If you’re looking for luxury car that will certainly turn heads around then this century old 1907 Stoddard-Dayton Model K Runabout will certainly do the job. The Stoddard-Dayton produced by the Dayton Motor Car Company in Dayton, Ohio from 1905 to 1913. John Stoddard together with his son Charles Stoddard was very meticulous with the designs and made sure they were up to their standards. This 1907 Stoddard-Dayton Model K runabout is no exception to that standard of perfection making this a very rare beautiful piece of machinery.
The Stoddard-Dayton line was known to be ahead of its time. Always seen in both speed and endurance competitions in the newly built Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and most of the time winning the competitions. During the 1909 Indianapolis Motor Speedway competition, the Stoddard-Dayton made history by being the first car to win the competition with a speed of 57.31 miles per hour. It also participated in the Glidden Tour events which consisted of sprints and hill climbs.
The Stoddard-Dayton made another historic appearance as the first car to pace the Indianapolis 500 that was first held in 1911. It was personally driven Fished who has a Dayton Motor Car Company dealer from Indianapolis, the event was used to further promote the Stoddard-Dayton. The 1907 Stoddard-Dayton Model K Runabout was built for speed and power that is made possible by its 35 horsepower engine.
In the early 1900s, John Stoddard foresaw that the horse carriage will soon be replaced by the horseless carriages and quickly decided to puts his efforts into building them. He sent his son Charles to Europe to learn how to design and produce automobiles from the best schools.
The results were undeniable and paved the way to the success of the Stoddard-Dayton models. The production of these automobiles was unmatched during its time. No other company made more effort into making each one of these perfected machinery. The cars were painted between 15 to 30 coats as specified by each model standards. Every pain coat was meticulously hand-sanded until the final coat. Each car was tested for quality and ran for 400 miles, after the test it was taken apart and each part was checked for damage and rebuilt. Each car underwent this testing process twice.
Only 3 Stoddard-Dayton are known to exist and all of them are Model K Runabout, one is being used as a display in the Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry Collection. This particular Model K Runabout is a fully functional Stoddard-Dayton. Restored by David Noran and Greg Cone, famous for their Brass Era automobile restorations. The restoration took several years and was also very expensive. The engine and drivetrain restored by Mike Grunewald in 2015, they were taken apart and rebuilt to replace the pistons with new aluminum ones. After the full restoration was finished, this Stoddard-Dayton had a 336 cubic inch 30 hp 4 cylinder T-head engine with a 3 speed manual transmission. During the test drive, it ran smoothly like it was still in its prime during the 1907. The thorough restoration was fully documented.
There probably won’t be another century old classic as beautiful as this in the near future. Watch out for this one in the upcoming 2016 Indianapolis Mecum auctions.