1915 FRP

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  • Owner: Seal Cove Auto Museum
  • Manufacturer: Finley Robertson Porter Company (Port Jefferson, New York, 1914-1918)
  • Model: 45 Touring, Chassis #5
  • Cost New: $8000
  • Number produced: 9
  • Engine: Single overhead camshaft, 16 valve, inline four cylinder water-cooled. 454 cubic inch displacement
  • Horsepower: 170
  • Transmission: Four speed selective sliding
  • Brakes: Mechanical on rear wheels
  • Suspension: Semi-elliptic leaf springs
  • Provenance: #5 of only nine built, and the only one known to have survived.
  • Additional info: Advertised as “America's Foremost Pleasure Car,” the F.R.P. was also one of America’s most expensive and most limited edition cars. With a top-speed of 80-plus M.P.H., this very rare car was designed by Finley R. Porter, creator of the T-head Mercer Raceabout. This may be the very first production car utilizing a 4 valve per cylinder layout.