1905 Autocar Type X news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 3418
|Sold for $26,400 at 2007 RM Auctions.|
In 1905 Autocar introduced a four-cylinder car and a six in 1908, though the twin-cylinder cars remained in production during this time. After 1908 the company only offered four-cylinder engines.
The company fostered a reputation for producing reliable automobiles that were easy to drive. Improvements were made every year and by 1906, the Autocar Company was producing a line of vehicles powered by a four-cylinder engine. Their line-up broadened even further in the 1907 with their introduction of commercial vehicles and taxicabs. This movement into the commercial vehicle segment was a move that Autocar felt comfortable with, and by 1912 they were no longer producing automobiles and focused on motor trucks.
This 1905 Autocar Type X Runabout was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $8,000 - $14,000 and offered without reserve. Bidding quickly surpassed the estimates with the final bid settling at $26,400.
It is powered by a horizontally-opposed twin-cylinder L-head engine that displaces 88.4 cubic-inches and produces 12 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission, shaft drive, and two-wheel mechanical brakes. The 70-inch wheelbase is suspended in place by a solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs in both front and rear.
Over the years, some restoration work has been done on this Type X Autocar, though it remains mostly original. A piece of plywood was fitted as the left front fender, and the chassis was painted red at some point during its life. The hood is bent, the leather on the seat is hardened, and the cushions show signs of a long life. The engine is operable though there may be a cracked water jacket on the right cylinder. It is an unusual left-hand drive with steering column controls including clutch, gear change, throttle, and spark advance.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
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