This is the first in a series of articles covering three early cars constructed by the Auto Parts Manufacturing Co. located in Detroit, Michigan, between the years of 1909 to ’13. At this point, it is not known if the vehicles were prototypes built for other companies or were used to showcase the Company’s capabilities at automobile shows.
Of the three cars, the least is known about this uncommon four-passenger coupe on a chassis that is about the same size as most thirty horsepower cars of the period. The unusual front passenger compartment has a simple top equipped with side curtains for use during foul weather, but any passengers using the occasional half bucket seats in the rear were left out in the open.
We will return to this story on Tuesday when one of the largest roadsters ever built at the time will be featured along with photos of it while it was being assembled. The Spooner and Wells image is courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection.