Ford Frontenac Speedster
The Frontenac Ford comprises an uncanny confluence of Ford, Cord and Chevrolet. After Louis Chevrolet left his namesake company in 1913, he teamed with his brothers Gaston and Andre to form the Frontenac Motor Company and build racing cars. Their cars enjoyed some success in the 1916 and 1917 seasons before World War I disrupted racing schedules.
After the war, Louis worked with engineer Cornelius Van Ranst, later credited for the Cord L-29, to design an overhead-valve cylinder head for the ubiquitous Model T Ford engine. These Frontenac heads were produced by the Chevrolet Brothers Manufacturing Company and became very popular, dominating racing on regional tracks in the United States. A “Fronty Ford” racecar placed fifth in the 1923 Indianapolis 500, driven by L.L. Corum.
This Frontenac Ford speedster is equipped for road use with a two-passenger sports body, cycle fenders and full lighting. The Model T planetary transmission is supplemented with an overdrive hypoid rear axle, and the engine runs a magneto ignition and side-draft SU carburetor. Interesting ancillaries include a mechanical moto-meter on the radiator, a Rolls-Royce logo A.T. speedometer, British dial-type “thermometer” on the dashboard and a Rotax instrument and switch panel. It has right-hand drive configuration.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
65 bhp, 2.9L OHV inline four-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse ball-crank coil springs, and two-wheel mechanical brakes.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel