1906 Autocar Type X
Established in 1897, the Autocar Company of Pennsylvania produced very well built little cars powered by opposed two-cylinder engines. Autocars were one of the earliest to switch from chain drive in favor of more durable shaft drive in 1902 with the introduction of the Type 6. Autocar's product line expanded in 1905 with a four-cylinder model and later, a line of heavy duty trucks. The light two-cylinder Autocars were last cataloged in 1908 and by 1913, the company turned completely to producing trucks.
The Type X was the most successful Autocar, introduced in 1904 and continuing through 1906; over 1,000 were built. Offered only with lightweight runabout coachwork, they were reliable, powerful and fast for their size. The throttle and spark advance controls are built into the steering wheel which is a very unique feature as Autocar promoted safety and simplicity and that the driver never has to take their hands off the wheel. The best feature of the Autocar Type X is that is has a regular three speed progressive transmission like larger cars of the time as opposed to all other one and two cylinder cars which had planetary transmissions wth drums and bands, making driving pleasurable and making the Autocar ideal for touring. Although 1000 were produced over its 3 year production run, few great examples exist today.
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