3I1973 A.A.C.A. National First Place Winner
c.1910 BUICK MODEL 10 TOY TONNEAU
Chassis No. FZ224
Chassis and engine No. 20076
White with white upholstery
Engine: four-cylinder, cast in pairs, push-rod overhead valves, 165cu.ins, 22.5 bhp; Gearbox: planetary transmission, two speed and reverse; Suspension: front, half-elliptic leaf springs, rear, three-quarter elliptic; Brakes: rear two-wheel mechanical. Right hand drive.
Not appearing until 1903, the Buick was a relatively late starter in the American motor industry. Founder David Buick quickly ran into money problems and William Crapo Durant gained control of this company, boosting production and profits. In 1908, Buick became a founder member of the General Motors Corporation and the company's early success was built on a series of reliable 22hp flat twin models. By 1910 the arrival of the new and quickly-proven durable four-cylinder types, all with David Buick's pioneering overhead valves, had allowed the company to mark out a secure place in the medium-price market. Initially, General Motors prospered, with Buick's production figures, in particular, soaring upwards.
Introduced in 1908, the Model 10 was an immediate success. It was competitively priced at $900, and was offered as standard with bulb horn, oil side and tail-lights and acetylene headlights, (though a top was extra) all of which led to sales of more than 4,000 units, nearly half of the year's sales. The cars were offered in Buick Gray, being basically an off white shade.
For 1909 they extended the chassis length to a 92 inch wheelbase, and a few more bodystyles were offered, the following year when this car was built, this would swell to 13 different types of bodywork. A windshield remained an additional option as did a side-mounted spare.
This car is in excellent condition throughout and must have been the subject of an extensive restoration at some time. Plaques on its firewall attest to the fact that more than 30 years ago the car was awarded a First Place at a Californian A.A.C.A. National meet at Lancaster, CA in October 1973, and another First Place at a V.M.C.C. Event, which may well have been just after its restoration. It carries the most desirable Toy Tonneau coachwork, which is in such good order that it is difficult to tell whether it has either been extensively restored or authentically replicated.
With top mountings, but no top present or windshield, this is the Model 10 in its most basic form with just the period additions of a wicker basket and single spare fitted to the running board. Lighting equipment is as it would have been when new, though we noted that the oil reservoir for the tail light is missing. Its light color is clearly intended to follow the period off-white standard to the model.
The Model 10 came into the present ownership in the late 1980s and has since been Museum stored. It is anticipated that the car will be running at the time of sale, but the sensible precaution of a thorough re-commissioning prior to proper use is advised.
Beautifully proportioned and cleanly presented, it is easy to see how these cars were so appealing in their day.