Guy Found His Great-Grandfather's 105-Year-Old Car Purchase Receipts

When most people hadn't even seen a car in their lives, Dr. Tooker bought two cars in 1910s.
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You know the prices of cars in today's world, for some people it's difficult to afford one car and for some, it's difficult to afford more than one. And for some people changing cars is like a hobby. They are crazy about cars and they live for it.


During the 1910s, it was pretty difficult for people to get their basic needs, leave aside buying cars. But recently, a guy named Tyler T. found receipts from the 1910s, showing his great-grandfather's new car purchases and maintenance.

Tyler T. said to The Drive, "I came across them in my family’s house, which was owned by my great grandfather. They laid in a dovetailed wooden box, practically untouched since he put them there in the early ’20s."

One of the earliest receipts belongs to a 1913 Pathfinder Series X111-A, sold for $2,275.75 on April 15, 1913, in New York City. Adjusted for inflation, the car would cost $58,000 today. The vintage version of this car was sold for $121,000 in 2016.

Guy Found His Great-Grandfather's 105-Year-Old Car Purchase Receipts
Source: Studebaker National Museum/YouTube

Tyler's great grand-father had the car for 2 years and within this period he took the car in for service regularly for leak-proof rings, new valve caps, bolts, nuts, coils, oil, new shackle bolts, axle greasing, and felt washers.

One routine maintenance bill was around $39.65 which equals $995.64 today. 

In 1915, he traded the Pathfinder for an $800 credit to buy a new Franklin Motor Car Co. Touring Series 7 for $1,375.

Guy Found His Great-Grandfather's 105-Year-Old Car Purchase Receipts
Source: Classic Drive TV/YouTube

Franklin car company was established by Herbert H. Franklin in 1902, and the cars were air-cooled for better reliability and less weight. The car was called "The Doctor's Car" because it could be used in all weather, and it was cold-weather reliable before antifreeze was a thing.

Well, it's not surprising if you think about the fact that Tyler T.'s great-grandfather, N.B. Tooker was a doctor.

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Dr. N.B. Tooker took good care of his Franklin too, after purchasing the car, he repainted, and restriped the car, and upgraded a Stewart-Warner Speedometer.

Well, it's kind of weird that he could afford two cars at the beginning of the 1900s when most people on Earth didn't have a car in their lives. But according to his great-grandson Tyler, "He worked for the government as a doctor in the War Department of Health and Training [through] the 1910s-20s. Money wasn’t a problem for him, from what I was told." 

Tyler T. said, "No one knows whatever happened to his prized cars. They were most likely sold prior to the ‘40s. Not many [people], if anyone, is around that would have met or known him."

So we don't know what happened to the cars or if Dr. Tooker bought other cars, but it seems like a pretty cool story. 

H/T TheDrive