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For Sale at Auction: 1903 Custom Automobile in Online, Missouri

Vehicle Description


Being sold with title.

  • One of One prototype

  • Believed to be the only three-cylinder

  • High-quality restoration

  • Amazing piece of American history

  • Possibly Eligible for New London to New Brighton

  • Won 1st place in its class atConcours d'Elegance

This Marble-Swift is a 1 of 1 prototype and it is exquisitely restored. We do not have much information on this car, but it appears to be a three-cylinder engine with No. 004 on the block, where Marble-Swift advertised a twin-cylinder 16-horsepower engine. However, it is sure to have the patented friction power transmitting mechanism which allowed variable speeds.
Again, the restoration here is top-notch with vibrant red paint and black accents and whitewall tires. The brass really stands out on this one making this one perfect for Santa's sleigh. The chassis sits lower than the high wheelers of the era with 28-inch tall tires making ingress and egress easier. The wood rims were no doubt a specialty of George Marble who was a wheel manufacturer before this venture. The paint, brass hardware, and black leather seat show very well. Even the wood steering wheel looks like it is brand new. This is a stunning piece of early auto history sure to be a jewel in your collection!
TheMarble-Swiftwas anAmericanautomobilemanufactured inChicagofrom 1903 until 1905.
A Roadster and Touring Car was produced. The Marble-Swift Automobile Co. was formed by George W. Marble and George P. Swift. George Swift was a mechanic and George Marble manufactured wood rims for automobiles, prior to forming The Marble-Swift Automobile Co.
This Marble Swift Runabout is a friction-drive two-seater with a 16 hp twin-cylinderengine. The automobile was noted for its patented friction power transmitting mechanism with no cogs. The cylinders were cast separately and had a bore of 4 inches with a stroke of 5 inches.
The chief distinguishing feature of the Marble-Swift was its running gear that had a double disk friction drive system that allowed for variable speeds, from minimum to maximum. The final drive being by side chains from the two sides of the driven countershaft carrying the disks. The wheelbase is 90 inches and the tread 54 inches. The wheels are 28 inches in diameter and are fitted with 31/2 inch tires. The springs are full elliptic in the rear and semielliptic in front. The total weight of the Marble Swift automobile is about 1,600 pounds.

Vehicle Details

  • 1903 Custom Automobile
  • Listing ID:CC-1520378
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Online, Missouri
  • Year:1903
  • Make:Custom
  • Model:Automobile
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:20
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