<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331

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Impeccably preserved, original example
1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER

Sold for US$ 165,000 inc. premium
Impeccably preserved, original example
1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER
Engine no. 3331

200 cu.in, Side-Valve, 4-Cylinder Inline Engine
Single carburetor, 25hp
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, front and rear
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes

*Superb original condition
*Technically advanced underslung chassis format
*the best looking Regal model
*Eligible for Horseless Carriage Club events


THE REGAL UNDERSLUNG

Founded in Detroit in the autumn of 1907, the Regal Car Company hired Paul Arthur to design its car, which was bodied by the Fisher coachworks of Detroit. A conventional, medium-sized, medium-priced automobile, the Regal enjoyed considerable success, thanks in part to a promotion that saw a standard 30hp model - 'Plugger' - travel from New York to San Francisco in the summer of 1909 and then cross the continent a further five times before finally returning home to Detroit in the summer of 1910 after a journey of 22,000 miles.

In the autumn of 1910 the company's famous Underslung model was introduced at $900 for a runabout, $1,250 for a colonial coupé and since bodies were interchangeable the car could be bought with both for $1,400. Because of its lively performance and similarity in size, the Regal Underslung was frequently compared to America's pre-eminent sports car of the era, the Mercer. As the Mercer was twice as expensive the Regal came to be known as the 'poor man's Mercer'.

Annual sales increased steadily from 425 in 1908 (the first full year of production) to a peak of 8,227 in 1915, by which time Regal was large enough to be considered a major manufacturer, exporting widely. The marque gained success overseas also, Regals were imported into the UK between 1911 and 1918 by Seabrook, of Great Eastern Street, London EC2 and marketed as 'Seabrook RMC's. Financial difficulties, however, were just around the corner. The WWI materials shortage contributed to halved production in 1917 and the receivers moved in during February of 1918 to close what, almost certainly, was still a going concern.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

There is no arguing the fact that these Regal Underslung roadsters are wonderful looking motorcars this one in this fabulous and this one in this wonderful original condition is on another level. The state of preservation of this Regal is superb. So many fine details remain like the hand stitched straps holding the front of the top down, the beautiful tufted upholstery with virtually no defects and all the correct instruments and lamps. The original top still has wonderful shape and is complimented by an original period monocle windshield. The engine compartment is equally impressive with no visible modifications; the side of the engine still shows its number stenciling and all the original ignition wiring is still present.
This Regal is an operational vehicle having been recently serviced and made running. In the efforts of preservation, the engine has been run off a Gerry can to not disturb the original fuel tank.

Currently offered by its third owner the Regal who has had the car for several years and was acquired from a many decade long collection. The Regal was a featured exhibit at the AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania about 5 years ago.

This Regal embodies much of the design that makes their larger underslung siblings million-dollar plus vehicles. The graceful underslung chassis and the car a look distinctive from its high riding competition of the era. The underslung design makes for a nimble and precise handling car.

This wonderful and highly charismatic machine has yet to be exhibited at a major event and would know doubt be a hit at the most prestigious Concours d'Elegances. A wonderful and amazingly well preserved example of a great sporting prewar motorcar.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this car is titled under model year 1913.
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<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
<b>1910 Regal UNDERSLUNG MODEL N ROADSTER</b><br />Engine no. 3331
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