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  Locomobile M 48-7 Healey Gunboat Cabriolet
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced from:1911 - 1925
Designed by:J. Frank deCausse
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 04, 2008
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Chassis: 11929
The featured Seventh Series M 48 was ordered in 1916 by Mr Eugene R. Day as a present for his sister. He paid $4600 for the rolling chassis, which he had bodied by the Healey Motor Car co. They crafted a 'Gunboat' Cabriolet style body, penned by J. Frank DeCausse. The Gunboat was inspired by the tapered rear end, which resembled the streamlined shape of World War I battle ships. Equipped with just one and very spartan front seat, the car was clearly created to be chauffeur driven. One of the most striking features is the completely collapsable 3-position convertible roof. Quite amazingly the full paperwork is still available with the car, including the invoice. The final price was a staggering $7606, which equates to around $140,000 in today's money.

Shy to be chauffeured around her hometown of Wallace, Idaho, Mrs. Day-Boyce only rarely used the beautiful Locomobile. After her death the car was stored for many decades in her silver mine and did not reappear until 1975 when it was bought by the famous Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada. The current owner bought the car in 1981 and had it completely restored. Since then it has been shown at Pebble Beach three times. It was entered most recently in the famous Concours d'Elegance in 2007, when it took home a second in class.


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