1904 Northern Runabout

Summary

Charles Brady King, who built the first gasoline car in Detroit in 1896, founded Northern Manufacturing Company in 1902. The firm's runabout had a rear-mounted, one-cylinder engine connected to the rear wheels via a chain drive. With a top speed around 20 miles per hour, the Northern cost $750. Northern disappeared in 1908 after merging into what became the E-M-F Company.

Charles Brady King, who built the first gasoline car in Detroit in 1896, founded Northern Manufacturing Company in 1902. The firm's runabout had a rear-mounted, one-cylinder engine connected to the rear wheels via a chain drive. With a top speed around 20 miles per hour, the Northern cost $750. Northern disappeared in 1908 after merging into what became the E-M-F Company.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1904

Creators

Northern Manufacturing Company 

King, Charles Brady, 1868- 1957 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Designed by Charles Brady King for Northern Manufacturing Company in Detroit, Michigan.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.65.103

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Steel (Alloy)
Wood (Plant material)
Leather

Color

Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Length: 4.75 in

Diameter: 6 in  (Bore)

Length: 6.5 in  (Stroke)

Horsepower: 32 hp  (23.86 kW)

Height: 65.25 in

Width: 104.25 in

: 1670  (VIN on Cylinder Head)

Inscriptions

Hub: NORTHERN MFG. CO. / DETROIT, MICH. U.S.A.