, appeared in a…

SNAPSHOT 81: A.V. Monocar

This photograph begs the question, one seat or two? The driver’s seat can be glimpsed and so presumably someone could…

SNAPSHOT 80: When English was Chic

  Despite recent decisions to distance ourselves a little more from our cousins on the other side of the English…

SNAPSHOT 79: 1925 La Perle sports car

  ‘La Perle’ does indeed translate as ‘the pearl’, so is a not-unsuitable name for a make of car, and…

SNAPSHOT 78: The Ultimate Steam Car?

At the dawn of motoring, steam cars were quieter and faster than their smelly and noisy petrol-powered competitors.  But gradually…

SNAPSHOT 77: An overhead cam ‘straight eight’…

Slowly being restored in Norfolk is a sophisticated sports car to intrigue the true enthusiast. Our congratulations to the SAHB…

SNAPSHOT 76: A Winter’s Tale

We know that wartime privations often led owners of motor cars to resort to other sources of fuel when petrol…

SNAPSHOT 75: 1950 Healey ‘Silverstone’

Can it be one of those unwelcome signs of old age when the car parks at motor race meetings seem…

SNAPSHOT 74: 1903 6hp Chainless

Four previous ‘Snapshot’ images have featured early examples of printed colour photographs. An internet search reveals that the chromo-lithographic process…

SNAPSHOT 73: Team Photo 1906

This period photograph is hardly a ‘snapshot’ at all: it could scarcely have been more carefully posed. In particular, the…

SNAPSHOT 72: Rather a large beetle

The Stout Scarab was produced during 1932-39 in very limited numbers, nine in fact. Its history is well recorded. William…

SNAPSHOT 71: Holiday Postcard

This week’s ‘snapshot’ has a holiday theme. For us, the fact that it must date from immediately prior to the…

SNAPSHOT 70: A one-passenger ‘car’

The small 3-wheeler ‘car’ seen here in 1936 is an Italian Passarin. The mechanism was mounted on a central frame similar to…

SNAPSHOT 69: Opel Olympia 1937

At first glance, this Opel Olympia may appear very little out of the ordinary. True, the blackout cover over the…

SNAPSHOT 68: ‘On the right tracks’

How does what appears to be a fairground attraction qualify for the attention of followers of the SAHB’s Snapshots? On…

SNAPSHOT 67: ‘Out for a Run’

Almost a definition of a ‘snapshot’ is this battered survivor! These days, motorists rarely take a drive out into the…

SNAPSHOT 66: A clear view

When the polymer that later became known as Perspex was developed in 1931, by the British scientist Rowland Hill, it wasn’t…

SNAPSHOT 65: Lagonda 11.1hp

Usually associated with fast sporting cars in the 1920s and 1930s, Lagonda, like so many manufacturers, had their roots in…

SNAPSHOT 64: Crown Magnetic 1923

This image is truly a snapshot: taken from a small print in a family photo album. But the car in…

SNAPSHOT 63: Gardner-Serpollet 1900

For its June 1898 edition the large format French magazine Les Sports Modernes that was printed on superior quality ‘art’…

SNAPSHOT 62: Tatra ‘T87’ 1949

In the case of cars that sold in respectable numbers, there have always been examples that looked somewhat different from…

SNAPSHOT 61: Milnes-Daimler 1903

Unlike the well-known 1,000-Miles Trial of 1900 that was organised by the Automobile Club of Great Britain & Ireland which…

SNAPSHOT 60: Morgan 1936

Whilst readily identifiable as a Morgan three-wheeler, the engine offers something of a surprise as it is not one of…

SNAPSHOT 59: Maserati 250F at Monaco 1956

On the 13th of May, 60 years ago, a young Englishman aged 26, driving a Maserati 250F, won the Monaco…

SNAPSHOT 58: Bentley 1922

What makes this 3-litre of more than passing interest is its early date, coming as it does from the first…

SNAPSHOT 57: Arrol-Johnston 1903

The driver of this 12hp Arrol-Johnston is the Duke of Portland who played a notable rôle in the early days…

SNAPSHOT 56: Ford Thunderbird 1955

For the first fifty or so years of the company’s existence, the words ‘Ford’ and ‘Sports car’ would not normally…

SNAPSHOT 55: Crossley 1906

Crossley Brothers of Manchester had been making stationary engines using Otto patents under license for over 30 years when they…

SNAPSHOT 54: Renault 1903

As the 19th century progressed, and on into the Twentieth, there was something of a collective view among well-to-do people…

SNAPSHOT 53: Maserati 1947

When preparing this photograph for use here it was noticed that there appeared to be something slightly odd about it….

