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March 8th 2014

Can You Name That Car?

Last week's stumper was a 1932 Marendaz 17/90. Thanks to Alan Brand.

This last one was a stumper, and I had milked it for all it was worth.

DMK (Donald Marcus Kelway) Marendaz apprenticed at Siddeley-Deasy, a Coventry automobile manufacturer before the outbreak of The Great War. He left to join up with the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 where he became an officer pilot only to be released in 1918.

He continued with automotive engineering after the war with Alvis, and creating his first company making gearboxes. With left over gearboxes mated with Coventry-Simplex engines they made complete cars marketed as Marseels and Marseals (I found both spellings), until 1925.

Marendaz took a very short time off automotive work then came back in 1926 and formed DMK Marendaz Ltd., building with Anzani engines, some highly modified by Marendaz. Estimates vary between 20 and 50 cars were built in the time before 1932 when the company was renamed Marendaz Special Cars and moved shop to Maidenhead. Here most cars were powered by American Continental engines, again some modified by Marendaz.

Marendaz believed in the power of competition to help sell cars, his cars were entered in many events, scoring well in many. While building his cars Marendaz was earning most of his income through performance work on customers competition cars.

Marendaz Special badge was reminiscent of the Marseel badge

From Hightone Restorations

YY 8383 Pictured 1947

Alan Moore, Photobucket

As Found in 2004
She had lost the Lady from her radcap
In April of 2005 it sold in Tennants Spring Auction for £31,000

From Hightone Restorations

Restoration was undertaken by Hightone Restorations

Arthur Bullard

YY 8383 at Cowley Classic Car Show 2009
The card is readable, follow this link

Arthur Bullard

Cowley Classic Car Show 2009
The Lady Restored

I was taking a chance here. A Marendaz Touring was the subject of a Waterloo British Car Club "Guess that Car Posting" by Greg Foard. His car flew over the heads of everybody. It had a different badge. This badge was a script "M", not the wings of the Marendaz shown above. I have looked high and low, but I can't figure why this is different I'll let you know if I find it. If you know, please let me know :)

Alan Brand, who had successfully guessed the Lanchester Leda from last week, supplied a Marendaz picture, As this was a prominent picture from The Wikipedia Marendaz article I had to find another. I was pleased to find YY 8383, a 1932 Marendaz 17/90 I could trace through history. Thanks to Bill Robertson for the timely submission of this article from the Yorkshire Post. It was a missing link allowing me to positively identify the car.

Here is this week's mystery car sent in by Gary Kiernan. I was reluctant, at first, to do this car because it is obscure. It is the final styling in a process which ended abruptly before any production work began. It is known by at least one segment of British classic car owners. Any of them read this?? It is ok to search the internet, I have to admit I am not giving you much of a start if you do not have a clue what it is.

click to enlarge

Our Mystery Car

E-mail me your answers to bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com

Cheers!

DW


When the Local Backroads Are Not Enough

The Mongol Rally is going back to its roots. You do not need those new fancy cars to make the run any more, anything with 4 wheels will be fine. The downpart is, you have to get your cars out of Mongolia afterwards. Seems they don't want junk cars left behind. Mongolia has grown up.


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Jim Colburne found this Morris Ad from Montreal Gazette, Friday June 5th, 1955. Follow the link and you can find more archived newspapers full of gold.


South Pacific Seat Count

17 Seats Sold, 17 available

Sunday June 8th at the Huron Country Playhouse
Grand Bend ON
Contact Tony Hughes at xj-sv121989@rogers.com

Check out:
Wikipedia article
Marendaz Special Site
Yorkshire Post article
Alan Moore, Photobucket
Hightone Restorations
Tennants Sales
Arthur Bullard pic
Arthur Bullard pic
enlarged

2005 Auction Results
Marseel/Marseal
All Car Index Marseel/Marseal
Anzani Engines
Mongol Rally
Google News Paper Archive
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bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com
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