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1914 Lozier Model 84 Runabout

  • An impressive pre-World War I automobile
  • Ideal for Concours, prestigious events and vintage tours
  • Built and restored by Stuart Laidlaw of Laidlaw Classic Automotive Restoration & Sales

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Well known in the Midwest as one of the largest bicycle manufacturers, Henry Abram Lozier would sell his company and establish a new company in 1900, known as the Lozier Motor Company, which was located in Plattsburgh, New York. Lozier focused on developing marine engines for the first two years, but by 1902 the company began experimenting with gas and steam-powered automobiles. The first automobile would hit the market in 1905, a 30-horsepower four-cylinder tourer that was offered at a large sum in the day, $4,500. In 1908, the company would debut a six-cylinder model. Building a reputation for constructing high-quality machines, Lozier automobiles were some of the most expensive vehicles one could acquire at the time.

For 1914, Lozier built an all-new model, known as the Model 84. It was powered by a four-cylinder engine and was the result of the joint efforts of the company’s new President, Joseph Gilbert, and Design Project Engineer, John Perrin. The Model 84 was built to compete with the four-cylinder engine of the Cadillac, which at the time was selling a little over 15,000 units per year. In aiming for Cadillac, Lozier also picked a fight with another marque, Stutz, as their Bearcat model was near equal in size, price, and power.

Starting with a bare Model 84 Lozier chassis, Stuart Laidlaw of Laidlaw Classic Automotive Restoration & Sales was tasked by the Don Boulton Collection to create a new Model 84 body. Specializing in brass-era automobiles, Laidlaw had no doubts when taking on the task, as he would use Lozier factory photographs and blueprints to construct this elegant runabout body. Painted in a patriotic color scheme of white with blue fenders and subtle red pinstriping, this Lozier's stance is further enhanced by a black top and blue Houk wire wheels, which was a period option for this model. The exterior is distinctly dressed in an array of period components like gas light lamps on both sides, two large exclusive Lozier-built headlamps at the front, a single unique maid/mechanic seat placed outside the passenger side cabin, and a rear-mounted full-size wheel and tire. The seats are upholstered in black and proved a comfortable ride for two. Attached outside the cabin, but close to the steering wheel, is a Warner Auto-Meter gauge and Hopkins Electric Speedometer.

Mechanically, power is sourced from a 56-horsepower 368.8-cubic-inch L-head inline four-cylinder engine that is backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Under the body lies a solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, a live rear axle with platform leaf spring suspension, and two-wheel mechanical brakes.

Beautifully presented and well-cared for while in the current owner's impressive automobile collection, this mechanically sound pre-World War I automobile is an excellent applicant for Concours and vintage touring events around the country, or as a leisure automobile for Sunday jaunts throughout the countryside.


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