Quick (automobile)

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Quick Manufacturing Company
Founded1899; 124 years ago (1899)
Defunct1900; 123 years ago (1900)
FateSold to Remington Arms
HeadquartersPatterson and Newark, New Jersey,
Key people
H. M. Quick, E.M. Rodrock, R.E. Horton, F. A. Phelps, Jr.
ProductsAutomobiles, Bicycles Engines
Production output
unknown (1900)

The Quick was a Veteran Era American automobile produced from 1899 to 1900 in Patterson and Newark, New Jersey.[1][2]


H. M. Quick developed the two-seat runabout over a two-year period. F. A. Phelps, Jr. developed the horizontal two-cylinder, chain-driven overhead camshaft engine rated at 4 horsepower.[2] Although in most ways a conventional runabout, it is memorable for being the first American car to use an overhead camshaft unit.[2]

In 1899 production was planned for 1 car per day, but actual production is not known. In 1900 the Quick Manufacturing Company was set-up to build gasoline engines, a patented steering device, the Quick bicycle and the Quick automobile. Burdened by debts, in 1900 the factory was moved from Patterson to Newark. The company sold out to Remington of Ilion, New York in October 1900 - in a deal that was later declared fraudulent.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kimes, Beverly Rae; Clark Jr., Henry Austin (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 (3rd ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 978-0-87341-428-9.
  2. ^ a b c Georgano, Nick (2001). The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile (3 vol. ed.). Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. ISBN 1-57958-293-1.