Like so many early automakers The Pope Manufacturing Company focused on bicycles soon becoming one of the largest volume bicycle producers in the country. It was only logical that when the bicycle boom slowed that Colonel Albert A Pope would focus on motorcars. Cars gradually came into the picture through several of Colonel Albert Popes many companies including Columbia of which primarily produced electric vehicles beginning in 1897.The first car to carry the Pope-Hartford name was built in Hartford Connecticut and debuted at the New York Auto Show in January 1904. The two-place Model A runabout was built on a 78-inch wheelbase powered by a 10 horsepower single-cylinder engine and came with lights but no top. The Model B was largely the same but used additional rear spring leaves to accommodate the heavier rear entrance tonneau body. The two initial models were followed by the Model D in 1905. This new five-passenger touring car gained was on a longer 88-inch wheelbase and was powered by a water-cooled 16 horsepower horizontal two-cylinder engine. The much improved Model D was more expensive and less powerful than the two-cylinder competition from Buick and Oldsmobile. Pope-Hartford graduated to four-cylinder power with the 20-25 horsepower Model F in 1906.Over-extended the company had trouble paying its suppliers and the Pope Companies went into receivership in 1907. When the company emerged it was smaller solvent and built only four-cylinder cars for the next few years.For 1911 the company introduced the 50-horsepower Model W which was powered by a big overhead valve four displacing 389.9 cubic inches. Mated to a four-speed transmission power reached the rear axle by way of shaft drive. Suspension was by leaf springs and mechanically actuated drum brakes were fitted to the rear axle. Riding on a 124-inch wheelbase it was offered in six body styles with prices ranging from $3000 to $4150.Although the early history of this beautiful Model W Touring Car isnt known the most recent owner acquired it from the late Dave Noran who was very well known in brass car circles. The vibrant green paint is beautifully accented by both striping and gleaming brass trim. The black tufted leather upholstery remains in fine shape as do the black canvas top and side curtains. With front and rear tires of different sizes the car is fitted with two spare tires.Offers welcome and trades consideredFor additional details please view this listing directly on our website https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/7578-1911-pope-hartford-model-w-touring/
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