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For Sale at Auction: 1925 Kissel Gold Bug Speedster in Allen, Texas

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1925 Kissel Gold Bug Speedster (Showed at Pebble Beach & Amelia Island)

You are bidding on a VERY RARE 1925 Kissel Model 75 2-Passenger Gold Bug Speedster (Titled VIN 751784). The Gold Bug Speedster is the most popular model and was owned by Mr. Quam of Iowa. This beautiful vehicle is offered now by Duncan's Auctions. If a sale is not finalized by March 9, 2019, this car will be offered live by video in Allen, Texas at The Allen Texas Classic Car Show & Auction with reserve. It is rare opportunity when a quality Kissel comes to market. Duncan's Auction would like to thank the Quam family for giving us the opportunity to bring this beautiful piece of automotive artwork to market.


Mr. Quam was known for collecting rare and unusual vehicles and this one is no exception. The Kissel Kar was manufactured in Wisconsin by the Kissel Family, who where German immigrants that went from farming, to building cars. This low production and limited history made this car perfect for Mr. Quam's collection. He purchased this car in 1999 at the Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.  In reviewing his files, Mr. Quam had a strong interest in finding a Gold Bug Speedster prior to the purchase of this car.  There is much correspondence in the file where he was in contact with people from all over the country, before buying this car. He also has owned a 1914 Kissel “Semi-Racer”.

1925 was the first year of the 8-cylinder engine for Kissel cars and this Gold Bug Speedster came equipped with the 8-cylinder engine, which was a $300 option. This car was originally purchased from Kissinger Motor Company, 630 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, on October 7, 1926.  The original Bill of Sale clearly shows the car as a Speedster and all of this documentation accompanied the car when Mr. Quam purchased it in 1999.  This documentation supports that this is an actual Model 75, 8-cylinder Gold Bug Speedster, not a re-bodied car.  All mentioned documentation will go with the car when sold.
Notes along with the documentation indicate that the original owner was Harry Morrow of Columbus, Ohio.  The car stayed in Mr. Morrow’s possession until 1953. The car was then restored by the second owner in 1958 and placed into storage in 1965.  Eventually, the Kissel was sold to Dick Braund of Portage, Wisconsin. Mr. Braund was the founder of the company that built the Duesenberg II replica in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  He restored the car again.  In 1986, the car was sold to Robert Collins, Mayor of Portage, Wisconsin.

Mr. Collins sold the car in 1994 to Stanley Block, a well-known Kissel expert and restorer from Phoenix, Arizona.  Mr. Block did a complete Ground Up Restoration of the car at his company, High Point Restorations, and showed it at the Pebble Beach Concours, in the late 1990’s.  The car was then consigned by Mr. Block to the Barrett Jackson auction where Mr. Quam purchased this Pristine Car, in 1999. In an Iowa Public Television Interview from 1999 on Mr. Quam’s car collection, there is some video footage showing this car and that footage can be viewed by clicking on the video link. 
The restoration of this car has held up extremely well and the car has been stored in a climate-controlled environment since Mr. Quam purchased it. The car has been shown occasionally at different Concours including Amelia Island, 10,000 Lakes, Salisbury Concours d’Elegance, and the Milwaukee Masterpiece.  The car has received Numerous Awards at these events.  This is a Rare, Wonderful, Beautiful car that will be a Contender at any Concours where it is shown. 

The car body is Medium Blue in color with Darker Blue fenders and is beautiful to view. It has dual Wicker Golf bags that have a few wood golf clubs inside. The car has the newly optioned 8-cylinder engine and manual transmission. The car has grey leather interior along with a grey top and cover. Woodlite headlights, a Kissel Motometer, Dual side mount spare tires, Side Steps, Glass Side Vents, Rumble Seat and a Rear Luggage Rack. Grey painted 24-inch wire spoke wheels with new tires. There are 65,563 miles on the odometer. Beautiful Rare car and would be a Grand addition to any collection or as an Investment car.

Having the History of a car from new is something that seldom happens in the world of collecting cars and only adds to the value and authentication of this car. This Truly is an Investment in Automotive History. 

According to the appraiser for this Car Collection, this car would be rated as a Very Strong Condition 2 on the Standard Grading Scale for collector cars.


Duncan's Auctionscan arrange for Storage of the vehicle until pick-up is scheduled and/or arrange for enclosed transport to buyer's location.


Worldwide shipping can also be arranged by Duncan's Auctions.


For more information contact:

Rick Duncan (President of Duncan's Auctions)


[email protected]


Also go to www.duncansauctions for more information concerning the auction, terms, payment options, bidding and/or selling your classic.


 Announcements concerning this car will be ongoing and it will be offered by video on March 9, 2019 at The Watters Creek Convention Center in Allen, Texas by Duncan's Auctions. Inspection and/or preview is by appointment only. Please contact Rick Duncan for more information. 


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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1173817
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Allen, Texas
  • Year:1925
  • Make:Kissel
  • Model:Gold Bug Speedster
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:19-170
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Fully Restored