Owner: Richard C. Paine, Jr. Automobile Charitable Trust
Manufacturer: Holsman Automobile Company (Chicago, Illinois, 1902-1010)
Model: #11 Surrey
Bodystyle: Touring Runabaout
Cost New: $650
Engine: Opposed two-cylinder
Transmission: Direct drive
Brakes: Mechanical on rear wheels
Suspension: Longitudinal semi-elliptical leaf springs, solid axles
Special features: Tillers and solid rubber tires on immense buggy wheels put rural farmers in control of buggies. The tall wheels fitted neatly in the ruts of a century’s progress across the Great Plains.
Additional info: A buggy with a gasoline engine, the Holsman high-wheeler looked, rode and operated like a “horseless carriage”. Henry Holsman eschewed mechanical advances to the point that his high-wheeler drove the rear wheels with tensioned manila rope loops. More remarkable, he stayed with manila, only graduating to grippers on them and then chains long after competitors were recognizing the advantages of the shafts and gears.