This inverted concept received the nickname of American Underslung which will be officially applied in 1912 to the cars of this brand.
On October 6 in Philadelphia, Bonhams sells an American Underslung roadster made in 1907, lot 341 estimated $ 900K, in the 50hp variant with the very new 7.8 liter engine of the brand.
Despite Vanderbilt's promotional efforts for competition, the American users were not so interested in sports cars as they preferred to enjoy the freedom of travel offered by the more conventional models. The American Motor Car Company was not viable and went bankrupt in 1913.
The sale takes place at the Simeone Foundation Museum, which specializes in preserving early automotive vehicles. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this American Underslung will be donated to the museum.
Let us end this article on a picturesque detail: the first owner of this car in 1907 was well ahead of the fashion for sports cars : he had purchased this one for using it during his honeymoon.