In the present ownership for more than 50 years,1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Two Seater  Chassis no. not known

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Lot 448
In the present ownership for more than 50 years, 1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Two Seater
Chassis no. not known

Sold for US$ 33,930 inc. premium
In the present ownership for more than 50 years
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Two Seater
Chassis no. not known
The Jewel automobile had its start in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1905. Five businessmen joined together to form the Forest City Motor Company, playing on their city's longtime nickname: The Forest City. They built a prototype car and began seeking investors. The best source of finance, however, came from Massillon, Ohio, about 50 miles to the south, so the Forest City Motor Company left the Forest City, and in 1906 began manufacturing a car called the Jewell. A single-cylinder high-wheeler with rope drive, it had a runabout body that could be tilted upward to access the engine.

Sales were initially somewhat lackluster, so the car was updated in design, and along the way renamed as "Jewel", of which this is an example. Contemporary advertising material for updated Jewel played heavily on the ease of use of its two stroke motor. They stated that there were, 'no valves to adjust, repair or replace, no small outer parts. No complicated machinery therefore to master. Operation of the Jewel is as nearly automatic as is possible for mechanism actuated by human will'!

Close inspection of this car, reveals that the 'Jewel' is just that, for the mechanically or engineering minded the car appears beautifully and thoughtfully designed. Its bodywork sits atop a transverse mounted fully elliptic leaf spring at the front and one either side at the rear, which will no doubt give a comfortable ride. Its supporting bracketry throughout the car from body mountings and wing stays have shapely curves and the car is generally a joy to the eye. While on the mechanical side, the purposeful 8hp water cooled motor is known not only for its reliability but also for its torque, some claiming that these cars will lift their front wheels on 'take off'!

Residing with the current owner's family for roughly half a century, the Jewel's condition is that of a nicely mellowed older cosmetic restoration, which suits the car and it presents very well. In Barn storage for a number of years alongside an impressive private collection it was returned to running condition in 2003 and has been shown by the vendor at Hershey as well as at other Brass era events.

One of only a handful of survivors of the marque, the handsome and attractive Jewel would make an ideal entry for the growing number of rallies for 'single and twin' cylinder cars.

Saleroom notices

  • Catalog should read: Engine no. 56
In the present ownership for more than 50 years,1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Two Seater  Chassis no. not known
In the present ownership for more than 50 years,1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Two Seater  Chassis no. not known
In the present ownership for more than 50 years,1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Two Seater  Chassis no. not known
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