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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.
Kurt P. Wheaton contacted us about helping with identifying photos from the photo collection that his grandfather, Ivan P. Wheaton assembled in his early pursuits of racing, which was then followed by aviation. We have included some of the photos here, that he is posting on his blog called Ivan P. Wheaton-Early Bird. Just below are the first two paragraphs from Wheaton’s blog, which in his own words, give you a brief overview of what to expect. To thank him for sharing, help us to date and identify as many of the photos as we can to help his efforts Kurt had the following to say about his Grandfather:
“My grandfather, Ivan P. Wheaton, was a WWI aviator, race car driver, photographer, and contributed to many books covering the early years of Marine Corps and civilian aviation. Ivan was born in 1896 in Schenectady, New York - the son of a portrait photographer, Van B. Wheaton.
Van and Ivan shared a love for automobiles, and Ivan began racing at a pretty early age, perhaps around sixteen. He did well in local races and began to think about racing at Indianapolis. Family history has it that Van didn’t like the sound of that, due to the danger in the early years of the race. The story goes that Van offered Ivan flying lessons, rather than going on to race at Indy. I wonder if that sounded anywhere near as ironic then as it does now”.
In this post we have added a few comments about the photos; The car above, a Chalmers, appears to be one of his early speed or racing cars. Below on the left is a Detroit built Lozier six with most unusual body work, perhaps it was used for carrying photography equipment? The next car appears be a Matheson Silent-Six (see comments) converted for fast work with an early buggy seat. He attended the race at Indianapolis several times and the last photo is one that he took of Jules Goux and his Peugeot which he won the 1913 running of the race.
A fine circa 1911-13 Lozier Type 72 six, in a rural and possibly agricultural setting in Wisconsin. The owner is believed to be Frank H. Ohrmund. Loziers were first built in Plattsburg, NY from 1905 to 1910, when the company relocated to Detroit. This might be a transitional car, using a 1912 body and lighting, with 1913 style crowned fenders. We love signage, and if you look closely, you can see a small sign behind the car for Red Star Yeast. Photo courtesy of Kelly Williams.