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1911 Mercer Type 35 Raceabout

Mercer Type 35 Raceabout , 1911
Mercer Type 35 Raceabout , 1911
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The Mercer 35J Raceabout was considered to be America’s first sports car. Back in the day, a Mercer Raceabout could be taken from the showroom to the racetrack where it could generally beat all competitors.

Mercer built approximately 150 J-35 models between 1911-1914 in Trenton, NJ. In 1914, the car sold for $2,600. Today the remaining Mercer Raceabouts are considered among the most desirable of all brass-era cars.

This car is powered by a side-valve, T-Head, smooth running, 4-cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed transmission. The surprisingly quiet four-cylinder engine was the work of Finlay Robertson Porter, a gifted automotive engineer with a need for speed. An oil-immersed multiple-disc clutch enabled unusually smooth gear-shifting for this era. The 300 cubic-inch engine developed 50 horsepower and has a top speed of 75 mph. To improve the vehicles handling characteristics, the drive was placed low in the frame.

Чрезвычайно эффектный образ спортивного американского автомобиля Mercer Type 35 Raceabout формировался множеством отдельно стоящих на раме деталей: радиатором, капотом, парой ковшеобразных сидений и лежащей на боку бочки для бензина, а также другими «разномастными» штучками, включая абсолютно бесполезный монокль круглого ветрового стекла. Все это нравилось или, точнее, забавляло.
Quelle: www.jaylenosgarage.com; Н. Розанов, Журнал "Автомобили" 01-2000
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1911 Mercer Type 35 Raceabout
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Журнал "Автомобили" 01-2000