Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294
Lot 124
Ex-Stanford Block
1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster

Sold for US$ 286,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294 Ex-Stanford Block,1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster  Chassis no. 5513231 Engine no. 55-13294
Ex-Stanford Block
1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster

Chassis no. 5513231
Engine no. 55-13294

265ci L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
61bhp at 2,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes


*One of the most celebrated designs of the 1920s
*Recent cosmetic refurbishment
*The epitome of "Roaring Twenties" motoring style
*Rare and desirable late specification example
*Restored to a very high standard



THE KISSEL MOTORCAR COMPANY

Few cars from the 1920s are more memorable and enduring than the Kissel "Gold Bug". They embodied the spirit of the carefree "Roaring Twenties" better than just about any car. Their dynamic sporty looks and novel features, such as dual golf bag mounts, made them an icon of the day. They were the favored transport of many celebrities of the day, including Amelia Earhart, Indy 500 winner Ralph DePalma and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.

The Kissel Motorcar Company was started by the German immigrant brothers George and Will Kissel in 1906. Based in Hartford, Wisconsin, the company initially called its motorcars "Kissel Kar". The anti-German sentiment around World War 1 saw the 'Kar' dropped from the name. The firm produced good quality, mid-priced cars exhibiting sound engineering, and they soon garnered a reputation for reliability and good performance. Their initial effort was quite an undertaking - a four-cylinder 30hp car in 1907; shortly thereafter, in 1909, a 6-cylinder model was introduced, and the ambitious company even produced a V12 powered car in 1917. But it would be their L-head long-stroke six, introduced in 1915, that would prove to be their most venerable product, staying in production till 1928.

Kissel's most famous and enduring product, the "Gold Bug" Speedster was actually the mastermind of one of the company's dealers. New York distributor Conover T. Silver commissioned the Speedster to his own design. The sporty Silver-designed Kissels even carried his name for a time. The "Gold Bug" designation came from a naming contest for the sports car organized by Kissel and was chosen from over 500 submissions.

The Kissel Speedster's sleek two-seat body with its sporty cycle fenders wrapped the proven Kissel drivetrain and chassis. The stout Kissel-built long-stroke six powered the machine. This reliable engine made over 60hp and offered strong torque, the result being snappy performance thanks to its lightweight two-place body. The engine runs through a three speed transmission and is mated to a rear axle with sufficiently tall gearing for the daring high-speed motorist.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This desirable late example of Kissel's famous Gold Bug Speedster was previously part of a prominent New York collection for nearly 15 years. Prior to that, the Kissel resided in the notable collection of Stanford Block, who was well-known for collecting cars of this era and for having excellent examples.

The Kissel has been expertly restored to a level of authenticity rarely seen on these cars. These later cars are particularly sought after for their improved features over earlier models, most importantly four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Perhaps the most striking features of this example, however, are its extremely rare Wood-Lite headlights, something not available on the earlier models, as well as the rarely seen rear-mounted spare that gives the Kissel an even racier appearance than normal.

Even the smallest details have not been overlooked during restoration, and an examination of the engine compartment shows exceptional attention to detail and accuracy. In 2014, the Kissel was treated to a professional paintjob in the sporting yellow it wears today, with the fenders repainted black. Further work included a comprehensive tune-up and rebuild of the distributor.

These later Gold Bugs have a clean, refined look more akin to the Classic era, and certainly, in 1926 few other cars as sporty as this were on America's roads. Not until 1928, with the introduction of the Stutz Blackhawk and the Auburn Speedster, did America have such sports-oriented models. Few early American cars attract more attention and turn more heads than a Kissel Gold Bug Speedster. With stunning looks, good road manners and the potential for many winner's laurels on the show circuit, they represent great value as one of America's first true sports cars.
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