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1911 Lozier 5-Passenger Torpedo Touring - $1,249,000
VMC Stock ID: 250420
Mileage: N/A
VIN: 3212
Engine: 51 hp, 554 cu in 6-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Exterior Color: Blue
Interior Color: Black Leather
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1911 Lozier 5-Passenger Torpedo Touring

one of only six remaining of the Model 51
J. J. Best Banc & Co.

From its inception in 1900 to its demise in 1915, Lozier never produced more than 600 cars in any given year. Lozier was one of the most expensive cars available in America, with the Model 51 Touring costing a staggering $5,500. Like many other firms, Lozier was engaged in racing. In 1907, with Ralph Mulford at the helm, the marque set a number of 24-hour records and won a number of races. Lozier continued its success with Mulford, winning the Elgin Road Race in 1910 and the Vanderbilt Cup in Savannah in 1911 and taking second in the first Indianapolis 500.

Billing its products as “legitimately high-priced,” Lozier offered more than mere luxury to its clients. The firm’s products were heartily engineered, resulting in stalwart construction that employed the finest materials and production techniques available.

The company faced new pressures as more manufacturers entered the market. Frederick C. Chandler, Lozier's top designer, left the company in 1913 and formed the Chandler Motor Company, which produced cars similar to the Lozier but at a substantially lower sales price. Chandler took several top company executives with him, producing a brain drain from which the company never recovered.

Lozier tried to expand into the mid-priced car market and in 1914 offered a four-cylinder car priced at $2,000. But the competition was stiff, and the new model was not a sales success. Company finances continued to falter and, after a failed attempt to merge with Ford Motor Company, the company declared bankruptcy in 1915.

This vehicle is one of only six remaining of the Model 51and has had only four owners. The original owner was an attorney from Albany, NY. Webster Knight then bought the car from an estate in the late 1940s in Albany and drove the car back to Rhode Island. Lee Davenport bought the car from Knight in the 1960s and performed the major restorations. The original colors were blue and white, and Lee repainted in those colors. Lastly, Bill Lassiter acquired the car from Lee in 1984.

The car was actually built in Plattsburgh, NY. At that time, Lozier was moving its factory from Plattsburgh to Detroit, so the car number plate shows Detroit, Michigan as the factory location. Approximately ten years ago, a Henschel ignition system was installed by Jack Deitz and “hidden” power disc brakes were installed by Ben Deiner. All the original brake parts have been saved. The fuel system has been improved with an electric pump and regulator. Recently, the gas tank was removed, cleaned, repaired and repainted. It has a ball bearing crank, resulting in lower internal friction on the engine. The car carries its original coachwork and a 5-passenger touring body by Lakewood with a dickey seat.

This automobile has been on many Transcon and FARTs tours and is an extremely rare vehicle.

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