Richard, I have recently discovered what I am being told is a car of your design and making. It is a yellow with black stripping, what appears to be three or four seats, open car, I am going to call a speedster. I love it and maybe some day with your permission, make my version of your car.
The boys on this forum tell me you have many photographs of the car and would maybe like to tell its story. Several on the forum has also expressed an interest in learning more about your creation. If you get this message and can see your way to telling us about it. You would make many happy. Thank you.
Glad to help. In the late 60's I thought a 1913 Mercer would be a nice car to find and restore. Reality set in when I saw one sell for $30,00 at auction. The next best thing was to build a Speedster. I threw one together based on Mercer designs. It was rough around the edges so I tore it down and started refining it. By '75 I had it together in nicer shape as a 2-seater.
As you can see it has Black stripes with a thinner red stripe. I was fortunate to find a Roof head for it.
My wife and I toured with it and she carried our son on her lap. When our Daughter was born it was time to revise the body for rear seats.
As the children have grown up and I have acquired old cars with more seats, we have returned the car to a 2-seater. The car has a Warford transmission and Rocky Mountain brakes. We toured many miles with it. I drove it up Pikes Peak in 1991. It's a great little car and we try to get it out every year to take a spin in.
I would be most happy for anyone to build one like it and enjoy it as we have.
Thanks for sharing Richard. I'm always amazed at guys like you who put your mind to something and make it a reality.
Thank you sir. A #1 cool ride. I understand your feelings about a Mercer. I started building a want-a-be mercer using a TT frame. Was going together well when I was offered a price I could not refuse. Sorry now I sold it. The guy who bought it is totally making it something it should not be. But to each their own.
I have a car in the wings I have been chasing parts for the last year. That is the next one in. A full speedster (w/fenders) to look like it had just rolled out of a barn after 80 years storage. Today it may be called a rat rod. After that I would like to build a four seater like yours. Will make a great parade car with grandkids and grandma.
A Speedster with patina would be great fun. I treated my yellow one like a show car and that was very satisfying at the time. I have stuffed a little horse hair in the upholstery where it has torn. That gives it a little charm but I'm not ready to buff the gloss off. I hope you will post some pictures when yours becomes a reality.
Your car is as elegant as your paintings. Neat inspiration!