After you get done building them, you have to deliver them. That’s one fact that hasn’t changed in the more than one hundred year history of the motorcar. These days, enormous trans-oceanic roll-on roll-off ships (RORO’s) deposit hundreds of cars at a clip at our ports of entry while American manufacturers load almost endless auto rack trains or huge fleets of high speed diesel trucks to distribute their product all over the continent.
But way back when, cars were often shipped as KDF, or knocked down freight. Whether bound for a foreign or domestic destination, the cargo handling methods of the era often required that an automobile be partially disassembled and individually crated before a carrier would accept it for shipment. Our photos show two examples of that lost craft, and while it was a more common practice when the Jeffrey was new, it was the exception rather than the rule by the time that Nash ready to go. Photos courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Murphy Library.