26th Jul, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

Lot 98

c.1910 Brush Model D Gentleman's Runabout
Detroit built Edwardian motor car

Sold for £18,562

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: DS 9145
Chassis No: 9102
MOT: Exempt

  • Beautifully presented with gorgeous patination
  • Very rare outside of the USA
  • Single cylinder 1030cc Engine
  • Full UK V5C and very large history file included

Manufactured in Detroit, Michigan, the Brush was a popular two-seater runabout marketed as an "Everyman's car". It was one of the earliest small cars to feature coil springs all round and they are known for their wooden frame and axles with Artillery wheels. The initial Brush model for sale had a single-cylinder, 1030cc 20 horsepower engine, with chain-drive and a two-speed transmission and was priced at $780. By the end of 1907 the price of the Brush was down to $500 to compete with other manufacturers. The Brush was designed by Alanson P. Brush and the company was formed by Frank Briscoe. After it's success, Brush merged with and became a division of U.S. Motors Co and eventually ceased production in 1913.

Chassis no. 9102 was built in circa 1910 in Detroit and appeared to live a cherished life throughout its life in its home country. Little is known of its time in the USA apart from a plaque with numerous badges for show wins during the mid 1970s that comes with the car, but we do know that the car was imported around 1991 to the UK where it was subject to a large amount of restoration work to both the body and the mechanical components of the car throughout the 1990's. The history file provided with the car is enormous, displaying photographs of the work undertaken and what could be considered a library of Brush history including advertising, magazine features, workshop manuals and more which makes it obvious the car has been cherished as one would expect for a Veteran motor car. The current vendor has owned the car since 2004 and has continued to provide basic maintenance as the car has needed for very little in that time; a testament to the basic, yet fantastic engineering of this period.

On inspection, the vendor started the engine with the crank handle in front of us and the little single cylinder engine fired into life immediately and maintained a consistent idle almost instantly. The vendor has advised that the car has always been a good runner and with basic maintenance procedures adhered to, should continue to provide excellent service to any prospective new owner. Having been subject to a restoration almost thirty years ago the paintwork is showing some natural patination which appears to suit the car very well indeed. The brass-work, from the acetylene head, side and tail lamps through to the general embellishments on the car, appear to be in very good order. The car stands on a set of Artillery wheels with Pneumatic beaded-edge tyres (opposed to the earlier solid tyres) and the suspension system appears to be all in fine fettle. The vendor also presented a full wooden hood frame complete with clamps, but advised that he does not have a hood for the car, so this would need to be specially made should the prospective buyer choose.

This is a great opportunity for either a collector who pines for something very unusual as the Brush is such a rarity outside of the USA or would make a great first step into Veteran motoring.

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
07484 082430


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  



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Tuesday 25th July 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th July 2023 from 9am

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