1922 Biddle Model B-1

1922 Biddle Model B-1 1922 Biddle Model B-1 1922 Biddle Model B-1 Speedway Special
Chassis #: 37967-1031
High bid of $80,000 at 2011 RM Auctions - Hershey. (did not sell)
The Philadelphia, PA based Biddle Company was in the automotive business from 1915 through 1922. The name 'Biddle' came from a prominent Philadelphia based family. The company's president was Mc. I. Maris and the designer was Charles Fry. The cars they produced were well built and of high-quality. Power was from a Buda engine, the rear axle from Salisbury, worm and gear steering from Warner, Rudge-Whitworth provided the wire wheels, and the electrics were sourced from Westinghouse. Engine options included a 226.4 cubic-inch or a 350.5 cubic-inch unit.

In the front of the Biddle cars were a vee-style radiator reminiscent of the Mercedes 28-95 models. The coachwork for most of the bodies was performed by Fleetwood of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.

The 1920 Model B-1 was available in several bodystyles including a roadster, tourer, coupe, limousine, brougham, and Speedway.

This Biddle Ormond Speedway Special has an ownership history that dates back to 1962. At the time, it was owned by Mr. Franz Ridgway. Since that time, it is believed that only two other owners have cared for the car. The body is believed to be original to the car, and there are no fabrications or modifications. During the 1950s it was treated to a restoration. The odometer shows just over 6,200 miles and is believed to be the total mileage since the restoration. There is a 226.4 cubic-inch Buda inline L-head four-cylinder engine offering nearly 50 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. There are two-wheel mechanical brakes and a wheelbase that measures 121 inches.

This is the only known example of its type in existence.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Hershey Auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $150,000 - $175,000. Bidding reached $80,000 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011



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