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For Sale: 1911 Locomobile Antique
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
216-496-9492
Description
 
One of three 48 horsepower 1911 Model Ms built, and only two known to exist. Out of public view since the 1960s, all original save for one repaint and top, both done decades ago. New 12V starter and complete service, so it’s ready to show or tour.

This particular 1911 Locomobile Model M 7-passenger touring, serial number 4838, is likely the last of those first three Series 1 cars built in 1911, and one of only two known to exist today. It carries its original engine and C.P. Kimball touring body, and appears to be in largely original condition save for a single repaint and a new top decades ago. In a private collection since the late 1950s or early 1960s, it has not been seen publicly for decades, yet remains in eminently usable and downright spectacular condition today. The Kimball bodywork is straight, rust-free, and fitted to wood that remains in excellent condition with no issues to be found. All the doors open and close with precision, the fenders haven’t been blasted by gravel, and even the long hood shows only a few cracks along the hinge, which is typical of the era.

The black leather interior is original. The rear carpets are surely newer than the leather, but look right and fit quite nicely. It is our belief that the top was replaced when the paint was done, sometime in the ‘50s or ‘60s, but it remains easy to fold and not brittle, so you should have no fears about using this car as intended. There are no side curtains, and it does not appear that the car has ever had provisions for such, and part of its recent recommissioning has been the re-creation of many of the leather straps and belts that hold the various pieces of the top in place. The instrument panel offers simple controls for the ignition (it will run on battery or magneto), an oil pressure gauge, switches for the instruments lamps on the dash, and a mixture control with priming lever for the carburetor. Accessories include the large Jones 60 MPH speedometer and clock, which, remarkably, both work properly.

With a 475 cubic inch T-head inline-six, it is one of only a handful of 100-year-old cars able to run with modern traffic at virtually any reasonable speed. Thanks to a recent and extensive servicing by Steve Littin at Vintage and Auto Rebuilds, it starts easily and runs extremely well. A modern 12V starter and battery were added, with a custom ring gear fitted to the original flywheel, so the system is seamless and reliable. The magneto was re-wound, the carburetor was rebuilt, and a new gas tank was fabricated to match the original exactly. The original bronze crankcase is a magnificent piece of early casting and machining, and we believe the engine has been rebuilt at some point in the past due to the use of aluminum alloy pistons in place of the original cast iron pieces, which likely weighed more than 3 pounds each! With those tall tires, it cruises comfortably at 50 MPH, and shifting is crude but something that becomes easier with familiarity. The Universal whitewalls are probably several decades old, so any touring should be done only after a set of fresh rubber has been installed.

There’s no question that high-horsepower brass cars are highly-sought collectables, and with this remarkably preserved specimen that has been out of circulation for decades, the smart collector is now offered a unique opportunity to debut a significant vehicle at any show on Earth, or to enjoy high-performance brass touring in first-class fashion.

For more information and nearly 100 photographs of this remarkable Locomobile, please visit www.VintageMotorCarsUSA.com.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 132182
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$279,900
or best offer
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Zip
44128-2251
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
7-Passenger Touring

Odometer Reading
1566

Year
1911

VIN
4838

Vehicle Category/Style
Antique

Convertible
Yes

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Brewster Green

Restoration History
Partially Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details

Color(s)
Black

Seat Material
Leather

Restoration History
Unrestored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
Inline 6

Engine Size
475 cubic inches

Engine History
Rebuilt

Engine Condition
Running

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Manual

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

 
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