<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291

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Lot 133
Offered from the Clem and Mary Lange Collection
1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car

Sold for US$ 179,200 inc. premium
1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car
Chassis no. 1578
Engine no. 1291
350ci T-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
35hp (ALAM Rated)
3-Speed Sliding Gear Manual Transmission
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs with Rigid Front Axle – Live Rear Axle
Rear Wheel Cable-Operated Drum Brakes

*The only surviving example
*Ex-James Melton and Henry Austin Clark, Jr.
*Complete with both its early pickup body and current unrestored touring body
*Numerous desirable period accessories


THE LOCOMOBILE

Imagine in 1907 paying $4,500 for an automobile without a top. True, cars were still largely the provinces of the wealthy, but $4,500 would buy a nice home in many parts of the United States. Of course, anyone who bought a new Locomobile would likely have spent far more on their home, and may well have had one place on Fifth Avenue and another in the Hamptons or Newport.

According to the Locomobile Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, it was not possible to buy a finer car built in America. To justifiably dispute their claim to this distinction one would certainly have to be among the royalty of American motor cars. Challengers would likely have included Thomas, or Pierce Arrow.

In 1907, the Locomobile product line included the 20 horsepower Model E and the 35 horsepower Model H. For those serious about auto racing, there was also the 90 Horsepower Special with which to contest the Vanderbilt Cup or races in Savannah or Briarcliff Manor.

A big 'T-head' four-cylinder engine with a bore of 4½ inches and a long 5½ inch stroke powered the Model H, rivaling the power produced by British and European automobiles like Rolls-Royce and Mercedes. The selective sliding gear transmission featured four gears forward and one in reverse and transmitted drive to the rear via a pair of chains.

The wheelbase was a lengthy 120 inches and the track 54 inches, enough room to accommodate seven people. Suspension was by controlled by leaf springs at all corners, with significant assistance from the tremendous 34-inch tires. Expanding brakes were fitted to the rear wheels and a contracting brake on the countershaft.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

According to famed opera singer and automobile collector James Melton, this Model H Locomobile was unregistered from approximately 1925 until he bought it from Mrs. Clayton Reed of Ambler, Pennsylvania, in October 1946. The following May, Melton sold the yet unregistered Loco to legendary collector Henry Austin Clark. When "Austie" took possession of the Locomobile it was fitted with a later pick-up truck body. The current owners report that Austin Clark once mentioned that the truck body was manufactured by the Durham Body Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania, and mounted on the chassis by the Matison Asbestos Company of Ambler in 1912. Still retaining its pick-up body, the car participated in the 1947 reenactment of the Glidden Tour. Once "Austie" opened his Long Island Auto Museum in 1948, helpers at the museum used the Locomobile as daily transportation. In fact, it was reported to have been driven by Locomobile factory racing driver Joe Tracy.

When cars from Clark's museum were dispersed in the 1980s, the Model H first passed to a pair of Long Island enthusiasts. In 1989, New Hampshire collector Doug Magee acquired the Loco, still retaining the pick-up truck body. Having a special penchant for Connecticut-built automobiles, Magee was able to locate a correct and unrestored period body.

A well-known New Jersey restorer fitted the body and detailed it to make it appropriate for a 1907 Model H, which is, in fact, the only one known to exist. Equipped with large brass lamps, spotlight, Stewart Speed-o-Meter and clock, triple tube exhaust whistle and other period accessories, this remarkable—and still unrestored car—has a commanding presence.

In 2000, the Locomobile completed several outings and is ready for more use. Acquired by the Clem and Mary Lange Collection about 15 years ago, this beautifully patinaed Locomobile still retains its old pickup body in addition to a file of historic photos from "Austie" Clark's ownership, original bills of sale from James Melton to Clark, as well as other paperwork from Clark's ownership. As the only surviving 1907 Model H, it must be one of the rarest and most desirable of all remaining Connecticut-built Locomobiles.
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<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
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<b>1907 Locomobile Model H 35hp Touring Car  </b><br />Chassis no. 1578 <br />Engine no. 1291
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