The Mercer is one of those legendary automobiles, known even to casual automobile enthusiasts. Although the company built a variety of body styles, it was best known for its open cars, such as this runabout.
The company cemented its reputation for building fast cars from its very beginnings in 1910. Mercers performed superbly in both professional and amateur races. Though they were not big cars, they were fast.
The Mercer Automobile Company was formed in 1909 by Washington A. Roebling II, whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge. In April 1912, at the age of 31, Roebling perished in the sinking of the Titanic. The company was sold in 1918. The company was able to hang on until 1926, when financial difficulty meant it was to close its doors forever.
This car is the last Mercer Raceabout and the very last Mercer to be built by the factory. Unlike all other Mercers, the Series 6 Raceabouts are powered by larger six-cylinder engines, and this example is the only one to have four-wheel brakes. It is one of only two Series 6 cars to survive. It was bought after the Mercer Company ceased trading, and between then and 1961 it changed hands a number of times. It has just been restored to its original yellow with black interior, and it was driven to the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance from Seattle on the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic.