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Where in Virginia are there Salvage yards with older types of cars?

I am looking for info on the Sampson or Samson car

Where can I find some information on the Saxon car and manufacturer?

Who or what does the lady on the radiator emblem of the Saxon car represents?

I am looking for any info on the Spackey Cycle car

I am looking for information on Star Cars.


 Where in Virginia are there Salvage yards with older types of cars?

Here are some possible sources in our area (central Virginia):

Leon's Auto Parts
Culpeper, VA
(540) 547-2366

Fredericksburg Auto Salvage
Fredericksburg, VA
1-800-582-2749


 I am looking for info on the Sampson or Samson car

There were cars of both spellings.  Below is some information on each vehicle.

SAMPSON (US) 1904; 1911
The Sampson was first made in 1904 by the Alden Sampson Manufacturing Co., in Pittsfield, Mass.  It was manufactured again in 1911 by the United States Motor Corp, Alden Sampson Division in Detroit, Michigan.  The 1904 Sampson was a copy of the Moyea.  The chassis for the Moyea had been built by Sampson in 1903.  

It had a 4 cylinder engine which produced 18 hp at 810 rpm, and a 4-speed sliding-gear transmission with final drive by double chains.  The 1911 model, called the Sampson 35, had a 4 cylinder 35 hp engine. It was a five-seater, four door model, with a claimed 17 coats of paint, and it sold for $1,250.

SAMSON (US) 1920
Samson Tractor Co., Janesville, Wisconsin
Although only one Sampson car was produced, the make is unique in being the only car ever advertised by General Motors which never went into production.  Built by the Sampson Division of General Motors, the Samson was a nine-seater touring car powered by a Chevrolet FB engine and had auxiliary seats which could readily be removed, with the rear seat, to convert the car into a truck.  The Samson truck was built until 1923.

Source:  The New Encyclopedia of Automobiles, 1885 To The Present


 Where can I find some information on the Saxon car and manufacturer?

SAXON (1913-1923)
Saxon Motor Car Company, Detroit, Michigan; Ypsilanti, Michigan
The Saxon appeared in the winter of 1913-24 as a small two-seater roadster with a 1.4 liter 4-cylinder, and a 2-speed rear-axle gearbox, soon replaced by a 3-speed unit.  Electric lights were available at extra cost.  At $395.00 these wire-wheeled cars caught the public fancy and although they looked more like cyclecars than conventional small automobiles, sales were high from the first.  Peak year was 1916, with 27,800 delivered.  Continental and Ferro engines were used and after several thousand Saxons had been sold, wooden artillery spoke wheels were available as an option.  Various improvements were noted through 1915 and a small number of delivery vans were produced to augment the roadster in the Saxon range.  By 1915, electric lighting was standard equipment.  A 2.9-liter 6-cylinder touring car still with rear-axle gearbox appeared in 1915 as a companion to the 4-cylinder roadsters which were retained until 1917, when Saxon reached tenth place in sales among American manufacturers.  In 1920, a 4-cylinder ohv car reappeared and by 1921 sixes were discontinued.  In the years following this reappearance the Saxon models were known as Saxon-Duplex. Production dropped rapidly, the last cars being sold early in 1923.

Source:  "The New Encyclopedia of Automobiles, 1885 To The Present"

Saxon Motor Cars

 Who or what does the lady on the radiator emblem of the Saxon car represent?

The Saxon emblem head is of a Saxon warrior -- a man with long hair and a helmet with horns.  The original president of the Saxon company was Harry Ford. The Logo of the "Saxon Warrior" was used for 1914 until the end of production in 1922.

Thanks to Elliott Fletcher and Terry Saxon for this answer.


 I am looking for any info on the Spackey Cycle car

We could find no reference to a Spackey Cycle car but it may be a composite of these vehicles:

CYCLOMOBILE (US) 1920
Cyclomobile Mfg. Co., Toledo, Ohio
This lightweight automobile with a 7 ft. 6 in. wheelbase was available either as a two-seater roadster or a light-delivery truck.  It was powered by a 2-cylinder air-cooled V-type Spacke engine of 1,120cc.  It used friction drive, power being transmitted to the rear axle by a heavy chain.

SPACKE (US) 1919 - 1920
Spacke Machine & Tool Co., Indianapolis, Indiana
Spacke had been manufacturing compressors, engines, transmissions, gears and axles since 1900.  Its car, introduced in 1919, was a two-seater runabout featuring a 2-cylinder air-cooled engine, and a round gasoline tank behind the seats.  This was moved to the cowl for 1920.  In September of that year the company entered voluntary receivership and the name was changed to Brook.

BROOK (US) 1920 - 1921
Spacke Machine & Tool Co., Indianapolis, Indiana
Formerly the Spacke, the Brook was similar to its predecessor excepting the location of the fuel tank which was transferred to the dummy radiator.  The company also offered complete cars to manufacturers which did not have their own factories and in this fashion supplied cars to the Peters Motor Corporation of Trenton, NJ which marketed Brook cars with minor body changes under the Peters badge.  The name is frequently and erroneously spelled 'Brooke'.

The BROOKE company, located in Lowestoft, Suffolk, (Great Britain) made cars from 1901 - 1913, although their best period was over by 1908.  Their first car was a 10 hp 3-cylinder vertical, chain-driven engine mounted transversely under a very small bonnet.  However, by 1910, the company was mainly concerned with marine engines.

Source:  "The New Encyclopedia of Automobiles, 1885 To The Present"

Spacke Cyclecar - There is a Spacke website which may help provide some answers:  http://spacke.com/index.htm
It is run by, Tim Spacke, a relative of the original engine and car maker.  The Cyclecar was a small car powered by a motorcycle engine.
Thanks to William Taber for this info.


 I am looking for information on Star Cars.

There were four Star cars made in the U.S. and one in Great Britain. Star Automobile Company operated in Cleveland, OH from 1903 - 1904, a second Star Automobile Company existed in Chicago, IL in 1908, and a third Star car was made by Model Automobile Company in Peru, IN.  A fourth Star was made by Durant Motor Company of New Jersey, Michigan and California from 1922 - 1928.

This Star was an attempt to take away some of the Model T Ford's market for the cheapest possible car. In 1923 it was the 7th best seller in America.  It was sold outside the U.S. as the Rugby.  In 1928 the make disappeared with the collapse of the Durant interests.

For more information, contact:

Durant Motors Automobile Club
Lance Haynes
President DMAC
E-mail:  LanceDurant@aol.com


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