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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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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