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1920 Apperson "Jack Rabbit." Model 8-20 Anniversary Eight Tourster

Engine no. 21070

331.8ci L-Head V8 Engine
Single Carburetor 
3-Speed Selective-Shift Manual Transmission
Semi-Elliptical Front and Rear Leaf Springs
Rear-Wheel Drum Brakes

*One of the most famous American cars of the Jazz Age
*A descendant of one of this country's earliest automobiles
*Formerly displayed at the ACD Automobile Museum
*Charming older restoration in attractive colors


The two Apperson brothers built one of the United States' first automobiles for Kokomo, Indiana, businessman Elwood Haynes in 1897. Haynes and Apperson continued in business together, until 1901, when the two names parted. The Appersons' car was similar in mechanical specification to other upper-mid-priced automobiles of its era, but the styling, with models incorporating hidden door hinges and no external handles, was often ahead of its time. Model names promised a thrilling future to the Apperson buyer: Silver-Apperson, Roadplane, Sportster, Tourster, and most famously, the Jack Rabbit, which became a sort of "factory nickname" for all Appersons.

By the time production ended in 1926, Apperson had built many tens of thousands of "Jack Rabbits," but fewer than two dozen remain extant.


The Tupelo Automobile Museum's distinctive Model 8-20 Anniversary Eight Tourster features styling derived from a special model developed by Apperson dealer Conover Silver in 1919. It was one of two Appersons – the other having been Edgar Apperson's own car – gifted by Edmund Orser of Billings, Montana, to the respected ACD Automobile Museum of Auburn, Indiana, in 1979. "Apperson's Apperson" remains a beloved part of the museum's Indiana Gallery, while the Tourster was eventually sold in 1991 to the Tupelo Automobile Museum. It has been exhibited in the museum since its opening, its jazzy design – with more than a trace of the French "skiff" about it, especially in the rear – making it a favorite of many visitors.

The car's restoration, in pale blue with black fenders, is considerable older but still solid and attractive, with the cushy, heavily upholstered leather interior being especially charming and comfortable. Disc wheels shod in blackwall tires add an additional sporting accent, as do the narrow bumpers, nickel-finished radiator shell, streamlined headlamps, and green glass sun visor.

No collection dedicated to the American automobile's illustrious, well-marketed past is complete without an Apperson "Jack Rabbit." Few are better than this one.


This auto can be seen at The Tupelo Auto Museum


The auction will be held at the Tupelo Automobile Museum with the preview day April 25 and the auction April 26-27.

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 In July 1964, Mark C. Tower purchased CSX 2197 from Crater Lake Motors in Medford, Oregon. According to the Shelby Registry, the car was delivered in red over black leather and equipped with the Class A accessories package, which included chrome rocker covers, white sidewall tires, luggage rack, radio, and 5-quarts of anti-freeze which brought the invoice total to $5493.05. Mr. Tower owned the car briefly, and by 1966, CSX 2197 was held by Howard Nettleton of Tacoma, Washington. Shortly after that, it went to John Stevens Jensen of California where it was registered “VNN 794”. Mr. Stevens owned the car for several years until he was killed in a road accident in another Cobra. From 1981, it passed through several more known short-term owners. Along the way, it was noted to have just 9,700 miles on the odometer though it did show some signs of past front-end damage. In the late 1980s, CSX 2197 would find a long-term home with Bill Kemper, a highly respected Cobra expert and restorer. In the early 1990s, he embarked on a long-term restoration, working on the car as time permitted, taking the utmost care as it was a personal project.

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