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About Quiz # 315: 1913/1914 Car-Nation


1914-car-nation-315-1Normally when describing an automobile we try to vary between several synonyms (like vehicle, sedan, tourer, etc.), but last week we only used the word 'car'. A bit far flung as a clue maybe, although we did make your life very easy by describing the quiz-car as 'the car for the American nation'. This should have given you the clue to 'Car-Nation', made by the American Voiturette Company from Detroit, Michigan, who used it as their slogan. No wonder there were many correct answers all giving us readily available details of the Car-Nation and its larger relative the Keeton. After reading all the answers, we decided the prize should go to Roger Bowers, who wrote: "It's funny, but even though my eye-sight is almost gone, I recognized the shape of the whole photo from long ago on the Shorpy photo website, and just couldn't resist the chance to play again." Congratulations Roger, with this win you now join the ranks of our eminent jury members!
Please see Read More for Roger's answer and the names of all other entrants that identified the Car-Nation. (photo Car-Nation courtesy Shorpy; 1914 advert collection jury member Frans Vrijaldenhoven)

The winning answer by Roger Bowers:
Car-Nation four-seat Tourer 1913/14; Composite on Ash body; 2200cc Herreshoff L-head four, Zenith updraft, Splitdorf magneto, Detroit Gear 3 speed transmission, Weston-Mott differential. Single 10" expanding brake on driveshaft; 30" Detroit Stanweld wire wheels;
105" wheelbase, 48" track; About 1800 pounds; Estimated 25 mpg and 50 mph.
Forrest Keeton formed Keeton Motor Co 1913, producing the Keeton '48', Car-Nation Motorette Co. followed as subsidiary.
Oil tycoon Charles Schaeffer bought it, reincorporating as American Voiturette Co. That went into receivership in 1914, and Keeton bought back assets, including estimated 60 Keetons and 350 Car-Nations. No more cars were built.

Other correct answers came from:
Ariejan Bos
Graeme Jarrett
Hugh Stiles
Fried Stol (jury)
Gigio Isola
Fred de Mol
Callum Walsh
Terry Brown
Kaspars Dortāns
Ted Wilmarth
Fritz Hegemann
Frans Vrijadenhoven (jury)
Stuart Penketh (jury)
John Robins
Saulius Venclovas
Donald van Mourik
Mike Costigan
Howard Morgan
Tony Prebensen

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK