Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY NINETEEN: 1922 Overland Model 4 touring
Rodger Wilson is doing his part to spread the old car gospel behind the wheel of cars like this lovely 1922 Overland.
“I go to cruise nights and things like that, and some shows. Obviously, you don’t see much of this kind of stuff around — and everybody just oohs and aahs about it, but nobody wants to pick it up and run with it.,” says Wilson, a resident of Bowling Brook, Ill. “Unfortunately, most of the guys that are into these cars are all dying off, and all the knowledge about these cars and how to keep them running is all going away. So I would love to see some more people come along and join me in my passion and keep these cars running.”
The catchy red leather seat upholstery is not factory correct, but the sturdy Overland is otherwise very similar to the way it left the Overland factory in Toledo, Ohio. The original interior would have been black to match the black paint. The black-on-black paint scheme seemed appropriate since the Model 4 was a direct competitor to Model T Ford, which was also black.
“It’s fun to drive. It cruises pretty good at about 35, so you’re not going to get anywhere in a hurry,” he says. “Of course, the braking system is rear wheel only and it’s mechanical, so you’ve got to allow more room to stop. You have to drive the car, not like today where the car drives you.”
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