Scripps-Booth

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Scripps-Booth
Industry automotive
Fate acquired by General Motors
Founded Detroit, Michigan, USA (1913 (1913))
Founder(s) James Scripps Booth
Defunct 1923 (1923)
Headquarters Detroit, Michigan, United States
Products automobiles
1916 Scripps-Booth Model C

Scripps-Booth was a United States automobile company based in Detroit, Michigan, which produced motor vehicles from 1913 through 1923.

History[edit]

A new Scripps-Booth engine described in the journal Horseless Age, 1916.

The company was founded by artist and engineer James Scripps Booth (of the Scripps publishing family), who also built the Bi-Autogo.[1] Scripps-Booth company produced vehicles intended for the luxury market. In 1916 they consolidated with the Sterling Motor Company to become the Scripps-Booth Corporation.[2] By this time Scripps-Booth had been purchased by Chevrolet whose founder William C. Durant was also the founding president of Sterling Motor Company.[3] General Motors discontinued the brand name in 1923.

Vehicles[edit]

For 1914, Scripps-Booth offered a three-passenger torpedo roadster, powered by a 103in3 (1702 cc) (2⅞×4-inch, 3½×102 mm)[4] 18 hp (13 kW) watercooled four cylinder[5] of valve-in-head design[5] (very sophisticated for the period), with Zenith carburetor and Atwater-Kent automatic spark advance.[5] It featured a 110 in (2794 mm) wheelbase and 30×3½-inch (76×8.8-cm)[5] Houk detachable wire wheels, with three speeds and (still a rarity then) shaft drive.[5] With complete electrical equipment, from Bijur[5] starter to ignition (on a separate switch from starter) to headlights to Klaxet electric horn (with a button in the steering hub, rather than a bulb)[5] to pushbutton door locks,[5] it sold for US$775,[5] compared to US$700 for the Ford Model S (new in 1909), US$650 for the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout,[6] Ford's Model T at $550, Western's Gale Model A at US$500,[7] the Black starting as low as $375,[8] and the Success at an amazingly low US$250.[6]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.115.
  2. ^ New York Times, August 9, 1916
  3. ^ Chevrolet U.S. and Canadian Production Figures 1912-1931, Kaufmann/Hayward 2002
  4. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.149.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Clymer, p.149.
  6. ^ a b Clymer, p.32.
  7. ^ Clymer, p.51.
  8. ^ Clymer, p.61.

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