<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353

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Lot 280
From the Robert Ullrich Collection
1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING

Chassis no. 1353

Without reserve

Sold for US$ 140,800 inc. premium
From the Robert Ullrich Collection
1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING

Chassis no. 1353

532ci L-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter Carburetor
50bhp
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Drum Brakes

*A rare survivor from a well-respected manufacturer
*Very attractive color scheme
*Regularly maintained and driven
*Able to keep up with today's traffic
*Well-known in the antique car community



The KISSEL KAR

One of several businesses created in the early 1900s under the ownership of the entrepreneurial Kissel family of Hartford, Wisconsin was the Kissel Motor Car Company. The first Kissel Kar ("Kar" would be dropped after World War 1 because of its Germanic tone) was manufactured in 1905, a four-cylinder runabout with shaft drive. The Standard Catalog of American Cars notes that volume production began in 1906, with those models being offered for sale the following year. The earliest cars were bodied by a sleigh manufacturer, and were powered by Beaver engines, but soon the Kissels were making everything themselves.

By 1909, there were Kissel Kars available in several sizes and models priced from $1350 to $3000, and a six-cylinder model was soon introduced. For 1910, Kissel offered the LD-10, a 4-cylinder 30hp 5-passenger Touring car, alongside the D-10, with a 50hp four and offered either as a 4-passenger Toy Tonneau or the 5-passenger Touring as seen here. A larger F-10 model, also powered by a 50hp 4-cylinder, was offered with a choice of 7-passenger Touring or 4-passenger Toy Tonneau bodies; the even larger 6-cylinder Model G-10 offered a staggering 60hp in either the larger Touring or Toy Tonneau body styles.

Various sources differ on the wheelbases offered by Kissel; they reportedly range from 112 to as long as 132 inches, depending on the model. The D-10 is understood to have been built on a 120-inch wheelbase frame, and had a huge, 532 cubic inch engine, its cylinders cast in two pairs. Although Kissel built high-quality automobiles, it struggled through the late 1920s and filed for bankruptcy in 1930, its last efforts being large 6- and 8-cylinder vehicles for the 1931 model year.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Little is known of the earliest history of this interesting Kissel Kar D-10; it was acquired by the current owner and consignor, Mr. Robert Ullrich, around 2005 from Bill Galarte of Soledad, California. It is used, like all the other antique cars in his collection, on a regular basis and is said to be in sound running order. During Ullrich's ownership, the Kissel Kar has participated in tours with the Horseless Carriage Club of America.

The D-10 offers an interesting transmission design; the first three gears of the four-speed box are fully capable for lower-speed touring, while the 4th gear is a steep overdrive of 17 percent. The owner says that overdrive top gear allows the car to cruise quite comfortably at speeds of 60-70 mph. Finished in bright red with red leather upholstery, and a tan top and boot, this delightful old Kissel Kar is a joy to behold. It features large brass acetylene headlamps and accessory lights, windshield frame, and other items, and there is a large wicker trunk basket behind the body.

This handsome old Kissel Kar would make a fine addition to any collection of early American automobiles, and its next owner will enjoy taking it out on tours with fellow enthusiasts. For the Brass-era enthusiast, there are few better examples available.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 101353.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the engine installed in this Kissel is believed to be a 380ci unit, not the 532ci engine as stated in the catalog. Additionally, the body style would more accurately be referred to as a Toy Tonneau rather than a Touring. Please note that the chassis listed for this vehicle is actually its engine number and it is titled under this number.
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<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
<i>From the Robert Ullrich Collection</i><b><br />1910 KISSEL KAR MODEL D-10 50HP 5-PASSENGER TOURING      </b><br />Chassis no. 1353
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