1920 Kissel Speedster Gold Bug Yel LakeMirror101913

Interesting car made in Wisconsin…how dangerous those outboard seats would be. Cut a little too close to another car..and we can only imagine the consequences! No seatbelts either..but then you’re already outside of the car! I think the “speedster” name was popular for cars that looked like they would be fast.

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  1. Jack R

    Hey, Karyn! This certainly is a rare machine…and you named those outboard seats aptly! I can only imagine that they’d be used for very short distances…I think I remember something about such an arrangement to allow the owner of an estate to carry a workman from the gatehouse to the estate proper…I think even then they wouldn’t use them for highway driving..at least I hope not! Thanks! πŸ˜€ Jack

  2. Jack R

    I love the wording about the braking…it strips the panic out of what must have been a harrowing experience! πŸ˜€
    I must admit that my first thought was the same as yours…a “time out” area! Child welfare definitely would not be amused! πŸ˜€ I’d bet it may be the only one on the road. Thanks! πŸ™‚ Jack

  3. Jack R

    Hey, Ron! I’m glad you like! Thanks! πŸ™‚ Jack

  4. Jack R

    Hey, Terry! Really amazing to find this car! I’m beyond the “thrill” rides at this point..it would take a daring person indeed to ride outboard like this! Thanks! πŸ™‚ Jack

  5. Jack R

    Those outboard seats were a new one for me, too! Designers really didn’t have to answer to anyone…if this had been a popular feature, I imagine it would have appeared on many other cars! Thank goodness good judgment won in that it wasn’t widely adopted! One thing…it was never boring! πŸ˜€ Thanks! πŸ˜€ Jack

  6. JesseAndMike

    The pull out seat is awesome! That would be fun to ride in, only if the driver is a fantastic drive and doesnt hug the center of the road when driving LOL

  7. Jack R

    Hey, guys! It’s the first time I ever saw a seating arrangement like that…and its “success” would lie in the driver being very skillful…and slow! Thanks! πŸ˜€ Jack

  8. Jason Carpp

    Hey Jack. Nice looking car. I’ve never heard of Kissel.

  9. Jack R

    Hey, Jason! It is indeed a rare car…probably one of the few that exists, especially this well restored! Thanks! πŸ™‚ Jack

  10. Jason Carpp

    I agree. I think this was built simply as a two occupant car, the two extra seats look like merely an afterthought. Unless safety belts could’ve been added to the car, I can’t imagine it’d be very safe riding, unless the driver’s going at a snail’s pace. πŸ™‚

  11. Jack R

    Hey, Jason! I think someone in the styling department got a “clever” idea to add these seats! I suggest as a punishment that he be required to sit on one, going down the road! πŸ˜€ Thanks! πŸ˜€ Jack

  12. Jason Carpp

    That would make a great way to “punish” someone, make him sit on either seat.

  13. Jack R

    Hey, Jason! It surely would make them aware of the hazards! Thanks! πŸ™‚ Jack

  14. Jason Carpp

    Indeed it would. Or perhaps one could install seat belts to the seats. I’d sure as hell wouldn’t want to ride on either of the seats without them.

  15. Jack R

    Hey, Jason! I think they keep them intact just as a museum would keep something original…you’d never want to use it for its intended purpose, but it’s preserved because that’s how the car was manufactured. Thanks! πŸ™‚ Jack

  16. Jason Carpp

    Probably. πŸ™‚

  17. AMCmachine

    I have fond memories of riding in the rumble seat of my uncle’s ’36 Ford coupe as a kid. I loved it, never gave a thought to how potentially dangerous that could be, although thankfully we never suffered an accident. That setup seems a paragon of safe motoring compared to these outboard jump seats. I’ve heard of Kissel, but those seats are a new one for me! It’s nothing short of astonishing what novelties those early automakers would experiment with in the era before serious federal regulation.

  18. 46619TAB

    Very interesting and nicely restored little car. I rode several of the rides at the Sratosphere in Vegas but there’s no way you’d get me in one of those slide-out seats!

  19. zzzdogutube

    Jack, thanks Ron

  20. Jack R

    Hey, Kiel! I can only imagine the torture of riding in that seat….talk about your thriller ride! LOL! Thanks! πŸ˜€ Jack

  21. Karyn Felix-Angell

    This is quite a car! I love the ’20s body style and the wire wheels. The interior is nicely restored and even comfortable looking. The top is nice! BUT.. Whoever designed those side seats had some sence of humor! I’ve heard of suicide doors.. Those must be suicide seats! You definitely wouldn’t want to ride in those during love BUG season!! Thanks Jack! Interesting!! πŸ˜€

  22. Jack R

    Hey, Alberto! Any person in their right mind would be scared sitting in those outboard seats! Thanks! πŸ˜€ Jack

  23. alberto gorin