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My Shaw Vehicle

| January/February 1998

  • Shaw Vehicle
    This unusual photo was taken by Norm Stuckey of 4777 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424. The scene was captured in Budapest in September 1997.
    Norm Stuckey

  • Shaw Vehicle

400 Parkway Circle, Montevallo, Alabama 35115

After reading the very interesting article on the Shaw Manufacturing History by David Beattie in the August '97 issue of GEM, I began to look back about 65 years. I don't recall any article on Shaw ever before, mentioning a vehicle.

I owned a Shaw built vehicle, but whether it was a Shaw mobile or a Speedster I don't know. I was 12 or 13 years old then, and am almost 78 now, so everything I say must now be qualified with, 'as I remember.'

The steering was conventional. The clutch was hand-lever operated. The Shaw used four 20' bicycle type wheels and tires. There were no springs, but the frame/floor being composed of a number of 1'x4' boards with a gap between them, afforded some degree of cushion effect. The two bucket-type seats were made of sheet metal and low to the floor, such that your legs protruded forward.

The air-cooled Briggs & Stratton engine was protected by a hood. One side was raised to wrap the pull cord to start the engine. The front of the hood was supported by a radiator shroud which was covered by wire mesh or hardware cloth, and the rear by the cowl.

The engine and clutch were mounted on an angle to avoid the need of universal joints. They were also lowered so that the open drive shaft could disappear beneath the floor before entering the passenger area or shortly thereafter.

Robert Messenger
4/16/2012 11:59:38 PM

I have come across what sounds like the clutch, driveshaft, rearend and rims of the shaw mobile. Are there anymore pictures or builders plans around? I can send pictures


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