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 August 8th. The Board meeting will start at 6:00 PM and the general meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
The meeting location has been changed. The new meeting location is in the social hall of the La Casa Brava Lakeside Condominiums located at 742 East Michigan Street, Orlando.
We encourage you to drive an old car, if you have one. Hope to see everyone there.
Next Club Activity
Future events will be listed here.