1923 Cleveland Six Tourer  Chassis no. 1710

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Lot 769
1923 Cleveland Six Tourer
Chassis no. 1710

Sold for £ 12,420 (US$ 16,631) inc. premium
1923 Cleveland Six Tourer
Chassis no. 1710

Footnotes

  • The Cleveland car first appeared in 1919 as a smaller and cheaper version of the Chandler, although it was produced in its own, separate factory. Chandler had been set up in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914 by former executives of the Lozier Motor Company, of Detroit and within a few years had established itself as the maker of one of America’s most highly regarded medium priced automobiles. An eight-cylinder car joined the existing sixes for 1925 and Chandler sold almost 20,000 cars in 1927, its most successful year. Like that of its parent company, Cleveland’s first car was powered by a 190.9ci (3,129cc) six-cylinder overhead-valve engine, which was installed in a chassis of shorter wheelbase. Priced around 25% cheaper than the Chandler, the Cleveland represented excellent value for money, and being no less powerful yet significantly lighter, was a lively performer. In December 1924 Ralph Mulford set a new fastest time for the Mount Wilson hill climb driving a stock Cleveland Six, and the following year drove another example for 1,000 miles without stopping the engine during the 14-hour marathon, cutting two-and-a-half hours off the old time to set a new record. Despite these achievements Cleveland did not last long thereafter, being absorbed by its parent company in December 1925 and becoming part of the reconstituted Chandler-Cleveland Corporation. For 1927 a lower priced Chandler replaced the Cleveland, but by now Chandler itself was in difficulties, and in December 1928 was acquired by the Hupp Motor Car Corporation, which promptly discontinued the brand.
    Fully restored in 1990 and accompanied by a file of related bills and photographs, this example of a rarely encountered American Veteran remains in wonderful condition. Finished in cream with black leather upholstered interior, the car is offered with old-style logbook.
1923 Cleveland Six Tourer  Chassis no. 1710
1923 Cleveland Six Tourer  Chassis no. 1710
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