Ex-Cameron Peck and Henry Austin Clark,1899 Hertel 3hp Runabout  Chassis no. Car No.  28

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Lot 173
Ex-Cameron Peck and Henry Austin Clark,1899 Hertel 3hp Runabout
Registration no. Not U.K. registered Chassis no. Car No. 28

Sold for £ 56,500 (US$ 71,902) inc. premium
Ex-Cameron Peck and Henry Austin Clark
1899 Hertel 3hp Runabout
Registration no. Not U.K. registered
Chassis no. Car No. 28

Footnotes

  • Pioneer American motorist Max Hertel set up the Oakman Motor Vehicle Co. in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1898 to manufacture a light car to design patents obtained by him as early as February 1896. In 1898 the journal The Horseless Age reported that Hertel was ‘preparing to turn them out in quantity’ and by January the following year this was happening. Oakman exhibited the Hertel at The New York Motor Show in Madison Square Gardens that year to much acclaim and this model can lay claim to being one of the very first American production automobiles – built on a production line system. The double-cylinder gasoline motor had cylinder dimensions of 3 5/8in. x 4 3/4in., was water-cooled and mounted horizontally, with low tension ignition. It drove through friction pinions that meshed in a driving rim fastened on the inside of each rear wheel. It was equipped with a belt-driven generator providing the current for electric ignition with storage battery reserve. A maximum speed of 20mph was claimed.

    This car’s historical significance and originality is confirmed by the fact that in 1943 it was acquired by that great collector of significant motor cars, Cameron Peck, and in 1951 it passed to that other pioneering collector, Henry Austin Clark on Long Island. In 1963 Vernon Jarvis bought this car for his Cavalcade of Cars Museum in Florida and on his demise it joined the collection of Bob Bahre, from whom it was acquired in 1989. Its subsequent owner had mechanical reconditioning undertaken by Hill & Vaughn in California, World Champion racing driver, the late Phil Hill, road testing it upon completion. The spindle back seat coachwork is finished in black livery with red coachlining and the car is equipped with tiller steering, oil side lamps and leather-covered wings. Suspension is provided by C-springs at the base of the bicycle-type front forks with quarter-elliptic leaf springs to the rear. Contemporary advertising boasted ‘free from odor and speed at will’. A charming vehicle indeed and an early starter from Hyde Park on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, this vehicle comes with a good history file
Ex-Cameron Peck and Henry Austin Clark,1899 Hertel 3hp Runabout  Chassis no. Car No.  28
Ex-Cameron Peck and Henry Austin Clark,1899 Hertel 3hp Runabout  Chassis no. Car No.  28
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