Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Auto Glider was part of the post WW1 scooter boom in England. Their initial offering in 1919 was a stand-up model (Model A) and despite their assurances that standing was a better way, they soon offered the sit down Model D Deluxe shown below. In both variations, no starter was provided, the rider paddled the vehicle along manipulating a decompressor lever in order to start it.
Aside from the awkward engine and drive arrangement on the front wheel, the Model D styling was a big improvement. Despite that, the company was out of business by 1921.
|The Classic Motor Cycle Dec 1986|
Monday, May 21, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Another disappeared Toronto company with little information online, the above ad is from 1909, indicating that they make marine engines, the ad below from 5 years later from a 1914 Popular Mechanics lists the company as an agent for Scripps marine engines. I've never heard of a Schofield Holden engine, I wonder if any exist.
In other news, the only other thing I could find was a record of a court case of the company vs the City of Toronto in 1913. This was about the time of the Ashbridges Bay redevelopment and was about water access for their boatbuilding business and the poor water quality near the new sewage treatment plant.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
I absolutely loved this car when it came out, hard to believe that was 26 years ago. Looking at it now it does seem to be a bit blobby and shapeless and the similarities to the Miata are more apparent to me. The fact that Mazda is using a car of that age on their stand at the 2018 Toronto Auto Show might say something about the state of the auto industry today.
Right next to it was their Cosmo, produced from 1967-72, still a good looking car. Only 1176 were produced.
|Eric Baker Jane Martin, great inventions, good intentions, Chronicle Books, 1990|
Just in time for the May two four weekend! When I found this patent, I was surprised at the late date. Those chairs have been around forever, no? Apparently so, see here.