1913 Carnation

This is one of only two Car-Nation roadsters known to survive. Built by the American Voiturette Company in Detroit between 1913 and 1915, the Car-Nation was perhaps the first attempt at building a "compact car" in America. The fact that the company survived only three years might have been a message to the later builders of Falcons, Corvairs and Valiants, to say nothing of today's do-gooders who preach the 50mpg gospel to a largely empty church. This nearly unique example was discovered in 1954 in Portland, Maine by the Stone Mountain Museum. After restoration it was used in many late 50's events some of which are evidenced by dash plaques from the 1957 AACA Fall Meet in Hershey, the 1957 and 1959 Glidden Tours and an undated (and therefore very early) AACA National First Prize badge. Finished in a Turquoise Green with Black fenders and upholstery and a Tan cloth top, it has an unusually complete documentation package going back to the correspondence leading to its acquisition, shipping documents from Maine to Georgia and original sales brochures. Power comes from a 4-cylinder L-head water cooled engine equipped with a 3-speed sliding gear transmission. It rides on red wire wheels with a spare mounted flat on the rear turtle deck. A brass 4-spoke wood rim steering wheel and an attractive brass-cased Westclox clock on the dashboard highlight the otherwise sparse interior while a pair of brass acetylene headlights flank the Mercedes-like vee radiator. This is a very rare and unusual automobile that will be a welcome participant in all manner of shows and events.

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