It was an evolving process for different manufacturers. One of the last to change was Stutz who maintained outside shift levers on their Bearcat models through 1922. For 1923 they moved shift levers to the center of the car and also changed to left hand drive.
I agree! I would gladly put either of those rare beauties in the garage. I have a thing for limited production vehicles that have guts form more mainstream cars so that you can actually keep them running. (thus, my Sunbeam Harrington). The Inter-State is such an interesting story. There are so many start-ups like that which seemed to have to potential to change the industry, only to flare-out after a few years. Someone's dream crashed. Sad. But interesting.
Link to a still shot of McCallum and the Godsal from the film. It doesn't look bad at all in that livery, just not up to the current standard. Have to admit, McCallum looked better then too. He's only 87, and has been on TV since 1953.
"Upon [Jerry] Old’s retirement in 1993, he moved to Kansas City and stored the car again." Indoor environmentally controlled car storage used to be an incredible bargain in Kansas City, and may still be for all I know. There were huge underground so-called limestone quarries (they were called quarries although they were actually completely underground) where the humidity was very low and the temperature only varied by a few degrees year round. After they were mined out, they were available for lease as storage or for other uses. There was a small underground shopping mall in one. When I was a teenager in Kansas City in the late 1960's, a Thunderbird enthusiast who lived down the street from us had thirteen T-birds stored in one of the quarries.
Yep, the underground caves here in KC are aplenty, and I happen to have space in one of them where I store my classic cars and projects as part of my small classic car business. The constant temp and humidity is great for the cars, but the dusty environment makes it essential they be thoroughly covered at all times.
That's interesting, I left Kansas City in the late 1970's and I was curious about whether they still store cars in those caves. If I may ask, what's the name of your classic car business and what do you do?
Actually I knew about the Godsal and wrote about it for Kansas City Car Action Magazine when it was on display at the final Art of the Car Concours in 2016. It was red then. I talked with Jerry Old for a long time who shared with me the entire story of the car... all except for one detail: the agreed-upon price for its upcoming sale. He said it didn't want to jinxed the deal. He sure didn't.
I wonder if the Godsal was the first time the big-American-V8-in-a-British-sports-car-chassis paradigm that's been repeated over and over was implemented. I don't know of any that would have been prior to 1935.
The Marmon name is still alive. Marmon-Harrington of Louisville, KY builds heavy duty four wheel drive units. I had to go to their facility to pick up parts. I told my boss that the company was probably related to the Indy 500 winner. He thought I was crazy. Sure enough when I entered their facility there was a huge portrait of the Wasp behind the reception desk.