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A Dashing Lozier Briarcliff

One of our favorite early makers here at The Old Motor is the Lozier, which was an extremely high quality car. One of Lozier’s big selling points was the use of ball bearings instead of bushings or plain bearings, as they are called, in the construction of the chassis and engine. Head engineer John G. Perrin even used ball bearing for the main bearings in the engine.

This very car has been identified as a 1910 six cylinder Model I in the past but we believe that it may be a four cylinder Model H based on the hood length. Can any of our readers add anything that will positively id this handsome automobile? Take the time to look through two pages of Lozier road and racing cars we already have posted here, to learn more about these legendary automobiles. Photo from the Peter Helck collection courtesy of Racemaker Press.

5 responses to “A Dashing Lozier Briarcliff

  1. Posted for Mike Turner,

    I agree, this is a 4 cylinder Model H Briarcliff touring. The length of the hood is giveaway. The only difference between the 4 and 6 cylinder chassis is the length of the frame and hood. There is an extra 7″ for the extra set of jugs used. The 4 ‘s wheelbase is 124″ and the 6′s was 131″. I believe this was actually John Perrin, the chief engineer behind the wheel. The Lozier pictured in the photo labeled Lozier III is also a 4 cylinder Briarcliff, but I don’t think it is the same Lozier. Althought they are covered the sidelamps seem to be the bail handled ones used in late 1911 and 1912. The side lamps used on the Perrin driven Lozier are probably 1033′s because this Lozier is a 1910 model. The curved portion of the radiator is the indicator of a 1910/11 model. Wonderful photos!

  2. My knowledge of brass era cars is very limited. The rakish angle of the windshield intrigues me. I don’t recall seeing anything like it. Was it more common than I realize or was it unique to Lozier?

    • Jeff, That style of windshield was commonly used on racy and sport touring types of cars in the period and not unique to the Lozier. It is referred to as a Cambridge windshield and is also seen in a form with more of a vee shape to it. They offered wind and rain protection, but we also quick-detachable for motoring on nice days.

  3. I have never seen a Cambridge windshield in a period picture of a Midwest or Western car unless they were coming through in a race.I’d
    like your take on this observation.Even today,West Coast collectors don’t
    sport these accessories.

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