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About Mercer

Mercer was an American automobile manufacturer before World War II.

Early history

There was considerable talent & backing for the Mercer Automobile Company; Ferdinand Roebling, son of John A Roebling, was the president, and his nephew Washington Roebling was the general manager. The Roeblings had extensive success with wire rope manufacturing and suspension bridge design; engineering was not a recent concept for them. The secretary-treasurer was John L. Kuser, who, with his brothers Frederick and Anthony, had amassed a fortune from banking, bottling and brewing.

Washington Roebling was friends with William Walter, who had been making a small number of high-quality automobiles in New York City. The Kusers owned a vacant brewery in Hamilton, New Jersey, and brought Walter and his car factory there in 1906. However, Walter found himself deeply in debt by 1909, so the Roeblings and Kusers bought him out in a foreclosure sale. They changed the company name to Mercer, named after Mercer County, New Jersey. Talented designers and race drivers contributed to the new effort, and the focus became proving their product in competition.

Type 35R Raceabout

The result was one of the most acknowledged sports cars of the decade; the 1910 Type-35R Raceabout, a stripped-down, two-seat speedster, designed to be "safely and consistently" driven at over 70 mph (it was capable of over 90 mph). The Raceabout's inline 4-cylinder T-head engine displaced 300 cubic inches and developed 58 horsepower. It won five of the six 1911 races it was entered in, and hundreds of racing victories followed. The Raceabout became one of the premier racing thoroughbreds of the era- highly coveted for its quality construction and exceptional handling.

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2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 4.9L SV M-4
53.7 kW / 72.0 hp / 72.0 hp        
   

Mercer 22/70 (1915)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 4887 cm3 / 298.2 cu in / 298.2 cu in, 53.7 kW / 72.0 hp / 72.0 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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