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Repair Row – Montclair, New Jersey

A Mercer Raceabout, Model T Ford Speedster and a Stutz Touring car in Montclair, New Jersey. Many towns and cities usually have an area where older or inexpensive new buildings are located that cater to industrial uses and the service trades. This circa early-1920s photo courtesy of Charles Heyer shows what appears to be one of…

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A Pair of Sporty and Attractive L-Head Mercers

Featured here are two of the well-known and sleek L-Head Mercer models that were produced between the years of 1915 and 1922. The top photo shows one the well-known Raceabouts and the bottom photo is of a Sporting, a four passenger touring car with a steeply raked windshield and much more style then was normally…

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Joe Matson in a National Racing Car?

Reader James Lisk has shared with us a pair of photos showing a National racing car. In his research he appears to have identified the racing driver as Joe Matson, seen posing in the mechanic’s seat above. You can view a photo of Matson here and witness the strong resemblance, and the same type of uniform…

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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…

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A T-Head Mercer racing special

We were thrilled to obtain this great image recently of a modified T-Head Mercer racing car, which appears to have been taken at some point in the late-teens at a race track. The car was an individual effort and not likely to be one of the original Mercer racing team cars. It has had quite…

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Mercer Racing History Part III – The Elgin Road Race in 1911

This set of photos from the Peter Helck Collection show the Mercer that Eddie Pullen and his mechanic W. Barnes drove to victory in the Kane County Cup Race at Elgin for 300 c.i. and smaller engined cars. Hughie Hughes, third from the right (below) finished in a remarkable 3rd. place the very next day…

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Mercer Racing History Part I – The Roebling – Planche

Peter Helck was a Mercer Raceabout enthusiast and owner for over forty years and during this time he acquired a number of  images of Mercer racing cars. We have decided to present these photos to you from his collection, starting with the beginning of the racing story involving the Roebling-Planche car as seen above. The…

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Autumn Splendor and a Mercer Raceabout

Autumn is upon us here in Northern New England and we thought it would be the perfect time to share these photos of a 1912 Mercer Raceabout out on our country roads with you. The light, sky and the leaves were perfect for this set of photos which show above, a New England Cape style house…

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The Legendary T-Head Mercer Engine

This is the legendary T-Head Mercer engine designed Finley Robertson Porter who also designed the car for Mercer. The engine is a 300 c.i. four, with a two-spark Bosch mag-neto firing two plugs per cylinder. The carburetor is a bronze Flechter with an auxiliary air valve and a second jet that feeds in more fuel above 800…

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