1919 Overland Four Tourer, Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Lot 383
1919 Overland Four Tourer, Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Sold for £9,200 (US$ 15,447) inc. premium
Lot Details
1919 Overland Four Tourer

Chassis no. to be advised
Engine no. to be advised


  • Claude M Cox's original Overland car was developed in the early 1900s by the Standard Wheel Company, of Terre Haut, Indiana, and the fledgling firm had already changed hands once before John North Willys, a New York auto dealer and major Overland customer, arrived to rescue it from oblivion in 1907. Willys had ordered 500 Overlands and paid a deposit of $10,000. When the cars were not forthcoming he travelled to Indiana, only to find Overland on the point of closure. Willys secured credit, re-organised the company and by the summer of 1908 was in a position to build a new factory, a facility that was sorely needed, as Willys had been forced to carry out Overland assembly in a circus tent!

    Building four-cylinder cars only from 1910, the revitalised company went from strength to strength, production increasing steadily until by the start of WWI only Ford could claim a higher output. Sliding-gear transmissions had replaced the previous epicyclic type in 1909, co-incidentally the same year that Ford introduced the Model T that would use the latter form of transmission for the next 17 years! The Model 69 was one of two four-cylinder models, the other being the larger and more expensive Model 71, introduced in the autumn of 1912. Powered by a 4.8-litre engine rated at 25.6hp and producing 30bhp, the 69 was a brief inclusion in the Overland range, being replaced for 1914 by the Model 79. A six-cylinder model returned to the range in 1915 when this new 40/50hp car joined a brace of fours, one of 30hp the other 35. Willys even had the temerity to introduce a direct competitor to Ford's Model T but by the time the Overland Model 4 arrived in time for the 1920 season its $945 price tag (more than double that of the equivalent Model T) placed it in an entirely different market sector.

    Purchased from Andrew Booth of Orchid Cars circa 5-10 years ago, this particular Overland is said to date from 1919, which if correct would make it a 32hp 'Light Four 90', the company's sole offering that year. We are advised that the car has been registered in New Zealand and it certainly appears to have been restored in the Southern Hemisphere. There are no documents with this Lot.

Saleroom notices

  • The Chassis Number for this vehicle is: 85-4T-6072 This vehicle is a model 85, which would indicate that it is c1918 rather than 1919 as stated in the catalogue.
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