1974 Albany

Today’s car is a 1974 Albany Model G owned by Frank Hall. I photographed this car at Queen’s English Annual Car Show located at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. It is finished in British Racing Green with a black leather interior, black vinyl convertible top. The Albany was a limited production automobile built by Albany Motor Carriage Company of Christchurch, U.K. from 1971-1997.  A total 0f 12 were imported into the U.S. that met the U.S. standards. The two brothers Bryan and David Shepherd drew inspiration from the early brass era automobiles much like the 1908 Buicks to create this brass era tribute. The Albany afforded the owners of antique cars that desired the antique car touring experience without risking damage to their painstakingly restored originals at an affordable price. 

It is powered by a 75 hp, 1.3 liter, inline 4 cylinder Triumph Spitfire engine, with a single barrel Zenith Stromberg carburetor. Mated to a 3-speed manual transmission with 3.89:1 rear axle. Slowing this baby down are hydraulic drum brakes in all 4-corners. The front suspension is a solid axle with a transverse semi-elliptical leaf spring and the rear suspension consist live axle with longitudinal semi-elliptical leaf springs.

The MSRP was £2487. British Pounds which converts to $5820.00 in a 1974 US currency equivalent. This is before the long list of extras were added. Some of the option are the Albany M.C.C.A brass horn, vinyl folding top, turn signals, a windshield wiper, radio and my personal favorite is the umbrella holder.

This is a beautiful example of a tribute to cars in the brass car era and a great car to tour in or display. It will get plenty of attention wherever it goes. Thanks for riding along.  Thanks for riding along. Frank