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American Woodie Autos - Before 1910

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1897 Winton

Wooden body 1897 Winton broke records when Alexander Winton and five friends circled a one mile track at 33 MPH in Cleveland, Ohio USA.

Source: The Oldtime Automobile by Robert Bentley


1900 motor wagon

Circa 1900 motorized wagon. Early cars borrowed the body styles and chassis construction of horse-drawn vehicles. Although this car uses the body, springs and wheels of a wagon, it was designed from the start to be self-propelkled. This car was built in the early 20th century, probably in the Pomona, California area.

Photo and caption courtesy Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


1901 Locomobile

1901 Locomobile is notable for its steam engine. The fire-box of the chain-driven job was under the seat and the boiler operated at a pressure of 50 pounds.

Information: The Oldtime Automobile by Robert Bentley


1902 Locomobile restoration1902 Locomobile restoration1902 Locomobile restoration

Howard Henderson's 1902 Locomobile restoration reveals the entire body is made of wood.

Photo courtesy Howard Henderson


1902 Geneva steam car

The 1902 Geneva steam-powered automobile was manufactured by the Geneva Automobile & Manufacturing Company, Geneva, Ohio. The wood-bodied two-passenger car is 7½ feet long, 5 feet wide and 5½ feet high, and weighs approximately 800 pounds. It has a 6-horsepower engine. A copper water tank at the rear comes forward on two sides of the boiler that holds 6 gallons of water when charged for working.

Photo courtesy Howard Henderson
Caption: Early Automobiles on Mackinac Island


1905 REO

Ransome E. Olds' 1905 REO has a painted wooden body, varnished wood fenders and a wicker trunk.

Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum
 

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