1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215

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1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer
Registration no. BF 4349 Chassis no. 31215
Sold for £ 29,900 (US$ 39,004) inc. premium

Lot Details
1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215 1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer  Chassis no. 31215
1913 Chalmers Model 17 36hp Five Passenger Tourer
Registration no. BF 4349
Chassis no. 31215

Footnotes

  • Built in Detroit, Michigan, the Model 17 Chalmers was one of three models marketed by the company in 1913. Hugh Chalmers had moved from cash register manufacture to commence motor car manufacture in 1908. Chalmers aimed for the middle market, carefully avoiding taking on the might of the Ford empire, and led the way in this market with its high build quality. Production of Chalmers cars continued until the early 1920s when the company was badly hit by the recession following World War I and the company, by then in a parlous state, was taken over by one Walter Percy Chrysler

    This highly original four cylinder Model 17 was imported from America as a non-runner in 2005 by veteran car connoisseur and VCC stalwart Peter Young who had recognised its potential as a practical and powerful touring car. He embarked upon a mechanical restoration taking care not to compromise the car's remarkable originality. Work carried out included replacing the fuel tank and air receiver/Kellogs compressor, the radiator was re-cored, the dynamo overhauled and other minor repairs carried out. A list is available for inspection. The car passed to his daughter in 2007 and since then has regularly taken part in veteran car events, for several years running taking first, second and Best in Show awards at the prestigious Chertsey Agricultural Show. It has participated reliably in VCC events and in 2013 was entered in the Classic American Auto Club of Great Britain annual rally at The Brooklands Museum, winning the trophy for the 'Best Orphan.'

    The car is smartly finished in deep blue livery with black wings and maroon chassis detail. The black leather upholstery, although serviceable, will we feel respond well to careful repair and conservation. Well equipped for touring, the car is furnished with hood and two piece folding windscreen, side mounted spare rim and tyre for the practical, detachable rim, wooden wheels, running board-mounted tool box, radiator calormeter and matching rear view mirrors. The original air start fitted has not been used by the vendor. Fittings throughout are brass and lighting is by kerosene sidelamps and powerful electric headlamps. Condition generally is described, perhaps modestly, by the vendor as fair/good for age. Following a period of minimal use the clutch is currently reported as sticking.

    With its 36hp four-cylinder engine and four speed gearbox this 'long-legged', comfortable five seater, Detroit-built veteran will, following gentle re-commissioning, be a most practical car for the long distance veteran motor tour. It is currently Swansea registered with a V5C registration document.
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