<b>1910 Winton 48-HP Model 17A Seven-Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 9464<br />Engine no. 9464<br />Body no. 461
Lot 414
Ex- LA County Museum
1910 Winton 48-HP Model 17A Seven-Passenger Touring
Sold for US$ 160,600 inc. premium

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Ex-LA County Museum
1910 Winton 48-HP Model 17A Seven-Passenger Touring
Chassis no. 9464
Engine no. 9464
Body no. 461

477ci L-head inline six-cylinder engine
Single updraft Stromberg carburetor
48hp
4-Speed transmission
Solid axles with semi elliptic leaf springs suspension
2-Wheel mechanical drum brakes

THE WINTON 17

Winton is widely acknowledged as the first to set up a formal manufacturing operation for automobiles in America as well as the first to build, assemble and ship them in series. In 1897 he and his foreman, William A. Hatcher, had driven a two-cylinder Winton from Cleveland to New York. In 1898 his company, the Winton Motor Carriage Company in Cleveland, sold 22 automobiles. In 1899 the number grew to an even 100.

While Winton's speed record cars attracted attention, the journey of H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker was the single event that shone the spotlight of national publicity on the company and its products. The pair traveled from San Francisco to New York City in a two-cylinder 20hp Winton Runabout in the late spring and summer of 1903. The trip took 64 days, of which 44 were actually spent on the road. Jackson and Crocker were among the first to appreciate the unique pleasures of cross-country sightseeing. In retrospect, their journey amounts to something nearly unimaginable. There were literally no roads for much of the trip, no bridges across rivers, streams or gullies, no maps, no water and most significantly no gasoline, oil or tires except for what could be stockpiled along their route by their own planning and foresight.

Their little Winton Runabout, piled high with supplies, tires and camping equipment, must have been quite a sight to the settlers and indigenous residents they encountered along the way.

Jackson donated his cross-country Winton Runabout to the Smithsonian Institution in 1944 where it was displayed with Winton's 1902 "Bullet No. 1" and 1903 "Bullet No. 2" race cars, the latter being the first 8-cylinder engine powered automobile built in America. The cross-country Winton is still on permanent display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

The unique feature of Winton's early engines was the actuation system for the intake valves which used compressed air to control the intake valves' lift. The carburetors had no throttle control, but Winton's system of controlling intake valve lift regulated the amount of air-fuel mixture admitted to the cylinders and therefore the speed of the engine. Engine speed also was adjusted by the driver's control of ignition timing.

Winton, always looking forward, began producing four-cylinder cars in 1904 and was building sixes exclusively by 1908. Winton was not one to follow the rules, and his six did not resemble much else of the time, equipped with a split crank case to allow removal of the crankshaft while the engine was in the car. Winton even continued with his unique, but puzzling to many, intake system until it was finally superseded by a conventional carburetor in 1907.

The large six was designed to compete with the finest offerings by Pierce, Packard, Thomas and Lozier. These were high quality machines and equipped for high speed driving. The cars had tremendously high gears and four-speed transmissions that allowed them to barrel down the road with little strain. Winton used aluminum extensively in the car and weight was kept to a minimum despite the car's large size.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Without question one of the finest engineered American motor cars of its era, this Winton also has looks to complement its mechanics. Equipped with its original factory tourer body with distinctive cowl that so perfectly complements the long rakish hood. The lines finish at the distinctive Winton Radiator that gives these cars an unmistakable look.

Acquired by Lindley Bothwell from the famed LA County Museums Automotive collection in around 1950, this Winton was without question a finely preserved example that has seen a typical 1950s type cosmetic restoration. Despite the passage of nearly 70 years, the restoration still presents well, and the car is as imposing as ever.

The car is still equipped with a factory air starting system and seems to have all its major original components save the carburetor and magneto. The proprietary Winton carburetor has been replaced with a trouble-free Stromberg. Besides these minor pieces, the car is a wonderfully complete and authentic example that would be a fine candidate for proper restoration.

Like many of the Bothwell motor cars, this Winton is a bit of a celebrity having appeared in numerous Hollywood movies and television shows; The Great Race, Roots, Fantasy Island and East of Eden to name just a few.

This monumental machine is certainly one of the great cars from a great time-period in American automotive history. This imposing machine will run with best of them and tower over most cars on any brass tour. With its wonderful history and incredible authenticity, it is a fine addition to any collection of important cars.

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