Our series on car companies with uncommon names continues as we full our journey by the third of the three volumes of The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Car:
Texan — Established in Fort Price in 1918 to provide roadsters and touring automobiles, Texan Motor Automotive constructed solely 150 of these earlier than switching its manufacturing to the Gentle Oil Area Particular, a light-duty truck geared up with outsized tires and designed to be used within the state’s oil fields.
Thrift-T — From 1947-1955, the Tri-Wheel Motor Corp. used services in North Carolina and Massachusetts to provide 3-wheel utility autos with 10-horsepower rear-mounted engines.
Vacationer — You could not have heard of The Auto Automobile Firm, established in Los Angeles in 1902, however its Tourist cars have been “the best-known West Coast make of the pre-World Battle I period,” the Encyclopedia notes. The corporate closed in 1910 after producing almost 2,700 autos.
Traveler — This appears to be an incredible identify for a automobile firm and its merchandise, however after three makes an attempt — in 1907 in Ohio, 1910 in Indiana and 1913 in Detroit — all have been passed by 1914.
Distinctive — The midst of a battle could also be a novel time to launch a automobile firm, and The Motor Service and Cycle Co. of London and its Distinctive car had solely a short-lived run in 1916, within the midst of World Battle I.
Venus — Produced solely in 1954 in Houston, Texas, the Venus was a fiberglass-bodied, 2-seat, long-finned convertible designed to suit 1949-1951 Ford chassis.
Vespa — You already know Vespa for its motor scooters, however Piaggio used a manufacturing unit in France to provide the Vespa 400, a 2+2 coupe with a rolltop roof, coil springs, hydraulic brakes and a guide gearbox. The automobile had a rear-mounted 2-stroke engine and a high velocity of 55 mph. Some 34,000 have been produced from 1957-1961.
Voodoo — Geoff Neale and John Arnold deliberate to provide automobiles in Warwickshire, England, and confirmed the primary of their Voodoo autos on the Earls Court docket Motor Snow in 1971. However Arnold died and solely Three have been really produced.
Whisper — Nice identify for an electrical car, proper? Established in 1984 in Denmark, Hope Automobil deliberate to provide 225,000 electrical autos primarily based on the Volkswagen Polo platform, rebodied with fiberglass coachwork. None have been produced.
Wizard — Based on the Encyclopedia, the Wizard Car Co. of Wizard, North Carolina, was a rip-off. There was no city of Wizard within the state, and though just a few 15-horsepower 2-seat roadsters have been produced in 1920-1921, the corporate shortly shut down.