Kelsey (automobile company)
In Philadelphia 1897–1902
In 1897, Kelsey, at the age of 17, built his first car. It was a small four-wheel car. Then, while at Haverford College, he built his second car with a friend named Sheldon Tilney. It had a 5 hp single-cylinder engine and only three wheels. They called it an Autotri. At this point, they decided to go into full manufacturing, but their fathers thought the automobile was an "instrument of the devil" and so sent the two young men back to studying at college. It was not until 1901 that Kelsey built another car. It has four wheels and two-cylinders. After graduating from college, he sold these cars in Philadelphia. Then his father gave him money for a service shop in Germantown so he would stop making cars. In 1902, he built his last car in Philadelphia, a four-cylinder car.
In 1920, Kelsey started up a new company in Newark, New Jersey. Ads claimed huge saving in fuel costs. The company went into receivership in 1923. In 1924, a group of attorneys demanded increased production or bankruptcy. Kelsey had enough, and left the company to the attorneys. It was gone one month later. Kelsey died in May, 1970.
|GW(1920-1921)||6-cylinder||46||116 in (2,946 mm) |
|1922||6-cylinder||46||119.5 in (3,035 mm)|
|G(1923-1924)||4-Cylinder||35||111 in (2,819 mm) |
- Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805–1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4.
- Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4.
- "The Kelsey Automobile & The Kelsey Motor Co". American-automobiles.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06.