Timelines – March 1913, 1938, 1963 & 1988

October 5, 2017 – 04:53 am

Once again, Graeme Rice looks back on the motoring worlds of 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago

March 1913

Peugeot were the first to fit their GP cars with single nut wheels with ears on the nuts so they could be knocked off quickly with a hammer – ‘knock–on’ or ‘knock–off’ hubcaps. For 1913 the Peugeot Grand Prix engine had been reduced from 7.6-litres to 5655cc but still retained the advanced features of the 1912 engine, four valves per cylinder actuated by gear–driven twin overhead camshafts, developing 85kW (115bhp). Even with such a small engine – in comparison to some of the monsters that were still racing – the Peugeot was able to get to 160km/h plus.

The first completed Morris Oxford was sold to Gordon Stewart of Stewart & Arden on the 28th of March. Another 390 Oxfords would be sold by the end of the year. In spite of this success William Morris was already aware that a short chassis layout capable of carrying just two people was always going to restrict his market.

An astounding selection of secondhand cars were being auctioned by Skeates & White in Auckland this month. Some of the makes are ones we have never heard of, and we can only assume the writer of the advertisement did his best. Straightforward enough was the 15hp Ford car, a two-seater four–cylinder which was said to be as good as new. For something exotic there was a choice of four Darracqs, a new, 1913 16hp five–seater with overhead valves and worm drive, a 1912 20hp model which had only been in use for nine months, and another 1912 14hp, five seater model just 11 months old and with detachable rear seats. Finally, for just £500 one could have a two/four–seater 10-12hp model which had travelled about 2000miles.

Source: Classic cars

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