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What type of car is this?
« on: Sunday 24 March 19 21:56 GMT (UK) »
It's a rather wonderful, if not curious vehicle. Possibly taken in Barnstaple, Devon

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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 24 March 19 21:58 GMT (UK) »
It's a charabanc

A early form of stretched limo, served a similar purpose to the ones we see here now
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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 24 March 19 22:03 GMT (UK) »
Thank you!!

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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 24 March 19 23:06 GMT (UK) »
It's a charabanc 

Yes, literally a 'car with bench'.  Popular around the first war (note the solid tyres, you'd get a pretty hard ride on the roads of the time) especially for trips round the countryside at weekends.  A small convertible single-deck bus, I suppose.
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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 24 March 19 23:14 GMT (UK) »
My grandmother born 1884 would mention the times she rode on a charabanc.   During WWI she removed to a village that wasn't served by public transport and she had a two mile walk every Friday to the next village where she caught the charabanc that transported villagers to the market held five miles away in neighbouring town.
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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #5 on: Monday 25 March 19 11:17 GMT (UK) »
As far as I can gather, Colwill's was a company operating out of Ilfracombe. I wonder if No.7 was the fleet number of this vehicle, or the route it operated?
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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #6 on: Monday 25 March 19 13:41 GMT (UK) »
I think the '7' is more likely to be its fleet number.  If it was a scheduled route number, wouldn't it also display the destination?

By the way, in case Latana was wondering, I've always heard it pronounced as 'sharra-bang'  ;D
Added: I've just spotted that Wikipedia agrees!

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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #7 on: Monday 25 March 19 14:47 GMT (UK) »

By the way, in case Latana was wondering, I've always heard it pronounced as 'sharra-bang'  ;D
Added: I've just spotted that Wikipedia agrees!

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Re: What type of car is this?
« Reply #8 on: Monday 25 March 19 16:25 GMT (UK) »
As all the passenger appear to be male, was it an outing to somewhere rather than a regular service route? A club or organisation?
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