1926 Wills Sainte Claire T-6 news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: T23676
This example was produced in 1926 and features a custom body by Gotfredson Body Company of Wayne, MI, where famed auto designer Gordon Buehrig was Chief Engineer. The last Wills Saint Claire was produced in 1927. Wills later helped to develop the Ruxton car and served as a consultant to Chrysler Corporation.
This Model T-6 4-Door Phaeton rides on a 127-inch platform and is powered by an eight-cylinder engine developing 65 horsepower.Source - Gilmore Museum
Unfortunately, Wills' perfectionism drove-up production costs forcing what was intended to be a medium-priced, $2,000 engined up costing $3,000 and severely restricting sales. Sales struggled and in 1925 a six-cylinder version was added to the line. However, this was not enough and the company closed in 1926 after building 12,000 cars.
The T-6 model was powered by a 273 cubic-inch, overhead cam, six-cylinder engine producing 66 horsepower and featured four-wheel hydraulic brakes. It utilized strong, lightweight molybdenum steel and was the first car to have back-up lights. Its durability was demonstrated in a record-setting coast-to-coast run in 102 hours and 45 minutes.
The current owner acquired this car in 1973 from the Harrah Collection who had found in a California field in 1964. A full ground-up restoration was completed last October.
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