Lot 11

2021   |   Geared Online | June

1912 Paterson 30 HP Touring Car

From the Estate of Tony Chesters


£25,000 - £35,000



Car Highlights

Manufactured by the W.A. Paterson Company of Flint, Michigan
Powered by a 30 HP, Four-Liter, Four-Cylinder Engine
Sporting Open Coachwork with Room for Five Passengers
Recipient of an Extensive Restoration in Elegant Colors
Kept in a Private Collection of Veteran Cars for Nearly 30 Years
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Joe Twyman

Incorporated in Flint, Michigan in 1869 as a manufacturer of carriages, the highly successful W.A. Paterson Company transitioned, later than many competitors, to automobiles in 1909. Initial models were two-cylinder, air-cooled machines and the company immediately enjoyed the reputation that comes with producing a quality product. Customer loyalty also helped grow the company, with distribution throughout the nation. For the 1910 model year, the Paterson line was refined and upgraded with four-cylinder, liquid-cooled models. As with so many of the early automobile manufacturers, the Paterson company struggled to recover from the financial strain of WWI, but continued in an ever-evolving automotive market through the 1923 model year.

This 30 HP Touring Car joined the consignor’s stable of veteran cars in 1993, having previously been treated to an extensive restoration. While long considered to be a 1912 model, correspondence in the car’s file contends that it may be a 1913. The five-place open coachwork is finished in dark blue and accented by black leather upholstery. Particularly sporting fender lines lend an air of adventure, and the car sits well over its wooden-spoke wheels shod with wide Non Skid tires. In 1994, the owner completed the challenging John o’Groats to Land’s End Veteran Car Club run without a breakdown, a testament to both the car and its driver. A rare sight, the Paterson Touring Car presented here is sure to imbue its next steward’s senses with elements of a romantic era now well over a century in the past.

*Please note that this lot is currently located in the UK. It is UK registered and has a UK DVLA-issued V5C. For further information, please contact concierge@goodingco.com. Please note that the Seller of this Lot is a private individual.

*Please also note that this vehicle has been in long-term static storage and may require mechanical attention prior to road use.

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