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Old Aug 3, 2009, 8:56 PM   #1
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With only three major automakers in the US today, and those struggling to survive, it's hard to remember just how many carmakers there were in the early days of the industry. You could even buy a car from the Sears Roebuck Catalog, as a Hot Springs man did in 1908....for $ 375.00 plus freight by rail.

This particular vehicle, ordered by a man whose grandchildren still operate the construction company he started, was one of the first in the city of Hot Springs.

An attempt to bring the auto industry to Arkansas didn't make it through even one model year. This 1923 Climber is one of only two in existence today.

One of the highlights of the 1912 model year was the Paige Beverly

But, one of my favorites of the cars I hadn't heard of before was this little two-seater....a 1940 Bantam Speeder

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Old Aug 3, 2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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Neat set of pictures - you are right about that two seater Bantam being really cute. Looks like a fun place to visit.
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Old Aug 4, 2009, 12:50 AM   #3
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Cool series, they don't make them like they used to.


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Old Aug 4, 2009, 7:41 AM   #4
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Great series.

I love old cars. That Bantam Speeder looks like a Crosley turned into a hot rod.

It's amazing how many local car manufactures there were all over the US in the hay day of the industry. I love seeing these local low production automobiles.

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!

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[QUOTE=Trojansoc;989109]With only three major automakers in the US today,

Paul, you must be refering to Toyota, Ford and Honda. . . OK may be Government Motors as well

Nice sharp images BTW..the contrast in color on the last one makes for a great composition!
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Nice series. The Sears is a reminder that the original horseless carriage was really just that. But how different things were just a few years later.

Oh, I think I want that Bantam!

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Old Aug 4, 2009, 4:18 PM   #7
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Fantastic series Paul!

Hmmm... Paige Beverly... I think I went to school with her.

The Bantam Speeder, looks like the cross between a PT cruiser and an MG
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