Lot 1970


1918 Chalmers Six-30
Reg. no. BF 5431
Chassis no. 109309
Engine no. 35C34596
The Chalmers Motor Company was founded in 1908 when Hugh Chalmers, president of the National Cash Register Company, bought E.R. Thomas’ shares in the Thomas-Detroit company, which was renamed Chalmers-Detroit. The Detroit name was dropped in 1911, and as the American motor industry boomed, Chalmers went from strength to strength, producing 20,000 cars in 1915. Competing in the upper-mid sector of the market, Chalmers cars were regarded as a cut above a Ford or Chevrolet. By 1918, a six cylinder engine was available, with its power and increased refinement adding to the car’s appeal. The 1920 post-war recession, however, was disastrous for the company; it was taken over by fellow Detroit manufacturer Maxwell in 1922, and thereafter was absorbed into the Chrysler empire.
This 1918 Chalmers Six-30, with the 3.8-litre engine, was purchased in 1918 by the Hefney family of Rangeley, USA. The price would have been $1565, or just over three times the price of the ubiquitous Ford Model T. Owned by the family until 1968, it then made its way to Colorado before coming to the UK in 1989. The most recent owner purchased the car in 2013; it was decided to retrim and repaint the car, but the selected company went out of business after removing the roof and upholstery. This job will need completing. In otherwise good condition, there is strong history with bills and photographs relating to restoration work in 2001 and engine work in 1996. There is also an original instruction manual and a V5c.

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