High bid of $37,500 at 2010 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
The Cleveland based Chandler Company produced automobiles in the mid-price range. Founded in 1913 by Fred Chandler, the company experienced immediate success with the quality car with a competitive price tag. By the early 1920's, the Chandler Company was Cleveland's largest producer of automobiles and ranked 13th in US production. Their popularity continued to prosper during the mid-1920s, but by 1928 they were purchased by the Hupp Motor Company. A year later they were out of business. The onset of the Great Depression, World War I, a changing economy, and fierce competition were a few of the reasons for the company's demise.
Perhaps Chandler's most famous employee was 18-year-old Bob Hope, who worked in the parts department. He developed a rapport with three other individuals with melodious voices, and the formed an impromptu quartet. They used the department dictating machine to record their singing, which nearly cost them their jobs.
For 1923, Chandler gave new names for its models to add flair to the line. The two-door sedan was named the 'Chummy' and their four-door vehicle was the 'Metropolitan'. These vehicles were offered alongside the Royal Dispatch Sport touring car, with cycle-style fenders, step plats for running boards and side-mount spares attached high on the cowl.
This Royal Dispatch is painted in blue with contrasting black interior and top. It was the subject of a frame-up restoration in the mid-1980s. It was sold new in the State of Washington and it has had later owners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The engine is a 288.6 cubic-inch L-head six-cylinder unit delivering 45 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and two-wheel mechanical brakes.
In 2010, this Model 32 Royal Dispatch Sport Tourer was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $50,000-$60,000. Bidding reached $37,500 but was not enough to satisfy the car's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
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