Bonhams : 1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543

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Lot 107N
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543

£ 75,000 - 85,000
US$ 96,000 - 110,000
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 543
Engine no. 543

*Short-lived American marque
*Previously part of the E R Bourne Collection
*Restored in 2005
*London to Brighton Veteran Car Run completed in 2014

Footnotes

  • Colonel Albert A Pope established his manufacturing empire in the aftermath of the American Civil War. His first major product line was bicycles and by the end of the 19th Century the Colonel was head of the American Bicycle Company, a consolidation of some 40-plus firms. Pope's first venture into the field of powered transport occurred in the late 1890s with the electrically-powered Columbia, though a few gasoline-powered cars were made, which was followed in 1903 by the Pope-Robinson, the latter resulting from Pope's partnership with John T Robinson. Pope-Hartford, Pope-Toledo, Pope-Tribune and Pope-Waverley were all added to the ever-expanding fold during the following year.

    The Pope-Hartford took its name from the company's headquarters town of Hartford, Connecticut. Its first product, a single-cylinder 10hp model, was tested during the summer of 1903 and introduced as a 1904 model in two forms: a two-seater runabout and four-seater tonneau car. The range expanded quickly to encompass twin-cylinder and four-cylinder cars, consisting solely of the latter from 1908. There was a 'six' in the line-up for 1911, by which time Colonel Albert A Pope had died, his place being taken by his brother, George. With Pope's empire now crumbling, its model lines gradually disappeared, leaving the Pope-Hartford as the only one in production when the company fell into receivership in 1913. The bloated range of models was reduced to only three for 1914, but it was a case of 'too little too late' and Pope-Hartford disappeared when the factory was sold in January 1915.

    Manufactured in December 1904 as a 1905 model, this twin-cylinder, shaft-driven Model D was purchased in 2005 from the estate of E R Bourne of San Diego, California, USA, that country's foremost collector of Pope-Hartford automobiles. Its prior history is not known, though the car does come with the original 1904 sales receipt to its first owner. Restored in 2005, the car carries a new body constructed of laminated wood, which from the firewall aft is an exact duplicate taken from an original. Benefiting from renewal of the paintwork and interior in 2014, it features a divided front seat and side door tonneau, and can accommodate five persons. There is sliding-gear transmission, with three forward speeds plus reverse. A London to Brighton Run participant in 2014, this car has a VCC Veteran Passport (number '3883', issued June 2012) and we are advised that a Dating Certificate is pending.
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1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
1904 Pope-Hartford 20hp Model D Two-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 543 Engine no. 543
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