1909 Premier Model 45 45/55hp 6-cylinder Raceabout
Chassis no. 1359
Outside of Detroit, Illinois, no area of the US is more associated with exciting automobiles than Indiana. Home to the legendary Speedway and its world famous 500 mile race, the list of great marques that came out of this state include Marmon, Marion, Duesenberg, Auburn, Cord, Stutz and, arguably one of the great names of early American motoring, the Premier.
Premier, like most of its fellow Indiana manufacturers, made a performance oriented product. They were heavily involved in racing and it influenced their production cars. They always created a high quality car that had innovative features, which resulted in a rather high price tag.
This racy machine is one of the few 6-cylinder Premiers that survive today. Powered by a big 6-cylinder T-head motor, it was rated at 45hp, a big number for 1909. The motor drives through a 4-speed transmission to a shaft drive rear end.
Having been delivered new as a formal town car, the body gave way to a much racier set of clothes in the 1950s. Given its performance and pedigree it was natural to "race up" such a car. Under Ralph Cox's guidance the car was transformed into a super racy speedster. The inspiration for the transformation was most certainly Mercedes, as it borrows its external side pipes and white color scheme. The look is pure excitement and the big motor should be able to live up to the image. The lightweight machine with the big, powerful engine is a great combination.
The Premier, like all the Cox cars, has not seen use in decades and its cosmetics have suffered a bit in the last 50 years. Mechanically the car is remarkably complete and displays some rare authentic equipment like its full "make and brake" ignition system. Being both a quality car and one that has always been stored indoors, this Premier should benefit from a recommissioning.
This Premier would be a delight to rejuvenate and get back into service. It's a car that should deliver great fun to its new custodian.
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