Albany (1907 automobile)

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Albany Automobile Company
Industry Automobile
Founded 1907
Defunct 1908
Headquarters Albany
Key people
John L. Tulley
Products automobiles

The Albany was an American car produced in Albany, Indiana, from 1907 to 1908.

It was produced as a Surrey and a runabout, and were early vehicles with false hoods and solid rubber tires. The single- and 2-cylinder air-cooled motors produced 6/7 hp and 18/20 hp, respectively.

The car was manufactured by a local inventor and businessman John L. Tulley (1872–1954), who held several turn of the 20th century patents, including a gauge to measure oil. Mr. Tulley was a natural mechanic whose early days were spent as a surveyor's assistant. He then went on to assist in building power and light plants around the midwest before arriving in Albany to form the Albany Automobile Company about 1906. The Albany Runabout had two opposing cylinders and was air-cooled. Up to 850 cars were said to have been built and they were shipped to all parts of the country, with at least one vehicle shipped to England.

Marketed as "the busy man's car", one of the Albany's main selling points were blue dyed elephant hide seats, which were supposedly guaranteed to last the lifetime of the car.

Local legend has it that Henry Ford came to Albany to look at the Runabout and exchange ideas with Tulley. Tulley also knew Elwood Haynes, who is credited with inventing the clutch.


^ G. Marshall Naul, "Albany", in G.N. Georgano, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars 1885-1968 (New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1974), pp. 31.

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