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Motor Car - Graf & Stift SR3, 1923 Object Reg. No: ST 026744

Graf & Stift (Sechs-zylinder Reise) SR3 model of 1923, with a 7,745 cc, six-cylinder, 75 H.P. engine. The chassis & engine no. is 2548. Imported without a body from Vienna, Austria, by the Australian Motor Co. for Melbourne businessman Mr James Loveridge in September 1923 at a cost of about 5,000 pounds.

In 1927 the Loveridges built a large house at Anglesea which they named 'Anglecrest' and the car was kept in a garage at this property The vehicle was fitted with an open touring body but a closed saloon body was subsequently constructed and fitted in about 1934 by motor bodybuilders Martin & King of High Street Malvern. The Loveridges employed a chauffeur, Mr W.J. Allan to drive the vehicle. Following the death of her husband in 1935, Mrs Bertha Loveridge kept the Graf & Stift at 'Anglecrest' but it was not driven after May 1936 when it was taken to Mt Gambier. Mrs Loveridge donated the car to the Museum in June 1938. 'Anglecrest' was donated to the Church of England in 1938 and then sold in 1944 but was destroyed in the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. 'Loveridge's Lookout' at Anglesea still exists today. It was built with funds donated by Mrs Loveridge in memory of her husband.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs B. Loveridge, 1938
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1850 mm (Height), 1750 mm (Width), 5260 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: DIM ARE OVERALL, WHEELBASE - W - 160, L - 375.

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Tagged with: motor body construction, motor cars
Themes this item is part of: Graf & Stift, Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: motor cars
Manufacturer: Graf & Stift, Vienna, Austria, 1923
Manufacturer of Component: Martin & King, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1934

Manufacturer of closed saloon body.
Original Owner: Mr Loveridge, Anglesea, Victoria, Australia, 1925


Dudley Townsend Posted on 09 Mar 2010 12:27 PM
Do you still have the 1897 Hertel given to you in 1914 by relatives of a Mr Halliday. The Hertel was the thought to be the first car imported into Victoria. It was to be the star attraction at the museum's Motor Memories exhibition, on the 18 September ? I do not know of what year.
Regards Dudley
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Mar 2010 12:40 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Dudley - yes, the Hertel is still in the possession of the Museum, and currently on display on Melbourne Museum's Lower Ground floor, not far from The Age Theatre, just around the corner from CSIRAC...

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