An intriguing early hybrid-drive vehicle with an ingenious gearless electric transmission. One of just a handful of known survivors from this most unusual and innovative American marque.
Once part of the world-famous Nethercutt collection, this 1917 Owen Magnetic M-25 Touring is one of only a handful of known survivors from this unusual and innovative marque. This example wears an older cosmetic restoration, presented in pale yellow over black fenders and chassis. The 5-passenger touring body is attractive and well built, with pleasing details such as brass headlamp rings, and a distinctive V-shaped radiator. Despite the remarkable engineering that sits below the skin, the M-25 tourer is a relatively understated car, with a handsome yet conventional appearance. There is a moderate patina in the finish, and while it is consistent and generally sound, there are noticeable imperfections due to the age of the paintwork. The wooden spoke artillery wheels are in good condition, wearing period-style Non-Skid tires.