Chalmers Automobile Company
Body and chassis
Chalmers Motor Car Company was a United States based automobile company located in Detroit, Michigan. It was named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Company. The brand is owned by Chrysler.
History [ edit ]
The Chalmers was formed when Hugh Chambers bought out the interests of ER Thomas in the Thomas-Detroit company in 1908, and renamed the company Chalmers-Detroit.
The name was changed to Chalmers in 1911. [1 ] [1 ]
Chalmers flourished in the 1910s and then faltered in the 1920s post-
World War I recession. It merged with the Maxwell Automobile Company in the early 1920s, and ended all production in late 1923.
With a 115 in (2921 mm)
wheelbase on 34 in (86 cm) wheels, Chalmers were expensive cars for the period. The [2 ] 30 Touring and the 30 Roadster sold for US$1500, when the [3 ] Black could be had as low as $375, the [4 ] Brush Runabout for US$485, [5 ] Western's Gale Model A US$500, and the high-volume [6 ] Oldsmobile Runabout for US$650, while [7 ] Cole 30 was US$1500, and the [5 ] Oakland 40 was US$1600. The Chalmers [8 ] 30 Coupe at US2400 was nearer the US$2000 [3 ] Enger 40, while [5 ] 40 Touring and 40 Roadster at US2750 and 40 at US3000 Torpedo were still below [3 ] American's lowest-price model, at US$4250 (its highest was US$5250). [9 ]
Taking part in early
racing, a Chalmers won the 1910 Glidden Tour. [3 ]
The company also originated the
in professional Chalmers Award baseball.
Advertisements [ edit ]
1909 Chalmers-Detroit advertisement - The New York Times, April 30, 1909
1910 Chalmers-Detroit advertisement - Indianapolis Star, October 10, 1909
1911 Chalmers-Detroit advertisement, Limousine $3,000 - Syracuse Post-Standard, January 31, 1911
1916 Chalmers-Detroit advertisement - New York Sun, February 18, 1916
See also [ edit ]
Sources [ edit ]
Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925. New York: Bonanza Books, 1950
^ a b Zatz, David. "Roots of Chrysler: Chalmers cars". www.allpar.com . Retrieved 19 June 2013.
^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.107.
^ a b c d Clymer, p.107.
^ Clymer, p.61.
^ a b c Clymer, p.104.
^ Clymer, p.51.
^ Clymer, p.32.
^ Clymer, p.84.
^ Clymer, p.91.
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