Business And Car Review | 1909 Stoddard-Dayton Tours London

1909 Stoddard-Dayton touring London (from the collection of the author)

This postcard, showing the pride of Dayton, Ohio's Dayton Motor Car Company, the Stoddard-Dayton, appears to locomote taken inwards London. Upon careful examination, the edifice inwards the background looks to locomote Britain's House of Commons (or Parliament Building). Could this shot locomote taken from the Victoria Tower Gardens?

The Stoddard cite was already well established in addition to respected inside Dayton. It was John Stoddard's farm implements describe concern that pose Dayton on the map equally a centre for industrial production. Together with his boy Charles, the 2 would plough to automobile manufacturing inwards 1905. In 1907, they would introduce an engine of their own pattern in addition to yesteryear 1909 they manufactured almost all components for their cars inside thier ain manufacturing flora complex. 

I believe this automobile to locomote a Model 9K, Detachable Tonneau. The largest of the describe that year, the automobile featured a 4-cylinder, 45 horsepower engine on a 120 inch wheelbase in addition to sold for $2700.00. Stoddard-Dayton too sold this Detachable Tonneau mode on their 35 horsepower - Model 9C - chassis. The company had North American representatives spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific in addition to from Canada to Texas, however I could detect no reference to a London agent? It is certainly possible that a wealthy family brought over their Stoddard-Dayton for a European tour (no uncommon at the time).

The company earned a reputation for fast, reliable cars - competing (and winning) many tests of endurance in addition to speed. Unfortunately, the Stoddard's made an fault in judgment when they decided to merge alongside the lately formed the United States Motor Company inwards 1910. The brain child of Benjamin Briscoe, the companionship was an endeavor to consolidate many automotive brands, a prevailing motility inwards the manufacture at the time. the United States Motor Company would purchase upward eleven companies - including, Maxwell, Columbia, in addition to Brush - before going bankrupt inwards 1913. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 reorganized Maxwell would purchase upward the assets simply the Stoddard-Dayton cite was never revived. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few years after the Maxwell board would entice Walter Chrysler to Pb the company. With a bargain that allowed Chrysler to gain controlling interest, he would found the Chrysler Corporation in addition to retire the Maxwell name.

UPDATE:
Blog reader Ariejan Bos has added the following:

References to the presence of Stoddard-Dayton inwards Europe are scarce: according to the "List of Motor Cars 1908-1914" (accessible through the site of Grace's Guide) Stoddard (no suffix!) was nowadays inwards the U.K. from 1912 on. However I receive got a photograph of a Stoddard from a 1911 English linguistic communication journal (probably The Graphic, simply no exact date), in addition to thus they were available before simply how much remains unclear.

Although I commencement idea it was an early on 'photoshop' because of the vague contours of the buildings, the photograph was made inwards London indeed: the light is clearly a London Embankment example. Looking at the angle from which nosotros come across the Parliament buildings, the photograph must receive got been shot from across the Thames, about along the Albert Embankment close Lambeth Bridge.

As ever thank you lot for your ever interesting blog!




Motor Age, September 10, 1908


  
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