Did you know that all V8 Coles 1916 and newer are considered Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America? In 2012, Helen Cole and a few others worked very hard with the CCCA to have Coles considered Full Classics. the post 1916 Cole cars are eligible to attend CCCA events and you can participate in your regional CCCA club if interested. Right now there are 4 Coles registered in the CCCA and it would be great to see more of them as part of that club! You can find out more here https://classiccarclub.org/.
Have you ever wondered what a barn find was like in 1941? Well, through some of the Cole historical information we have, we can now get a glimpse into how it may have gone. It looks like the Cole family was looking for Cole Motor Cars of their fathers namesake and an agent reached out to JJ Cole Jr. with a lead on what appears to be a 1914/15 Cole Series 10. I say this because it has no cowl lights, but definitely looks to be a 4 cylinder model. Here is a picture of the car in the barn with the current owner as well as a letter to JJ Cole Jr. offering the car for sale by the agent. Also, here is a hand written letter to JJ Cole Jr. from the agent in follow up. I have no idea if this sale ever went through, but it is a fascinating piece of history!
In early 1913, Cole took a specifically labeled new Series 9 car on a long trip to test it out and show endurance as well as to raise marketing awareness for the ‘Standardized’ car. JJ Cole called it the standardized car because he wanted all of the best components in it that were or would be the standard in the automotive industry. Here are a few pictures from a company or Cole family scrapbook of the trip. The first picture is an 8×10 of the three drivers of the transcontinental test car. The second picture is the typed note on the back of the picture. The next picture is of the three individuals standing with JJ Cole. and then the picture after that is of some Cole execs arriving to the event in another Series 9 touring car. The pictures after that are from a 1913 Cole Service Bulletin with a map of the trip and then a great picture and story about the bear mascot mentioned on the back of the 8×10 photo.
At the time of this posting, this car was thought to be the oldest known Cole car known to survive. Since the post, in late December 2018, a 1909 Cole High Wheeler was identified and has been added to the registry.
The oldest known surviving Cole Motor Company car today is a 1910 Cole Model 30-4F Palace Touring. The car serial number is #598 and was
built in December of 1909. It was originally purchased by John C. Simpson for $1500 in Middleton, NY.
Here is a picture of Mrs. Simpson with the car in the early days. The car was found in a field in NY in 1952 and was restored for the first time shortly after that as seen in the included photo.
The car then went through two more owners and was again restored in the early 2000’s. After the restoration, it made a grand entrance at the Hershey Show where it won an award. We have not verified the current owners and hope to track them down soon.
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