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Chrysler Birthplace Victim of the Wrecking Ball

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  • Walter P. Chrysler with the 1924 Chrysler Six. Photo courtesy Chrysler Media Archives.

Daniel Strohl at Hemmings always has his ear to the ground and has come up with yet another interesting story about the fall of another auto plant where “Chrysler’s first automobile was conceived” In his report at Hemmings Daily he had the following to say about the demolition:

“While efforts to save a number of landmark automotive factories – the Packard plant in Detroit, the Ford factory in Highland Park, and the massive Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti – have received quite a bit of press over the last year, another factory far removed from southeast Michigan came down earlier this fall in New Jersey, almost unnoticed despite its role in the conception of Walter P. Chrysler’s first car”. 

The extensive 2 million-square-foot factory along Elizabeth, New Jersey’s, Newark Avenue played host to plenty of pioneers and titans of the automotive industry – Chrysler, the Duesenberg brothers, John North Willys, and William Crapo Durant among them – but arguably the most important three men to have passed over the factory’s threshold aren’t quite as well known. Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton, and Carl Breer. The three engineers had worked for Studebaker in the mid-Teens, then left all at once in about 1918 to join Willys, who had just bought the sprawling Elizabeth factory that the Duesenberg brothers built in 1916 to produce aero engines for use in World War I”.

Read the rest of Daniel Strohl’s excellent coverage at Hemmings Daily.

CH1Former Durant factory in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Photo courtesy Ray Homiski.

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The Carcajou Motor Home – The Neatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

David Traver Adolphus at Hemmings Daily has come up with a very interest-ing story, along with excellent photos of Carcajou, a luxury motor home. Paul Seiler president of the Yellow Truck & Coach Mfg. Company, which was also known as General Motors Truck Corp. had it built in 1929 as his vacation home on wheels. And wouldn’t it be neat to have one for our very own?


Left to right (above) you can see the driving compartment and luxury arm chairs for passengers, the bathroom complete with a stained glass window and finally a view to the rear and the master bed room. The spare tires (below) were carried behind an ornate platform and rack on the back.

To learn more and view many more excellent photos, see the post by David Traver Adolphus at Hemmings Daily. You can also view a couple of other early motorhomes (scroll down) here on The Old Motor.

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The three Scimitar show cars designed by Brooks Stevens

No this is not a photo from Roswell, New Mexico, showing us an unusual UFO sighting.  It is a photo of the station wagon, one of the three Scimitar show cars that famous designer Brooks Stevens designed for Olin Aluminum Corporation. The other two body styles were called a hardtop convertible and a convertible town car and  all were built in 1959, on a Chrysler New Yorker chassis.

Renderings of all three versions can be seen below and Dan Strohl over at Hemmings Daily, has an article posted that originally was written by Arch Brown, with photographs by Roy Query all about these unique Brooks Stevens Scimitar cars for you to enjoy.


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Green motoring in the 1890s, the Roberts Electric

David Traver Adolphus of Hemmings, has a nose for unusual and interesting early cars. On Hemmings Daily recently, he posted these photos and specs of a Roberts Electric car. Follow along as he tells about it in his own words:

Whenever I photograph a very rare car, I always try to take my own measurements for a later spec page, knowing they might otherwise be impossible to find. So naturally, when I shot a (the) 1896/97 Roberts Electric for our upcoming alt-power issue of Hemmings Classic Car, me and mechanic Muncie Brayton broke out the sticks and tape measure.

Wheelbase – 54 inches
Front/Rear track – 54.25 inches
Height (top up) – 88 inches
Height (top down) – 63 inches
Length – 89 inches
Brake pads – 2.5 x 9 inches
Wheels (front) – 30.5 x 1.625 inch wood wagon
Wheels (rear) – 32 x 2 inch wood wagon
Tires (front) – 32.5 x 1.375 inch molded rubber
Tires (rear) – 35 x 1.75 inch molded rubber
Suspension (front) – 35.25-inch transverse cart spring
Suspension (rear) – 34.5-inch parallel cart springs

For additional technical details from the patent drawings as well as the full story, check out the October 2012 issue of Hemmings Classic Car , on newsstands now.

For an interesting comparison,  below we have a video of a restored Baker Electric Car, which features five forward speeds. The car was owned by the 2nd president of General Electric, E.W. Rice Jr. It used a mercury arc rectifier for a battery charger and it runs on 24 volts.

Watch this interesting video by The Edison Tech Center, were E. Wilber Rice III tells about his great grandfather, E.W. Rice Jr. and his Baker Electric car in Schenectady, NY. To watch the Baker Electric video click here and go for an interesting ride in the veteran electric car.

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