The first Overland motorcars were developed at the turn of the century by the Standard Wheel Company, but it was not until New York auto dealer John North Willys bought and reorganized the struggling company in 1907 that the Overland really came into its own. Production numbers grew consistently until production ceased in the 1930s, and Overland was relatively ahead of its time in using sliding-gear transmissions instead of the epicycle, or planetary, units used on cars like Ford’s Model T. Among Overland’s attractive four-cylinder offerings was this superb and charming Model 69 Five-Passenger Touring, powered by Overland’s 25.6 horsepower, 226 cubic inch four.
Like all Overlands built before 1915, this Model 69TE is right-hand drive. It is a very attractive and presentable older restoration that was on display in the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania beginning in 2001. It is well known to enthusiasts, having successfully completed a handful of tours. Finished in a very attractive blue, it has black fenders, a black diamond-pleated leather interior, black canvas top, Firestone Non-Skid tires, a rear-mounted spare tire and a Warner Auto-Meter speedometer. The top also comes with an extra rear section as well as side curtains. This particular car is one of 2 or 3 known examples that carry the rare USL Electric Starting and lighting system, hence the “TE” designation in the model name. A rare and very lightly used classic automobile in very presentable condition, it would be a fun, practical and affordable way to get into vintage touring and just general enjoyment of these fine motorcars
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