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1914 American Underslung

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Most mass produced automobiles produced between 1900 and 1914 sold for below $1,000. The affluent had access to such costly vehicles as the American Underslung, selling for upwards of $4,000.

The Underslung was a departure from conventional automotive engineering. The frame was hung below on half-elliptic springs, thus reducing the overall height of the car and improving stability by lowering the center of gravity. This new design was subject to speculation over the years but the popular belief is that the design was an accident. A chassis was being brought into the workshop by movers and was set atop the assembly horses upside down. Fred Tone, American's chief engineer, became intrigued and had axles and springs mounted above the frame to see how it would turn out. The answer was quite well and the Underslung Roadsters were introduced in 1907 and were considered the sportiest cars on the road.

Wooden 38-inch spoke wheels were used to provide a one foot ground clearance and allow the car to navigate the muddied roads and increase stability. The car is powered by a 571 cubic-inch, six-cylinder, 60-horsepower engine which was one of the most powerful available at the time and featured electric starting.

This 1914 Model 644 Touring was one of the very last cars built by the Indianapolis, IN, company.

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Recent Sales of the American Underslung

(Data based on Model Year 1914 sales)
1914 American Underslung 646 Five Passenger Touring
Chassis#: L.600
Sold for USD$528,000
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
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1914 American Underslung Model 644 Four-Passenger Touring
Chassis#: DR134479
Sold for USD$748,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
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American Underslungs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1914 American Underslung's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1914 American Underslung Profiles

1914 American Underslung vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: DR134479
1914 American Underslung vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: R4
Engine #: T522
1914 American Underslung vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: L.600
Engine #: S.1106