1927 Locomobile

1927 Locomobile Model 90 Sportif

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Phoenix, Arizona | January 16-17, 2020

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Locomobile was one of America’s earliest car companies, and they began by producing steam cars. Gasoline-powered vehicles followed, and the company survived WWI and into the 1920s. In 1919, the Model 48 was introduced, and it was the grandest car the company ever made.

A few years later, in 1922, Locomobile was acquired by Billy Durant, who was forming his post-GM empire, Durant Motors. Locomobile was at the top of the heap, alongside Durant, Star, Flint, and Rugby. It all went wrong after the stock market crash in 1929, and the brands disappeared after 1932, with Locomobile not even making it to the 1930s.

The Model 90 was introduced in 1926 and is powered by an 86-horsepower, 6.1-liter L-head inline-six. It rode on a 138-inch wheelbase, which was only four inches shorter than the mighty 48. This example is one of two Model 90 Sportifs known to exist and is thought to have once been owned by Cliff Durant, a racing driver, and Billy’s son.

You can read more about it here and see more from RM here.

Update: Sold $58,240.

Overland Sport Touring

1919 Overland Model 90 Sport Touring

Offered by Auctions America | Auburn, Indiana | May 7, 2016

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Did you know? Auctions America says that Overland was America’s #2 automobile marque between the years of 1912 and 1918. Yes, during some of those years there was a major war, but it still counts.

Overland was founded in 1903 by Claude Cox and he sold the company to John North Willys in 1912. It was then called Willys-Overland, but the standalone “Overland” marque continued until 1926 (and re-appeared for a year in 1939, which was kind of a fluke because it sort of just morphed into Willys).

The 1919 Model 90 was offered as a Sedan and a Roadster – and this car wears a sporty Touring trim. The engine  is a 32 horsepower straight-four and the car looks nice. It’s being offered out of a museum, so it hasn’t been abused – but it may not have been used in a while. It should bring between $20,000-$30,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.

Update: Sold $7,975.