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The Pope-Toledo was one of the makes of the Pope Motor Car Co

The 1903 Pope-Toledo was a four wheel, front engined, two seater open car. It was powered by a straight 3 cylinder 182 cubic inch (2,983cc) engine with the then unusual feature of a detachable cylinder head. Valve operation was mechanical and the engine speed was governed at 600 RPM. Drive was through a 3 speed gearbox with chains to each rear wheel. The chassis was mainly wood with a steel sub-frame carrying the main mechanical components. The car had a wheelbase of 7 feet 5 inches and a track of 4 feet 8 inches.

The 1904 model was a larger touring car . Equipped with a rear entrance tonneau body, it could seat 5 passengers and sold for USD3,500. The vertically-mounted water-cooled straight-4, situated at the front of the car, produced 24hp. A 3-speed sliding transmission was fitted. The channel steel-framed car weighed 2,350lb (1066kg). This modern Système Panhard car had spark and throttle levers on steering wheel, a novelty at the time.

By 1907 the company models included limousines and seven seat cars.

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