1906 Rapid Bus

Summary

The Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan produced this twelve-passenger vehicle in 1906. The bus could shuttle travelers to and from hotels and rail depots or provide local sightseeing tours. In 1908, General Motors Company began purchasing Rapid's stock. The purchases of Rapid and other commercial truck companies led to the formation of General Motors Truck Company in 1912.

The Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan produced this twelve-passenger vehicle in 1906. The bus could shuttle travelers to and from hotels and rail depots or provide local sightseeing tours. In 1908, General Motors Company began purchasing Rapid's stock. The purchases of Rapid and other commercial truck companies led to the formation of General Motors Truck Company in 1912.

Artifact

Bus

Date Made

1906

Creators

Grabowsky, Max 

Rapid Motor Vehicle Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Pontiac 

Creator Notes

Designed by Max Grabowsky and manufactured by Rapid Motor Vehicle Company in Pontiac, Michigan.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

68.112.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Metal
Steel (Alloy)
Leather
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Dark green
Red
Cream (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 100 in

Width: 65 in

Length: 144 in

Wheelbase: 93 in

Diameter: 32 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Inscriptions

In brass script on radiator: THE RAPID Cast brass plate on dash: Rapid / Motor Vehicle Co. / Pontiac, Mich. U.S.A. / No. C108X Capacity 12 pass. / Do not overload On left front floorboard: RAPID On side of headlamps: BADGER BRASS MFG. CO / PAT. PEND / SOLAR / MODEL 41A / KENOSHA, WIS. U.S.A.

Specifications

Make & Model: 1906 Rapid bus

Maker: Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, Pontiac, Michigan

Engine: horizontally opposed 2, L-head valves, 196 cubic inches

Transmission: planetary 2-speed manual

Height: 100 inches

Wheelbase: 90 inches

Width: 65 inches

Overall length: 144 inches

Horsepower: 24

Weight: 3050 pounds

Pounds per horsepower: 127.1

Price: $2,000

Average 1906 wage: $523 per year

Time you'd work to buy this vehicle: about 3 years, 10 months

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