Gas Engine Magazine

Reader Identification of Gas Engine Magazine Photos

By Staff

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,

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

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.

  • Published on May 1, 1967
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