1920 Auto Red Bug

2nd Oldest in Existence, AACA Eligible, Fully Restored

$24,800

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This is the perfect car for the inner child in all of us!

THE ESSENTIALS

This Auto Red Bug is the second oldest Red Bug in existence and has just had a complete and total restoration performed, which was completed in early 2019. This Red Bug has been part of a private collection for some time, but was an older restoration, probably done in the 1950’s. The restoration took the better part of a year, and it was done to a very high and historically correct standard. Every aspect of the Red Bug was restored, re-plated, re-upholstered, and re-painted and polished as it left the factory. A lot of research time went into the restoration to ensure everything was done correctly, mostly due to the assistance of the renown Red Bug expert, Jed Rapoport.

The red paint is the exact color and hue the Red Bug was painted when new. The brightwork is correctly plated in nickel. The seat is upholstered in the correct material and padded with correct horsehair, just the way it was done at the factory. The wood slats are the exact wood used when new.

The Red Bug runs perfectly, steers the way it should, and stops the way it should. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos.

*Please note Title is listed as clear because eBay would not take a bill of sale listing. Due to the fact Auto Red Bugs have no VIN and thus are not licensed to travel on public roads, it is being sold with a bill of sale only.

Fun Facts:
Manufacturer: Automotive Electric Service Corporation, North Bergen, New Jersey
Engine: 12 volt electric battery
Wheelbase: 62 inches
Price new: $200
1920 average annual income: $1,407
1920 Auto Red Bug
Serial Number E4629

For more information, please contact Daniel at +1.917.890.4230 or at daniel@classicpromenade.com

1920 Auto Red Bug

$24,800

PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER NAME
LOCATION USA
VIEWS 74

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1920 Auto Red Bug
1920 Auto Red Bug

$24,800

VIN E4629
FUEL Electric
EXT COLOR Red
YEAR 1920
LOCATION Chicago, Il
PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER
VIEWS 74

Automotive Electric Service Corporation Auto Red Bug

The Auto Red Bug looks like a go cart, but was an automotive innovation as one of the first small electric vehicles introduced in the US. The Red Bug combined the practicality of the modern automobile with the convenience of small size and economical power. They became popular with both young people and adults looking…
The Auto Red Bug looks like a go cart, but was an automotive innovation as one of the first small electric vehicles introduced in the US. The Red Bug combined the practicality of the modern automobile with the convenience of small size and economical power. They became popular with both young people and adults looking for a vehicle that was small and easy to drive short distances. Did you know? The Auto Red Bug was enjoyed by Roland Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti, and King Leopold III of Belgium? The early model Red Bug cars were part of Jekyll Island’s history. They were rented by wealthy industrialists from the Jekyll Island Club Garage for pleasure and a means of travel on Jekyll Island. It was often the preferred choice over the family car. Many wealthy estate-owners purchased them for getting around their grounds. Some island communities that didn’t allow full-size automobiles did permit the use of Red Bugs. These small electric powered vehicles were first manufactured in 1916. This one was made by Automotive Electric Service Corp. of North Bergen, New Jersey. Referred to as “buckboards” because of their wooden slats, they were powered by an electric engine with a single rear wheel mounted brake. All Auto Red Bugs, whether electric or powered by a motor wheel are fully recognized by the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) as cars and eligible for all of their events.

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