1911 Mitchell Model R news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 116846
|Sold for $41,250 at 2007 RM Auctions.|
As the years progressed, the roadways become better suited for higher speed transportation, and the coachwork on the vehicles became larger and heavier. By 1910 Mitchell introduced their six-cylinder engine and the public approved. Total production for the Mitchell Company in 1910 reached 5,000. A V8 unit was introduced in 1916 but it was a short-lived, one-year only occurrence. All Mitchells in the following years were powered by six-cylinder engines. Sales in 1917 and 1919 were rather strong, surpassing 10,000 units in both years. As the post war recession began during the early 1920s, the sales of Mitchell Cars decreased. In 1921 fewer than 2500 units were produced. By 1924 the company was out of business.
This 1911 Mitchell Model R 5-Passenger Phaeton was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $15,000 - $25,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for a high bid of $41,250 including buyer's premium. It is powered by a F-head four-cylinder engine that displaces 284 cubic-inches and produces 30 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual gearbox and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. The 100-inch wheelbase is suspended in place by a solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and a live rear axle with 3/4-elliptic leaf springs.
This car was restored many years ago and still shows well in modern times considering its age and the age of the restoration. The body is painted in grey-green with black accents and fenders. There are signs of aging such as the cracking in the upholstery, and some of the luster is gone from the paint finish. The mechanical components are reported to be in operable condition.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007