Christie (automobile company)

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The Christie Direct Action Motor Car Company was a New York City-based automobile manufacturer. It was founded by race driver and inventor J. Walter Christie in 1904, and lasted until 1910.[1][2]


The Christie Company was originally called Christie Iron Works, but the name was changed in 1906. Christie was America's first exponent of front-wheel drive.[2] In 1904, he took a four-cylinder, 30 hp racer to Daytona Beach with an early front-wheel drive system. In all, six racers were built, two with 60 hp engines.[2]

Production models[edit]

The Christie Company produced a gran touring car in 1907 with a 50 hp engine costing $6,500 and 2,300 lbs. Also, the company produced a taxi cab.[2]


Walter Christie spent most of his time racing and not promoting his cars. Because of this, the company folded in 1910.


  1. ^ The Christie Automobile & The Christie Direct Action Motor Car Co.,, retrieved November 2, 2017
  2. ^ a b c d Kimes, Beverly (1996). Standard catalog of American cars 1805-1942. Krause Publications.