American Cars in Europe, 1900–1940

A Pictorial Survey

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About the Book

Germany is most often credited with the birth of the internal combustion engine. France gave rise to the first credible motor industry. The United States added a little Yankee ingenuity and came up with its own version of both. While the American automobile industry got off to a bumpy start, by 1908, U.S. automobile production had surpassed that of European manufacturers. When the outbreak of World War I all but halted European production of passenger cars, American auto makers took advantage of the opportunity to establish a toehold in Europe. During the war and for two decades after, American automobiles, which were considered reliable and cheap, were a common sight on the streets of many European cities and towns.
This book contains a unique and unprecedented collection of period photographs, recording American automobiles—and their owners—in various locations throughout Europe between the years of 1900 and 1940. Captions include the make and model of each car; information on the setting of the photograph; and remarks on interesting details, unusual accessories or distinguishing features of each car. Argo, Jewitt, Durant and Reo automobiles are represented here along with household names such as Buick, Chevrolet and Ford.

About the Author(s)

Automotive historian Bryan Goodman lives in Surrey, England. He is also the author of American Cars in Prewar England (2004).

Bibliographic Details

Bryan Goodman
Foreword by Kit Foster
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 215
Bibliographic Info: 340 glossy photos, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2250-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0823-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Foreword by Kit Foster       1

Preface      1

Adams      7

Anderson      8

Argo      8

Auburn      9

Brough      12

Buick      13

Burford      29

Cadillac      30

Chalmers      42

Chandler      44

Chevrolet      46

Chrysler      53

Cord      58

Crowdus      63

Daniels      64

DeSoto      65

Detroiter      67

Diana      68

Dixie Flyer      68

Dodge      69

Dort      70

Duesenberg      71

Durant      75

Duryea      77

Essex      78

Falcon-Knight      82

Ford      83

Franklin      101

Graham-Paige      104

Grant      106

Harley-Davidson      107

Hudson      108

Hupmobile      112

Imperial      120

Jensen      121

Jewett      121

King      122

LaSalle      123

Lincoln      126

Locomobile      130

Marmon      132

Marquette      136

Matford      137

Maxwell      138

Mercury      141

Moon      142

Nash      144

National      146

New Orleans      147

Oakland      147

Oldsmobile      151

Overland      153

Packard      157

Peerless      166

Pierce-Arrow      168

Plymouth      171

Pope-Toledo      173

Railton Terraplane      174

Red Bug      176

Regal      177

Reo      178

Scripps-Booth      180

Spacke      182

Star      182

Stewart      183

Studebaker      184

Stutz      191

Thomas      194

Westcott      196

Westinghouse      196

White      198

Wills Sainte Claire      200

Willys-Knight      202

Winton      204

Index      205

Book Reviews & Awards

“fascinating original photos filled with detail…excellent…a delightful road trip through prewar Europe”—Cars & Parts.