|Founded||1913 in Detroit|
|Founder||James Scripps Booth|
|Fate||Acquired by General Motors, then defunct|
Scripps-Booth was a United States automobile company based in Detroit, Michigan. Established by James Scripps Booth in 1913, Scripps-Booth produced motor vehicles and was later acquired by General Motors, becoming a division of it, until the brand was discontinued in 1923.
The company was founded by artist and engineer James Scripps Booth (of the Scripps publishing family), who also built the Bi-Autogo. Scripps-Booth company produced vehicles intended for the luxury market. In 1916, they consolidated with the Sterling Motor Company to become the Scripps-Booth Corporation. By this time, Scripps-Booth had been purchased by Chevrolet whose founder William C. Durant was also the founding president of Sterling Motor Company. General Motors discontinued the brand name in 1923.
The Vintage Chevrolet Club of America accepts the following Scripps-Booth models:
- Model C Roadster, 1915–17
- Model G Roadster, 1917–19
- Model D 4 Passenger Roadster, 1916–17
- Model H 4 Passenger, 4 Door Touring, 1918
For 1914, Scripps-Booth offered a three-passenger torpedo roadster, powered by a 103in3 (1702 cc) (2⅞×4-inch, 3½×102 mm) 18 hp (13 kW) water-cooled four-cylinder of valve-in-head design with Zenith carburetor and Atwater-Kent automatic spark advance. It featured a 110 in (2794 mm) wheelbase and 30×3½-inch (76×8.8-cm) Houk detachable wire wheels, with three speeds and (still a rarity then) shaft drive. With complete electrical equipment, from Bijur starter to ignition (on a separate switch from starter) to headlights to Klaxet electric horn (with a button in the steering hub, rather than a bulb) to pushbutton door locks, it sold for US$775, compared to US$700 for the Ford Model S (new in 1909), US$650 for the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout, Ford's Model T at $550, Western's Gale Model A at US$500, the Black starting as low as $375, and the Success at an amazingly low US$250.
In popular culture
Before marrying the main character in John O'Hara's 1934 novel Appointment in Samarra, a youthful Caroline Walker drives a Scripps-Booth Model C Roadster. The car's unusual seating arrangement, in which "the driver sat a foot or so forward of the other seat, which made kissing an awkward act," is especially noted.
Groucho Marx owned a Scripps-Booth.
- Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.115.
- New York Times, August 9, 1916
- Chevrolet U.S. and Canadian Production Figures 1912-1931, Kaufmann/Hayward 2002
- 1914-22 Scripps-Booth
- Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.149.
- Clymer, p.149.
- Clymer, p.32.
- Clymer, p.51.
- Clymer, p.61.
- Cars by Lou Phillips
- Hemmings Muscle Machines April, 2004
- O'Hara, John (1994) , Appointment in Samarra, New York, NY: Modern Library, p. 119, ISBN 0-679-60110-4
- Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925. New York: Bonanza Books, 1950.
- Bill Cuthbert, "The Machines of James Scripps-Booth," HCCA Horseless Carriage Gazette, Sept-Oct 2014, pp. 26–29
- Sam Medway, Automobile Quarterly, 13(3), 1975
- Scripps-Booth Register - An organization for Scripps-Booth history and preservation of extant cars
- Scripps-Booth history
- 1913 Scripps-Booth Bi-Autogo, called one of the "Worst Cars of All Time"
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