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Hunting Cars, Now and Then

It can get pretty uncomfortable driving around off road for hours in a current model Land Cruiser so quite what it was like travelling around in the first versions 100 years ago I am not quite sure!

Westley Richards, Hunting Car, Vintage Safari

Westley Richards, Land Crusier, Hunting Car

I am not familiar with motor vehicles so if anyone can identify the top model and its vintage I would be pleased to know!


  • Allan kirk on October 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks to the expertise of the members of the Vintage Sports-Car Club [VSCC] based in Chipping Norton, Oxon. plus a look at Nick Baldwin's book A-Z of cars of the 1920s, I can confirm that your game car is a 1927 era Buick.

    These were assembled Willesden and Hendon, north London, from kits provided by the Buick factory in Canada, so keeping them as Empire-built, and avoiding heavy import duties. It featured an overhead valve straight six cylinder engine of 4497cc with three speed gearbox, taxed as a 30 HP car in Britain and so rarely seen. There was also a commercial vehicle variant from 1931. Probably ideal for bouncing around in the bush!

    • Simon Clode on October 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Dear Allan,

      Thank you for that information, it is very interesting. I was at a shoot this weekend and there was a 6 x 6 AMG G Wagon which would make bouncing about in the bush a sheer pleasure! It only lasted being transport for 'one partridge drive' however before removal from use, this due to mud on the interior leather work!!

      • Allan Kirk on October 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        I have seen photos of them - quite useful in the dunes of Saudi. Maybe he/ she(?) should sell it and buy a pair of your guns, or perhaps has already done so.

        Reminds me of an interview with the salesman for the huge Winnebago V8 mobile homes. The journalist exclaimed "But I could buy a cottage in the country for the price of that!" Salesman calmly replied " but most of my customers already have a cottage in the country....."

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