Herreshoff (automobile)

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1910 Herreshoff Touring Car

The Herreshoff was an automobile built in both Detroit, Michigan, and Troy, New York, by the Herreshoff Motor Company from 1909 to 1914. The Herreshoff started as a small car with a 24 hp (18 kW) four-cylinder engine, and was made with three different models. Later models were upgraded to six-cylinder engines up to 3.8 liters capacity. For 1911, Herreshoff had a roadster with a rudimentary rumble seat at US$950 (equivalent to $26,386 in 2020); by contrast, the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout went for US$650 (equivalent to $18,054 in 2020),[1] the Ford Model N and Western's Gale Model A were US$500 (equivalent to $13,888 in 2020),[2] the Black was $375 (equivalent to $10,416 in 2020),[3] and the Success, US$250 (equivalent to $6,944 in 2020).[1]

A light car with a 16 hp (12 kW) engine was introduced in 1914. Fisher produced bodies for the company.

The Herreshoff Motor Company was founded by Charles Frederick Herreshoff (1876–1954), nephew of famed yacht builder Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff I. In addition to the aforementioned roadster (the Model 25), the company in 1911 offered a Touring Car, Tourabout and Runabout, each $1500 (equivalent to $41,663 in 2020).[4]


  1. ^ a b Clymer, p. 32.
  2. ^ Clymer, p. 51.
  3. ^ Clymer, p. 61.
  4. ^ Simpson, p. 82


  • Floyd Clymer (1950). Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877–1925. New York: Bonanza Books. ASIN B008KRY0H4.
  • G. N. Georgano (1968). The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars, 1885 to Present. E.P. Dutton. ASIN B000MFMNIA.
  • Richard V. Simpson (2007). Herreshoff Yachts: Seven Generations of Industrialists, Inventors and Ingenuity in Bristol. The History Press. ISBN 978-1596293069.

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