Featured Vehicle of the Month

 

1917 Owen Magnetic Deluxe Touring Victoria

 

The prototype Own Magnetic car was shown in an auto show in 1914 and began limited production (250 cars) in NYC. The company was sold to Baker Electric, which moved the production to Cleveland Ohio. The Owen Magnetic car was a high power electric car where the battery was replaced by a internal combustion engine/generator, but it was most notable for having an electromagnetic transmission. The transmission was the design of Justus B. Entz. The patent was first submitted in 1898 and granted in 1903. The Owen Magenetic was the only car ever to include such a transmission, which required no gear synchronizing, needed no clutching to shift, and made driving a high power car easy. There was no actual mechanical connection between the internal combustion engine/generator and the transmission. The power from the engine was transferred to the wheels using magnetically generated torque. Much the same way that an automatic transmission uses fluid dynamics to drive the drive shaft. For those of you that are interested in the workings of the Entz transmission, here is a link to a great article on it.(Entz Transmission) A total of 974 cars were manufactured from 1915 to 1921. The price ranged from $3000 to $6000, making this a very expensive car, for the time. There are only possibly 12 cars still in existence. One of them was restored by Jay Leno. You can see an interesting video, on YouTube, of Jay describing and driving his 1916 Owen Magnetic.(Owen Magnetic)

 


Gear Shifter Mounted inside Steering Wheel


Impressive Hood Ornament

 

 

Checkout our new Projects page

We have added a new section to our website. This new section is called Projects and will highlight our members projects. The first project will be

We would like to showcase your project. Whether it is a restoration or an interesting upgrade, please contact Larry Mills at [email protected]

 

New Addition to our References page

We have added a new link to our References page. AmericanAutoEmblems.com showcases the nameplates, emblems and logos displayed on American auto vehicles from the introduction of the horseless carriage up to about 1950. This is a treasure trove of interesting information. A must read for anyone who is interested in automotive history. Click on our References link and enjoy.

 

Request for Submittals

We would like to showcase our members cars each month. If you would like to see your car with a little background story, on this page, please email some pictures and a background story to Larry Mills at [email protected]

 

Next Club Meeting

 

The next club meeting will be held on Monday June 13th. The Board meeting will start at 6:00 PM and the general meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The meeting location will be at Kress Memorial Seventh-Day. Adventist Church, 746 Formosa Ave, Winter Park, Florida. We encourage you to drive an old car, if you have one. Hope to see everyone there.
 

 
 
 
 
 

Next Club Activity

 

Garage tour at Larry Coles’ Mount Dora garage on Sunday June 12th at 11:30 AM. These cars are the balance of Larry and Darrel’s collection. The garage is located at 1184 Camp Avenue in Mount Dora. After viewing the cars, Larry will lead the group to a restaurant for lunch. If you don’t have a GPS, follow these directions:
US 441 headed north toward Mount Dora. You will pass Harris Oil Company on the right and a Dollar General on the left. Just after the Dollar General, you will come to Robie Ave. Turn left on Robie Ave. Follow Robie Ave. until you come to South Rossiter St. Turn right on Rossiter St., go over the railroad tracks and Camp Ave.is the next street. Turn left on Camp Ave. and turn left at the first driveway into the warehouse site. Turn right at the 2nd driveway and Larry’s garage will be the last one on the Left. Hope to see everyone there!