Here are your Auto Factoids #AutoFactoids for the beginning of June, 2015.
May 31, 1927 – Ford produced the last Model T. There is some debate as to actual date and it’s said that the 15th million Model T rolled off the production line on May 26th, 1927 and the Henry and Edsel drove it off the line. The Model T was one of the major factors for governments push for the develop of our road system. And did you know that Henry Ford was green? Yes, he recycled the scrap wood from the production of the Model T and turned it into charcoal. It was originally call Fords Charcoal. It was later renamed for Henry’s brother-in-law who selected the charcoal plant – his last name was Kingsford – as in Kingsford Charcoal.
June 2, 1899 – Locomobile Co. was founded. The company was formed by the editor of Cosmopolitan John Walker, after he purchase a design plan for a steam car from the Stanley brothers ( who didn’t being production of their Stanley Steamer until 1902). Their plant was first located in Watertown, Mass and moved to Bridgeport, Conn in 1900. The first car bodies were just runabouts with steam engines. The company was the first to have their automobiles used in a war – The Boer War. It was used as the tractor and chuck wagon of sorts. The production of steam cars continued until Locomobile began R&D with internal combustion engines. By 1902 they had seven body styles and had sold over 4000 cars. Production of gas powered engined in 1904. Their honors included the first U.S. built car to win an international race.
Powered by a 60hp, straight 4 cylinder engine it won the Vanderbilt Cup in 1908.
In 1919 they produced their most enduring car, the Model 48. The 48 was a large car and powered by a side valve straight 6 cylinder with 525 cubic inch displacement and producing 48.6-hp.
Company was purchased by Durant Motor (Billy Durant of GM fame) and continued to operate as Locomobile, selling cars under that name until 1929.
June 3, 1864 – Ransom Olds was born in Genvea, Ohio – Founder of the now defunct Oldsmobile car manufacturer. Although Henry Ford often get credit for inventing the assembly line production – Ransom was the first to use the assembly line. (Ford gets credit for improving it and adding universal parts.)
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