I have been chasing this car since the end of March 2017 and was finally able to see it last Monday. It is titled as a 1923 coupe. From the previous photos the owner sent, the suicide doors the chassis and engine number it could be a '23. Something looked off for a '23, but I bought the coupe any way.
I referenced McCally's black book for coupes and when it was delivered upon more inspection it is a 1918 couplet body on a later chassis. I believe a 5 18 is stamped into the passenger side door sill. Some hardware and interior photos are posted
Since my birthday is this week I told the lovely bride you can give Clara to me for my birthday.
Yup some assembly required but should be not that bad as the body is solid as is. Will look for the correct running gear and engine before getting her on the road. I also plan to title her as a 1918.
A few more hardware and interior photos
It appears you snagged a rare bird !! Congratulations
It's about time. As they say good things come to those who wait and a blind squirrel will eventually will get the acorn
Donnie Brown asked me to post the above photos, hope he's not disappointed.
Now, if you can find the serial numbers for all of the 1918 coupelets, and find an engine with one of those serial numbers and a build date consistent with whatever date or dates are on your coupelet body, and start gathering up all of the correct 1918 parts consistent with the build date of your selected serial number, then .....
You will have demonstrated much more patience than I could ever muster!
I've got a spare 8/31/17 cast date motor with a September of '18 serial number that's ready to drop a car. It would be perfect for an '18 Couplet. I'm asking $1,800. Let me know if your wife wants to buy you another birthday present.
You have just added to the known count of removable pillar coupes by one. And raised that count by about fifteen percent. Although I am sure a few people must have known of its existence. A rare car indeed! Can you tell yet which one of the three known body variations it is? The rounded top padded-to-the-belt-line '17 it of course is not. The apparent date code you found confirms that it should not be a '17 anyway. It likely was one of the last '18s, and one of the last of the removable pillar T coupes.
I also find it interesting that you indicate that much (Most? All?) the chassis may be later (1923). One of the other few surviving removable pillar coupes is on a '22 or '23 chassis, and has a known history back to when it was new. I don't remember the reason for it, but the body was put onto a new chassis in the early '20s. There have been many club discussions about whether that car should be "properly" restored to a "proper' '18 chassis, or kept on the later chassis because that is a real part of that car's history.
As an '18, your car should have many earlier features, including the earlier front engine/spring mount, enclosed spool rear end, over axle wishbone (maybe, on the fence-line), Forged running board brackets, and clear glass in the headlamps. It also should be non-starter and have oil tail and side lamps! (Look for the bracket mounting holes in the body). It would be a striking car when done all in black!
Meet Clara, 1918 Australian Bodied Touring Car.
Peter M, Now, that one I like, wire wheels and all!
Thanks Wayne, speaking of wire wheels...what is the opinion of the brains trust on the make of these wheels? I always thought they were American Welding Co.
George, Thanks for the photos. Im glad it turned out to be a Couplet. A very rare car. 1918 parts are not that hard to come by, and with some good research as to the proper features of a 18 Couplet, you have the makings of a nice, and very rare car.... Have fun and be safe, Donnie Brown ...
Good for you! Did the removable pillars come with it? I have a '17 Coupelet which is even rarer!
After going thru the parts that came with the coupelet, I am going to move forward to correct it as a mid to late 1918 coupelet. I received some inspiration from Mike Husted from Idaho whom sent me info on what he did with his coupelet. Yes the pillars and hardware are there.
My wife named the coupelet Clara after her grandmother who was a backseat driver/ nervous passenger. I will post every now and then on her progress, but first the Runabout needs to be finished. They will make a nice compliment to each other.
Congratulations, George, that will make a nice car. BTW, you are not limited to all-black as a color choice. Some '18 Coupelets came with dark green bodies and black fenders, etc. That would really make the car stand out amid a sea of black ones.