Hershey | Lot 220

1914 Regal Model T Underslung Touring

$31,900 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

6 October 2017

Chassis No.
  • Significant Regal from the Brass Era
  • Rare and seldom-seen model with unusual engineering
  • An older restoration that continues to present nicely

The Regal automobile was the result of a partnership among the Lambert Brothers, Charles R., J.E., Bert and prominent Detroit engineer Fred W. Haines. The Regal Motor Car Co. was incorporated in the fall of 1907 with success coming quickly in the medium-priced, medium-size field. Particularly effective was a promotion that followed the trek of the Regal “Plugger” traversing the United States from the summer of 1909 to the summer of 1910. A stock 30-hp Regal crossed the country five times from New York to San Francisco before returning to Detroit during which it compiled 22,000 miles. Regal claimed it “The greatest endurance car in the world with plenty of life left.”

Regal introduced its Underslung model later that year. Three models were offered, including a roadster, a fully enclosed Colonial Coupe, and the four-door touring car. The Touring was referred to as the Model T with 25 hp and Model C with 35 hp. Production continued through 1918 when it appears the company’s financial problems seemed to have arrived with World War I.

This Model T is an older restoration that presents nicely. Finished in light grey with black fenders, it is highlighted by distinctive red coach lines. Typical of a car from the era, brass accents include the radiator shell, headlight rims, hub caps, and step plates on the running boards. Beautiful wooden artillery wheels are fitted with black demountable rims. A black leatherette top and black button-tufted interior blend harmoniously with wooden trim around the upper edges of the body and wooden steering wheel with brass center hub. The four-cylinder engine is nicely detailed underhood, evidencing use while attesting to a car that has been both driven and well cared for.

This is a unique opportunity to acquire a seldom-seen car with unusual engineering for its time. It will surely be welcome at most any show or simply enjoyed driving around town and country.

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