1907 Holsman 10hp No. 3 Runabout  Engine no. 170

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Lot 219
1907 Holsman 10hp No. 3 Runabout
Engine no. 170

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 18,297) inc. premium
1907 Holsman 10hp No. 3 Runabout
Engine no. 170
No Reserve

Footnotes

  • Although it lasted only from 1903 to 1910, Chicago-based Holsman was an influential make as its success in building 'high wheeler' runabouts (or buggies) encouraged numerous other Midwest firms to enter the market. These light vehicles with their large diameter wheels and high ground clearance were ideally suited to the rough and rutted dirt roads of the North American prairies and proved immensely popular. The Holsman was powered by a twin-cylinder horizontally opposed air-cooled engine that grew in output from 5 to 12 horsepower over the years, and there was also a four-cylinder 26hp model available by 1909. A Surrey model on a longer wheelbase was added to the range for 1905.

    Architect Henry K Holsman's first automobile was a crude device even by the standards of the day; final drive was by Manila rope initially, later by chain, while the hand operated brakes acted directly on the solid rubber tyres. The chassis was a wooden steel-braced affair and there was elliptical springing at both ends, while control was by means of a single vertical tiller operating the transmission and brakes. While rival manufacturers added standard models fitted with pneumatic tyres to their ranges, the obstinate Holsman stuck with his original conception, precipitating the company's demise. Nevertheless, the Holsman Automobile Company is estimated to have produced more than 6,000 of these runabouts, making it one of the USA's first volume producers of automobiles.

    The most affordable of the range, with a list price of $650, this Holsman 'No. 3' runabout has the steering wheel control, two-speed transmission and twin-chain final drive typical of later models. An older restoration, the car is finished in black with matching deep-buttoned leather upholstery, black vinyl hood, red chassis rails and matching wheels shod with solid rubber tyres. Other noteworthy features include Dietz Union driving lamps, an Adlake rear light and a brass horn. Unregistered, the car was last running when placed on museum display circa 2000 and thus is sold strictly as viewed. There are no documents with this Lot.

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to inform bidders that this High Wheeler is actually a far rarer Economy Model E 22/24hp. The Economy Motor Buggy Company of Fort Wayne, Indiana, produced motor buggy's from 1908 through to 1911.
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1907 Holsman 10hp No. 3 Runabout  Engine no. 170
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