1917 Mitchell Six Six Five-Passenger Touring
Chassis no. 75659
The Mitchell automobile was built in Racine, Wisconsin in what was initially known as the Wisconsin Wheel Works, a bicycle manufacturer. A 1¾ horsepower motorcycle appeared in 1901. A number of experimental automobiles followed with production beginning in 1903. With its new product, the company's name was changed to the Mitchell Motor Car Company in 1904, and its first cars were two-cylinder, chain-drive runabouts. After experimenting with air-cooling and two-stroke engine designs, Mitchell began production of four-cylinder, shaft-drive and water-cooled cars by 1907.
A six-cylinder model was added to the product line in 1910, a year that total sales reached 5,000 units. Mitchell advertising stressed value and service, with the tagline "The Car You Ought to Have at the Price You Ought to Pay." A V8 engine was offered in 1916, but its complications lead to it being phased out hat year, with all Mitchells thereafter being powered by six-cylinder engines.
Mitchell was an upper mid range priced car. In 1917 the price of $1600 was more than four time that of the comparable Ford but was priced a few hundred dollars less then Cadillac V-8 range. Mitchell distinguished themselves in the crowded field of manufacturers of the day with their more sporting and distinctive bodywork. Their good value and looks made for a successful year in 1917 selling more than 10,000 units.
This handsome Mitchell has been beautifully restored and well maintained. The six cylinder chassis is fitted with very sporting five-passenger touring coachwork. The sides of the body wrap over the top giving a smooth and distinctive appearance. The windshield has a nice rakish bend to it and joins to the high quality leatherette top assembly. The dashboard is filled with bright nickel gauges and exudes quality. The fine leather upholstery has broken in nicely and is very comfortable. No doubt the best feature of this sporting Mitchell is the six big Buffalo wire spoke wheels. These 25" wheels transform the looks of the car and provide a reliable, true and quiet wheel package. Any roadside flats can be easily remedied with the twin Buffalo spares mounted at the rear. With the single center lock mechanism they can be changed in a flash explaining their popularity on the racetracks of the day. Anyone who has struggled with conventional artillery wheels on roadside will appreciate this. Such a high-end option is seldom seen on cars of this period. The wheels combined with the smooth close-coupled bodywork add up to a very handsome and racy package.
Known to be capable and reliable cars this distinctive Mitchell would make an excellent "Nickel Era" tour car. The striking good looks of the sleek close-coupled coachwork, twin-spares, handsome Buffalo wheels, and ample use of nickel give this Mitchell the look of a car costing four times as much. With the market demand for nickel cars really building in the last 5 years this Mitchell is excellent opportunity to get an interesting and sporting entry to a fun community of touring.