With a sale price of $308,000, this handsome yellow Mercer Raceabout was very well bought. There are charming details all over this 1920 classic, including the very deep honeycomb of the grille, twin spare tires in back, and a brake light with illuminated ‘Stop’ letters.
Other safety innovations include a rear-view mirror just to the left of the drivers seat, which was an uncommon feature in this time period. Also cool are the manually-tilting headlamps. A form of highbeams 30 years before that was a feature in most cars.
But perhaps the most lovely is the steering wheel. This wood-rimmed wheel is slightly octagonal in its shape, but lovingly smoothed over the last 95 years of ownership.
1920 Mercer Series 5 Raceabout
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