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In 1870 the Armstrong & House Company known for parts and accessories for Horse Drawn Carriages was also into producing tools for the water, gas and steam industry. Like many other companies of its' day, this would lead them into the foray of the automobile and the Armstrong Manufacturing Company, producing what would be a car of the future, the first gas-electric hybrid car in 1896, the Armstrong Phaeton, Chassis LXI.
The Phaeton was a prototype with many firsts, tubular frame chassis, electric &, automatic spark control, electromagnetic starter and a three-speed magnetic drive. This vehicle could run on only electric power, or only gas, or a combination of both. The Phaeton also featured regenerative electric motor assist, electrically operated clutch and the first electric starter.
The Armstrong Phaeton was rediscovered in 1963 at the Capewell Manufacturing Company's Plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut – formally the Armstrong Manufacturing Company until 1950. Not knowing what to do with the Phaeton – the car remained another ten years until Henry White, Capewells Vice President moved the car to a garage in a nearby Connecticut town where it stayed until 1995 and the Magee brothers obtained it for their collection before going to England and a new owner who had some restoration work done to it.
The Phaeton returned to the States several years ago for more restoration and making it fully functional. The Armstrong Phaeton recently sold at Bonhams 2016 Amelia Island auction for $483,400. What a great find and preservation of a one and only known survivor that paved a path to the future well before its time.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
Saturady, June 11, 2016