Catalog Auction info Hershey At Home 2020 - Ended October 14, 2020 (#100120) 10/14/2020 11:00 AM CDT CLOSED! Lot #61900 Gasmobile Runabout Click image to enlarge PreviousNextSimilar Items Lot closed - Winning bid:N/A (25 bids) Remove from watchlist Add to watchlist Ask a question Hershey At Home 2020 - Ended October 14, 2020 (#100120) 10/14/2020 11:00 AM CDT CLOSED! Description Year 1900 Make Gasmobile Model Runabout VIN Mileage Exterior 5 Interior 5 Drivetrain 5 Drivability 5 Overall 5 Color Ivory Exterior with Red Interior Lot Location: Lebanon, MO Year 1900 Make Gasmobile Model Runabout VIN Mileage Exterior 5 Interior 5 Drivetrain 5 Drivability 5 Overall 5 Color Ivory Exterior with Red Interior Lot Location: Lebanon, MO Description: Being sold with title. Car #53 - one of the earliest surviving examples Restored in the ‘50s Red leather in very good shape Brass lanterns in good condition Possibly Eligible for New London to New Brighton Veteran Car Run The first type of tire invented was simply a thick rubber inner tube wrapped around a wooden wheel. Then another type was invented and is what is on this particular Gasmobile, a thick inner tube wrapped in cotton cloth to make them more puncture resistant because back in 1900 if you were going on a ten mile trip you would have to stop and patch a tire 3 to 4 times. The Automobile Company of America in New York City, founded in 1899 by a group of early car industry veterans, originally the builders of the American, the company’s product was rechristened the following year as the Gasmobile – a name they felt was more descriptive in an era when steam and electric cars were also being made. Pioneering early American horseless carriage. Surely one of very few known to survive. Wonderful patina and character. The Gasmobile Runabout was one of the fastest road cars in America in 1900, it might not look like a sports car now but it trounced all comers in the leading auto races of the day – with its mighty 3 hp engine and top speed of 25 mph. The Gasmobile Runabout was built by the rather simply named Automobile Company of America from 1899 till 1902. Although the name Gasmobile might seem strange today but it was chosen to differentiate it from the steam, electric, and horse drawn vehicles of the time. The Automobile Company of America shown a lot of promise, but perhaps attempted to expand too quickly for their own good, they had a relatively complex 6 cylinder car on sale all the way back in 1902 – capable of a heady 45 hp and 70 mph. These were unheard of figures for the time and the cars did well in the burgeoning world of auto racing. Historian Beverly Rae Kimes notes that a Gasmobile won all of the contests staged for gasoline automobiles at the Automobile Club of America’s show at Madison Square Garden in 1900, and in 1901 another won the Long Island Endurance Contest. The Gasmobile you see here is car number 53, making it one of the earliest surviving examples, it’s powered by a 3 hp, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled gasoline engine. Starting is accomplished using a side-mounted crank handle, steering is accomplished with a tiller, a pair of standard foot pedals control braking and acceleration, and there’s a chain drive to the rear axle. There are front and rear leaf springs, as you’d expect, and headlight duties are handled by a pair of acetylene lamps, with a third lower mounted light for additional illumination. Under the front cowling there’s a simple radiator, with the horn exiting just in front of it on the lower left side, the horn is a foot operated pneumatic unit conveniently placed next to the pedals, so you can stamp on it to clear the common folk out of your way. Although it looks like a Chesterfield sofa with wheels to the modern eye, it was designed at a time when people were far more used to horse drawn carriages, and this is where it took its design cues. There are very few surviving Gasmobiles left, this one had been abandoned in a storage company building in the 1950s but after being discovered it was restored in an appealing off-white with red trim and red leather upholstery. There are an ever increasing number of veteran and brass-era automobile events around the world, one of the most noteworthy being the iconic London to Brighton. This 1900 Gasmobile could possibly qualify for any of these events, and would probably attract quite a crowd to boot. Categories: Pre War and Brass Star Rating * (1 Star) Poor Condition – Heavy use and wear, damaged parts or elements, and in need of repair or restoration. Typically this category is for project vehicles.** (2 Stars) Fair Condition –There are notable signs of use and wear. There are visible signs of defective or deteriorated parts or elements that would require attention before using or driving. It requires mechanical or cosmetic treatment for a more presentable item/vehicle. Overall condition of the vehicle is average.*** (3 Stars) Good Condition – The beginning of visible use and wear of the vehicle in regards to age and/or miles and may not be obvious to the untrained eye. The imperfections are not severe enough to justify a full restoration.**** (4 Stars) Excellent Condition – Has flaws only visible with a more in depth look at the vehicle or item. Interior showing signs of little use. For newer cars it would be considered a well-cared for and maintained vehicle or item with limited use. For Classic cars this would be a local car show winner.***** (5 Stars) Concours Condition – Almost perfect condition from the year it was manufactured. For newer cars it means well maintained and very well cared for. For Classic cars it is a near perfect restored example. Terms and conditions BUYER'S TERMS, PROVISIONS & CONDITIONS OF SALE Bidding. No bid may be retracted by Bidder/Buyer during the sale for any reason, regardless of whether bid is made in person, by telephone, or as an absentee bidder. All sales are final upon the Auctioneer's declaration of sale. Payment. Payment of the purchase price is due immediately upon the Auctioneer's declaration of sale. Payment accepted by wire transfer only, we do not accept credit cards by phone or web except for the memorabilia. All cash payments will be reported according to U.S. Federal government requirements. 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