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1911 Pope-Hartford Model W

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The Pope Manufacturing Company produced Columbia bicycles prior to automobiles which began in 1903 and continued until 1914. The Pope-Hartford was renowned for its durability and performance. The Model W was introduced in 1911, powered by a 450 cubic inch four-cylinder T-head engine. Rated at the same 50 horsepower as the six-cylinder Model Y, the W was favored by racers for its proven durability. Success came in the grueling 1909 Portola Road Races in California, and to celebrate, Pope-Hartford offered the stripped-down 4-seat Model W 'Portola' Roadster. Victory at Portola came again in 1911, when Bert Dingley averaged over 65 miles per hour in his Model W to win the 165-mile race.

With its low-slung bodywork, 36-inch wheels and 124-inch wheelbase, this 1911 Pope-Hartford 'Portola' has a commanding presence. A unique feature of the Portola body is the removable rear deck with twin folding jump seats. The entire assembly can be replaced with a flat panel that holds multiple spare wheels for racing. It also features lightweight patent leather spats between the body and frame.

This is one of 693 Pope Hartfords produced in 1911. They were more than a means of transportation; they were distinctive, stylish and luxurious masterpieces.

This Portola model is fitted with a 450 cubic-inch, high-compression, 4-cylinder engine with an overlap cam with lightened rods and pistons. The 50-horsepower class T-head engine can propel this Model W to tremendous speeds, though 2-wheel mechanical brakes require some planning ahead!

Pope is credited with being the first manufacturer to mass-produce automobiles. His ability to use interchangeable parts and techniques used producing bicycles easily translated to the production of automobiles.

This auto was on display at Harrah's in the 1970s. It was restored in the 1980s and redone in 2010.

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Recent Sales of the Pope-Hartford Model W

(Data based on Model Year 1911 sales)
1911 Pope-Hartford Model W 50HP Portola-Style Roadster
Sold for USD$291,000
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
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Pope-Hartford Model Ws That Failed To Sell At Auction

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