When it comes to old cars, there's rare, and then there's rare. There are a number of classic cars where the remaining models number in the single digits. In a few cases there may only be one single example of a vehicle left. Such is the case with a vehicle I had the pleasure of discovering this summer, the 1923 Lexington Skylark roadster.
According to a poster on the vehicle, this is the last remaining example of the Skylark roadster. Thankfully, the owner has restored their car to flawless condition. There didn't appear to be a bolt out of place nor a scratch on the glossy blue paint. The profile if the vehicle featured a prominent, horizontal hood and a lower, curved rear end that gave it a great look, even with the top up. I can only imagine how great it looks with the top folded back!
Of all the great features and details on the Lexington, the oil, water and gas cans strapped to the side was my favourite! I have seen Jeeps with gas cans on the back, but I had never seen a car with the three fluid cans built into the fender. One of the big hassles when restoring an old car can be finding all of the original accessories, so this owner is very lucky to have what appear to be the original cans that store neatly along the running board. Also, I'm curious if this was an original model sold in Quebec that featured the labels in French, or if this was a small modification the owner made for use in 'la belle province'.
Lexington would produce cars from 1909 until folding in 1926, meaning this 1923 model was one of the last to come from the manufacturer. I don't know if Lexington's history is well known or if there are many other remaining models, but if the info on this car is correct, this is one rare car indeed! I will never get sick of stumbling across old cars that I have never heard of, so I am pleased that I can add this rare sighting to my list.
Welcome! My name is Paul, and I am an old-fashioned, low-pressure, low-buck car fan with lots of automotive stories to tell!