SNAPSHOT 52: Citroën Dyanes in 1974

In 1970 a summer holiday was taken in Austria, and to get there once the Channel and Belgium had been…

SNAPSHOT 51: Wolseley Hornet 1931

In its reporting of the 1930 Olympia Show, The Motor commented on the Wolseley Hornet four-seater Saloon: ‘it has won…

SNAPSHOT 50: Lawson 1900

The vehicle shown here was known as the Lawson ‘Motor Wheel’, taking its name from the form of its mechanical…

SNAPSHOT 49: Peugeot racing cars 1920

On obtaining a photograph such as this, which clearly shows a team of Peugeot racing cars, the obvious place to…

SNAPSHOT 48: Brooke 1903

Some years ago this picture postcard was used in a quiz where the car’s make had to be identified. Answers…

SNAPSHOT 47: Jensen FF 1966

For reasons that are not at all obvious, overview histories on the technical development of motorcars pay little or no…

SNAPSHOT 46: Vivinus 1900

The postcard on which this image appears has no message written on the back, only a name and address of…

SNAPSHOT 45: Hispano-Suiza 1928

Pictures of motor vehicles where people are present offer a distinct advantage over those where there are none, because persons…

SNAPSHOT 44: Stoewer 1912

From the very earliest days of motoring, manufacturers and their agents indulged in activities that brought their vehicles to public…

SNAPSHOT 43: Metropolitan 1957

In the 1950s when this motorcar was a current model, its overall appearance rather suggested that it had originated in…

SNAPSHOT 42: Stephens 1900

Whilst fairly obviously it is an early motor vehicle that is pictured here, the make is probably not one that…

SNAPSHOT 41: 1911 Leyland, plus …

Those people who are interested in older mechanically powered road vehicles whilst generally having a broad appreciation of the overall…

SNAPSHOT 40: A Motor Meet in 1903

It is fairly common practice these days for people together with their older motorcars to meet up on New Year’s…

SNAPSHOT 39: Season’s Greetings

In Britain there is a tradition that associates snow with this time of the year, so who are we to…

SNAPSHOT 38: Skootamota 1919

As we are approaching the time of year when parties are popular with some, it seemed appropriate to have a…

SNAPSHOT 37: Hotchkiss in 1958

This really is a ‘snapshot’, grabbed in a moment with a Kodak Box Brownie camera by a lad of 14…

SNAPSHOT 36: NSU Ro80 –1968

At first glance, even second, it is somewhat difficult to believe from the appearance of this motor car that its…

SNAPSHOT 35: Argyll 1906

This 10-12 hp 2-cylinder Argyll was registered early in February 1906 and one cannot help but thinking from the dress…

SNAPSHOT 34: Cadillac 1933

Given the car’s make and date it is not really any surprise that it is a substantial vehicle even though…

SNAPSHOT 33: Deemster 1921

The 200-Mile Race organised by the Junior Car Club that took place at Brooklands in October 1921 was the first…

SNAPSHOT 32: White 1905

We see this car probably in King Street, off Regent Street, where the steam car side of the White Sewing…

SNAPSHOT 31: Healey 1946

Mention the name Austin-Healey and most people interested in motoring of the past will form a mental image of attractive…

SNAPSHOT 30: Gladiator 1903

By this date motorcars regularly appeared on picture postcards and to encourage purchase of them they almost always had people…

SNAPSHOT 29: Datsun 1934

  One ventures to suggest that if it was not for the fact that the make of this vehicle is…

