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Cartercar 1906-1919

DESCRIPTION: Nickel plated pressed brass threaded hubcap for a Cartercar automobile built in Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan between the years of 1905 thru 1915.
SIZE: The cap has an outside diameter of 2 3/4" and is 1 3/4” high with 2 11/16”- 24 threads. It is 1 11/16” across the flats.

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Album name:frank / Threaded Hubcap Photos and Information
Filesize:30 KiB
Date added:Mar 24, 2008
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frank   [Mar 24, 2008 at 03:17 PM]
A fairly successful maker of friction-drive cars, the company began with a flat-twin engine; this was used alongside vertical fours in the 1909 range of cars. The company merged with the makers of the Pontiac High Wheeler in 1908, becoming part of General Motors in 1909. Two models, both pair-cast fours, appeared in 1912; the Model R was 4160 cc, while the Model S was 5437 cc. Each had a single chain drive. Tragedy struck when Byron Carter, the company head, was killed while trying to start a stalled car; tto start a stalled car; the crank kicked back and hit him in the jaw, causing gangrene which ultimately proved fatal. With Carter's death, the company folded. Carter was a personal friend of Cadillac founder Henry Leland, and his unfortunate death prompted development of the Self-Starter (introduced in 1912), the first successful motor vehicle electric starting system, eliminating the dangerous crank.

Because its friction-drive transmission allowed selection of any ratio rather than having fixed gear positions, the Cartercar was advertised as "The Car of a Thousand Speeds."

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