<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850

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Lot 227¤
1905 Queen Model B Runabout
Chassis no. 850

Sold for US$ 33,000 inc. premium
1905 Queen Model B Runabout
Chassis no. 850
143.1ci Twin Cylinder Engine
12bhp (ALAM rated)
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension with Solid Front Axle and Live Rear Axle
Rear Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

*Rare surviving Queen
*Old but generally sound paint and upholstery
*Unrestored engine and drivetrain


THE QUEEN MODEL B

According to the exhaustive Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 by Beverly Rae Kimes and Henry Austin Clark, Jr., C.H. Blomstrom's Queen is the only vehicle starting with the letter "Q" built in series in America. Total production is estimated at only about 1,500 units over Queen's short three years in business.

The first Queen was built in 1904 with an imposing 143 cubic inch single rated at 12.1 ALAM horsepower and advertised with 8 brake horsepower or a 294 cubic inch opposed twin with 24.2 ALAM horsepower, impressive numbers for either a single or a twin at the time, matching Packard's contemporary Model G.

Production of the Queen twin continued only through 1906 when the company was merged with Car De Luxe and Mr. Blomstrom went on to other endeavors, including the vertical crankshaft Gyroscope, Rex cyclecar, Frontmobile and Blomstrom automobiles.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The 1905 Queen Model B Runabout is an intriguing survivor that had new paint and upholstery some years ago. It has been displayed for many years and enjoyed its status as an example of C.H. Blomstrom's prolific attempts to find success in the automobile industry in the early years of the last century.

With righthand drive wheel steering and a gearshift lever outside the body next to the driver, chain drive, black paint and leather upholstery, black metal mudguards, cream wood spoke wheels, black Non Skid tires and a single kerosene taillight, it has full elliptical leaf spring suspension with radius rods for axle location and a conventional style hood and front-mounted radiator. The paint and upholstery are sound but showing age, the brass is dull. There are no headlights on the dashboard brackets and the folded trumpet bulb horn on the steering column is in need of a bulb.

The chassis and running gear are unrestored and both the engine and transmission are locked up, requiring investigation and mechanical work to decipher its workings, aided by an original 1907 Queen manual applicable in part to the twin that comes with it. The body and upholstery are good enough not to require restoration to driving, touring condition, making its resuscitation a straightforward mechanical task that will be its own reward on veteran car and two-cylinder tours.

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<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
<b>1905 Queen Model B Runabout  </b><br />Chassis no. 850
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