1915 Mercer 22-70
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The Raceabout was the work of Washington A. Roebling II, the son of company founder C.G. Roebling. The low stance and robust construction made it very competitive and a frequent victor in competition. Mercer fielded a 'works' racing team led by Ralph De Palma and won five of the six events they entered in 1911. De Palma set eight new records for Mercer, boasting the company's sales, and establishing the marque in history.
The Model 22-70, measuring 115 inches, was announced in the autumn of 1914. This new model was powered by an innovative L-head four-cylinder engine design that features a long stroke and a lightweight reciprocating assembly. It was rated at 70 to 73 horsepower, though it produced closer to 90 horsepower.
This Mercer 22-70 was given a restoration in 1999. Its desirable bodywork is believed to have been constructed on an original Touring chassis. It is finished in maroon with dual rear-mounted spare tires.
In 2009, this 22-70 was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $225,000 - $300,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $220,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
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