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For Sale: 1909 Austin Model 60
in Saint Louis, Missouri

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Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars
Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars
2310 Chaffee
Saint Louis, MO 63146
314-524-6000
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Description
 
The Highway King was the way Walter S. Austin of Grand Rapids, Michigan described the limited production automobiles he built. Starting in 1903 a few Austins were built each year with production never exceeding 30 cars in a year. They were massive vehicles designed for the rough roads of the day, each essentially an individual design custom built for the most discerning and wealthy clientele. The 1910 Model 60 was the pinnacle of Austin production with a 784 cubic inch F-head six-cylinder engine rated at 90 or more brake horsepower. Reliability was assured by features like full pressure lubrication and seven main bearings that were highly unusual at the time. This is the only Austin Model 60 known to survive. After gracing the Austin Automobile Companys display at the 1909 Chicago Auto Show it was driven home to Lima, Ohio by its first owner, Charles Herbst. He and his family kept it until 1946 when it was acquired by legendary collector Barney Pollard. Unlike many vehicles in Pollards fully-packed barns the Austin was frequently used, participating in the Glidden Tours in 1947 and 1953, then displayed on loan in the Crawford Museum in Cleveland until 1983. Its most recent owner acquired it then and subsequently committed to a full and complete restoration while retaining literally every nut, bolt and detail as it was built. The body was rebuilt by Amish craftsmen using the original wood. Even the original wheels and the engines pistons were the parts supplied with the car when it was driven off the show stand in 1909. Its history and restoration are documented by a massive record including photos and articles from before the restoration, the purchase paperwork and old title from Pollards purchase from Herbst, a complete set of restoration photos, a photograph of it on the Chicago Auto Show stand and even Mr. Herbsts personal copy of the 1909 Austin sales brochure with his name and address handwritten on the cover. It has been recently serviced and the cvar runs and drives quite well. It is as lavishly equipped as its 1909 price of $5,000 (a time well before Henry Ford adopted the $5/day wage for his workers) would suggest with bright brass trim, fittings, headlights and side lights, Stewart speedometer and clock and jump seats in the rear compartment. It is one-of-a-kind, a magnificent, elegant, powerful and imposing automobile of legendary quality and performance, restored to high standards and ready to be shown with pride or driven with elan.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 4814
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$650,000
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Saint Louis, MO
Zip
63146
Vehicle Basics

Odometer Reading
57

Year
1909

VIN
62

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
White

Interior Details

Color(s)
Brown

 
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