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.