Named after a famous racehorse, the Roamer possessed long, low, flowing lines and was very performance oriented for its time. Marketed as "America's Smartest Car," Roamers were distinguished from the products of competing marques by offering discerning clientele custom designs and an enormous color palate of interior and exterior treatments to choose from.
Fueled by the rising prosperity and vast opportunities of the Roaring Twenties, the three principals had departed the firm by the end of 1924. The resulting management instability adversely affected production. By the time the market crashed in 1929, Roamer had already exhaled its last breath, having only produced 35 cars in 1928 and just two cars the following year; total production is estimated to be near 12,000 examples over a 14-year lifespan.
The example offered here is a wonderful 1918 model that was restored from a good, original car by the late Tom Carrig, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, who was also a noted restorer of brass lights. Showing just 37,254 original miles today, with few miles logged since the completion of its restoration, this very rare Roamer benefits from its desirable open touring style body. Chassis 22960 saw limited use in its previous ownership, and since being acquired by the current owner several years ago, it has been re-commissioned as necessary and driven on a regular basis since. One of a handful of surviving examples, this 1918 Roamer Four-Passenger Sport Touring comes complete with a selection of literature, photographs, and spare parts. This rare and attractively restored example is an ideal candidate for both touring and show appearances.
Information on the 1918 Roamer
Body Style: Four-Passenger Sport Touring
54 hp, Continental Red Seal inline six cylinder engine
solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
Transmission: 3 Speed Manual
four-wheel drum brakes
Wheelbase: 128 in.
Recent, thorough re-commissioning
Offered from a well-known private collection