Sold for £10,350
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: BF 7732
Chassis No: 73
The motorised ‘High Wheeler’ – in many ways the exemplar of a horseless carriage – was a popular design concept during the early twentieth century especially among rural communities where its familiar looks, lower price and (puncture free) solid rubber tyres found particular favour. Succumbing to a patent infringement lawsuit, High Wheeler manufacturer Kiblinger of Auburn, Indiana was bought out by its factory manager, W.H. McIntyre in 1909. Duly named after him, the new venture offered no fewer than ten High Wheelers from Runabouts to Surreys to Tourings. Marketed as ‘Cheaper than Horses’ and ‘The right car for the most people’, they were powered by a range of two- and four-cylinder engines allied to planetary transmission and utilising chain drive. Dropping High Wheelers in favour of more conventional Low Wheelers by 1911 and dabbling with cyclecars too could not prevent McIntyre from ceasing production during 1915 after some 1,699 cars had been completed.
Identified by the Pre-’50 American Auto Club as a Model NN dating from 1909, chassis 73 was thus originally built on a 191cm wheelbase and fitted with an 18.2hp twin-cylinder engine. Previously resident in Kansas, the McIntyre was imported by renowned Ford Model T specialists, Tuckett Bros, during 2008. Entering the current ownership five years later, the High Wheeler has not run for some time and as such will require recommissioning / checking over. One of just 264 McIntyres (across all model types) produced in 1909, ‘BF 7732’ is a very rare survivor. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and sundry paperwork.
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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022
An auction of classic & collector motorcars
Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
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