The Pope-Toledo, a marvel of design and craftsmanship, epitomized excellence by incorporating premium materials into its construction. As an early adopter of the innovative French ‘Panhard system’ layout, the car featured a front-mounted engine propelling the rear wheels. This groundbreaking design was complemented by its utilization of four-cylinder engines and a double chain drive, showcasing its pioneering spirit.
Throughout its various model iterations, the Pope-Toledo consistently demonstrated impressive power. A notable event in 1905 saw a specially tuned Pope-Toledo, owned by C. Edward Born, take part in the world’s inaugural 24-hour endurance race. Held on a dirt track in Columbus, Ohio, the race, although featuring just three entrants, proved historic. Piloted by the Soules brothers, the Pope-Toledo triumphed by covering a remarkable distance of 828.5 miles within a single day, a feat that marked its exceptional capabilities.
Even today, the Pope-Toledo model stands as the ultimate jewel in Colonel Pope’s envisioned automotive realm. Existing examples of these cars are cherished possessions within the most esteemed and discerning collections worldwide. Their extraordinary design, meticulous construction, and, above all, their potent performance, enabling them to challenge contemporaries in tours or hill climbs, contribute to their enduring legacy.