|1909 American Gadabout - from the collection of the author|
This is a rattling interesting motion painting constitute amidst a stack of master copy American Motor Car Company mill photos acquired recently. The companionship was founded past times VA Longaker inward 1906 as well as this photograph shows he as well as his married adult woman inward the dorsum seat. Longaker hired Harry Stutz (prior to Stutz forming his ain company) to blueprint a machine for the company. Based inward Indianapolis, Stutz was a local guy as well as already known inward automotive circles. Stutz designed a hansom, typical large displacement touring machine merely left the companionship inside a year's fourth dimension The machine shown hither is a 1909 Gadabout - a derivative of that master copy Stutz blueprint (not an underslung). I don't believe whatever of this model survive.
The other interesting characteristic of this photograph is the driver - none other as well as then Fred Tone himself. Tone was hired equally Stutz's replacement as well as would live responsible for developing the "underslung" model. So pop infact, the companionship would alter its advert to American Underslung. When this shot was taken ii variations of the Underslung model were already inward production. However, it seems that Mr Longaker wished to live driven inward the Gadabout this day.