1909 CarterCar Model H Touring  Chassis no. 1199

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Lot 366• ¤
1909 CarterCar Model H Touring
Chassis no. 1199

Sold for US$ 23,400 inc. premium
1909 CarterCar Model H Touring
Chassis no. 1199
Byron Carter was superintendent of the Jackson Automobile Company in Jackson, Michigan. He designed a friction drive mechanism for automobiles, but was unable to convince his colleagues at Jackson to adopt it, so he struck out on his and founded the Motorcar Company across town. He soon moved on to Detroit in search of investors, and renamed the company after himself: The CarterCar Company.

The CarterCar was introduced in 1906, with "no clutch to slip...no gears to strip... no universal joints to break...no shaft drive to twist...no bevel gears to wear and howl...no noise to annoy." The CarterCar transmission was simplicity itself, two disks running at right angles to one another. To increase the gear ratio the driven disk was moved across the face of the driving disk. To reverse, it was moved past dead center. Advertised as "The Car of a Thousand Speeds," the CarterCar enjoyed a good reception. Sales rose steadily, if modestly, to 325 by 1908. That April, however, Byron Carter died of pneumonia. In October 1909, William C. Durant bought CarterCar for General Motors, impressed by its friction drive. Durant, however, was ousted from GM in 1910, and CarterCar languished. By the time Durant made his comeback at GM the CarterCar was defunct and its factory had been repurposed to build Oakland cars.

An older restoration, this CarterCar Model H remains presentable in red with black fenders and moldings. The upholstery is done in black buttoned leather, and the car is fitted with a black top. The engine compartment is clean, although not carefully detailed. An electric starter has been fitted to facilitate its use on tours or pleasure drives in today's traffic. Only about two dozen CarterCars are known to survive. This car is a rare find. Ideal for brass-era touring, it is sure to be a center of attention.

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1909 CarterCar Model H Touring  Chassis no. 1199
1909 CarterCar Model H Touring  Chassis no. 1199
1909 CarterCar Model H Touring  Chassis no. 1199
1909 CarterCar Model H Touring  Chassis no. 1199
1909 CarterCar Model H Touring  Chassis no. 1199
1909 CarterCar Model H Touring  Chassis no. 1199
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