1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout

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Lot 617
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
Registration no. HJZ 1907

£ 25,000 - 28,000
US$ 34,000 - 38,000
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
Registration no. HJZ 1907

Footnotes

  • Ohio was at the hub of the American motor industry at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries and the prototype Jewell was built there in 1905 by The Forest City Motor Company. Series production quickly moved to nearby Massillon, Ohio, the first production model being a single cylinder high wheeler with rope drive and a runabout body that could be tilted upward to access the engine. As the motor industry moved on apace this model soon appeared antiquated and a new model (now known as a Jewel) appeared with a two stroke, 8hp, water-cooled engine and more conventional styling, not dissimilar in appearance to the Oldsmobile but with conventional wheel steering. Contemporary advertising played on the simplicity of the new model with '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.' (Advertising jingle writers still had much to learn!) The new model was simplicity itself, the minimal two seater runabout coachwork being suspended on a transverse full elliptic front spring with full elliptic side springs at the rear. Throughout the design reflected both technical and aesthetic excellence and no doubt it was the prohibitive production costs of this quality engineering that led to the demise of the marque in 1909, particularly as Henry Ford's mass production techniques put pressure on the smaller manufacturer.

    This car came to the UK some three years ago, having previously resided in the USA in one family ownership for about 50 years. The car is smartly presented in red and black livery with red chassis detail, with black upholstery and leather dash-board. It is equipped with brass oil lamps. While in the USA it was part of an impressive private car collection and, although restored some years ago, now benefits from that gentle patina which the restorer cannot replicate. While in the USA it was shown at the Hershey Meet and participated in other brass era events. This exceedingly rare and technically interesting Jewel enjoys the benefit of a recently fitted starter motor, and is offered UK registered with a V5C document, has previously been MOT tested and is currently offered on a SORN. The car is eminently suitable for the hugely popular single and twin cylinder events organised for The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain – all the fun of Brighton but without the traffic jams.
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1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
1907 Jewel Model B 8hp Runabout
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