Appeal for pictures 
of 1909 car

Pictured is the car that is being currently restored
Pictured is the car that is being currently restored

A keen car enthusiast is appealing to readers of the Brechiner to help him track down a photograph of a car bought in 1909.

Martin Shelley, who lives in Tillicoultry, is currently helping a friend rebuild a SCAT car, which was originally made in 1909.

The orginal car would have looked similar to this 1910 model

The orginal car would have looked similar to this 1910 model

The parts of the car they are currently working on were found in a shed at Lundie Castle some 20 years ago.

Martin, who is a member of the Veteran Car Club, explained: “A friend found the remains of the car around 20 years ago at Lundie Castle Estate. We are trying to find a picture of the original car, and we are hoping against hope that there might be one out there somewhere in a family album.”

He continued: “We’ve been able to get a hold of the registration records which let us establish the owner and location. There is also a description but it would be nice if we could source a picture so we can work out what it looks like. It would be a great help for rebuilding it.”

The car in question is 22 horse power SCAT, which the old registration records have reveal was dark blue in colour. There were no doors on the front of the car, and the roof was made of canvas.

The records also revealed that the car was registered in May 1909 to a Mrs Dudley Stuart, and Martin is hoping that any remaining relatives, or keen historians in the town, may have a photo of the original car that would help them figure out how the final product should look like.

Martin added: “It was a car very much of its period. They stopped producing them in that style before the first world war.”

When the parts of the car were first discovered, all that was left was the frame. Martin explained: “It was in fairly poor condition when it was found. It was mainly the chassis of the car. There was also brass hub caps with Scat on it, so that helped establish the make of the car.”

The process of rebuilding that car has been very slow, because, as Martin explains, “parts and information is hard to find”.

He said: “We’ve made great progress, but we’ve now hit a wall as we can’t find a picture of the original.”

Martin provided images of what the car would have looked liked originally. He explained: “It is a catalogue illustration of a 22HP SCAT. Although this is a year or so later than the car in question, it would look very similar to this.”

He added: “If we could locate an original picture of the car that would be a tremendous help.”