American Underslung 50 HP Roadster – 1908

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908


American Underslung 50 HP Roadster – 1908


Marca : American Motor Car Company
Modello : American Underslung 50 HP
Versione : Roadster
Anno : 1908
Telaio N. : 1427
Motore N. : 1448
Esemplari prodotti :
Designer : Fred Tone
Progettista : Harry Stutz
Motore : 4 cilindri in linea
Cilindrata : 476.5 cu. in.
Distribuzione : T-head
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : 1 carburatore
Potenza : 50 HP
Top speed Km/h :


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2016 – Monterey – RM Sotheby’s – Unsold


American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

The American Underslung, a factory-bestowed nickname of sorts, not a model name, was one of the foremost automobiles built in Indianapolis during an era when the Crown City was one of the Midwest’s centers of motor car production. Designed by Fred Tone, it featured a highly advanced chassis design that ran under and dipped between the axles, lowering the car’s body closer to the ground and, therefore, also its center of gravity. This resulted not only in beautiful, slinky styling – the E-Type of its era – but in superb handling to match the performance of brutal T-head four-cylinder engines.

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

The American was expensive, and it was worth it. It was a beautifully constructed performance automobile that represented the height of performance at the time, as the Ford GT does today. By virtue of its combination of the most powerful available engine with one of the first American chassis to be designed with performance and handling in mind, and with lightweight bodywork, it can justifiably be considered the United States’ earliest sports car – introduced several years before its nearest competitors, the Mercer and Stutz.

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908

 

American Underslung 50 HP Roadster - 1908


 

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