page gives a synopsis of each chapter and the automobiles described in each one
e used some
material several sources including American Automobiles, Concept Cars, Remarkable Cars, Coachbuilt web sites,
Beverly Rae Kimes two books, Standard Catalogue of American Cars and Pioneers, Engineers,
and Scoundrels. When I received the latter as a Christmas present last year, I noticed
that the book contained a great deal of material that I had on my web site Early
American Automobiles , but I had pictures and advertisements of almost all the
automobiles mentioned in her book.
When I created my web site, I wanted to make sure that it was for research and
any one could copy it and there would not be any company advertisements or
"sign-ins" to read it. It is free for everyone. It was to show what I have found
and not to invalidate what someone else has written. If any material is published from
this this site, I would appreciate it if it were mentioned. I also wanted to emphasize the
important role that Amesbury had in the early devolpement of this industry. Amesbury, a
population of 7,000, at the time, had thirty body builders and forty-three other companies
making parts. Eight automobiles were also manufactured. The reputation of its workers was
known throughout the industry. This is not hype, it is recorded in all of the
automobile magazines of the period.
I have been told by many people that I should publish my research on the Early
American Automobiles. I have given it much thought on how best to do it. For me, at my age
and lack of knowledge about publishing, the task would be too difficult and may never get
done and the cost of the book would be such that a limited number of people would risk the
price to buy it. I have decided to publish my book as an attachment to my web site. The
advantages of doing this in this fashion is that it can be easily revised for corrections
and information can be updated as more research is done. Images can be shown in different
sizes and full color pictures of restored cars can be seen.
It took money and lots of it. Corporations were formed by moneyed men who cared
about their investments and as long as the automobile gave a good return on them, they
were satisfied and the company stayed in business. When the returns faltered, the company
went into receivership or bankruptcy. The inventor was hired as the chief engineer and
could be ousted at the whim of the board of governors.
During the buildup of the industry, it seemed as if in every city,
town, and hamlet, someone was building an automobile and had hopes of putting it into
production. Most of these made less than ten cars and a lot more were only prototypes.
As a whole, this book is about the history of the industry and deals with the
economic conditions that affected it. It aslo contains a great deal of material about
corporations trying to control the industry as well as individual companies struggling to
stay in business
This research has given an eighty-year old retiree something to do other than
playing computer games and watching Encore Westerns on television. I have done it for the
love of it and nothing else. I have never had a computer lesson and everything that I have
accomplished has been done by trials and errors. My fat-finger pick and peck typing has
caused me to proof read several times to correct mistakes.
This book is dedicated to my wife.