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Club Coupe: 1920

Club Coupe: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Mercer four-passenger coupe." At the vine-covered California Club. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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1750 Clay Street

Much altered, but still recognizably the same building. They even kept the same awning.

Knee to knee

If the interior follows the "opera coupé" configuration, then it's driver and one passenger in front, and two in the rear on jump seats, facing each other rather than forward.

A chauffeur-driven variant had a full (and often sumptuous) conventional rear seat, a less commodious front passenger seat that folded completely forward to facilitate access to the rear seat, and a driver's seat mounted further forward than in the opera coupé in order to maximize rear-seat leg room.

The chauffeur of the latter had little cause for complaint, cramped driving position or not. At least he was out of the weather, unlike his colleagues piloting open-cockpit town cars.

[The photo shows a full-width, forward-facing back seat. - Dave]

Yum, Yum.

Famous for the Raceabout model we rarely see the other Mercers. This car is so cool that I could eat it with a spoon. Please excuse the drool all over my keyboard.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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