Originally Posted by boothboy
Ok I've tortured you enough. They were known as the American Mercedes. The name Mercedes Benz didn't come about until 1926. The American Mercedes was assembled by the Steinway Piano people but all came to a end when the factory burnt down. The3y were manufactured from 1904 to 1907. Interestingly they were in direct competition with Mercedes Import CO. The company name in the USA was Daimler Manufacturing CO.I'm not sure what a imported Mercedes cost but a American Mercedes cost a mere $7500, in 1904!
What the....... I have never heard of this. I am thinking you stop and read the signs at the museums like my wife does. I don't care what museum we go into my wife is the one dragging behind reading all the signs word for word.
That is very interesting "American Mercedes" and only $7500! As my dad would have said "What a deal"! That is so incredible you could have bought a HUGE farm for that in 1904.
Little story: Here in this area where was a very wealthy family who had the biggest and baddest farm and home. The Patterson's had a LOT of money and their kids of course were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. One of them bought new a Pierce Arrow at some point I believe in the mid thirties. I learned about this car from an old farmer near me. He had a piece of farming equipment, don't remember what it was exactly. It was a trailer device to haul a "disc" as I remember. But anyway I was out at some point and noticed the wheels on this piece of equipment were a heck of a lot cooler looking than the others and went in for a closer look. This is what those wheels looked like.
One had an 8 on it the other a 12, I am assuming 8 and 12 Cylinder. He gave me the piece of equipment and I cut the wheels off it. The Pierce Arrow spindles had been welded to the axle and I just cut axle off at the king pin boss. I hauled those friggin wheels around swap meets for years! They were VERY heavy as you can imagine and I hauled them to every swap meet I sold in for years and never sold them. I don't remember what ever became of them, probably thru them in the dump. Of course someone is going to tell me the wheel covers are worth $25K now.
I'm sorry, this could go on forever, some interesting stories about them. Behind the house on the farm (now a regional park) there is a concrete foundation and a sign explaining what was there. It was a "garden shed" (about 1000 sq ft "shed"
) that came from Japan. This shed was from the World's fair from Treasure Island 1939 (Treasure Island is in the middle of the SF bay). So the sign went on to say how the Pattersons bought it and put it there on their farm. But it burnt down to the foundation....Dec 8th 1941. That's all it said and I am standing there "Dec 8th 1941, why does that date pop out at me" then it hit me, it isn't THE date, but the next day. After Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese someone went out and burnt that Japanese building. Wild, but yes they had big money.