SNAPSHOT 28: Talbot 1905

The potential for punning badinage to accompany an image such as this is extensive. A comment from a salesman to…

SNAPSHOT 27: COOPER 1958

If these days a visit was made to the elaborate premises where racing cars are designed and constructed they would…

SNAPSHOT 26: Star 1902

The Georgano Encyclopædia gives six different makes of motorcars that bore the name Star but the one that concerns us…

SNAPSHOT 25: Mercedes-Benz

It is assumed that most viewers with an interest in motoring history will recognise this image as that of a…

SNAPSHOT 24: 1909 Wallis & Steevens

  From the look on the face of the gentleman propping himself up in front of this steam roller it…

SNAPSHOT 23: Panhard-Levassor 1934

This photograph was bought not because of any particular desire to have a picture of a 1930s Panhard-Levassor but simply…

SNAPSHOT 22: Daimler 1922

The Warwickshire countryside and the picturesque villages therein were very popular locations with the Coventry car-makers when they wanted to…

SNAPSHOT 21: 1956 Renault Étoile Filante

  Whilst the make of this car should not present a recognition problem since it is written large upon it,…

SNAPSHOT 20:  BSA 1922

The original reason for selecting this photograph for the delectation and delight of viewers was because in a way it…

SNAPSHOT 19: 1914 Armoured Car

Although pictures of this armoured car appeared in The Autocar in November 1914 there is a lack of people in…

SNAPSHOT 18: Norton Combination 1949

When given this slightly fuzzy photo around 55 years ago the assumption was made that it had been taken at…

SNAPSHOT 17: Vauxhall 1924

The absence of a number plate on this car suggests that it is a Vauxhall publicity photograph but it is…

SNAPSHOT 16: Inshaw Steam Carriage 1882

According to reports in both The Engineer and The Autocar in November 1895, which only show this steam-powered machine from…

SNAPSHOT 15: Mitchell 1910

Although Mitchell automobiles hailed from Racine, Wisconsin, USA, this shot was taken far from their homeland – in ‘Olde England’,…

SNAPSHOT 14: ‘Siddeley–Meyan Match’ 1905

In July 1905 there took place a 15-day touring car trial between the two cars seen here. This private venture…

SNAPSHOT 13: Reliant 1956

Three-wheelers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, particularly when they have the single wheel at the front, but they…

SNAPSHOT 12: Pipe 1912

At first glance it might seem that this Belgian Pipe engine is of V-pattern, but in terms of its basic…

SNAPSHOT 11: 1952 Bentley

A somewhat exotic looking vehicle, particularly for the period in which it was produced when Britain was still enduring the…

SNAPSHOT 10: Webb’s Garage 1913/14

It is not only the material that glass-plate negatives are made of that means they have an inevitable fragility, but…

SNAPSHOT 9: 1925 Austin Tractor

To misquote Mr Spock in the ‘Star Trek’ television series: “It’s an Austin Jim, but not as we know it”….

SNAPSHOT 8: 1914 Napier

In its 1914 catalogue Napier drew attention to the fact that if one was going to use a car in…

SNAPSHOT 7: 1900 Audibert et Lavirotte

While there are a number of imponderables regarding this charming photograph, such as precisely where it was taken other than…

SNAPSHOT 6: 1925 Bean

An attractive enough mid-twenties two-seater and dickey, looks robust, decent ground clearance, four-wheel brakes, and the lady driver looks pleased…

SNAPSHOT 5: 1900 Daimler

Of the 65 cars and their occupants that had set off from London for the 1,000-Miles Trial on Monday the…

SNAPSHOT 4: 1949 Jaguar

Trying to come up with an expression to describe this car there was a single word that kept coming to…

SNAPSHOT 3: 1903 ‘Millionmobile’

In the closing years of the 19th century when motoring began it was the four-wheeled automobiles or motorcars and their…

SNAPSHOT 2: 1927 ‘Bluebird’

One of the problems with showing photographs of competition vehicles is that most images of them have been seen time…

SNAPSHOT 1: 1907 Humber 15hp

Colour images of mechanically propelled vehicles were exceedingly rare before 1900 and they did not become abundant until many years…