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A Winton Six Promotes the Future Trans – Canada Highway

The effort to build the Trans-Canada Highway began in 1911, but the road was not officially opened in it’s fully complete and paved form until 1962. It was started by a small band of forward-thinking early automobile enthusiasts who knew that their country would benefit immensely from a good highway that crossed the entire nation. At the time the plan was hatched, long sections of the only coast to coast route were little more than rough wagon tracks.

After more than 35 years of infighting and political wrangling, the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway was finally approved in 1949 by an act of Parliament. Construction started in the 1950′s and continued on to the formal ribbon cutting in 1962 when the completed and fully paved highway was finally opened.

Little is known about the early highway promotion campaign using the circa 1913 Winton Six touring car seen in our top photo today with Vancouver, British Columbia Mayor Gale and other city officials gathered around it. It was lettered for and carried banners promoting an early campaign for the future Trans-Canada Highway. Perhaps our readers can find more information


Mechanically, the Winton was an interesting and somewhat unconventional car right from it’s start when the first experimental model was built by in 1896. Alexander Winton thought about engine speed and power control systems differently than other designers and from early on was a firm believer in the use of compressed air for valve and carburetor actuation. Later, he also developed a self-starter that used air pressure with a distribution mechanism.

You can learn much more about this formidable six cylinder car as it was built from 1912 to 1914 in illustrations, an advertisement and an article that appeared in the October 16, 1913 of The Automobile above and below.


The Winton Company was headed in an entirely different direction from the Trans-Canada Highway, as at about the time plans for the great road were being developed, it was only thirteen years away from ending car production. At their very peak in 1916, a record 2,458 cars were built. This was company’s most prosperous and successful year. They also did well during the First World War producing supplies for the military.

After the war, Winton, along with other medium and high-priced car makers who did not keep their products fresh and up to date, ran into trouble and eventually perished in the post war recession. The sad end of the marque came for the pioneering automobile maker from Cleveland, Ohio in early 1924, although the name continued proudly onward on diesel engines used in marine and railway applications. You can also find many more Winton photos and more information here on The Old Motor. Feature photo by James Skitt Matthews courtesy of the City of Vancouver.

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The Larz Anderson Collection Automobiles, 1901 Winton Heavy Racer, 1903 Gardner-Serpollet

This is the second pair of cars from the Larz Anderson Auto Museum that have survived which we are featuring. The 1901 Winton Heavy Racer is one of the two most important cars in the collection. It is one of only four of this Winton model racing car that were produced, with a large 40 h.p. horizontally opposed engine equipped with Alexander Winton’s unusual pneumatic carburetor controls and valve actuating mechanism.

Anderson bought the car to try his hand at racing and used it to compete in the first race meeting of the Massachusetts Auto Club in 1901. He never had much luck with this car in race meets, as it would usually stop running during the race and fail to finish. A bit later on Anderson had the rear entrance tonneau seen above built for car. He is known to have enjoyed racing meets and with this tonneau he would back the car up to the track fence and have a seat close to the action.

The 1903 Gardner-Serpollet the Anderson’s purchased, was the most advanced steam car available at the time. It was designed and produced by a collaboration of well know French automotive steam engineer Leon Serpollet and a American business man Frank Gardner. Serpollet was able to perfect the flash tube boiler which gave his machines excellent performance and allowed him to set a speed of 75.06 mph with his “oeuf de Paques” (called the Easter egg because of its shape) at Nice, France in 1902.

The Anderson’s were to find that they had to hire a skilled chauffeur was to tend to and operate this early machine for them. It is one of very few of the makers cars to survive.

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The Larz Anderson Collection Automobiles, 1899 Winton and the 1900 Rochet-Schneider

Yesterday we showed you the 1907 Fiat from the Larz Anderson Auto Mus-eum. To give you a better idea of the scope of the collection that we are trying to set up a conservation fund for, we will be sharing photos of the cars and using the Larz Anderson Museum’s descriptions of each car. Enjoy the photos, which are very clear, detailed and enjoyable and give you a view of some incredible early machinery.

The 1899 Winton Phaeton was the first automobile purchased by Larz and Isabel Anderson and marks the beginning of the couple’s unique and extensive collection of automobiles.  On their many trips overseas Larz and Isabel saw these new and wondrous machines rumbling down the streets of France and they became intrigued, which led to the purchase of the Winton.

The Winton Motor Carriage Company was established by Alexander Winton in 1897 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Winton was a bicycle maker, who was among the first auto manufacturers in the United States at the beginning of the auto-motive industry.  Each early automobile produced by Winton at the time was handmade and assembled piece by piece.  The Winton Phaeton, displayed in the Museum’s permanent collection (seen above) was one of 100 built in 1899 and cost $1,000.

Larz Anderson’s favorite touring car, the Rochet-Schneider (just above), was a rare and innovative automobile even for its time.  Manufactured and made by bicycle maker Edouard Rochet and his dad, Thoephile Schneider, the company’s motto was strength, simplicity, silence.  This automobile was modeled after a Benz, with a single-cylinder engine and chain drive.  Passengers rode on the front seat, facing the road for a bettering touring experience. The backrest could also be positioned the other way, facing the driver; this was called vis-a-vis.

The Anderson’s purchased this automobile in 1900 for a motoring excursion through the Loire Valley of France. However, due to the rarity of the car and its parts, it was taken off the road early on. The Anderson’s used the vehicle only for special occasions, such as the Independence Day Parade in Brookline, where their chauffeur, Bernard Foy, dressed up as Uncle Sam and handed out candy to parade spectators.

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