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COMPREHENSIVE: Thanks to a diary and photos by the Hartley family, Dave Perry said this 1926 Chevrolet had one of the most comprehensive stories of any vintage car.
COMPREHENSIVE: Thanks to a diary and photos by the Hartley family, Dave Perry said this 1926 Chevrolet had one of the most comprehensive stories of any vintage car.

A top speed of 35 miles per hour (56 kilometres) didn’t stop Emma, the 1926 Chevrolet from getting around from Trundle, Molong and even Terrigal Beach.

Bought by the Hartley family for their confectionery business, it has one of the most comprehensive histories of any vintage car.

Owner Dave Perry said Muriel Hartley kept a diary, while another sister interested in photography captured where the family went.

Mr Perry said the car was used to grow the business – with sweets previously delivered by horse and carriage.

Many of the photos of the car’s travels for the Harley Confectionery Company, and with the family are dated.

“It was only the eldest daughter Muriel who had a licence to drive, her father Albert Harltey had a withered arm which prevented him from driving,” Mr Perry said.

“You can find a lot of old cars, but you can’t find them with the same provenance and proven history which is documented.”

The diary and photos helped Mr Perry to write a book about the car.

“The Marsh family were really gracious in providing access to history and photographs of the vehicle,” he said.

“It’s good to have an interest in history, history is who we are today, like it or not, you have to embrace your history.”

Mr Perry said the car had done 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometres) and wouldn’t be restored.

“A lot of cars have been restored from when they were found in paddocks … this will be kept as is,” he said.

Mr Perry said the car was still in the same condition as when it was found in a shed on Summer Street, with only the roof removed.