Friday, August 06, 2010

Curved dash Oldsmobile... over a hundred years old (1901-1907) and still mobile under it's own power... amazing engineering

The above tag has a bit of historical perspective... the Selden company patented the automobile. He collected on every car made... 0.75%
Selden was a patent attorney. His dad was a judge, and a prominent Republican attorney most noted for defending Susan B Anthony.
Yeah, it obviously didn't stand up very long, but for a time, they had the patent on the automobile, and if you wanted to sell a car in America, you either paid a licensing fee or fought them in court.
Henry Ford fought them in court and won... he was obviously better prepared to make a success and a fortune that he'd share with the US Govt by way of taxes, so the right people were persuaded to take the patent of the automobile, and make it go away... the reason given was that the Ford and other cars were using an engine based on a different engine than Selden had patented.

No doubt about it, those are non skid tires! Tire tread wasn't very advanced at the time.

Above is the tiller steering and the hand crank top start it

The never out lamp..

Olds built 425 for 1901 making them the first "mass produced" gasoline engine autos in the world. The Curved Dash went on to become the most popular car of the period and featured tiller steering and a seatside crank for starting.

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