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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Dixie Flyer: 1920

Dixie Flyer: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Potomac Sales Co., front." Adding to the scant contemporary documentation of the Dixie Flyer, one of many "assembled cars" (i.e., major components supplied by third parties) from the early years of motoring. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

I'll take one

As stated in the link above there is only one Dixie Flyer Firefly; however, other sources state that there are a total of four Dixie Flyers still in existence.

The one owed by Kentucky Trailer, although restored now was once, " . . . described as 'a pile of wreckage' when Australian Bernie Jacobson discovered and bought it at a farm auction. 'It was one of the later production cars built by the Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company in Louisville, between 1917 and 1923.' Jacobson restored it over three years, then sold and shipped it back to the manufacturer, which had been renamed Kentucky Trailer." (From the AACA display card)

More photos of the restored car here, and Kentucky Trailer vehicle history here.

The car in the display window here on Shorpy is probably similar to the first car below.

 
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