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Title: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: Brewins girl on Thursday 21 May 20 15:36 BST (UK)
Before I post a photo and my query, can I check if this is the sort of thing that can be posted here? (I usually post on one of the WW forums)
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: macwil on Thursday 21 May 20 15:49 BST (UK)
Sounds like a candidate for 'Totally Off Topic' board.
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: horselydown86 on Thursday 21 May 20 15:53 BST (UK)
Before I post a photo and my query, can I check if this is the sort of thing that can be posted here? (I usually post on one of the WW forums)

Yes, it is the right place for your photo and query.  It will be a nice change to do a motoring picture.
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: Brewins girl on Thursday 21 May 20 16:03 BST (UK)
Thank you. The photo was taken in 1936, and my husband thinks it might be a Singer Bantam (in which case I think it would have been the de-Luxe model as it seems to have a sunshine roof. But the grill on the side which seem to be arranged differently from images I've been able to find online.
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: medpat on Thursday 21 May 20 16:08 BST (UK)
Singer Bantam deluxe ?972 cc
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: guest189040 on Thursday 21 May 20 16:28 BST (UK)
I think your Husband is correct.

Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: horselydown86 on Thursday 21 May 20 16:29 BST (UK)
I don't think it's a Singer Bantam.

On every photo I can find of a 1930's Bantam, the line of the top of the grille opening in the radiator shell has a double curvature forming a kind of "widows peak" in the middle.

This car doesn't.  It has a more-or-less single curve, with a "boss" in the middle where the badge is located.

And, as Brewins girl has said, the cooling vents in the bonnet sides are quite different.
 
I don't know what it is;  but it's a good clear picture so with luck someone should be able to identify it.
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: ainslie on Thursday 21 May 20 16:37 BST (UK)
Morris 8?
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: stanmapstone on Thursday 21 May 20 16:41 BST (UK)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Eight

Stan
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: horselydown86 on Thursday 21 May 20 16:44 BST (UK)
Morris 8?

It's a much better match on the radiator shell, ainslie.  Photos attached.
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: horselydown86 on Thursday 21 May 20 16:50 BST (UK)
And seven vents on the sides - Morris 8 again.
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: horselydown86 on Thursday 21 May 20 16:59 BST (UK)
The clincher - in the OP's photo, the chrome side of the radiator shell is much deeper at the bottom than the top.

Here is a Morris 8.

Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: mazi on Thursday 21 May 20 17:50 BST (UK)
I think itís i Morris 8, I passed my test in an identical one, we had left the battery on charge all day,
and warmed it up beforehand, and by some miracle it started on the starter, I did not have to use the starting handle. ;D ;D

I definitely  think itís a Morris 8.

Mike
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: Brewins girl on Thursday 21 May 20 18:19 BST (UK)
Thank you all, especially horselydown86, stanmapstone and ainslie - the images and your explanations are really helpful. My husband will be interested too, but for me it was a case of accurately labelling the photos. The man was my father, Frank aka Brewin (hence 'brewins girl) and there's another one with my mother standing alongside it, where the registration is visible. My dad was teaching her to drive.

Your comment about starting handles reminded me how old I am mazi!
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: andrewalston on Friday 22 May 20 16:36 BST (UK)
Your comment about starting handles reminded me how old I am mazi!
It's quite a while since I used a starting handle in anger too.

There's a very important thing when using one. Your thumb should wrap around it in the same direction as your fingers. Definitely not a case for "opposable thumb".

This means that should the engine "kick back" when starting, you don't end up with a broken thumb.

I got bruised once, and lessons learned by experience stick with you.

My Daimler has a starting handle, but luckily I've always been able to use the electric starter. There's a lot of metal to get moving with only a puny human arm. :)
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: andrewalston on Friday 22 May 20 16:44 BST (UK)
Looking at the tax disc, I would date the photo to 1938-1940.

The diagonal colour band (with cut-outs for vehicle details) next appeared in 1950, and the car looks too new for then.

See:  https://www.britishtaxdiscs.co.uk/gallery.php
Title: Re: Identifying motor vehicle 1936
Post by: Brewins girl on Friday 22 May 20 19:15 BST (UK)
The photo was taken in 1936 andrewalston, so much as I appreciate your help, I'm afraid you're out by at least two years. Thanks anyway, and it'll be interesting to look at the link you posted.