1913 Mercer Raceabout (chassis 996)


1913 Mercer - chassis 996 - when owned by Cameron Bradley
This is a 1913 Mercer, Type 35, Series J, raceabout (chassis 996 ) with, it’s owner at the time, Mr. Cameron Bradley. Mr. Bradley was one of the founders of the VMCCA and a founder/director of the former Wolfden Antique Auto Museum of Southborough, MA (apparently housing his personal collection and open on the weekends to the public). The story goes that Mr. Bradley found the car offered by a used car dealer (for $100) in 1935. Some time after acquiring the car, Mr. Bradley had it painted (said to be yellow originally). This picture shows the car wearing a 1945 Mass license plate and what looks like a fairly fresh paint job.
The Automobile Journal, Feb. 10th 1913

Bradley’s collection included a 1917 Simplex Crane (sold in 2012 by RM Auctions), a 1904 Mercedes, a 1912 Austro-Daimler, and 1908 Amoskeag fire truck among others.

Mercer had four different series available for the model 35 in 1913, with the raceabout selling for $2600.00. 1913 was also the year Mercer introduced a 4-speed transmission and this car (chassis 996) is said to be the earliest surviving 4-speed raceabout.
1913 Mercer - chassis 996 (photo credit: Robb Stewart)

Ken Gooding with his 1913 Mercer (photo credit: Robb Stewart)
Mr. Bradley sold the car in 1977 to Ken Gooding who still owns the car today. Ken and Sharon Gooding are the parents of David Gooding, president of the well-regarded auction house that bears his name.

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