Name this car (1939)

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by PHIL85, May 19, 2020.

  1. PHIL85

    PHIL85 Member

    Not strictly WW2 related so I thought this might be the appropriate place for this :):

    Does anyone have any thoughts on the make and model of this car? The photo is from 1939 and is taken in South West England - I appreciate that there's not much to go off of!

    Thank you!


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  2. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    Looks a bit like a Wolseley....a Wasp perhaps?
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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Closest I can get to that curious presumably top-hinged roof/window is some sort of Austin 10. Though most don't seem to have suicide doors, and the trafficator looks Ford-y (often aftermarket additions IIRC, so not the best marker.)

    Hope somebody that gets old cars properly potters along, Phil.
    I really do need more decent reference on 'em.
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  4. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

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  5. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Mulliner Park Lloyd were coach builders for Rolls Royce in the 60s when I joined RR. They also built the casings for Blue Streak IRBMs - nothing but craftsmen for Britain's nuclear weapons!
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  6. PHIL85

    PHIL85 Member

    Thank you all and particularly RoughEngineeringMadeEasy for posting the photo to SVVS and tracking this down! I headed straight to the Wikipedia entry for the Lanchester Ten and found a photo which is a close match for the car in question:

    For what it’s worth, the lady in the back of the car is my great grandmother, and the gentleman in the front is her brother-in-law. At the time, my great grandparents were pub landlords in Lympstone, Devon.

    As a long time lurker but only occasional poster, I am constantly amazed by the depth of expertise on this forum.
  7. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

    The SVVS is my "go to" place when I need to ID cars, or indeed any vehicles. They really do know their stuff. I'm a bit miffed that I couldn't get it myself. Having owned quite recently a 1951 Lanchester I used to spend a lot of time on the Daimler and Lanchester Owners Club forum, and have probably seen a lot of photos of this model. Senior citizen brain fade has obviously set in.
    Of course Lanchesters are relevant to the World Wars, being the manufacturers of sub-machine guns, armoured cars and the pre-select gearboxes in Daimler armoured cars.
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