1912 American Underslung Scout 22

Bonhams Amelia Island 2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021
Sale Price
$150,000 - $200,000
Est. Range
20 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Concours restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. X266; Engine no. X278. Light gray with black accent and black cloth top over red leather. RHD. 199/22.5hp ALAM L-head inline 4-cylinder, Rayfield carburetor, 3-speed, dual rear-mounted spares, Warner speedometer, Prest-o-Lite acetylene tank, bulb horn, Red wood spoke wheels, 36 x 3 1/2 tires, Gray & Davis acetylene headlights and electric sidelights.

Evaluation: Restored for the Clem and Mary Lange collection in 2012, shown at Pebble Beach the same year, at Amelia a year later and best in class at Ault Park in 2014. Excellent paint, brass, upholstery and top. Very much as-restored to high standards with only a little radiator seepage separating it from fresh. Clem and Mary Lange collection.

Bottom Line: American Underslungs are startlingly difference automobiles for the period. The underslung chassis frame makes it far lower than contemporaries, accentuated by the tall 36-inch tires that put the blade front fenders above the hood top. In appearance it was almost a caricature but its center of gravity was so low it handled exceptionally well for the era.

This is believed to be the sole surviving 1912 Scout and its condition is nearly impeccable. No matter where it appears it will attract favorable attention and it would not be at all surprising to see it back on a concours field again, it’s that good and worth every penny of the price it brought.

by Rick Carey
5 June 2021
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