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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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Under the guidance of their visionary chief designer Virgil Exner, Chrysler Corporation finally broke free of their staid and conservative design language of the late 1940s and early 1950s with the influential new “Forward Look” of 1955. Chrysler began hinting at its reborn sense of style through a series of dream cars that were the product of a collaboration between Exner and Ghia’s Luigi “Gigi” Segre. The Forward Look thrust Chrysler back into the spotlight and ushered in the era of chrome, fins, and flamboyant style.

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Comprehensively restored a few years after being found. It presents in very good condition, with straight panels and factory-appropriate gaps. Chrome trim and brightwork are also in good condition, with very good bumpers and moldings showing some light polish marks from regular care. This car retains the original gold-anodized wheel covers, unique to the Adventurer. Because of their delicate nature, most get painted during restoration, so it is rare to find a set with the anodized plating intact.

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