<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075

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1916 Elgin Six Touring
Chassis no. 174093
Engine no. M3075

Sold for US$ 17,600 inc. premium
1916 Elgin Six Touring
Chassis no. 174093
Engine no. M3075
180ci Falls Valve-In-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg Carburetor
21.6bhp
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Independent Suspension
2-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

*AACA Historic Preservation Award winner
*Accompanied by an array of period accessories and related documents
*One of only eight known survivors


THE ELGIN SIX

Illinois industrialists had long since proved they were every bit the equal of Massachusetts in building watches and clocks. In the early 20th century it was logical that they could compete with their automobile building neighbors in Michigan.

The largest Illinois watchmaker was the Elgin National Watch Company, started in 1864. Its principals entered auto manufacturing in 1916 by taking over the New Era company in Joliet and moving it to a 210,000 square foot factory in Argo, Illinois.

Elgin produced only six-cylinder overhead valve automobiles, the 1916 Six having 21.6 NACC horsepower and 180 cubic inches, with lefthand drive, 3-speed sliding gear transmission and electric starting. It proudly advertised itself as "The car of the hour", trading on the reputation for quality and reliability of Elgin watches, and equally proudly noted "The Elgin Six is the only car in its price class having the fashionable center cowl of the high-priced European models" and "Its beautiful yacht line design".

The Elgin Six's durability was demonstrated with "a new record of 1,626 car-racking, stamina-testing miles, in 67½ hours, between Chicago and Miami, Florida." Its average speed of 24.1 mph was no mean accomplishment on what passed for roads of 1916.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 1916 Elgin Six Touring is one of only eight 1916 Elgins known to exist. It is an AACA Historic Preservation Award winner which speaks to its remarkable survival. It has newer upholstery and top, a preservation quality old repaint and otherwise is charmingly original and overall very sound.

It also is unusually well-equipped including an extending luggage fence on the right running board, an Old Sol spotlight, rear mounted spare, kerosene hand warmer near the steering wheel, a coal foot warmer and an old canvas water bag hanging on the radiator. A set of side curtains comes with it along with a reproduction Care and Operation manual and an original Elgin Motor Car Corporation stock certificate.

While its greatest appeal is its rarity and startling preservation this Elgin also is notable as an example of the nearly boundless euphoria in America at the beginning of the last century for auto company startups. It will rarely meet another of the same make, and only a few contemporaries so well and completely preserved.
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<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
<b>1916 Elgin Six Touring  </b><br />Chassis no. 174093 <br />Engine no. M3075
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