Lot 663: 1903 Crestmobile Model D 5hp Runabout
Based at Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Crest Manufacturing Company first produced gasoline engines before venturing into car production, �manufacturing all the parts to construct automobiles�. 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 8�hp single-cylinder model introduced in 1904, but Crest was slow to adapt to changing expectations within the emerging market for powered transport, where multi-cylinder designs were becoming the norm, and folded in 1905.
The Crestmobile 5hp Model D Runabout offered here is one of only two of this type known to survive worldwide and the only complete example. A �combination runabout and light touring car�, the single-cylinder Model D came with two-speeds-and-reverse transmission and weighed 900lbs. A top speed of 25mph and a 100-mile range were claimed. Previously restored in the USA, the car was purchased there and first registered in this country in 1996 before going on display in the Skopos Motor Museum, Yorkshire. Purchased by the current owner in April 2006, it benefits from some engine refurbishment, which included refitting the original Longuemare carburettor, while other noteworthy features include tiller steering, 12-volt electric starter, 6-volt trembler coil ignition, and electric lighting courtesy of a set of The Badger Brass Mfg Co�s splendid lamps. This Crestmobile is presented in truly magnificent condition, fresh from winning the Regent Street Concours on the eve of the Veteran Car Club�s London to Brighton Run last month, and is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2008, Swansea V5 registration document and VCC Dating Certificate (number �2156�). (It should be noted that the car is incorrectly recorded as a 3�hp model on the latter).
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£36700|
|Registration number||BS 8230|
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