Courteney North Dakota
Thank you for the picture, Herb.
I Googled Langworthy Lumber Company. It kept directing me to lumber companies in Langworthy, IA.
But, I did find a brief story on Olin Langworthy, 1868 - 1944, who apparently loved to drive. My guess is that he is at the wheel of the car in the picture.
Again I'm guessing, but I feel the car is between an '08 - '15. I can't tell for certain, but is it an American Underslung?
Regardless, I'd like to think that Mr. Langworthy enjoyed driving it as much as we imagine that we would.
Regal Motor Car Company
not sure what year
It is a Regal Underslung, prior to 1914 when they switched to LH drive. Oddly it doesn't have a cowl or doors. Maybe they were stripped off? Neat picture in any case.
No way. I'm not buying "American Underslung".
American (Tourist, then Underslung) looked much different. In fact, I've often thought the Underslung roadster and Ford "K" roadster looked somewhat similar in lines.
This car has a much higher hood than an American, and different radiator shape, etc.
See what I mean about the Model K roadster and the Underslung above it?
My mistake, I read "Regal" and saw American Underlung". I'll check Regals.....
Here's a 1911 Regal Underslung Raceabout
Front fenders are curved instead of straight, but the rest all looks the same.
Yes, and the straight fenders vs. curved may not be an issue. A 1911 Regal Underslung (hard to find many photos). This one said 20 hp.
Sorry Royce, you are probably right, and I was wrong (ouch).
My two cents worth.
it is a 1910 or early 11 Model 20hp, the main identifying feature being it only having the gearshift visible, the handbrake lever is incorporated into the foot brake mechanism. Later 11 and 12's have the hand brake in the normal position next to the shift lever.
The interesting thing about this photo is the bodywork as it clearly shows an original factory raceabout body style which is very rare
Attached is a unique period photo of an Regal Underslung, due to the high cost at the time of taking a photo participants were always serious, check out the young boy pulling a face at the photographer and his Mother and Sister laughing at him!
Finally here is a photo of my 1911 Regal Underslung, looking for a original radiator surround if any one knows of one
Finally straight fenders indicated 1910-11 Curved 1912-13 also in 13 the wheelbase was extended and motor upgraded to 25 HP
A long time ago, I almost bought the remains of two Regal Underslung cars. Neither was near complete. Between the two, there was only one engine, and one complete rear end. As I recall, one was the 20hp, the other (no engine) had a longer wheel base. The seller thought they were 1908 and 1909, But I always thought they were closer to 1911. I don't recall enough details to pin it down any closer.
I was concerned whether there was enough to build one good car or not, and dragged my feet a bit (only a couple days). He sold them to someone else about an hour before I decided to take the chance. I don't regret not getting them. But I often wonder who got them and whether either of them ever got restored? Only the smaller 20hp was complete enough to be likely, it had most of a roadster body like the picture Rob Heyen posted above.
Yours is beautiful! I love it.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Wayne, I purchased the remains of one 3 years a go for spares that sounds like one of the ones you describe, it was from the San Francisco Bay area is this where you saw them?
Also thanks to Herb I was able to purchase the photo that started this thread.
It was over 35 years ago that I saw them. They were in Saratoga CA near San Jose south of San Francisco at that time. I had heard a rumor that they wound up near Fresno, but was never able to confirm it. And of course I have no idea where they went after that. It would be interesting to know if your parts car was one of those two. I would wonder then what became of the other one. There aren't a lot of Regal Underslung cars around. I like the look of yours.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2