Tokyo earthquake Argyll

I recently visited Tokyo, and outside a museum dedicated to the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 saw the preserved fire damaged chassis of what on closer examination turned out to be an Argyll car or truck.

Tokyo Argyll
The fire-damaged Argyll chassis in Tokyo at the Great Kanto Earthquake Museum. ©P Laskey publshed with permission.

There was a circular plate on the side of the engine with "Argyll Motors Alexandria" and a number, but this was not legible. The wheel hubs indicated artillery wheels. The chassis was generally intact although the engine had fallen off it bearers. Various steering and brake mechanism remained as well as the massive foot pedals. There were steps at each rear end of the chassis members, and two loose L section beams were lying on top of the chassis.The metal was obviously very corroded but the museum had coated it in some preservative compound to halt further deterioration.

Tokyo Argyll
The fire-damaged Argyll chassis in Tokyo at the Great Kanto Earthquake Museum. ©P Laskey publshed with permission.



Other preserved items included two printing presses, an electric motor and a torpedo!

P Laskey
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