1919 McFarlan Automobile
October 5, 2015
First..........thank you all. for your comments on my photo yesterday of Mo and Abigail that was taken at mine and Bill's wedding in 2009.
As you may have seen, I posted a close up of the hood ornament of this wonderful automobile a few days ago. This is a 1919 McFarlan originally owned by Wallace Reid, the "American Valentino of silent movies." As mentioned, the McFarlan cars became known as the "American Rolls-Royce" for its tremendous size, prestige and sophistication. For the price of an average home (or more), discriminating customers could have a McFarlan custom built to match the most extravagant of tastes. One cabriolet was even trimmed in gold!
The famous and infamous, including Jack Dempsey, Fatty Arbuckle and Al Capone, purchased McFarlans for their power, speed and exclusivity. The massive, Teetor-built engine in this car was among the mightiest of its day, while the McFarlan Twin-Valve Six introduced in 1921 was the most powerful engine available in a domestic production car. Almost all coachwork was done in-house, with the buyers traveling to Connersville, IN to hand-select finishes including leather, bright-work and trims. This car has many extras ordered by Reid, such as fancy bumpers, disc wheels with sterling silver McFarlan insets and large drum headlights to name a few.
Only 19 McFarlans are know to still exit, and this is the sole surviving Type 125. It was awarded "Best in Class" at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Thank you for your comments and critiques!
Have an elegant day today my friends!