Partin Manufacturing Company (automobile company)

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The Partin Manufacturing Company was a brass era American automobile manufacturer, based at 29 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois.[1]

In 1914, the Partin-Palmer 20 tourer was offered with a four-cylinder watercooled engine of 22 hp (16 kW), with Gray and Davis generator, optional Gray and Davis electric starter, and (still unusual) shaft drive.[2] It had a 56 in (142 cm) tread (track) and 96 in (2438 mm) wheelbase,[2] with ¾-elliptic springs and I-beam front axle[2] (which would still be seen on Ford pickups into the 1990s). The 20 came standard with electric lighting and horn, folding top with side curtains and dust boot, speedometer, the (typical for the period) tool kit, jack, and tire patch, all for US$495.[2] By contrast, around that time, the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout was US$650,[3] the Ford Model S was US$700 and Model T US$550, a Brush Runabout was US$485,[4] a Metz Model 22 $475,[5] Western's Gale Model A US$500,[6] the Black starting as low as $375,[7] and the Success an amazingly low US$250.[3]

The same year, a six-passenger Model 38 with a 115 in (2921 mm) wheelbase was also available, for US$975.[2]


  1. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.151.
  2. ^ a b c d e Clymer, p.151.
  3. ^ a b Clymer, p.32.
  4. ^ Clymer, p.104.
  5. ^ Clymer, p.145.
  6. ^ Clymer, p.51.
  7. ^ Clymer, p.61.

See also[edit]


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