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A Boston Area Mercer Raceabout and a Three-Eyed Dog with Two Noses

Recently we featured a 1915 Mercer L-Head Raceabout and today we have a photo of one the last of the famous T-Head Mercer Raceabouts that were produced in 1914. George F. Schulz, who lived in Dedham, MA at the time owned the car. His grandson, Brendan Harrington, shared both photos with us, and tells us that his grandfather liked fast cars and women and spent his life in the pursuit of both. Some twenty years later, Schulz was still at it and he, along with other like-minded friends, founded the SCCA.

At the time of this photo(1924), the car was ten years old and had been the subject of a number of updates and changes common on Raceabouts.  The fenders had been taken off and it had been fitted with a windshield and a canvas covered cowl along an extra lamp for fast night driving. They are very pleasurable cars to drive, but at 40 miles per hour and above, the hurricane like wind one is subjected to without a windshield soon becomes very tiring. Many others were equipped with similar wind protection for just that reason.

Check out this interesting photo of an attractive woman behind the wheel of another Raceabout so equipped. You can also learn all about the Mercer here on The Old Motor (scroll down).

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An L-Head Mercer Raceabout photographed in the Trenton, New Jersey Factory

The Mercer was manufactured in Trenton, New Jersey from 1911 to 1926. Originally built as a racing car, it was soon turned into a production machine because it was one of the very best cars in its class. The 1911-14 T-Head Mercer has been covered here many times, along with a few posts on the L-Head. To learn more about both models, eight pages of Mercer related photos (scroll down) can be seen here on The Old Motor.

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We believe today’s Raceabout photo may be a 1915 Model 22-70 or possibly a 1916 Model  22-72, and we ask all of our readers who would like to help identify and date a car to tell us what year they think it is after some research. The two thumbnail photos above, when enlarged, will show you all of it in detail. We will post all the comments and together all of us can learn more about this type of Mercer.

                

Just above is an excellent article from the Jan. 7, 1915 issue of The Automobile. It covers all you need to know about the first model of the new type of car. The top photo is courtesy of Brendan Harrington, whose grandfather George F. Schulz was one of the founders of the SCCA.

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A Man, a 1911 Mercer Runabout and His Canine Friends

Now here is a photo that we here at The Old Motor can really connect with, as it contains two of our all time favorites; a 1911 t-head Mercer and a pair of dogs. As we write this in the middle of the winter, in front of a roaring fire in the wood stove, on a cold and snowy New England day, we are fortunate to have both here in our shop, a Mercer Raceabout and a pair of Black Labs sleeping on the floor near the stove.

The Mercer is with out a doubt, the most enjoyable, fastest, attractive and best handling American light car of the period. In racing form it went on to win many important races, along with countless other events across the country. In the mid 1960s when Automobile Quarterly Magazine did a feature story on the Raceabout, it was found that it had the very same performance capabilities at the time, of the then current MGB. Even today driven briskly on a twisty road today, you can leave many modern cars behind you.

The Mercer seen here (top photo) is the Runabout Model, that is quite similar to the famous Mercer Raceabout, with the exception of the cowl and the seats (the three sided box on the back for the dogs is an addition, along with the headlights). The 1911 Mercer Raceabout shown here in one of our earlier photos, shows you the lower seats and smaller cowl, as does the period advertising. We have eight pages of photos here that you may enjoy, related to the Mercer Raceabout (scroll down), were you can learn more about them. The photo is courtesy of the AACA Library blog.

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Advertisements (above) from various trade magazines show left and right; the new 1912 models, and 1911 Elgin Road Race results.

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