1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224

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Lot 322
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau
Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224

Sold for US$ 172,000 inc. premium
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau
Chassis no. 3227
Engine no. 03 1224
‘The Winton,’ noted the leading British magazine The Autocar in 1903 on first seeing the first example of the two-speed chain-drive 20-hp model to be exhibited in England, ‘ is generally regarded as America’s premier make of petrol car.’ And certainly the 20-hp Winton secured itself a unique place in American motoring history that year by being the first automobile ever to drive across the United States from sea to shining sea. The unprecedented feat had been achieved in 63 days by Dr. H. Nelson Jackson and his chauffeur-mechanic Sewall K.Crocker, who left San Francisco on 23 May and arrived in New York City on 26 July, having passed through many communities that had never previously seen an automobile and crossed many miles of hinterland where no roads existed and streams had to be forded.

The car offered here, with a removable rear-entrance tonneau body, is a sibling of that pioneering transcontinental traveler and was built during 1904, the final year that Winton offered a twin-cylinder model. Uniquely, this car has been in the same ownership for the past seven decades, and has only come to the market for the first time since the mid-1930s due to the death at the age of 85 of its devoted long-term owner, the late Robert N. Stormont, a well-known figure in the antique car world.

Mr. Stormont first encountered the Winton in the mid-1930s as a boy of 16 while exploring a former Budweiser Brewery along the Rock River in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois, which had been bought by his father to accommodate his new laundry and dry cleaning business. On an upper floor, he found the old Winton in storage with another car and immediately fell in love. Anxious to acquire the antique car, he discovered that the owner was in the habit of storing the car there during the winter, but had apparently purchased a newer vehicle. As the man – believed to be the original owner - no longer wanted the Winton, he planned to sell it for the scrap value of its aluminum components.

Young Stormont, determined to save the Winton from such an ignominious fate, borrowed the $50 scrap price from his father and purchased the car on condition that it was delivered to his parent’s garage in running condition. Unfortunately, it was delivered by mistake to a neighbor’s garage, upsetting the lady of the house to such an extent that Robert Stormont had to be called out of school to move the car immediately!

Once the Winton was safely stored away, its teenaged owner restored it as and when the necessary funds became available. Remember that this was the very infancy of the antique car movement in America, with the country’s first antique car club, the Antique Automobile Club of America, having been founded as recently as November 1935. This was, then, one of the very first ‘Brighton Era’ cars to be preserved in the United States.

Over the years the Winton and its owner became well known on the antique car scene. Wearing his trademark Tam O’Shanter bonnet, Mr Stormont played the bagpipes at every event he attended and used one of the original side-mounted wicker luggage baskets to store them!

Built in 1904, the Winton is eligible for the world’s oldest and most prestigious antique car event, England’s annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, restricted to pre-1905 automobiles. It has regularly participated in that event’s American counterpart, the 125-mile New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run. Recalls Mr. Stormont’s daughter: ‘I don’t believe the car ever failed to complete the New London-New Brighton run due to mechanical failure… I do know he got rained out one year, though. It was just too wet so he came home. He was pretty upset!’

On the last New London-New Brighton Run in which Mr. Stormont drove his Winton a couple of years ago, one cylinder sprang a water leak, which awaits a permanent repair, but powered by its substantial engine it was nevertheless able to finish the event on the other cylinder. Among the boxes of associated material to be sold with the car are several New London to New Brighton Run finishers’ medals and programs, as well as clippings relating to this car and to Winton history, an original 1904 manual, a pair of very old goggles, an envelope containing the original ID plate for the car, restoration receipts and photographs, including one of the car when it was new in Rockford a century ago.

There are also extra hubcaps, engine castings, surplus leather from the upholstery restoration, and – we are informed - the original leather pieces which were used for patterns. There is also an original tire, and the car’s toolbox contains a copy owner’s manual, a hubcap wrench and other items.

An older restoration, with the unrepeatable patina of loving and regular usage, this magnificent antique is believed by the president of the US Winton club to be one of only seven 1904 Winton touring cars remaining out of the 600 that left the company’s Cleveland, Ohio factory that year. And of that seven, just three are known to be still running!

With a bore and stroke of 5¼ x 6 inches this Winton’s motor displaces a notable 4¼ liters with two cylinders purportedly producing 20hp. While researching the history of this fine motorcar Bonhams & Butterfields spoke with various officers of ‘Winton Worldwide’ who confirmed that, while restored, ‘The Stormont Car’ is widely known for its exceptional originality and correctness and is very highly regarded within Winton circles. Often Wintons are traded or sold privately, so it is of particular pride that Bonhams & Butterfields present for sale at auction such a fine example with such quality and known history.

‘There is Prestige, as well as Safety, Comfort and Ease of Mind in owning a Winton automobile,’ claimed the company a hundred years ago. A century on, there seems absolutely no reason to change that proud opinion.
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
1904 Winton 20hp Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3227 Engine no. 03 1224
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