Formerly in the Harrah Collection
1909 Mitchell Three Seater
Engine no. 6819
201ci F-head inline four-cylinder engine
Single updraft carburetor
Two-speed planetary transmission with
Solid front axle and live rear axle with fourwheel
leaf spring suspension
Rear wheel mechanical drum brakes
-Famed former ownership
-Rare Wisconsin maker
-Brass Tour entry
The Mitchell automobile was built in Racine, Wisconsin in what was initially known as the Wisconsin Wheel Works, a bicycle manufacturer. They soon developed a reputation for high quality, mid-priced cars which were good looking and often incorporated innovative features.
First, a 1¾ horsepower motorcycle appeared in 1901, then 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. They were an early adopter of sliding gear transmissions introducing them in all models in 1904. After experimenting with air-cooling and two-stroke engine designs, Mitchell began production of four-cylinder, shaft-drive and water-cooled cars by 1907. The fours had cast-in-pair cylinders with an unusual F-head type valve arrangement with overhead exhaust valves opposite the side valve intake.
The Motorcar Offered
This handsome Mitchell is an example of one of their four cylinder autos and comes to the sale from mid-western ownership where it has resided for a number of years. Previously, up until the mid 1980s, the car was known to have been one of the automobiles in the extensive collection assembled by William 'Bill' Harrah of casino fame and it is thought that it was restored during that ownership.
Today, the car remains in very tidy shape indeed, no doubt being testament to the renowned quality of its restoration. Its handsome configuration of twin bucket seat, with spare child or 'mother-in-law' seat at the rear ensures that everyone is safely and comfortably seated, although only the primary passengers receive the limited protection that its top affords them. All the while, the copiously sprung chassis with inverted transverse cart springs at the rear should mean bumps are absorbed without drama.
The royal blue paintwork is offset by its pronounced radiator and matched plethora of brass accessories including headlamps side lamps and horn.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit and it will be titled under its engine number