Midland Model L raceabout 1911
2017 Antwerp Concours - Wijnegem (B)
Midland was a car manufacturer located in Moline, Illinois in the USA. From 1908 till 1913 this company produced relatively powerful quality cars in the middle class price range. The Model L was a 4 cylinder car introduced in 1910 and rated at 40 hp. It was offered up to the 1912 model year and available in various 4 and 5 seater open body styles. The sporty raceabout version shown here was probably specially built for competition purposes.
The end for Midland was not caused by lack of funds or disappointing sales but was a result of fraud, most likely by its main investor Charles Pope, a well-known figure in early American car history. It's believed that 10 Midland cars are still extant, of which only 2 Model L cars.