1906 Holsman Model G-10 High-wheel Runabout
Chassis no. 11901
The Holsman was the archetypal high-wheel automobile. Powered by a single-cylinder air-cooled engine, it used double-roller chain drive to a layshaft, and rope drive to the rear wheels. Reverse is provided by a friction disc on the layshaft.
This Holsman Model G-10 is in amazingly unrestored condition. The body, paint, upholstery and top are all original and undisturbed. The green wheels appear to be the only parts possibly repainted; if that is the case, it was done long ago. According to a previous owner, the car's last journey was a World War II victory parade, in which it carried the then-mayor of Los Angeles.
An acetylene generator on the left side feeds the single, "cyclops" headlamp. The brass sidelamps and taillamp burn kerosene, and are nicely polished. The drive ropes, which are wrapped in oilcloth with a top layer of canvas, and in amazingly good condition. The front wheels have remnants of worn solid rubber tires, while the rear wheels have bare steel rims.
The car has not run recently, but is believed to have been put away in operating condition. Included in the sale are various original Holsman advertising items, a sales brochure, operating manual and parts manual. High-wheelers seldom come on the market. This car represents the chance to acquire one of the most original examples. Offered on a certificate of title.