Compact automobiles were very popular in the early years of the 20th century and Saxon was among the most successful of them. This 1917 Model 85R shows why. Built to standard dimensions of wheelbase (96") and tread width so it fit the tracks that made up most of America's roads of the time, its lightweight construction didn't scrimp on accommodations or facilities. Finished in Grey with Green fenders and wood spoke wheels mounting whitewall tires, this Saxon seats two comfortably, has a full-size top, side curtains, a folding windshield and even a small enclosed trunk behind the seats. The interior is upholstered in Green leather and has a fuel level gauge integrated with the dashboard-mounted fuel tank filler. It was restored over thirty years ago and earned an AACA National First Prize in 1974. Although some of the paint is checking it is still showable. The chassis and suspension are in very good condition, especially considering the age of their restoration, and were done properly. "Cute" is a very appropriate term for this Saxon and its presentation, but "proper" and "thorough" also apply. In 1914 a Saxon Roadster like this was driven 4,050 miles in 30 consecutive days from coast-to-coast covering 135 miles a day and averaging 30 miles per gallon through all kinds of conditions, an impressive performance for a diminutive automobile.
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