1920 Apperson Model 8-20 news, pictures, specifications, and information
The company's most famous automobile was the Jack Rabbit that was introduced in 1907. It had a round gas tank on the rear deck and was capable of speeds of 75 mph. It did not have a racing pedigree and never did claim first in any major race, though it did finish rather strongly in events such as the Vanderbilt, Briarcliff, and at Fairmount Park.
On March 27th of 1920, Elmer Apperson died of a heart attack at the age of 58. He was attending an automobile race in Los Angeles, CA at the time.
The Apperson Company was in business for three decades and during that time they produced thousands of automobiles. This particular vehicle belonged to Edgar Apperson and was basically a rolling test laboratory. Over the years, it was given new features to test prior to them entering production. For example, it has a pre-selecting transmission with steering wheel mounted controls that was mounted in 1920. This was put into production in 1923.
When the company went into receivership in 1926, the car was sold to the factory sales manager, Leo Williams. It was kept in the family until the 1980's. In 1985, Edmund and Jean Orser of Billings, Montana, donated the car to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum.
This Apperson Model 8-20 is powered by a 331.8 cubic-inch V-8 engine that delivers 60 horsepower. The wheelbase measures 130 inches and sold new for $2,950.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2010