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1907 American Underslung

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Sold for $407,000 at 2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall.
A young Brookville, PA entrepreneur, F.C. Deemer purchased this 50-horsepower American Únderslung new in 1907 and used it frequently, turning heads wherever he went. Not long after purchasing the car, Deemer would marry a local girl and the two ventured out on their honeymoon in the Únderslung. Disaster would strike on that trip when a fire wiped out a local garage where the roadster was stored for the night. The fire damaged much of the car but its chassis, engine and trim remained intact and the car was stowed away for many decades. In 1959, F.C. Deemer passed away and Deemer's sons, Alex and Frank Jr. became the car's new owners.

The roadster underwent a total restoration in the late 1960s when the frame was completely dismantled, sandblasted and reassembled. New floorboards and running boards were required due to the fire. They were cast and machined to original specifications along with all other necessary parts. The original engine was salvaged and new pistons and required engine parts were manufactured.

The car was debuted at the 1968 AACA Fall Meet in Hershey and was sold upon Frank Jr.'s death in 1971. The car's current owner purchased it in 2004.

American UnderslungEven stagnant, the American gives the feel of constant motion and speed. The seats are finished in black leather matching the black pin-striping and complementing the brass radiator, head lamps, trim and winged mascot. Úndoubtedly, the American Únderslung is one of the greatest symbols of American engineering and manufacturing. Not only did its original design change the automotive world but it's simultaneously created the first real sports cars of its time.

Source - Vehicle Owner

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2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,500,000-USD $1,800,000 
Lot was not sold

2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall

Sale Price :
USD $407,000

Recent Sales of the American Underslung

(Data based on Model Year 1907 sales)
1907 American Underslung 50/60 HP Roadster
Chassis#: 1402
Sold for USD$407,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1907 American Underslung image  1907 American Underslung image  

American Underslungs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1907 American Underslung's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1907 American Underslung 50hp Roadster 2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours $1,500,000$1,800,000

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1907 American Underslung Profiles

1907 American Underslung vehicle information
Roadster
Engine #: 1402