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1915 Amesbury Special Chevrolet

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1899 Marlborough Stanhope

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1929 Hudson Model L  Limousine
Body by Biddle and Smart

The Hudson was powered by a straight six cylinder with a wheelbase of 139 inches and was built especially for Roy Chapin, one of the founders of the Hudson Company.

Below are images and descriptions of Franklin Automobiles taken from the 1985 issue of Franklin Automobile club's Air Cooled News magazine. These photographs and information was provided by John Bartley who was born and raised in Amesbury and whose mother and father worked for Walker. He wrote the John Bartley Papers that are in the public library when he was in high school. These papers give a very definitive description of the body makers in Amesbury. He now lives in Watertown, Ma. and   loaned me his copy of the magazine to use on this website. These were some of Walker's finest work and were shown at the New York Salon Show where only the most prestigous cars could be shown.


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1925 Bay State Convertible Coupe
R. H. Long Co. Framingham, MA
Only on this web site

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1912 Reeves Sexto-octo Eight Wheeler
The Reeves Sexto-Octo Co. Co. Columbus, IN

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Kris Wilson's Great Grandfather with his family and his 1910 Glide Touring Automobile made by
The Bartholomew Co. Peoria, IL 1903-1920
Courtesy of Kris Wilson, Destin, FL, Round House Record Co.


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1901 Bridgeport Steamer
Bridgeport Automobile  Co, Bridgeport, Ct.
Body made by Currier, Cameron, and Co, Amesbury, Ma.

Shown at the Fifth Steam Festival in Bochum, Germany, Saturday, May 12, 2007. Built 1903. No other references show this automobile. The tanks contain five gallons of petroleum(kerosine) and 17 1/2 gallons of water.

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1922 Marmon Pace Car Speedster Model 34B
Nordyke and Marmon Co. Indianapolis, IN

Body by Hume Carriage Co., Boston, formerly from Amesbury

Marmon supplied the pace car driven by Barney Oldfield in the 1920 Indianapolis 500, and most Marmon historians believe the aluminum body was designed by W.E. Pierce, and built by Hume.  From 1920-1924, Hume built production bodies for the Marmon series 34, one of which was a pace car replica called the Pace Car Speedster. Painted in Marmon Racing Yellow with black fenders it was first offered to the public in 1921. It featured seating for two only, with golf club doors permitting access to the storage area located in its bee tail rear end. On certain models, a drawer slid out from the golf club door creating a backrest so an occasional passenger could site or ride! on the running board. Only one known


1909 Chase Delivery Wagon
Chase Motor Truck Co. Syracuse, NY

1915 Ford Model T Circus Calliope Truck

1915 Ford Model T Circus Calliope Truck and Popcorn Wagon



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1922 Marmon Model 34B

The December 1920 issue of the Marmon Post announced the introduction of two new W.E. Pierce designed body styles: a 4-passenger sedan and a 7-passenger Suburban, both with rear-hinged doors. The bodies would be supplied through E.E. Wing and the Marmon New York Co, and were available through any Marmon dealer. Most of them were built at Humes Boston body plant, but due to the anticipation of brisk sales, the Springfield Metal Body Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts, would produce additional examples as needed. Hume's factory was in Amesbury from 1853-1910. . He bought the Huntington Carriage Company in 1858. Huntington was the first carriage factory to use the assembly in 1853. Hume built the first bodies for Grout in 1896-1898 and he used   the assembly line for automobiles five years before Ransom Olds.



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1912 Peerless Model 36 Limousine

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1912 Bailey Electric
Bailey Carriage Co., Amesbury, Ma.
Only on this Website

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The  Baileys at Lake Gardner, Amexsbury, in their 1913 Bailey

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1912 Bailey Coupe


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1914 Bailey Touring, top up


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1914 Bailey Touring, top down


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1915 Bailey Electric Commercial Coupe


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1915 Bailey Instrument Panel


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1912 Bailey Electric Delivery Wagon


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Recharging the battery

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1911 Advertisement


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