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1913 Mercer Type 35-J Raceabout< Back to Vehicles

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Believed to be the most original mercer Type 35-J in existence, this car was delivered new by the Whiting Motor Co. in New York to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gray, in whose family it remained for over 30 years. A subsequent owner shipped the Raceabout to the west coast and used it for several years in and around Del Mar, California. The Mercer was then retired and the tires were donated to the war effort. In 1943, it was sold to collector Herbert Royston, with whom it remained until the mid-1970s. It was then purchased by famed race car driver, Phil Hill. This 60-horsepower, 5-Liter Raceabout cost a high $2,500 when new and ranks among the most sought after brass era cars in the world.

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