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Waltham Manufacturing Co

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4 h.p. Reg NO: LJ 5478. Photo at the 2009 LBVCR.
19xx. Spindle-seat runabout. Two-cylinders. 6 hp. REg No: AM-53-47. Photo at the 2010 LBVCR.
January 1905.

Waltham Manufacturing Co, Waltham, Mass. USA

Orient Runabout

Waltham Manufacturing Company was a manufacturer of automobiles in Waltham, Massachusetts between 1902 and 1908.

Their first car was a light model sold as the Orient Buckboard. It seated 2 passengers and sold for just USD425, making it the lowest-priced automobile available. The vertically-mounted air-cooled single-cylinder engine, situated at the rear of the car, produced 4 hp. A 2-speed transmission was fitted. The car weighed 500 lb and had a 100 mile range, though the complete lack of any bodywork made it less than practical for a long journey.

A more conventional car came in 1905 with front mounted 4 cylinder engine and chain drive. It was made until 1908.


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