1925 Cole Brouette Model 897 Sedan by Willoughby

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This car was the personal chauffer driven car of Mrs.J.J. Cole, wife of the company founder- J.J. Cole. It later became the personal car of Mrs. Joseph Jacob Cole, the daughter-in-law of the founder and was used by her until sometime in the 30’s when it was retired and stored in the basement of the Cole Motor Car building. In the late 40’s it was used by her son, Joseph James Cole.

In 1992 title passed to Cole family members Frank and Patricia Owings Jr., and in August of 1997 notice was received from the Indiana State Historic Preservation Office that the Cole Brouette and the JJ Cole residence at 4909 N Meridian St had been entered in the National Register of Historic Places.  The car remained in the families hands until 2007 when it was sold to a private party.

This car is predominately all original.  The exterior, paint, and interior are all original with only minor fixes and mechanical items replaced over the years to keep the car functional and running.  More information on the car and condition is noted in the National Park Service report.