<b>1913 POPE-HARTFORD MODEL 31 "PORTOLA" ROADSTER  </b><br />Engine no. 15744

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1913 POPE-HARTFORD MODEL 31 "PORTOLA" ROADSTER
Engine no. 15744
Sold for US$ 185,000 inc. premium

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1913 POPE-HARTFORD MODEL 31 "PORTOLA" ROADSTER

Engine no. 15744

300ci OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
40bhp
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Hydraulic Brakes (see text)

*A highly regarded brass-era touring car
*Robust, reliable and spirited performer
*Attractive and sporty bodywork
*Great choice for tours and driving events
*Recent mechanical refurbishment



THE POPE-HARTFORD

Col. Albert Pope was one of the celebrated industrialists of the post Civil War era, having created a highly successful bicycle empire that had benefitted from the enormous bike craze of the late 1800s. By the end of the decade, Pope had consolidated over 40 bicycle manufacturers into his American Bicycle Company. The skill set and manufacturing capability of these companies gave Pope a strong basis to enter automobile manufacturing, which he did in the 1890's with the Columbia automobile. Primarily offering electric cars, it gave Pope a toehold in the new market. The Pope automobile empire would eventually include numerous brands including Pope-Tribune, Pope-Toledo, Pope-Robinson, Pope-Waverley and the most enduring - Pope-Hartford. The Pope-Hartford would be the only Pope brand built in the city of the companies' headquarters, Hartford, Connecticut. Starting out in 1904 with a single cylinder car, the brand built its first four in 1906, and the fours would be the engine that built the brand's reputation.

Pope-Hartford gained recognition for making a reliable, well made and soundly engineered automobile. With the exception of the unusual overhead valve engine, the cars were conservatively designed, and that was no doubt key to their reputation for durability. Pope-Hartford did participate in racing, and most famously won the San Francisco "free for all" in 1909 with a 40hp model, the event celebrating the 300th anniversary of Don Gaspar de Portola's discovery of the Bay Area. The success at this event gave name to the body style Pope is most famous for, the "Portola Roadster".

Today, few brass car brands enjoy the status Pope-Hartford does. Coveted by brass car enthusiasts for their wonderful touring abilities, Pope-Hartfords have endured as sturdy, powerful and good-looking. The late cars have the benefit of a four-speed transmission and electric starting, and Pope-Hartford is one of the only brass era marques that enjoys its own exclusive tour – the Pope Tour.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Acquired by the vendor approximately ten years ago from noted Pope-Hartford collector Doug Mageehe in unrestored though largely complete condition, this impressive car has seen much restoration since. Cosmetically restored to the attractive and racy, though slightly earlier in style Portola Roadster type configuration, the Pope-Hartford appears as a particularly sporty car for its period. Mechanical restoration work was performed by Jerry Chase of Lab Threads, based in Connecticut. Mr. Chase, a Pope owner himself, is quite familiar with getting the most out of Pope-Hartford automobiles and preparing them for reliable touring. In addition to receiving a complete engine rebuild, the car was also set up with a set of hydraulic brakes. This well-disguised conversion improves the braking abilities dramatically, and is an upgrade that will be much appreciated while touring in the mountains or when in traffic. The Pope is equipped with electric start as well as a generator and full compliment of electric lighting, for a motoring experience that would have been very much ahead of its time in its day.

To complement its striking Portola Roadster bodywork, brass era car upholstery specialist, Loren Burch was commissioned to execute the fine tufted leather upholstery and canvas top. The car wears all the specially branded Pope-Hartford Grey and Davis lighting, and the engine is equipped with a fully rebuilt Bosch "dual" magneto/battery system.

With its powerful engine, light coachwork and four-speed transmission, the Pope-Hartford is a quick and sporty machine. In beautifully restored condition, this Pope has seen only a handful of miles since recent completion of the restoration. This Pope-Hartford presents as one of the most respected models in Brass-era circles, and with its exciting and sporty coachwork, it is bound to be a head turner and attention getter wherever it goes.

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