A year and a half ago we did a feature about Jack Landon of Los Angeles with photos of the baby cars that he built in the mid-to-late-1920s. At the time, his name was known, and a search turned up an article about him in the October, 1927 Popular Science magazine that you can link to in our earlier post.
After viewing the lead image showing a late-1920s Cadillac sedan and a baby car in the Michael J. Semas Collection it was apparent where he built his unique cars. The Crown Motor Carriage Company logo lead us to learn more about Crown Coach that began in 1903 when Don M. Brockway started the Crown Carriage Co. in a barn behind his house. Crown continued to build school buses until closing in 1991.
The origin of the Jack Landon baby car chassis’ are not known, and it appears that he built some of the cars to order for Crown. The little vehicles were used for advertising, fun and show business. The one pictured is wearing badges from the Hudson Car Company.
The Popular Science magazine article states that “He bought a small used car, took it apart and cut it down, making new parts when necessary.” We would like to know if any of our readers can identify what engine and chassis he started with that can be seen in these photos.
- Chevrolet School Bus body built by the Crown Motor Carriage Company in Los Angeles.