Oldsmobile Autocrat Racing Car

The Yellow Peril’s saga is as much the provenance of a racing car as it is the life story of the man who gave it its name – its first owner, John Henry Greenway Albert. It is a story rife with fantastic, sometimes downright unbelievable events shaped, and even embellished, by a wealthy American eccentric. Four decades after his passing, several accounts exist, including an AACA article from 1976 and another by the late Beverly Rae Kimes’ in Automobile Quarterly, published in 2001 (Vol. 41, No. 4), which itself enlisted the efforts of its current owners and other historians.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

40bhp, 500 cu. in. inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed sliding gear transmission, full-floating rear axle, expanding and contracting brakes on rear wheels. Wheelbase: 124".

Source: RM Auctions

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