1913 Regal Underslung Model N Roadster Vehicle Profile

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

1913 Regal Underslung Model N photograph

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Sold for $110,000 at 2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
Many early automobile manufacturers mounted the frame on top of the axles; the underslung chassis, however, had the frame suspended from the axles. This underslung setup design is credited to Fred Tone, the chief engineer of the American Motor Car Company of Indianapolis. Though the company never badged their vehicles as the 'American Underslung', this is how they many of their vehicles are commonly referred to in modern times. Several other companies, included the rear of most Morgan sports cars, employed this underslung suspension design. With the underslung setup, the car's center of gravity was able to be lowered, while it also preserved ground clearance, as long as larger wheels were fitted.

With the lowered center of gravity and improved handling, many consider the American Underslungs to be the first American sports car. Certainly, the American Motor Company was the most prominent maker of underslung cars in the United States. The Regal Motor Car Company, of Detroit, Michigan, was the second most-prominent US underslung maker. The company began as a partnership between brothers Bert and Charles Lambert and Fred Haines. Their early cars, produced in 1908, were conventionally constructed and priced in the mid-price market. Their first underslung models were introduced late in 1910, in the smaller 20-horsepower line. This model was called the Model N, and were initially produced as runabouts. Tourers and coupes were added in later years. The company called their coupe the 'Colonial Coupe.'

This Model N Regal Underslung Roadster was acquired by the Edison Institute of Dearborn, Michigan, in 1930 from a Mr. J. Crook, of Detroit, Michigan. (The Edison Institute of Dearborn is currently known as The Henry Ford.) The car resided in the museum until 1979, at which time it was put into storage. In the early 1980s, it was de-accessioned and sold to a Texas collector, who retained the car for nearly 3 decades. Ownership then passed to Robert Pass before being purchased by its current caretaker.

This Model N is perhaps the most original example in existence. It has recently been re-commissioned. It features new seat upholstery in black buttoned leather. The brass Stewart speedometer is unusual for having a gradometer in addition to the requisite speed and distance measurements. The engine is a 198.8 cubic-inch L-head four-cylinder unit offering 25 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission, two-wheel mechanical brakes, and a wheelbase that measures 108 inches.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2015


2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $80,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $110,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1913 sales)
1913 REGAL UNDERSLUNG MODEL N 25hp ROADSTER
Sold for USD$88,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1913 Regal Underslung Model N image  1913 Regal Underslung Model N image  
1913 Regal Model N 'Underslung' Roadster
Sold for USD$110,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1913 Regal Underslung Model N image  1913 Regal Underslung Model N image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1913 Regal Underslung Model N's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1913 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N 25HP ROADSTER45962018 Bonhams : Scottsdale $100,000$125,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Regal Underslung Model N
1913 Roadster
Engine Num: 7048
Chassis information for the Regal Underslung Model N
1913 Roadster
Engine Num: 4708

Chassis information for the Regal Underslung Model N
1913 Roadster
Chassis Num: 5882

1913 Regal Underslung Model N

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