<B>1904 OLDSMOBILE MODEL T "FRENCH FRONT" LIGHT TONNEAU</B>

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1904 OLDSMOBILE MODEL T "FRENCH FRONT" LIGHT TONNEAU
Sold for US$ 60,500 inc. premium

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1904 OLDSMOBILE MODEL T "FRENCH FRONT" LIGHT TONNEAU

Chassis no. 25816
Engine no. 25816

142.6ci Horizontal Single-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
10bhp at 600rpm
2-Speed Planetary Transmission
Solid Front Axle with Transverse Leaf Spring– Live Rear Axle
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes

*Recent mechanical refurbishment
*Eligible for Horseless Carriage Club Tours
*Eligible for a Passport for the London to Brighton in 2016 and 2017
*Rare early automobile from famed marque



THE OLDSMOBILE "FRENCH FRONT"

How do you follow up the most famous front end in early motoring? With an even more attractive model, of course! Despite the booming success of the Curved Dash Olds a more upscale, larger and visually distinct car was proposed for 1904. It would adopt a more European appearance with a brass radiator with louvered hood. The new Touring Runabout and a Light Tonneau counterpart would adopt the moniker "French Front" as few American cars of the period had this layout.

The two models were the first Olds to feature a steering wheel, the Touring Runabout rode on a 10" longer wheelbase than the curved-dash Model 6C, with seating for two and a sloping rear deck. The Light Tonneau, being basically a longer chassis version was a further 8inches in length, with an extra two seats which were detachable, giving the option of 2 or 4 seat configurations and having much more presence than its brethren.

The engine was the same as in the curved-dash model, incorporating pressure-feed lubrication and jump-spark ignition, with a slightly larger bore of 5 1/2 inches for the Light Tonneau. Single chain drive was employed with longitudinal leaf springs on each side, while a small transverse leaf spring was added at the front. Available in dark red or dark green, and with attractive brass side lamps included in the $850 price for the Touring Runabout, while the Light Tonneau, when fully equipped with its rear seat option cost $950.

Because of their good looks and scarcity, the "French Front" Oldsmobiles have always been desirable machines and few American cars boast the good performance and ease of use of the Olds.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Model T Olds offered here was discovered in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s by noted brass era enthusiast Gerald Luckow. Mr. Luckow was subsequently responsible for the car's restoration, using careful comparisons with known surviving examples, and extensive research. At this point the rear section of the bodywork, which had been lost was matched and rebuilt correctly also.

In the present ownership for the last five years, as acquired the car has been the subject of a good quality refurbishment of its cosmetics in period correct red scheme and tastefully trimmed with French pleat upholstery. Completing its presentation is a full set up of brass head and side lights, horn and tail light. In the last few years and in the current custody the mechanical aspects have been rebuilt comprehensively, including the planetary transmission and new steering gears, and also the carburetor, ignition box and wheel bearings. As presented the car has been run, but is still at a 'running in' stage and may require further refinement/adjustments to return put it in ready to use order.

Naturally, beyond the handsome aesthetics, one of the great appeals of these early cars is their usability in events, some of which are dependent on their specific age. The noted guru on these cars was the late Gary Hoonsbeen who was sadly lost from the car community earlier this year. In the last few years, the current owner and Mr. Hoonsbeen had been working with the noted international authority for these cars, the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain to confirm their acceptance of the Oldsmobile Model T as being built in 1904. This has been agreed in recent years and an application for this car made to the VCC, which is currently pending, allowing it a Passport for the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in 2016 and 2017, and potentially thereafter once it has been inspected by the Committee.

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