News: Vintage Automobiles (28 July 1949)

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----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) July 28, 1949

Vintage Automobiles

1915 ‘Bustle’ Covers Youthful Insides - Upward of 40 vehicles from the dim and almost forgotten past whipped through Neillsville Tuesday afternoon and evening, attracting more attention than automobiles have attracted here since they were called "horseless carriages."

The cars were all of comparatively ancient vintage, some dating back to 1905, when there was some discussion of whether the automobile was here to stay.

There were old Fords, White and Stanley Steamers (whose speed was reportedly untested and unknown in those days), Chevrolets, Buicks, and several makes which are little known today.

One "old" Ford which stopped at a local service station to recharge a battery had a 1915 body. But its insides were more youthful: it carried a V-8 motor. But the Steamers actually sputtered, belched, steamed and whirred softly away.

The cars were on their way to Minneapolis, where they were to take part in the Aqua Centennial. They came from Michigan, crossing the lake by ferry to Manitowoc, spending Sunday night in Stevens Point and proceeding to Eau Claire Monday. Three blocks in the downtown area of Eau Claire were roped off to accommodate the old cars overnight.

 

 


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