Barn Finds

A pre-ww1 time-warp duo and a unique Lin­coln Ze­phyr

Classic Cars (UK) - - Contents -

Bon­ham’s Amer­i­can of­fice is lucky enough to deal with the sale of two of the most strik­ing time­cap­sule cars to emerge in re­cent times, per­haps all the more star­tling be­cause they come from dif­fer­ent sources. On Oc­to­ber 2 at the Sime­one Mu­seum in Philadel­phia Bon­hams will be of­fer­ing sev­eral cars from the col­lec­tion of one Rod­er­ick Rice, among which a 1913 Stephens-duryea C6 tourer re­ally stands out for its great age and in­cred­i­ble orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

It has been in the same own­er­ship since 1946 and comes with a his­tory file that beg­gars be­lief – there are let­ters be­tween the owner and Frank Duryea, one of the pi­o­neers of the in­dus­try. Old pho­tos ap­pear to show al­most no change in the car’s pati­nated but thor­oughly in­tact con­di­tion be­tween 1946 and the present day. It’s es­ti­mated at $150k-$225k (£115k-£175k).

Even older and a lot more dash­ing is the 1910 Re­gal Un­der­slung tracked down in New Eng­land by Bon­ham’s ‘Brass Era’ spe­cial­ist Evan Ide. Th­ese cars were lit­tle broth­ers to the more fa­mous Amer­i­can Un­der­slung and an early ef­fort of Harry Stutz, cre­ated just before he founded his epony­mous lux­ury mar­que. In­cred­i­ble as it seems for a 107-year-old car, this sporty two-seat run­about wears its orig­i­nal con­vert­ible top and in­te­rior trim, with no tears in ei­ther. It’s es­ti­mated at $100k$150k (£75k-£115k).

Both are of­fered with no re­serve and are in run­ning or close to run­ning con­di­tion, though the Re­gal’s spark plugs may well be older than any­one at­tend­ing the sale...

1910 Re­gal Un­der­slung tracked down in New eng­land

1913 Stephens-duryea C6 un­changed since the For­ties

C6 tourer re­mains much as it was in 1946...

... with an in­cred­i­ble his­tory file

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