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Engine
Inline 4
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Transmission
Manual
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VIN
2394

Description

20 HP, In-Line 4-Cylinder "T-Head" Engine, 3-Speed Transmission, Chain Drive Chassis No. 2394 Filled with history, this car was developed by four prominent automotive pioneers including Arthur Newby, Carl Fisher, James Allison and Robert Hassler. Home for this new make would be Indianapolis, Indiana, and three of those gentlemen also had another business interest in town, the new Indianapo...

20 HP, In-Line 4-Cylinder "T-Head" Engine, 3-Speed Transmission, Chain Drive Chassis No. 2394 Filled with history, this car was developed by four prominent automotive pioneers including Arthur Newby, Carl Fisher, James Allison and Robert Hassler. Home for this new make would be Indianapolis, Indiana, and three of those gentlemen also had another business interest in town, the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In December 1909, after the track had been paved with bricks, the first car to take a spin on this new course was the first Empire off the line. One of our favorite cars in this collection is the Empire Model 20 "Little Aristocrat". With the looks of a more powerful sports car like a Mercer or Stutz Bearcat, this little roadster is the cat's meow. Finished in bright yellow with black pin-stripe, it also features black leather bucket seats and its original cast aluminum step-plates. Lighting was supplied by a full Presto-lite system, another company owned by Fisher, and is fitted with Victor headlights. This example appears to have restored within the past few years and is ready to hit the road. With 12-spoke wooden wheels featuring large 33" x 4" tires, it means business. A vintage Jones Speedometer mounted on the car shows just 220 miles, which are believed to have been accumulated since the vehicle's full restoration. Among other brass appointments are a pair of operating cowl-lights, brass horn and shifting levers plus guides. Sure to turn heads wherever it is shown, as well as appreciate in value, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a sporty edition from America's brass era.

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