<b>1920 ReVere-Duesenberg Four-passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 1357
Lot 174
1920 ReVere-Duesenberg Four-passenger Tourer
Sold for US$ 137,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1920 ReVere-Duesenberg Four-passenger Tourer
Chassis no. 1357

360ci Four-Cylinder Duesenberg "Walking Beam" Engine
106hbp at 2800rpm
Four-Speed Browne-Lipe Transmission
Rear Mechanical Drum Brakes
Double Drop Chassis with Semi-Elliptic Springs

*The most powerful American car of its day
*Race bread Duesenberg walking beam engine
*Highly original and correct example
*Striking and light aluminum coachwork


THE REVERE-DUSENBERG

Though named for American Patriot Paul ReVere perhaps Janus would have been a more appropriate name for this Logansport Indiana manufacturer. ReVere was a two-faced company; a team of highly talented designers and a management team with a corrupt plan to swindle money.

The car was the brainchild of the brilliant engineer Adolph Monsen. Monsen had a desire to create a road car of extreme performance and refinement. He collaborated with noted racers Gil Anderson and Tom Mooney to design a car incorporating the latest technology from the racing track.

The chassis was highly advance with its double drop frame rails and outboard mounted springs. The gearbox was an aluminum-cased Brown and Lipe with four forward gears – well known to racers. Unlike most cars of the day the rear ratio of 3.5 to 1 allows for effortless high speed cruising. The radiator shell was a huge aluminum casting as were many other key components. As one would expect for a race inspired car it rode on Buffalo wire wheels. Several body styles were cataloged – all sporty and most featured the distinctive cycle fenders and step plates in lieu of running boards. The crowning feature was the Duesenberg walking beam four-cylinder engine pumping out 106 hp in ReVere tune.

The engine was a masterpiece. Developed by the Duesenberg brothers in 1912 it set the benchmark for racing performance till after WW1. The innovative use of long "walking beam" rockers up the side of the motor operating valves mounted perpendicular to the pistons gave the engine excellent efficiency. As opposed o the prevalent T-head engines of the day the Duesenberg engine had compact combustion chambers with much improved flow. The compact monobloc design made the engine much lighter for its given power. The aluminum cranckcase is a barrel type with crank fed in from the back. Ignition is by Bosch magneto and the intake is supplied by a huge Stromberg M-4 carburetor.

Monsen's design was brilliant and the cars performance exceeded expectation. Monsen was oblivious to the fact that his backers had little interest in his car design – they were interested in selling stock. The ReVere company was being set up to raise tremendous capitol but there was little interest in producing automobiles. The company quickly ran into trouble as the word of the the impropriety got out and few cars were produced though the company stayed on the books for several years. Despite extremely low production six cars are believed to have survived.

The corrupt management of ReVere overshadowed the exceptional product they produced. A wonderful performing car and one of the finest American cars of its time.

THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

This highly original and correct ReVere has been in the same family collection for many decades. The car has been sympathetically maintained over the years but never restored. The interior has a lovely patina as does the top – which includes side curtains. The paint is older but generally sound. The car starts easily and roars to life.

This highly correct example the cars features its beautiful original dash board and instruments. The engine has its correct original carburetor and magneto.

Recently subject to extensive engine work the ReVere is reported to be in fine running order. On a recent test drive by a Bonhams Specialist familiar with the marque it was found to have excellent performance. The Walking beam engine thundered through its cutout and the car was easily propelled through its gears. The clutch was smooth and the brakes quite good. The road manors were fine though the tires are decades old.

ReVere-Duesenbergs are exciting and charismatic automobiles that can boast the best performance of the day. With the brilliant Duesenberg engine these light and well engineered cars are great fun to drive. Combined with the four-speed transmission and the tall rear end gear set these cars perform unlike any other American car from 1920.

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