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1920 Mason Tourist King

Convertible Camping/Touring Car
Engine No. 5617R054460
$201,600
Sale Price
76
Lot Number
#1
Concours restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis No. 1, Engine No. 5617R054460. Light green with green cloth top over light green. 281-cid, 55-hp Continental L-head side-valve L-6, 3-speed manual. Stromberg carburetor, rear-wheel brakes, dragonfly mascot, body-color wire wheels, whitewall tires, single rear-mounted spare, full weather equipment, L’Eclaireur headlights.

Evaluation: Concours restoration | Believed to be the sole survivor of the
Newark, New Jersey-based marque. Elaborate coachwork that converts from a four-seat touring car to a bed through a complex system of hinges. Freshly restored to concours condition with excellent paint, crisp brightwork, inviting interior, tight-fitting top, and bright varnished interior wood. The nickel headlights need to be polished.

Bottom Line: It’s only on a rare occasion that the sole surviving example of a marque becomes available; it’s even more rare when it is freshly and meticulously restored and comes with unusual combination coachwork (that probably requires an operating manual). The meeting of the minds between the bidders and the consignor shall be considered definitive of this unique car’s value.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
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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.
N/A
Hagerty only assigns condition ratings to vehicles we can inspect in person or, for online listings, via high-quality photography.