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Today 09:47 AM
boothboy Sears and Roebuck's original foray into selling it's own brand of gasolene (correct spelling for tie period) powered automobiles started in 1908. Sears president Julius Rosenwald contracted with the Lincoln Motor Car Works (not the one your thinking of) to produce a auto exclusively for Sears, the Sears Model L. Powered by a two cylinder 10 hp engine, it had a unique transmission. Picture a large flywheel with a geared roller pressing perpendicular to the flywheel surface. The roller was attached to the rear drive turning the wheels. The Driver moved a lever and the roller would move across the surface from the center out The closer to the center of the flywheel, the slower the vehicle. As the Auto picked up speed the roller could be moved further out on the flywheel spinning it faster and the auto sped forward. If the roller was moved past center the auto would move backwards. Pretty nifty, huh?
Here,s a quote describing the differential which I thought was pretty advanced.

"A form of differential action was obtained by building each front drive sprocket with a two-way clutch. These clutches engaged when the shaft upon which they were mounted turned in either direction, but disengaged when the wheel turned them faster than the shaft. When driven in a straight line, both clutches would engage, and provide power to both rear wheels. When the car went around a corner, the outside wheel turned slightly faster than the inside wheel, disengaging the sprocket for the outside wheel, and propelling the car with the inside wheel only. On slippery roads, such as in deep mud, snow, or sand, if one wheel lost traction the other wheel would continue to pull, allowing the car the continue moving until either both wheels found traction once more, or both wheels lost traction completely. Because the cars were very light weight, they were capable of being driven through mud or snow which would immobilize heavier cars with conventional differentials."

The big drawback to this auto was its antiquated styling. It was basicly a gas powered Buggy and the industry had moved forward from that type of styling.

No dealership's, it was sold through Sear's catalog. It came with a 10 day money back guarantee.

Henry Kaiser was in short pants when Sears first offered it's first form of Modern Transportation.

Yesterday 04:49 PM
7nomad8 According to my book, Mr. Theodore P. Houser was V.P. of merchandizing at Sears and he was the one who "broached the idea of marketing a K-F product under Sears' familiar Allstate name."
Yesterday 09:23 AM
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
So who/what was that company ?
Lets let 7nomad8 chew on it for a while.

Yesterday 09:16 AM
Too Many Projects
Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
Julius Rosenwald was the brainchild behind Sears and Roebuck's venture into automobile sales. In fact the company that made automobiles for Sears only had one customer, Sears.

So who/what was that company ?
Yesterday 09:11 AM
boothboy Julius Rosenwald was the brainchild behind Sears and Roebuck's venture into automobile sales. In fact the company that made automobiles for Sears only had one customer, Sears.

10-26-2016 08:45 PM
7nomad8 HINT-He was VP of merchandizing
10-26-2016 08:37 PM
OldTech I know they sold the "Allstate" which was a slightly accessorized Henry J in 1952???
I don't know who the Sears manager was that thought up the nightmare.
10-26-2016 08:19 PM
7nomad8 OK here goes, but it's probably an easy one.(for some of you)
Who, in Sears Roebuck ranks, started the search for an auto for Sears to market?
10-26-2016 08:05 PM
boothboy No Questions????

10-22-2016 01:07 PM
OldTech 7Nomad,
You're up!
10-19-2016 10:34 AM
Originally Posted by 7nomad8 View Post
It looks like the Audi used in "I Robot"
That is two out of three! Can you get the model?
10-18-2016 08:48 PM
Originally Posted by Rip VW View Post
You mean like "Back to the Future" Can't remember the make but it was like the only main brand..
That was a Delorean. Not exactly. The Movie People went to the auto manufacturer and requested them to design a car for that particular movie. The Auto Company got free advertising for their cars. I'm sure there was money passing through hands but it was very good advertising. Some of the Bond cars remind me of the same type of product placement.

10-18-2016 08:39 PM
Rip VW You mean like "Back to the Future" Can't remember the make but it was like the only main brand..
10-18-2016 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by OldTech View Post
This one was never a production car but it was in at least one car show before being used in a motion picture.

What is the make and model and what movie was it involved in?
Whats interesting about this auto is that it was made for the movie to represent the particular brand of car but in the future!

10-18-2016 08:23 PM
7nomad8 Quote by Cozwurth-
One of my uncles went through a Yugo phase. It took several parts cars to keep one on the road. End quote.

Well at least the parts cars were cheap.
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