Being sold with title.
First year for Brush
Runs and drives
Overall in very good condition on older restoration
Touted as "Everyman's Car"
A whopping $485 would buy you this cute little Runabout back in
1907. Don't you wish cars cost that much today? This Model BC
sports a bright red paint body with a deep maroon chassis and black
leather seat and top � all in good to very good condition. This car
runs and drives and the brass is in very good condition.
These Brush models were built with a wooden chassis and even wooden
axles in a time when they were losing favor, but this one is in
good shape, showing no visual signs of stress. One interesting and
thoughtful note was that Brush designed his 6-horsepower
single-cylinder engines to run counter-clockwise to make
hand-cranking it safer on the user. This is a cool piece of history
that shows the ingenuity of those early inventors.
The American company Brush Motor Car Company operated from 1907-13.
The company was founded by Alanson Partridge Brush who designed a
light car with a wooden chassis (wooden rails and iron
cross-members), friction drive transmission and 'underslung' coil
springs in tension instead of compression on both sides of each
axle. The frame, axles, and wheels were made of oak, hickory or
maple, and were either left plain or painted to match the trim.
Powered by a water cooled single cylinder engine They were an entry
level car, simple, reliable and easy to operate.
Two gas-powered headlampsprovided light, along with a gas-powered
light in the rear. The frame, axles, and wheels were made of oak,
hickory or maple, and were either left plain or painted to match
the trim. Wider axles were available for use in the Southern region
of the United States, where a 60-inch tread fit wagon ruts on
country roads.The horn was located next to the engine cover, with a
metal tube running to a squeeze bulb affixed near the driver. A
small storage area was provided in the rear, with a drawer
accessible under the rear of the seat.
According to a contemporary review fromCycle and Automobile Trade
Jouranlin 1907, author Hugh Dolnar described the recently
introduced Brush as a "...very, very new and also very, very old,
as will be seen from the detailed construction illustrations
below..." In his critique of the Brush, Dolnar was referencing the
decision to use wooden axles.
In addition to the Runabout, Brush advertised a $600 "Package Car"
(also advertised as the "Delivery Car") based on the same chassis
as the runabout. Also offered was a "Coupe" model for $850. It is
unknown how many (if any at all) of these models were ever produced
or sold by Brush.