Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006

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Lot 663
Regent Street Concours winning, 1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout
Registration no. BS 8230 Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006

Sold for £ 36,700 (US$ 50,483) inc. premium
Regent Street Concours winning
1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout
Registration no. BS 8230
Chassis no. 308
Engine no. 1006

Footnotes

  • Based at Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Crest Manufacturing Company first produced gasoline engines before venturing into car production, ‘manufacturing all the parts to construct automobiles’. Crest first demonstrated its capability to do so in 1900, offering a three-wheeler initially, but by 1901 had settled for a four-wheeled, front-engined design to become known as the ‘Crestmobile’. The first Crestmobiles were single-cylinder, chain-driven two-seaters - Models A, B and C - all of which had air-cooled engines although of varying power outputs. Shaft drive had been adopted by 1903 and a new 8½hp single-cylinder model introduced in 1904, but Crest was slow to adapt to changing expectations within the emerging market for powered transport, where multi-cylinder designs were becoming the norm, and folded in 1905.
    The Crestmobile 5hp Model D Runabout offered here is one of only two of this type known to survive worldwide and the only complete example. A ‘combination runabout and light touring car’, the single-cylinder Model D came with two-speeds-and-reverse transmission and weighed 900lbs. A top speed of 25mph and a 100-mile range were claimed. Previously restored in the USA, the car was purchased there and first registered in this country in 1996 before going on display in the Skopos Motor Museum, Yorkshire. Purchased by the current owner in April 2006, it benefits from some engine refurbishment, which included refitting the original Longuemare carburettor, while other noteworthy features include tiller steering, 12-volt electric starter, 6-volt trembler coil ignition, and electric lighting courtesy of a set of The Badger Brass Mfg Co’s splendid lamps. This Crestmobile is presented in truly magnificent condition, fresh from winning the Regent Street Concours on the eve of the Veteran Car Club’s London to Brighton Run last month, and is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2008, Swansea V5 registration document and VCC Dating Certificate (number ‘2156’). (It should be noted that the car is incorrectly recorded as a 3½hp model on the latter).
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
Regent Street Concours winning,1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 308 Engine no. 1006
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