It is believed the body is a reconstruction of the original, built atop a genuine Portola engine and chassis. After its time with Dick
King, the Pope-Hartford was
passed to another brass-era enthusiast who continued to show and enjoy the car. Still appearing fresh and impeccably detailed, the black bodywork is finished to concours quality standards, with outstanding paintwork on the
chassis and body components.
The wooden cowl boards are exquisitely finished, like fine
antique furniture. The frame-
mounted fuel tanks and gloss
black patent-leather skirts
between the body and running
boards help give the Pope its low-slung appearance, despite those massive 36” wheels. Accessories include Pope-Hartford branded
Gray & Davis headlamps, Gray & Davis cowl lamps and numerous beautifully restored brass fittings. Instrumentation is via a Warner speedometer and clock, while a separate gauge monitors fuel pressure, which is boosted via a
hand pump between the seats. Running boards and floors are finished in period appropriate
linoleum panels, and the seats
are beautifully trimmed in black leather showing virtually no signs
of use since the restoration was completed in 2011. The sale will include both the jump-seat rear
deck as well as the spare-wheel carrier, which can be changed
over for the full road-racer effect.
Offered for $650,000
full and partial trades
Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO.