John Moir Jr.’s automotive alphabet

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Le Zebre was produced in France from 1907-31
Auto-Carrier is part of the AC lineage | RM photos by Darin Schnabel
Auto-Carrier is part of the AC lineage | RM photos by Darin Schnabel

After John Moir Jr. had acquired cars beginning with A, B and C, Heather, his wife of 52 years, joked that he may as well complete the alphabet.

Heather’s joke became John’s mission and he did, indeed, complete a 26-vehicle alphabet collection. Now those cars will be offered — and in alphabetical order — at RM’s Hershey sale October 9.

There are many ways to build such a collection. Here is John Moir Jr.’s version of the automotive alphabet (with pre-auction estimated values in parentheses):

This Lancia's bodywork was done in England
This Lancia’s bodywork was done in England

A — 1912 Auto-Carrier Delivery Box Van ($30,000 to $50,000)
B — 1911 Brasier 11/15 HP Runabout ($30,000 to $50,000)
C — 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster ($450,000 to $650,000)
D — 1900 De Dion-Bouton Vis-a-Vis ($40,000 to $60,000)
E — 1911 E-M-F Model 30 Speedster ($30,000 to $50,000)
F — 1933 Ford V8 Station Wagon ($70,000 to $100,000)
G — 1914 G.N. Cyclecar ($40,000 to $60,000)
H — 1953 HRG 1500 WS Roadster ($80,000 to $120,000)
I — 1901 International Charlette Double Phaeton ($70,000 to $100,000)
J — 1928 Jowett 7/17 Sports Racer ($50,000 to $70,000)
K — 1911 Kelsey Model M Motorette ($30,000 to $50,000)
L — 1934 Lancia August Special Tourer ($300,000 to $400,000)
M — 1926 Morgan Aero Three-Wheeler ($40,000 to $60,000)
N — 1953 Nash-Healey Sports Roadster ($70,000 to $100,000)
O — 1904 Orient Buckboard ($40,000 to $60,000)
P — 1937 Packard Six station wagon ($90,000 to $120,000)

Queen built some 1,500 cars in Detroit form 1904-06
Queen built some 1,500 cars in Detroit form 1904-06

Q — 1905 Queen Model B Runabout ($25,000 to $40,000)
R — 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Drophead Coupe ($80,000 to $120,000)
S — 1913 Spacke Cyclecar prototype ($30,000 to $50,000)
T — 1958 Triumph TR3A roadster ($15,000 to $25,000)
U — 1911 Unic GS Roi-des-Belges ($50,000 to $75,000)
V — 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle ($5,000 to $10,000)
W — 1921 Wolseley Ten coupe ($40,000 to $60,000)
X — 1991 Zanthos 23B ($20,000 to $30,000)
Y — 1923 Yellow Cab Model A-2 Brougham Taxi ($40,000 to $60,000)
Z — 1910 Zebra Type A Runabout ($20,000 to $30,000)

Le Zebre was produced in France from 1907-31
Le Zebre was produced in France from 1907-31

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.