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1912 Oldsmobile Defender

1912 Oldsmobile Defender

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1912 Oldsmobile Defender

1912 Oldsmobile Defender
AUCTION RESULTS: Car was Sold at a price of $85,250

One of six remaining examples; all net proceeds to benefit the Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance Foundation 1912 Oldsmobile Defender Touring

Model 40. 35 bhp, 299 cu. in. inline T-head four-cylinder engine, cast in pairs, with magneto and battery ignition, cone clutch and four-speed sliding gear manual transmission. Front suspension via semi-elliptical leaf springs and beam axle, rear suspension via semi-elliptical leaf springs and live rear axle, and rear wheel brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

These four-cylinder models started with the Model S in 1906, and culminated with the Special in 1910-11. A new model intended to replace the Special, the Defender was an imposing car. It was introduced in 1912 and remained in production for just two years, priced at $3,500. 325 cars are believed to have been built, but only six remain today. In addition to the example offered here, there are two speedsters, one tourabout, and two other touring cars. The example offered here was sold new in 1912 to Mr. Frank Price Sr., an engineer from Santa Ana, California. He loved his Oldsmobile, and indeed, never sold it. In 1925 he was invited to bring the car to Lansing for a special anniversary celebration. He did just that, driving the car both ways! Unfortunately, in 1968, Frank Price passed away, and his son Frank Price, Jr., inherited the car, eventually selling it to well known California collector Tom Martindale, who restored the car in maroon with a black leather interior. Martindale sold it to an Oregon collector, who owned the car for many years before it was acquired by its next owner. In recent years, the car has been on display at GM's Heritage Center as part of the Specialty Vehicle Fleet.

RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island
March 14, 2009
Website: www.rmauctions.com
Sold at a price of $85,250
Lot #281

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