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Old 11-18-2023, 06:26 PM   #1
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Old car buffs

Hope you can click on attached picture to enlarge it and rotate it. We are trying to figure out what the automobile in the picture is as far as year, model etc. Our guess is it's a model A from 20's or 30's but trying to match it up with only the back of car in the picture is difficult because of the 100's we've looked at almost always just show the side or front of car. The sternwheeler in picture is named the Beaver. Thanks for any ideas as this has us stumped. Any advise on websites we can visit is appreciated. Thanks.
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My guess is that it isn't a Model A.

I was interested in the name of the ship, since we had an SS Beaver here, of the same era, but it sank near Stanley Park.

That ship was the GW Shaver, built by Shaver Transportation, in 1889. It was renamed the Glenola in 1902, then rebuilt in 1906 and renamed the Beaver. It operated until 1934.

That info, and the photo, are from the book Aboard the Portland, and a higher resolution version of the photo is linked here.

Note the spare wheel on the car, the tail light, and the band across the body below the rear window, and possibly down the sides.
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The wheels date the vehicle to the mid 1920s, and not a luxury vehicle.

Portland Oregon has an archive of photos, and this shot shows what appears to be a very similar vehicle. It has a dealer plate, and the logo on the spare identifies it as a Hupmobile, a popular competitor to Ford at the time. The band across the body under the window, and the details of the rear of the roofline also match. I'll go with Hupmobile Series A or Series E sedan, about 1927.

More Hupmobile photos for comparison are here
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jcl-you showed interest in the sternwheeler so I found a another picture of the 'Beaver' for you with a hand written description on the back in Oregon City's locks on the way to Champoeg in 1928.

With the information you sent me we were able to learn the picture in the top post is of the 'Beaver' docked at Champoeg, along the Willamette River, dated July 8th, 1928 carrying about 350 people going to the Veteran Steamboat Men's Association outing at Champoeg State Park.
Once again, Thank You!!
By the way I've been in touch with the Hupmobile club and so far we believe it's a 1927 or 1928 but that work is still in progress.
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A little off subject....

... but perhaps of interest to old car buffs:


https://www.eutimes.net/2023/11/eu-s...from-citizens/
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... but perhaps of interest to old car buffs:


https://www.eutimes.net/2023/11/eu-s...from-citizens/
Please disregard the above Post & Link.
I have been advised it is bogus.

Sorry for the bad info.

I figured it had to be true 'cause I read it on the internet.
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The wheels date the vehicle to the mid 1920s, and not a luxury vehicle.

Portland Oregon has an archive of photos, and this shot shows what appears to be a very similar vehicle. It has a dealer plate, and the logo on the spare identifies it as a Hupmobile, a popular competitor to Ford at the time. The band across the body under the window, and the details of the rear of the roofline also match. I'll go with Hupmobile Series A or Series E sedan, about 1927.

More Hupmobile photos for comparison are here

jcl- you were right. After a handful of back and forth emails with the Hupmobile club president and the limited exposure of how much of the vehicle is actually in the photo everyone is thinking it's either a 1927 or 1928 Hupmobile Model A Brougham.
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