1921 Chevrolet 490

After establishing General Motors in 1908 and then losing control of the company in 1910, Billy Durant started a new company in 1912 called Chevrolet.  He wanted to build a lightweight, inexpensive car with a “European” flare so he hired Louis Chevrolet, a Frenchman to design his first cars.  By 1915, Durant once again joined…

1917 Haynes

Elwood Haynes had his start in the automobile business in 1893 when he purchased a Sintz marine engine, which he intended to install in a horse buggy. Lacking the necessary machinery to make the transmission and other mechanical parts he approached the Apperson Brothers machine shop and by July 4th 1894 drove his car down…

1915 ALF Rhino Speedster

This vehicle began life as an unrestorable 1925 American LaFrance ladder truck and is the product of the imagination of its owner, Richard Prizen and Deoon and Jeff Hammers of Penn-Dutch Restorations. The only parts remaining of the original fire truck are the wheels and running gear. Everything else is new design and construction, including…

1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

When the 40/50 horsepower “Silver Ghost” debuted in 1907 it was the most advanced motorcar money could buy. Centered on Henry Royce’s 7,428cc side-valve inline-six, the Silver Ghost was an engineering marvel. The cylinder block was built incredibly strong but was also light weight due to the use of an alloy crankcase. Royce’s engine had…

1948 Tucker

Preston Tucker (1903-1956) was an entrepreneur and car designer. Early in life he had been an office boy at Cadillac Motors, ran a gas station, was a policeman, and settled into a sales career with many car dealerships, selling Stutz, Chrysler, Piece-Arrow, and Dodge cars. His fascination with racing led to a partnership with famed…

1941 Packard 120 Convertible

By 1941, Packard’s model line and had come to include the 110, 120, 160 and 180.  The Packard Twelve had been discontinued as demand had fallen off considerably.  It was replaced, however, with a 160-horsepower engine that proved to be very capable of filling the Twelve’s big shoes.  The new eight-cylinder motor was introduced as…

1914 Rauch and Lang Electric vehicle

Jacob Rauch was a well-known carriage maker in Cleveland, Ohio who formed a partnership with Charles Lang, a real estate magnate, selling Buffalo Electric automobiles in 1903.  Two years later they developed and built their own electric car. This Model J4 was one of four body styles offered in 1914 and the most expensive at…

1910 Ford Model T Firetruck

The Ford Model T is perhaps the best known early American automobile.  More than 15 million were built and sold from 1908 to 1928.  A myriad of body styles were produced: everything from roadsters and coupes to phaetons and sedans.  But many Model T’s saw duty in industrial, commercial, and municipal applications.  The engine is coupled…

1910 Paterson

William Patterson began building horse-drawn carriages in Flint, MI in the late 1800’s.  By 1908, Paterson had abandoned the carriage business to build his first powered automobile.  By 1910, his vehicles were competed with Buicks and Overlands in sales.  Paterson died in 1921 and his son tried to continue the company but sales were declining. …