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SUNDAY 19th MARCH 2017
GOODWOOD CIRCUIT, CHICHESTER
1906 AUTOCAR 12HP TYPE X RUNABOUT
£20,000 - 30,000
€23,000 - 34,000
1906 Autocar 12hp Type X Runabout Registration no. L 666 Chassis no. 7534
*Rare early American automobile *Right-hand drive *Restored in the 1960s *VCC dated *Requires re-commissioning
Autocar was founded in Ardmore, Pennsylvania in 1900 by the Clark family and William Morgan, a partnership that had already produced a handful of automobiles while trading as the Pittsburgh Motor Vehicle Company. A single-cylinder chain-driven runabout, the first Autocar was superseded for 1901 by a twin-cylinder model, which is generally credited with being the first American-built multi-cylinder motor car to have shaft drive. For 1905 a 16/20hp four-cylinder model was added to the range, which was followed in 1908 by the company's first six. In 1907 Autocar had diversified into the manufacture of commercial vehicles, a venture proving so successful that by 1912 it had pulled out of the passenger car market.
An older restoration of an interesting and historic automobile, this 1906 Autocar was purchased in the USA in the late 1970s by the lady vendor's late husband. Powered by a 1,648cc horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine rated at 12hp, the car was dated by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain in June 1977 and registered in the UK the following year. The Autocar had been restored in the 1960s, presumably in the USA, and since its acquisition by the late owner has been kept in a heated garage and not used. The car appears very complete, with only the top of the coil box missing; four new tyres have been fitted, and the brass and nickel plating cleaned and polished, leaving the fortunate new owner with the task of completing its sympathetic re-commissioning. The engine turns over with good compression.
Offered with a VCC dating certificate and V5 registration document, this Autocar is eligible for many events organised by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, including the increasingly popular Singles and Twins events. It is also qualifies for the USA's 'Brass Era' runs, AACA and Veteran Motor Car Club events, and single- and twin-cylinder tours with the Horseless Carriage Club.