Reader Identification of Gas Engine Magazine Photos

A number of readers share their thoughts on the identification of Gas Engine Magazine photos from previous issues.

Saxon Motor

Photo courtesy of George Stankus, Hiram, Ohio.


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An identification of Gas Engine Magazine photos by a number of our magazine readers.

A few comments from readers on the identification of Gas Engine Magazine photos. Regarding the pictures sent in by Robert Eshelman, it is beyond a doubt a Gilson engine. The framework on the engine was used to support a jack-shaft, which was used with various size pulleys to give different speeds. This engine was advertised in the early teens. From the dimension, it sounds like a 2 hp engine. They also made a 4 hp size. We got this information from advertisements in the Gas Review magazines. Mr. Ed Little of Campbellford, Ontario has or had such an engine two years ago. — Richard Wood, Livonia, New York.

On Page 34 in March-April magazine — the car you show in this picture is a Model A Saxon car manufactured by the Saxon Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan and was on the market in 1917 and 1918. It is a two speed forward, high and low and reverse. The transmission is mounted on the rear axle housing. The motor is a Continental Motor. It had a very good motor. At that time it had a lot of good features that later were used by other car manufacturers after the Saxon Motor Co. discontinued the production. The car in the picture is identical to one I had which I drove for many thousand miles.— Orlando Iverson, Ada, Minnesota.

In the Mar-Apr. GEM I saw a picture of a car that a Mr. Jacobson has sent in asking what kind of a car it was — well, it's a Saxon "runabout" and new in 1915 or near there. Its 4 cylinder motor was hand cranked and a magneto for spark. The tank on the running board was called "Presto Lite" gas for the headlights. — Argyle Ballard, Willseyville, New York 13864.

The name of the car on Page 34, March/April issue of GEM is a Saxon, possibly a 1913 or 1914 model. Saxon Roadster which has a two unit starting and lighting system and twenty other improvements, price s 4 9 5 . F.O.B. Detroit, Saxon Motor Car Corporation Detroit, Michigan. This information was taken from Floyd Clymer's Scrapbook of Those Wonderful Old Automobiles. I can't find any more information about this car. — Edwin Toler, Greenfield, Missouri.

Gerald Jacobson's car photo on Page 34 of March/April GEM appears to be a Saxon roadster, probably built in 1914 or 1915. — Lome Hillier, Hensel, North Dakota.

On page 33 in the March-April GEM, Carl I. Estler wants the name of the engine. The engine was manufactured by the American Cream Separator Company and was a built-in power on cream separator. It is an old engine, I would say a 1912 or 1914 model. I have one like it, but it is an older model then the one in your picture. I have used it for many years on a six volt generator to charge storage batteries. It was unit direct drive from crank-shaft to generator shaft. — Orlando Iverson, Ada, Minnesota.

I am looking at the picture of the old car, the identification of which seems in doubt. This picture appears on page 34 of March-April GEM. Your car looks like it could be a "Saxon." It was a small car. I have seen only a very few of them. The "Dort" was made about the same time. Perhaps there was no generator or battery as I see the acetylene lights. — Lawrence H. Scott, Ithaca, New York.