Ascot-bodied cars were among the most expensive automobiles constructed in America during the late 1920s. They were sought after for their sporting flair, superb proportions and refined details. They had sporting raked windscreens, flowing fenders, varnished wood moldings and a concave accent running along the beltline.
This particular Ascot Tourer has hidden door hinges and is one of just five built.
It is believed that the original owner of this car was Mr. T.F. Scholl of New York City who took possession of the car in April of 1929. In the late 1935, ownership passed to Mr. Scholl's son-in-law Mr. J.E. Connelly Jr. also of Manhattan. The following owner, a Naval officer, purchased the car and proceeded to drive it on a transcontinental trip to San Diego, CA.
The next owner was Mr. Pentney. In 1950, the car was sold to Mr. Fred Buess Sr., founder of the Horseless Carriage Club. Mr. Buess retained the car for five decades. The present owner treated the car to cosmetic work. At the time, the car displayed just 48,000 original miles. After the work was completed, the car was finished in dark blue paint over saddle leather upholstery.
This car is one of a total run of just 28 Ascot Tourers built.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, AZ. It was estimated to sell for $375,000 - $450,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had sold for the sum of $374,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.