Arizona | Lot 131
1914 Chalmers Model 24 Touring
$61,600 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
16 January 2020
- A descendant of the Thomas Flyer
- Presented in wonderful, largely original condition
- A veteran of decades of enjoyable touring
- An ideal Glidden Tour car
Until the company foundered in 1922, Chalmers enjoyed tremendous success in American racing. A pair of Chalmers managed a one-two win of the Jericho Sweepstakes race on Long Island in 1908, and the following year, a three-car team called the “Chalmers Bluebirds” achieved four wins, three 2nds, and three 3rds in seven races. The cars earned a trophy on the 1909 Glidden Tour—the most prestigious in early auto racing—and won the event outright in 1910.
The 1914 Chalmers offered here was born of that power, and it features an L-head inline six-cylinder engine that can only be described as “mighty,” with 60 horsepower on tap. These cars were renowned in their time for their solid construction and power, and this high-horsepower, six-cylinder model sports very attractive, close-coupled touring bodywork. It is almost completely original and unrestored, and it is wearing its original paint, upholstery, and equipment, including a Delco starter/generator system, a miniature four-cylinder air compressor, and dual rear-mounted spares. Having been toured extensively in the 1950s and 1960s by its earliest known owner, James Rice, it proudly wears the badges from those tours on its footboard, which testifies to decades of loving enthusiast care and ownership, most recently in the long-term ownership of Jim Stamper and the present owner.
As a 1914 model, this Chalmers is an excellent driver that is eligible for all the “big horsepower” Brass Era tours, including the Glidden, which is the modern incarnation of the event that this company conquered in 1910.