Property of a deceased's state, the sole surviving,1902 Jamieson 7hp Runabout  Chassis no. 0188 Engine no. 0188

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Lot 551
Property of a deceased's state, the sole surviving, 1902 Jamieson 7hp Runabout
Registration no. BS 8164 Chassis no. 0188 Engine no. 0188

Sold for £ 25,300 (US$ 34,054) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's state, the sole surviving
1902 Jamieson 7hp Runabout
Registration no. BS 8164
Chassis no. 0188
Engine no. 0188

Footnotes

  • 'Mark W Jamieson was an industrialist and merchant in Warren (Pennsylvania) and a dabbler in automobiles on the side. In 1902 he built a two-cylinder 7hp gasoline runabout fitted with double chain drive, tiller steering, high wire wheels and pneumatic tyres. He built seven further cars more or less like the first one. But he never contemplated manufacture, building them was simply his hobby.' – 'Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942'.
    Of the handful of Jamieson Runabouts completed, only one, that offered here, is known to survive. Some of the car's post-WW2 history is recounted in a document on file written by one of its past owners (not identified). Apparently, the Runabout was discovered in a barn on the Jamieson property (probably around the late 1940s/early 1950s) by one Clair Lawhead (alternatively Clare Loughead) a local building contractor, and in 1952 was sold for $100 to D Cameron Peck, a prominent collector. The aforementioned document, written in 1972, makes reference to the fact that photographs taken when the car was delivered to Peck in 1952 show that it was not a 'basket case'. Another document on file records the purchase and seems to indicate that the Jamieson was sold on almost immediately (for $325) to a John W Wholinas, of Jackson, Michigan, almost certainly the writer of the 1972 document.
    The writer goes on to describe how he and his son dismantled the Jamieson but were baffled by its unusual engine, which features two horizontally opposed pistons, working against a third, central piston, and linked via short con-rods, rocking beams and a pair of longer con-rods to a bob-weighted crankshaft assembly. Defeated, they put the Jamieson into dry storage until 1968/69, when discovery of a model of the Runabout, made by the French firm, Unijouets, rekindled their interest. By the summer of 1972 the rebuilt engine had been reinstalled in the restored chassis and the upholstery had been re-trimmed in leather to the original diamond pattern.
    By the early 1990s the Jamieson had arrived in the Republic of Ireland, where it was registered to a Mr Bowland in County Wexford on 23rd March 1993 (registration document on file). In October 1994 the car was sold by the well-known Midlands motor dealer, A Smallbone, to its late owner, who part-exchanged his Humberette (bill of sale on file). Correspondence on file reveals that the Jamieson had inherited some non-standard components, including a Ford radiator and a post-war carburettor (since replaced). The Jamieson took part in the 1995 London-Brighton Veteran Car Run driven by the owner, who registered it in his name on 1st October 1997. The accompanying VCC dating certificate (No. 2091) was issued in 1996 and there is a Science Museum certificate on file also.
    In the course of his researches the late owner succeeded in tracking down the family that had bought the Jamieson when some of D Cameron Peck's collection was auctioned in Chicago back in 1952, there being a letter on file from the purchaser's son recalling the event and stating that they later sold it to a buyer acting for the Imperial Palace Casino in Las Vegas.
    It seems unlikely that the Jamieson has been used since the 1995 London-Brighton Run and its mechanical condition remains unknown. Sold strictly as viewed, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a unique and technologically most interesting Veteran, ripe for sympathetic re-commissioning.
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