60HP Mercedes Specifications and Review

60HP Mercedes Specifications and Review

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               60HP Mercedes Specifications and Review   1903 • 567 cu in/9,293 cc, S4 • 60bhp/44kW • unknown • 65mph/104kph Wilhelm Maybach was a German engineer who worked with Gottlieb Daimier of the Daimler company. After Daimler died in 1900, Maybach went on to work with Gottlieb’s son, Paul, and in 1901 they produced […]

Model A Ford Specifications and Review

Model A Ford Specifications and Review

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                   Model A Ford Specifications and Review   1903 • 101 cuin/1,668cc,V2 • 8bhp/5.9kW • unknown • 30mph/48kph When Henry Ford sold his first Model A to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago on July 20,1903, the newly formed Ford Motor Company of Detroit had just $223.65 (£144) remaining in the bank. The […]

Model A Cadillac Specifications and Review

Model A Cadillac Specifications and Review

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              Model A Cadillac Specifications and Review   1903 • 98 cu in/1,609cc, single-cylinder • 8bhp/6kW • unknown • 30mph/48kph The oldest known surviving Cadillac is one of the first three Model As that were sold at the New York Auto Show in January 1903. A $10 (£6) deposit at the show secured the […]

Simplex Mercedes Specifications and Review

Simplex Mercedes Specifications and Review

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               Simplex Mercedes Specifications and Review   1902 • 408 cu in/6,700 cc, S4 • 40bhp/29.8kW • unknown • 70mph/119kph On March 29, 1901, German driver Wilhelm Werner entered a 35-bhp (26-kW) Mercedes in the Nice-La Turbie Hill Climb on the Cote d’Azur; he finished forty-three seconds ahead of his nearest rival after averaging […]

999 Ford Specifications and Review

999 Ford Specifications and Review

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                      999 Ford Specifications and Review   1902 • 1,147 cu in/18,800 cc, S4 • 70 bhp/51 kW • unknown • 91 mph/147kph Ford 999 was a number plate, not a model number, and only two cars were ever built. They were a world away from the mass-produced Ford Model […]

Runabout Stanley Specifications and Review

Runabout Stanley Specifications and Review

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            Runabout Stanley Specifications and Review   1901 • two-cylinder, steam-powered • 3.5 bhp/2.57 kW • unknown • 27 mph/44kph Twin brothers Francis E. and Freelan O. Stanley of Kingfield, Mâine, were in their forties and the owners of a successful photographic plate company when they attended a”horseless carriage”display in Massachusetts in 1896. The event […]

Electric Coach Columbia Specifications and Review

Electric Coach Columbia Specifications and Review

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        Electric Coach Columbia Specifications and Review   1899 • 44-cell battery • 2 bhp/1.49 kW • unknown •15 mph/24kph By 1899, the statistics of the Columbia Automobile Company of Hartford, Connecticut, were bold enough even before they began mass-producing one of the first American electric cars. The factory was spread under an enormous 17-acre (68,800 sq […]

Curved Dash Oldsmobile Specifications and Review

Curved Dash Oldsmobile Specifications and Review

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       Curved Dash Oldsmobile Specifications and Review   1899 • 95cuin/1,563cc, single-cylinder • 4.5bhp/3.4kW • unknown • 20mph/32kph By rights, Ransom E. Olds, the man who founded the Oldsmobile company, ought to be as well known as his contemporary, Henry Ford: the two were born just a year apart, in 1863 and 1864 respectively. As Olds battled Ford […]

10HP Dogcart Arrol-Johnston Specifications and Review

10HP Dogcart Arrol-Johnston Specifications and Review

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  10HP Dogcart Arrol-Johnston Specifications and Review   1897 • 197cu in/3,230cc, F2 • 10 bhp/7.5 kW • unknown • 25mph/40kph Forth Road Bridge engineer Sir William Arrol and locomotive engineer George Johnston combined their talents to create the first British production car. Like many early cars, the Scottish-built “Dogcart” was like a horse-drawn carriage without the horse, but compared […]

Victoria Benz Specifications and Review

Victoria Benz Specifications and Review

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                  Victoria Benz Specifications and Review   1893 • 104cu in/1,720cc,single-cylinder • 3 bhp/2.2 kW • unknown • 11 mph/18kph Late on New Year’s Eve in 1878, the German designer and engineer Karl Benz was putting the finishing touches to his newest invention: a two-stroke, water-cooled, internai combustion engine. Powered by gasoline, […]