1920 Kissel

The Kissel "Gold Bug" Speedster is one of the most honored and appreciated early sports cars in America, joining the Mercer Raceabout and Stutz Bearcat among the performance royalty of the century's first quarter. Powered by a 61hp side valve six and sporting dramatically low, streamlined two-seat bodywork, the Kissel Gold Bug's other claim to fame is the pair of occasional seats which slide out from the bodywork just behind the passenger compartment to take two very brave (or foolhardy) passengers along. This example was bought just over two years ago and immediately given a $100,000 restoration to bring it to show quality condition, perfect or better in all respects. It was recently displayed at the Kissel meet in Wisconsin; every dollar spent on it shows in its meticulous, sparkling, exceptional condition and its driving behavior. Finished in characteristic yellow with matching wire wheels, black wall tires and black leather upholstery it has a dramatically low black cloth top that gives it the menacing, serious visage of a chopped-top Deuce hot rod. The little porthole quarter windows in the top add to its mystery and Roaring Twenties style. Its details are a delight: two trunks, rear mounted spare, boattail bodywork, polished aluminum dashboard, detailed instrument panel loaded with gauges, chromed steering column and top bows, beveled glass wind wings, abbreviated windshield, chrome front bumper, Kissel-branded Motometer and even a jack and tools. It is show quality throughout, yet has been shown only once so the next owner can pick up the progression and displays it frequently and with confidence of its quality. This is one way cool car.

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