Object StatementAutomobile, full size, Holsman piano box buggy, Model 9K Runabout, two-seat, body No. 2491V, engine No. 1582, made by Holsman Automobile Co., Monadnock Block, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, 1908
Physical DescriptionThe Holsman auto buggy features a simple 2-seat piano box type body set high off the ground on four, large diameter buggy wheels. The chassis is made of wood with flat steel bracing. The mono bloc engine is a twin-cylinder, air-cooled model with horizontally-opposed cylinders, located under the seat. There are full elliptic springs front and rear. Steering is by a vertical tiller, and the throttle is operated by twisting the tiller. Starting is by handle which projects from under the front seat. There is a tool and luggage box above the front axle, and a picnic basket holder at the rear. The transmission comprises a moveable power shaft suspended on hangers by roller bearings which revolve in a forward direction. The shaft has two, deep grooved pulleys at each end, the larger one for engaging a flexible, steel transmission chain of ¼ inch (0.635 cm) standard link taped with cloth friction tape or cotton webbing. Power was transmitted via a pulley attached to the spokes of both rear wheels. A smaller pulley engaged the wheels for reverse motion. The large timber wheels have slender spokes, small hubs, narrow felloes and solid rubber tyres. The brakes act directly on the tyres. The 6-inch (15.24 cm) wide mudguards are made of a standard buggy iron frame, flat oval in shape, and covered with patent leather. The body is finished in black with red pin striping and is now fitted with brass side lamps and a carriage step.
Model: 9K Runabout
Body No: 2491V
Engine No: 1582
Manufacturer's rating: 12 4/5 hp
Engine: twin cylinder
Bore: 4 inches (101 mm)
Stroke: 4 inches (101 mm)
Gears: 2 forward and 1 reverse
Ignition: double trembler coil (duplex coil)
Carburettor: side draught
Lubrication: mechanical force feed
Transmission: steel cable drive
Petrol tank: 5½ US gallons (20.8 litres)
Fuel supply: gravity fed
Front wheels: 44 inches (112 cm)
Rear wheels: 48 inches (122 cm)
Wheelbase: 75 inches (190 cm)
Weight without top: 940 lbs (426 kg)
MarksBrass plaque screwed to front reads 'HOLSMAN AUTOMOBILE Co. / CHICAGO USA / No. 2491V / PATENTED APR. 15 '02 / OTHER PATENET PNDING'. Brass plaue on the wooden box that encloses part of the cars transmission reads 'THE / Duplex coil PAT. JUNE 27 1905'.
Eved text on the brass plaque on the outside of the luggage box reads 'LARKE HOSKINS & Co LTD / AGENTS / SYDNEY'.