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Pair of Sixes: 1919

Pair of Sixes: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Snelling Motor Co., interior." Two used American Sixes. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


American Six

A good example of the "assembled cars" that were popular during this era -- engine and other components purchased from various suppliers and put together in Plainfield, New Jersey. The racecar driver Louis Chevrolet was billed as the firm's chief engineer. The parent company, American Motors, had no connection to the American Motors formed in the 1950s.

No drips=no oil

These early automobiles all dribbled a bit. The only time they don't drip is if they don't have any oil in them.

Early Marketing

Not sure showcasing pans under the cars catching leaked oil is the best marketing strategy.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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