<b>1915 National Six Series AA Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 10250<br />Engine no. 6076
Lot 410
1915 National Six Series AA Coupe
Sold for US$ 41,800 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1915 National Six Series AA Coupe
Chassis no. 10250
Engine no. 6076

430ci Six-Cylinder L head engine
Approximately 60 Hp
3-Speed transmission
2-Wheel mechanical brakes

THE NATIONAL

Although little known today, the National Motor Vehicle Co. of Indianapolis built some great cars in its time. After staring out with an electric runabout in 1900, the firm was building increasingly large and expensive gasoline-powered cars by 1906. In 1909, Nationals raced, and placed well, on the dirt at the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway. National fielded three cars for the inaugural 500-mile race at the newly brick-paved Indy track in 1911, one of them finishing seventh. In 1912, a National piloted by Joe Dawson won the second annual Indy 500, averaging 78.22mph during the race.

In 1913 and 1914, National cataloged both a Speedway Roadster and a Semi-Racing Roadster in their 128-inch wheelbase, 4-cylinder Series V line. National then went on to offer a large V-12 powered car from 1916 to 1919. The last Nationals were built in late 1923. The Semi-Racer was built as a direct competitor to the Stutz Bearcat and the Mercer Raceabout. Fierce competitors on the track, National wanted to go head to head in the showroom. While never gaining quite the mythic reputation of its famous siblings, their performance was certainly on par. Maybe not quite as nimble and flexible as the Mercer, the National, with 90 extra cubic inches, was a solid performer.

In 1915 National made the bold move of introducing the twelve-cylinder Highway Twelve, a technically advanced but surprisingly low-priced motorcar compared to the competition. The dependable and popular AA Six introduced in 1914 proved the solid sales leader for the brand during this era. Powered by a modern L-head monoblock design that produced excellent power with minimal vibration and noise.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This delightful Nationals' history can be traced back to Art Austria's Collection in the 1950s. Austria sold the National to Orin Thorkildsen from whom it was acquired from in 1972. High quality closed cars of the pre-WWI period are rare survivors today and display a level of quality and features a step above the lesser priced open cars. This richly appointed coupe is a great example of the fascinating bodies on offer in this period.

Unlike a conventional coupe body, this was a true four passenger model. The staggered main bench seat would comfortably hold three, and a folding seat at the dash board would accommodate one more. The passengers in this voluminous coach benefited from full visibility through large windows and elegantly curved d-glass pillars. The appearance of this car is much more refined and formal than the typical National.

The National coupe was fully restored many decades ago but has survived nicely. The paint work displays good glass and the difficult glass work is free of any obvious defects. The interior was painstakingly restored some time ago and looks quite good save for some staining of the broadcloth covered seats. All the correct instruments appear to be present along with other hardware peculiar to this body type.

Under the hood the National Six engine is fully intact and proper looking. The original starter-generator unit is present as well as the Bosch magneto. Likely not run in many years, it shows no major issues from the outside and was regularly used in the past. Its film credits include; Captains and Kings (1976), Mae West (1982) and Digital Domain (2002).

This captivating machine is of a type scarcely seen today and a fine representation of the quality and styling of an up market closed car in this era.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under its engine number and under the model year 1914
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