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1912 Overland 61T Touring St. Louis, MO $89,500

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“The Overland featured here is a lovely 1912 Model 61T Touring. The Model 61 was Overland’s flagship model and the largest Brass-Era Overland up to that time powered by a 270 cubic inch 45 horsepower L-head four cylinder.  This is one of just seven examples known to survive and it has lovingly cared for and thoughtfully upgraded for safe and reliable touring.

First restored in the 1960s it was acquired by the well-known Brass Era enthusiasts Wendell “Ohlly” and Marilyn Ohlendorf who had seen and admired it on a Glidden Tour. It was then sold in 1979 to Don and Nancy Sonicsen of Illinois who continued to enjoy the Overland on tours for the next 25 years. Purchased from Mrs. Sonicsen in 2008 it was subsequently treated to some restoration work and mechanical freshening continuing to provide thousands of miles of enjoyment.The Overland received a high quality re-paint by John Sanders of Antique Autos of Rockford Illinois. The handsome gray and dark red combo suits the car wonderfully and the quality is excellent.

Red highlights around the door openings gold coachlines and two-tone red and gray wheels add a delightful charm. The bodywork is in excellent order and the extensive brass brightwork is glossy and attractive having been polished and coated by Rick Britten. The headlamps made by Castle Lamp Company of Elmira New York feature unusual blue-colored lenses and are possibly a nod to John North Willys’ home town. The body also features interesting built-in toolboxes on the running boards as well as dual rear-mounted spares brass cowl lamps and the proud Overland script emblem on the radiator.

The interior is trimmed in black button-tufted leather as is period correct. The upholstery presents in good condition showing some patina and is most likely from the first restoration in the 1960s. Regardless it has been very nicely preserved and offers a warm period charm that is still in keeping with the rest of the cosmetics. A large canvas top provides a degree of protection from the elements while a leather top boot keeps things tidy during open air motoring. Brass Stewart speedo and a brass clock adorn the polished wood dash panel.

This Overland truly shines on the road. It has been lovingly cared-for mechanically having received a full engine rebuild by longtime VMCCA and HCCA member Keith Kruse of Fort Wayne Indiana. A new clutch from Bob Knaak of California was installed and the rear differential rebuilt along with remanufacturing both axle shafts. An overdrive has been added to the transmission the car now cruises nicely at 50 mph with four passengers aboard.

Sensible upgrades such as a 12V electric starter alternator and upgraded ignition with Henschel twin-spark distributor have been carefully incorporated to allow for easy and reliable touring. The tires are relatively fresh and the twin spares have yet to be used. This charming rare and attractive Overland 61T is one of the finest of its kind from this important early American marque and thanks to the care of its enthusiastic keepers it remains a proven and fine choice for HCCA AACA and VMCCA touring or for simple enjoyment with family and friends.”

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