1911 Midland L 40 HP RaceaboutSOLD

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions on August 20 and 21, 2011. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 325 CID T-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine Single Updraft Carburetor 40 HP 3-Speed Selective Manual Gearbox 2-Wheel Double Concentric Fully Enclosed Drum Brakes Suspension by Semi-Elliptical Springs Front and Three-Quarter Elliptical Rear About this Car: The Midland automobile was produced in Moline, Illinois, under the leadership of Charles Pope and the Deere family. In 1913, after just five years of existence, the Midland Motor Car Company lost its financial footing. As a result of such a short period of production, less than 10 Midlands are known to exist today. Of those, this particular automobile is even more exclusive, as it is believed to be one of only two Model L Midlands known to exist, the other being a touring car. Although the early history of this car is not known, the first noted post-war owner was of significant interest. Famed for the world?s first helicopter, the Autogyro, the Pitcairn family was also known for being avid car enthusiasts and collectors. This particular Midland entered Steve Pitcairn?s stewardship some time in the early 1950s, when he may well have admired it for its technological advancements. With its modern bell housing uniting the engine, clutch and gearbox as well as its double concentric brakes, the car had features that preceded similar innovations by manufacturers such as Rolls-Royce. In 1958, the Midland was restored by Wilkinson and Sharpe. Although the fenders, hood and gas tank are believed to be original, during the restoration, the car received its raceabout-style seats. The car was finished in a Forest Green with tan leather per Mr. Pitcairn?s wishes. Featured on the cover of a 1962 Antique Automobile, the Midland saw active use in the Northeast. For the following 50 years, the car remained in the Pitcairn collection, receiving little use but all the necessary upkeep. The Midland was eventually sold to the current owner in 2009. Upon purchase, 50 years after restoration, the car was found to be in wonderfully preserved condition, with attractive paint that would surprise even the most skepti- cal. Notwithstanding its appeal, the Midland was in need of some mechanical attention. Tens of thousands of dollars were put into the mechanics of the car to complete all necessary work, including an overhaul of the pressure-assisted pump oiling system. In addition, the interior has been recently, and appropriately, refurbished in blackleather. With 27" wheels, it is readily apparent that this Midland is simply a large-scale version of the iconic Mercer 35 J. Benefitting from recent mechanical servicing, this car is ready to take its place among some of the biggest and best of the Brass and Nickel Era models. The current owner even remarks that the Midland ?goes faster than a brave man would drive it.?

Reference Number 132695

as of 12/24/2011

Car 1911 Midland L 40 HP Raceabout
VIN 828 
Exterior / Interior Color      Green /      Black 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of Steve Pitcairn