Chalmers Automobile

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Overview
Manufacturer Chalmers Automobile Company
Production 1908–1923
Body and chassis
Body style roadster

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.[1] The name was changed to Chalmers in 1911.[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,[2] Chalmers were expensive cars for the period. The 30 Touring and the 30 Roadster sold for US$1500,[3] when the Black could be had as low as $375,[4] the Brush Runabout for US$485,[5] Western's Gale Model A US$500,[6] and the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout for US$650,[7] while Cole 30 was US$1500,[5] and the Oakland 40 was US$1600.[8] The Chalmers 30 Coupe at US2400[3] was nearer the US$2000 Enger 40,[5] while 40 Touring and 40 Roadster at US2750 and 40 Torpedo at US3000[3] were still below 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 Chalmers Award in professional baseball.

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1922 Chalmers
1922 Chalmers Touring

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]

  • Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925. New York: Bonanza Books, 1950

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zatz, David. "Roots of Chrysler: Chalmers cars". www.allpar.com. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.107.
  3. ^ a b c d Clymer, p.107.
  4. ^ Clymer, p.61.
  5. ^ a b c Clymer, p.104.
  6. ^ Clymer, p.51.
  7. ^ Clymer, p.32.
  8. ^ Clymer, p.84.
  9. ^ Clymer, p.91.

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