<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129

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Lot 445
c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3½HP RUNABOUT

Sold for US$ 39,600 inc. premium
c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3½HP RUNABOUT
Engine no. 129

Based at Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Crest Manufacturing Company first produced gasoline engines before venturing into car production. Crest first demonstrated its capability to do so in 1900, offering a three-wheeler initially, but by 1901 had settled for a four-wheeled, front-engined design to become known as the 'Crestmobile'. The first Crestmobiles were single-cylinder, chain-driven two-seaters - Models A, B and C - all of which had air-cooled engines although of varying power outputs. Shaft drive had been adopted by 1903 and a new 8½hp single-cylinder model introduced in 1904, but Crest was slow to adapt.

This appears to be an example of the early Crestmobile, the engine is a Crest 3½hp, a unit very similar to the contemporary De Dion, which can be pull-started from within the car by means of a leather belt. Lindley Bothwell acquired the Crestmobile quite early on in his collecting period and according to family notes its purchase can be specifically dated to 1943 when it was bought from the "Whitney Collection" in San Francisco. Pre-dating most car collections this might refer to George Whitney's Playland Amusement park, as these were often places that old cars migrated to as novelties. It is frequently depicted in photographs of Mr. Bothwell's stable and appears to have been one of which he was particularly fond.

The Crestmobile when compared to contemporary publications and marketing for the make appears to be a benchmark example of its kind, right down to the rather charming detail basic weather protection in the form of a parasol.

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<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
<b>c.1901 CRESTMOBILE MODEL B 3&#189;HP RUNABOUT</b><br />Engine no. 129
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