Gilmore Car Museum part 1

A few weekends back, I got the chance to go to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. It's currently one of the largest car museum in the state. The museum is actually a collaboration of several smaller museums. The main building is broken up into several smaller buildings and rooms. As you walk into the museum, you see the cars in this post.
This particular car here is perhaps one of the most important cars in history. It is, in fact, a replica of the first EVER vehicle that can be called a car.

The Benz Patent MotorWagen was an unusual thing, even for it's time. It had 3 wheels, with the 2 rear wheels being driven and the single front wheel taking care of steering duties.

It's powered by a 954cc Single-cylinder Gasoline Internal Combustion engine making somewhere between 2 and 3 horsepower. All of this makes for an impressive 9mph. The same speed as the steam locomotives of the time. Looking at the photo, you can see the various parts of the engine. In the top left, right below the seat, is the brake control. Right behind that (The vertical brass cylinder) is the carburetor. The Brass tank behind and above that is the fuel tank. To the right of the fuel tank is the oil tank.

This is the valvetrain assembly. The top rod, hooked right to the side of the cam lobe, operates the intake slide valve. The lower rod, hooked to this tappet which rides on the cam lobe, operates the exhaust valve.

This car, an 1899 Locomobile Steam Runabout, is famous for being the first New and Used car sold in the town of Kalamazoo, a few miles away from the museum. As the story goes (according to the plaque), most people who saw the car thought it was merely a passing fad, often referred to as a "NewFangled Contraption". Purchased by a Mr. Taylor, the car was pulled home by horse. Unlike today, there was no drivers training, or even general knowledge of how to drive a car, as this was still an entirely new thing. He began to study the instruction manual and the cars mechanical systems. He would only drive the car slowly backwards and forwards in his yard for fear of hurting people or scaring horses. One day, a wealthy doctor stopped by and offered to buy the car after taking some laps around the yard, making this the first Used car in Kalamazoo.

This 1905 Packard Model N Touring, one of 403 built, has a 4354cc I-4 making about 28hp. According to an inflation calculator, it's price tag in 1905 was $4,600, would cost about $118,665 in todays money.

This 1911 Buick model 32 Roadster was built in Flint, MI.

This 1929 Duesenberg Model J - Dual Cowl Phaeton, powered by a 7-Litre Supercharged Straight-8 engine, is a great example of high-end luxury cars back in the 1920's. A car just like this sold in 2014 at the Barrett-Jackson auction for nearly $1.5 Million US Dollars.

This car was completely pristine. I'd dare say it was concours condition. This was back when Chrome was actually plated metal.

This 1908 Stanley Steamer Runabout, with it's 10hp 2-cyl steam engine, is a very recognizable body shape.

A variant of this car, built in 1906, broke a land speed record at Daytona Beach, going 127 mph!! In 1905!

This Hupmobile runabout was pretty cool. It's roof canopy has been removed. I like the actual wooden trunk in the rear

This 1903 Columbia Electric runabout is, in a way, a very very early predecessor to the Tesla.

This 1910 Packard 5-passenger sedan was in incredible shape.

This 1929 Barley Motor car Co. Roamer Speedster was pretty cool.

This 1910 Lozier, built in Detroit, was a high-end luxury automobile. That small jumpseat on the side there was for the driver, and was used when the owner of the car wanted to drive. It was considered poor manners for the driver to sit with the family.

This 1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom 1 Touring was absolutely gorgeous. There are features and styling cues that are still present on todays Rolls-Royce models, including the "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament, the Brushed-stainless on black finish, the high-quality interior and the teak-wood accents. An amazing car, for sure!

Keep checking back for more features from both NAIAS and The Gilmore Car Museum.



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