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The Brass Car Era - 1890 to 1919

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The Brass Car Era occurred between 1890 and 1919, concurrent with the Electric Car Era and beginning of the Antique Car Era. It marks the beginning of automotive history, when steam engines had fancy brass fittings and brass lanterns were a natural addition to the new "horseless carriage". Brass cars were typically built with carriage wood and forged steel and fitted with electric motors or steam engines.

1905 Stanley Steamer

1905 Stanley Steamer

Most people associate the Stanley Steamer with "Brass" vehicles because they, like many other steam driven vehicles at the time, used a lot of brass in construction and to dress up the trim. The Stanley brothers built their cars between 1896 and 1924 and sold second only to electric cars from 1899 to 1905. That was the time when thousands of wood-be industrialists were trying to built the ultimate driving machine so to come out on top was quite a feat. Following is a partial list of the manufacturers and vehicles that could be found during the Brass Car Era.


Brass Era Manufacturers

  • American Darracq Automobile Company (New York, New York)
  • Apperson Brothers Automobile Company (Kokomo, Indiana)
  • Auburn Automobile Company (Auburn, Indiana)
  • Autocar Company (Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
  • Automobile Exchange and Storage Company (New York, New York)
  • Baker Motor Vehicle Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Berg Automobile Company (New York, New York)
  • Buffalo Electric Carriage Company (Buffalo, New York)
  • Cadillac Automobile Company (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Central Automobile Company (New York, New York)
  • Clodio and Widmayer (New York, New York)
  • Columbus Motor Vehicle Company (Columbus, Ohio)
  • B. V. Covert and Company (Lockport, New York)
  • Crest Manufacturing Company (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

1912 Stanley Steamer

1912 Stanley Steamer

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  • Daimler Manufacturing Company (Long Island City, New York)
  • Duryea Power Company (Reading, Pennsylvania)
  • Eisenhuth Horseless Vehicle Company (Middletown, Connecticut)
  • Electric Vehicle Company (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Elmore Manufacturing Company (Clyde, Ohio)
  • Ford Motor Company (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Societe Franco-Americaine d'Automobiles (New York, New York)
  • H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company (Syracuse, New York)
  • Fredonia Manufacturing Company (Youngstown, Ohio)
  • Grout Brothers (Orange, Massachusetts)
  • Haynes-Apperson Company (Kokomo, Indiana)
  • Holley Motor Car Company (Bradford, Pennsylvania)
  • Thos. B. Jeffery Company (Kenosha, Wisconsin)
  • Kirk Manufacturing Company (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Knox Automobile Company (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • Locomobile Company of America (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
  • National Motor Vehicle Company (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • National Sewing Machine Company (Belvidere, Illinois)
  • Northern Manufacturing Company (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Olds Motor Works (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Packard Motor Car Company (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Panhard-Levassor (Paris, France)
  • Peerless Motor Car Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Phelps Motor Vehicle Company (Stoneham, Massachusetts)
  • George N. Pierce Company (Buffalo, New York)
  • Pope-Robinson Company (Hyde Park, Massachusetts)
  • Pope-Toledo Company (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Pope-Waverly Company (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Premier Motor Manufacturing Company (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Renault (New York, New York)
  • Rochet-Schneider (New York, New York)
  • Royal Motor Car Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Sandusky Automobile Company (Sandusky, Ohio)
  • K. A. Skinner (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Smith and Mabley (New York, New York)
  • St. Louis Motor Carriage Company (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Standard Automobile Company of New York (New York, New York)
  • Stanley Motor Carriage Company (Newton, Massachusetts)
  • F. B. Stearns Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company (Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts)
  • Studebaker Brothers Company (South Bend, Indiana)
  • E. R. Thomas Motor Company (Buffalo, New York)
  • Waltham Manufacturing Company (Waltham, Massachusetts)
  • White Sewing Machine Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Wilson Automobile Manufacturing Company (Wilson, New York)
  • Winton Motor Carriage Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Woods Motor Vehicle Company (Chicago, Illinois)


Brass Era Vehicles

  • Aachener
  • Aerocar
  • Ageron
  • Ajax
  • Alba
  • Albany Runabout
  • Alesbury
  • Alfgang
  • All-British
  • All-Velo
  • Allen (1913 Ohio)
  • Allen (1913 Philadelphia)
  • Allen Kingston
  • Alliance
  • Allright
  • Alpena
  • American
  • American Chocolate
  • American Electric
  • American Electric
  • American Simplex
  • American Underslung
  • Ames
  • Amherst
  • Ampére (car)
  • Anasagasti
  • Anchor Buggy
  • Anderheggen
  • Anderson Electric
  • Anglada
  • Anglian automobile
  • Anglo-Dane
  • Anhut
  • Ansbach
  • Antoine
  • Antoinette
  • Apollo
  • Apperson
  • Arbee
  • Ardsley
  • Argus
  • Arista
  • Armadale
  • Armstrong
  • Arno
  • Ascot
  • Asquith
  • Atlas
  • Attila
  • Auburn Automobile
  • Aultman
  • Aurora
  • Austin
  • Austral
  • Autocar Company
  • Baker Motor Vehicle
  • Berg Automobile
  • Buffalo Electric Carriage
  • Columbia
  • Compound
  • Courier
  • Covert
  • Crestmobile
  • Duryea Power
  • Eldredge
  • Elmore
  • Franklin
  • Fredonia
  • Grout
  • Haynes-Apperson
  • Holley Motor Car
  • Jeffery
  • Knox Automobile
  • Locomobile
  • Mors
  • National Motor Vehicle
  • Northern
  • Oldsmobile Curved Dash
  • Orient
  • Owen Magnetic
  • Peerless
  • Phelps Motor Vehicle
  • Pope-Robinson
  • Pope-Toledo
  • Pope-Waverley
  • Premier Motor Manufacturing
  • Royal Motor Car
  • Smith and Mabley
  • St. Louis Motor Company
  • Stearns
  • Stevens-Duryea
  • Stoddard-Dayton
  • Studebaker-Garford
  • Thomas Motor Company
  • Thrige
  • White
  • Wilson Automobile
  • Winton Motor Carriage Company
  • Woods Motor Vehicle
  • Yale


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