Monday, October 19, 2009

New Arrivals

Three new cars have been added to
the museum in the past month: an 1899 Hertel runabout, a 1907 Cartercar Model A touring, and a 1927 Stutz Blackhawk boat-tailed speedster. Each is a VERY interesting and unique car.

The Hertel pictured here was made by the Oakman motorcar company and is sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as an Oakman. If you look closely you'll see that it is essentially a body and motor perched between two bicycle frames. The 3 HP engine drives friction pulleys which rotate against the inner rims on the inside of each rear wheel. Rumor has it that there are three Hertels still in existence, but I have only been able to locate one other (an 1898 runabout in Sweden).

As for what makes the Cartercar and Stutz unique--well, you'll just have to come to the museum and see for yourself. I guarantee that the Blackhawk will make your jaw drop!

Nancy

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