1912 Crane Model 3

4-passenger Sport Landau, body by Fred'k R. Wood & Sons
Bonhams Amelia Island 2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021
Not sold at a high bid of
$275,000 - $325,000
Est. Range
Lot Number
Concours restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 25. Burgundy with maroon fenders and aprons and black leatherette top over rose cloth. RHD. 563/110hp L-head six, 4-speed, overdrive and disc front brakes added, varnished wood spoke wheels, 37x5 whitewalls, electric headlights, C.M. Hall kerosene sidelights and electric taillight, Klaxon electric horn, windshield sun visor, brass step plates, dual rear-mounted spares, black leather covered luggage trunk, stop light with turn signals.

Evaluation: Owned for many years by Duesenberg historian Fred Roe, first delivered to Helen Hartley Jenkins, one of only two Cranes known to exist. Excellent paint, brass and interior. Despite the front disc brakes there is scant evidence of touring use and it is quite spectacular. Howard Fafard collection.

Bottom Line: The more familiar Crane is from the subsequent period when a Crane design was built by Simplex, known as the Simplex-Crane, but this is the pure Crane, full of delicious design details and built of the finest materials to the highest standards with coachwork by an eminent New York coachbuilder. Its appeal to Fred Roe, who was steeped in the engineering and construction standards of Duesenberg, is ample endorsement of the Crane’s quality. For a rare and elegant vehicle with solid provenance and a concours-quality restoration the bid amount is surprisingly modest, but formal bodied automobiles are a heavy lift, even ones as good as this with a landau-style folding top. A missed opportunity.

by Rick Carey
7 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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