Continuing on from the previous post from the 2009 Pakenham Picnic, let’s pick up with this Dodge fire truck. This show was held at the Pakenham racecourse (horse racing that is), which was not much more than 400 metres or a quarter of a mile from the town’s main street!
Pakenham is 60 km from the centre of Melbourne, but is now almost continuously connected to the Melbourne suburbs; give it a few more years and the remaining farm paddocks will be subsumed by housing. The race course is also being converted to housing, and has relocated 10 km further east in a new facility. Anyway, here we have a Jowett Javelin with the grille removed to expose the flat-four engine.
A Kougar Jaguar special, inspired by a mid-50s HWM-Jaguar open wheel race car and featuring readily available (eg XJ6) Jaguar sedan running gear. Not exactly good looking to my eyes, but surely a lot of fun.
FJ Holden panel van in Royal Automobile Club of Victoria patrol van form. The automobile club gained the Royal endorsement after members provided transport home for returning soldiers during and after WW1.
Rover sedan – perhaps a 14 from either just before or after WW2?
1970-72 Pontiac Firebird; apart from making the observation it has a 400 ci V8 and Ram Air hood, I can’t tell you much.
A pair of Singer 9 roadsters. They look like they are from the mid 1930s but were actually built from 1948-1955. With 1.1-1.5 litre engines the performance is as much a factor as modernity, but you don’t have to be driving like your hair is on fire to have fun.
A Chrysler roadster from about 1930. Chryslers were pretty impressive cars in this era.
A very well-restored 1946 GMC truck that was done around 12 years earlier, judging by the registration number.
Very well-preserved 1981 Lancia Beta coupe.
1978 Ford LTD and 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn. This model LTD was known as the “Rolls-Royce front” LTD, but the comparison was probably more to the 1970s Silver Spirit rather than the much more upright Dawn.
1933 (I think) Hupmobile in a correct but surprisingly vibrant colour combination. Perhaps it is because we are used to seeing black & white or sepia-toned photos of old cars that we expect them in dull colours?
1955 International-Harvester KB3, that would have been built just up the road at I-H’s factory in Dandenong!
One of a pair of Amilcars, the second one can be seen behind.
A fairly large Ford truck – an F700? The standard F-series pickup cab has a much higher roof line than normal, which might be unique to this generation?
Diamond T truck.
Late 1960s International-Harvester C1500 Acco truck
Can anyone identify this pre-WW1 car? What look like shock absorbers hanging from the rear spring shackles might help; unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of the front of it.
A trio of Triumphs, two 2500s and a Vitesse convertible. Could purple paint be a factory colour? I think it is more likely custom.
I’m assuming that this B-body is an Oldsmobile given there is a 1938 Olds sedan beside it.
For something different, this is a Furphy water cart. They came to prominence during WW1 to the point that Furphy became slang for a rumour, often untrue, due to the “water cooler” talk that would happen when soldiers congregated. They are also famous for the verse “Good better, best. Never let it rest, Till your good is better, And your better best.” cast into the tank ends.
The cart was hitched to the rear of this Chevrolet pickup. Note the water bag hanging on the front, which uses evaporation to keep the water inside cool.
I imagine that someone can identify these cars, the radiator shape on the left might be a Dodge while the wheels of the right-hand car look distinctive but I can’t place them.
1939 Cadillac and 1948-on MG YA sedans
Early 1960s Chrysler Royal, an Australia-only evolution of the early-50s Mopar.
A 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible, a US import. Ford Australia were building hardtops at this time, but never produced a convertible.
1946 Chevrolet truck
1967 Imperial Crown convertible, dwarfing a Hyundai Getz.
Ford Model A sedan. Do you think that having a toolbox mounted on the front of the car would mean that you would or wouldn’t need the tools?
1970 Fiat Nuova 500, presumably a replica of the tuned Giannini 650 Modena, or could it be real? Either way, a genuine 35 horsepower should propel this tiny car more than adequately.
Early Morris Mini Cooper, as signified by the sliding windows and corner bumper ‘loops’. This will have a 997 or 998cc twin-carb engine giving 55 bhp – enough to give some fairly decent performance to the tiny original Mini.
Mid to late 1950s Ford Prefect
Ford Popular, which was the previous model Prefect built alongside the Prefect above as a cheaper alternative.
And a Ford Escort wagon version of the Prefect.
1953 Ford 2-door sedan. I imagine that this probably has a name ending in –line. The car is RHD, but I don’t think would have been built in Australia, I think they were 4-door only over here although I stand to be corrected. Quite a few US variants of these cars have been converted over the years.
A very original looking FJ model Holden – also with a water bag. Note the black rubber stone guard on the rear door, to stop the worst of the stone chips on unsealed roads that many if not most of these cars saw.
1967 Chevrolet station wagon, that seems to have been an Australian CKD production car with its original registration plate. I wonder if this might even be a 6-cylinder car? (Edit – No, a V8, and it also makes sense that the lower volume station wagon would have been imported fully-built rather than set up for body assembly – refer to the comments)
Ford Anglia aka the Harry Potter car.
1973 Humber Sceptre Mark III aka a fancy Hillman Hunter, that wasn’t officially sold in Australia but some dealers would import them to order.
1969 Ford XW Falcon GT, powered by a 290 hp 351 Windsor V8 and wearing its original registration number. These and the XY model that followed were the most iconic muscle car in Australia, overshowing the Monaro coupe that was more often seen in wheezy 6-cylinder base model form, originally at least.
1962 Chrysler Valiant, with original registration number. The significance of this is that it indicates the car has likely been continuously registered from new, which is an impressive feat for 50+ year old cars. Another Model A sedan next door, too.
International D-series truck from the 1960s, perhaps the lightest duty version available. The cab of these trucks was also shared with Dodge.
You might have seen yet another Packard peeking into the last photo; yes it is the infamous 1958 Packardbaker, and yet another car with an original registration plate. I wouldn’t wonder if this car may still have its original owner! Consider the convertible seen earlier; how the mighty have fallen…
When I posted the Daihatsu Compagno recently a few commenters observed that the Vignale involvement made sense; and here is a Standard Vanguard Vignale wagon. The styling similarity is there.
Again I can’t read the radiator badges, but perhaps Buicks? People say cars today all look the same; ’twas ever thus!
This is a Wolesley 4/44, which was a badge–engineered version of the MG Magnette. (Thanks Bernard for the correction here)
Finally, what was taking all the attention away from a Packard convertible? Here is a (incredibly obvious) clue… I will do a larger article on this in the near future.