Marr Auto-Car Company
The 1903 Marr Auto-Car
Overview
ManufacturerFauber Manufacturing Company
Production1902-1904
AssemblyElgin, Illinois
DesignerWalter Lorenzo Marr
Body and chassis
Body styleRunabout
Powertrain
EngineSingle-cylinder engine
Power output6.5-hp
Transmissionplanetary
Dimensions
Wheelbase66-inches

The Marr Auto-Car was an automobile built in Elgin, Illinois by the Marr Auto-Car Company from 1902 to 1904.[1]

History

The car was designed by early automobile pioneer Walter L. Marr who had worked as an engine designer for Buick in 1901 and went on to be Chief Engineer there from 1904 to 1918.

The Marr was a two-seat runabout with a single-cylinder 1.7L engine that was mounted under the seat. The engine is one of the first known to have featured an overhead camshaft (OHC).[2][3] The vehicle had the first tilt steering wheel, changeable speed gears on a planetary transmission and a revolutionary new carburetor. Factory price was $600, (equivalent to $19,542 in 2022).[1]

The plant burned to the ground in August 1904 with 14 cars inside. Only one Marr Auto-Car is extant.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Kimes, Beverly Rae; Clark Jr., Henry Austin (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 (3rd ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 978-0-87341-428-9.
  2. ^ "Marr Auto Car Company". Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  3. ^ Kimes, Beverly Rae; Cox, James H. (2007). Walter L Marr: Buick's Amazing Engineer. Racemaker Press. p. 40. ISBN 0976668343.