1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26

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Lot 219
1910 Paige Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster

Sold for € 33,350 (US$ 37,465) inc. premium
1910 Paige Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster
Registration no. Not UK registered
Chassis no. 26
•Unusual three-cylinder two-stroke engine
•Formerly exhibited in the Ford Museum from 1930 to 1985
•Exceptionally original 'barn find' condition.
•One of only two believed remaining worldwide

Footnotes

  • Around 1909, Frederick Osgood Paige and Harry Mulford Jewett joined forces to establish the Paige Detroit Motor Company, which built cars from 1909 to 1927 to the highest engineering standards. F O Paige had been promoting a small two-passenger runabout, designed by Andrew Bachle, which was powered by an unusual three-cylinder two-stroke engine. A wealthy coal merchant, Jewett saw its commercial potential and the first Paige Detroit hit the market in December 1909. This was this Challenger Open Roadster, priced at a competitive $800.

    In 1910, Fred Paige left the company and Jewett took over as president, shutting down the assembly line in order to reorganise the engineering department to build a more conventional design. In total, the company had sold around 800 vehicles in its first year. Eventually, the 'Paige Detroit' became 'Paige' and total production is said to have amounted to around 400,000 vehicles, with peak sales of 43,500 in 1923. On June 10th 1927, the Paige was sold to the Graham brothers and the merged companies reconstituted as the Graham-Paige Motors Corporation. Nowadays a Paige Detroit or Paige is a rare sight, with very few examples surviving.

    The car on offer here is a very original example of the first ever Paige Detroit: a two-seat Challenger Open Roadster. It is one of only two believed remaining with the 2.2-litre three-cylinder two-stroke engine. Carrying chassis number '326', it is a very early example, built in the first year of production, while the engine carries the number '101', another indicator of an early production date.

    The extent of uniqueness of the engine cannot be stressed enough. Although such an engine lay-out was not unusual in a maritime context, it was – and is to this day – an absolute rarity when it comes to powering a motor car. Referring to the original advertisement hereunder, '... the most perfect three-stroke two-cycle engine ever built for an automobile. Gives the same delightful, continuous, driving power as the highest grade "Six" of the four-cycle type – only half the number of cylinders – over a hundred less parts.'

    According to documentation on file, this car was exhibited in the Ford Museum from 1930 to 1985. It was purchased from Massachusetts, USA in July 1993 by its current owner for his private museum in Belgium where the car has resided ever since. Recently resurfaced, the car was only cleared through customs earlier this year and is provided with all necessary paperwork for registration in Belgium. Please note that this vehicle has probably not run since the 1930s; however, it appears that the engine is not seized.

    The car remains in very original condition, the upholstery, top, and bodywork being entirely original. The US title is on file, as well as the original purchase paperwork dating from 1993 and shipping and clearance documents issued when the car arrived in the port of Antwerp on October 13th that year. A unique opportunity to acquire a very early and rare Paige Detroit motor car in a fabulously original condition - a true collector's item.

    Paige Detroit 25 HP Challenger roadster 1910
    Châssis n° 26

    •Moteur deux temps trois cylindres inhabituel
    •Autrefois exposée au Ford Museum de 1930 à 1985
    •Exceptionnel état d'origine « sortie de grange »
    •Une des deux seules survivantes dans le monde

    Vers 1909, Frederick Osgood Paige et Harry Mulford Jewett réunirent leurs forces pour créer la Paige Detroit Motor Company qui construisit des automobiles d'un très haut niveau technique de 1909 à 1927. F. O. Paige avait fait la publicité d'un petit runabout à deux places, conçu par Andrew Bachle, propulsé par un inhabituel moteur deux temps à trois cylindres. Jewett, un riche marchand de charbon vit son potentiel commercial et la première Paige Detroit arriva sur le marché en décembre 1909. C'était la Challenger Open Roadster, vendu au prix très attractif de 800 $.

    En 1910, Fred Paige quitta la société et Jewett en devint le président, fermant la ligne d'assemblage pour réorganiser le service d'ingénierie et revenir à des techniques plus conventionnelles. Au total, la société avait vendu 800 véhicules au cours de sa première année. Finalement la Paige Detroit devint Paige et on dit que sa production totale s'élève à environ 400 000 véhicules, avec un pic de vente à 43 500 en 1923. Le 10 juin 1927, Paige fut vendue à Graham brothers et la fusion des deux sociétés constitua la Graham-Paige Motors Corporation. De nos jours, une Paige Detroit ou une Paige est une rareté, très peu d'exemplaires ayant survécu.

    La voiture proposée est un exemplaire très authentique de la toute première Paige Detroit, un open roadster Challenger. On pense qu'il s'agit de l'une des deux seules survivantes avec le moteur deux temps trois cylindres 2,2 litres. Portant le numéro de châssis 326, il s'agit d'un des tous premiers exemplaires, construit au cours de la première année d'activité, et son moteur porte le numéro 101, autre indicateur d'une date de production des tous débuts.

    L'aspect inhabituel de son moteur n'est pas assez souligné. Bien que des moteurs aussi singuliers n'aient pas été inhabituels dans les milieux marins, il s'agissait alors – et encore aujourd'hui – d'une rareté absolue installé dans une automobile. Si l'on en croit la publicité originale qui suit « ... le plus parfait moteur deux temps trois cylindres jamais construit pour une automobile. Il donne la même puissance réjouissante et continue que le meilleur des six cylindres quatre temps – avec seulement la moitié des cylindres – avec une centaine de pièces en moins ».

    Selon la documentation au dossier, cette voiture a été exposée au Ford Museum de 1930 à 1985. Elle a été achetée en juillet 1993 dans le Massachusetts, aux États-Unis, par son actuel propriétaire pour son musée privé en Belgique où la voiture a résidé depuis. Ayant seulement refait surface récemment, la voiture a été dédouanée au début de l'année et sera vendue avec tous les papiers nécessaires pour son immatriculation en Belgique. Soulignons que ce véhicule n'a probablement pas roulé depuis les années 1930, mais que son moteur n'est pas bloqué.

    La voiture est restée dans son état d'origine, la sellerie, la capote et la carrosserie sont entièrement d'origine. Le titre américain figure au dossier, ainsi que les papiers originaux de la vente datant de 1993 et les documents de dédouanement quand la voiture est arrivée au port d'Anvers le 13 octobre de cette année. Une chance unique d'acquérir une des première et très rares voiture Paige Detroit dans un fabuleux état d'origine – une véritable pièce de collection.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis number of this lot is 326 and not 26 as mentioned in the catalogue. Veuillez noter que le numéro de châssis de ce lot est 326 et non 26 comme mentionné dans le catalogue.
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1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
1910  Paige  Detroit 25hp Challenger Open Roadster   Chassis no. 26
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