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Carter Twin Engine
The Carter Motor Car Corporation
Factory - Hyattsville, Maryland
Office - Washington, DC & Detroit

Known as the Carter Twin Engine car this American Automobile had two engines in one car to eliminate driving worries.

This car was manufactured in 1907 and 1908 by The Carter Motor Car Corporation that had headquarters in Washington, DC and a large factory in Hyattsville, Maryland.

1908 Carter Twin Engine Touring Car
1908 Carter Twin Engine Automobile

The Carter Twin Engine automobile was a five passenger touring car. The engines were place side by side and except for a slightly wider hood on the Carter, it would be hard to tell it from any other 1908 American Automobile. The price of The Carter Twin Engine automobile was $4,000.00 in 1908.

Carter Twin Engine Chassis
Carter Twin Engine Chassis

Two engines under one hood must have been an engineering nightmare. The engines could be run separately or both together, driving the rear wheels at the same time. The two four cylinder engine developed 35-40 horsepower each for a total of 70 horsepower. Each motor had individual ignition, carburetor, lubrication and clutch mechanism. The Carter Twin Engine automobile also had independent duplex radiators. Final drive was by a single shaft. When one engine was running the driver did not have to leave his seat to start the second, a small foot lever would throw in the clutch and the Carter automobile instantly responds to the increased horsepower.

1908 Carter Twin Engine
1908 Carter Twin Engine

In the 1908 advertisement above and below claims made included "Absolute Reliability, Economy, durability, Power and Speed are the merits found in all Carter Twin-Engine Cars". Another claim made - "The Twin-Engine principle is adopted by the Navy Departments of the world". The advantage of twin engine have long been recognized for marine service, and the safeguard against absolute breakdown.

1908 Carter Twin Engine Advertisement
1908 Carter Twin Engine Advertisement

In 1909 the Carter Twin Engine automobile sales failed to meet expectations and The Carter Motor Car Corporation reorganized to produce the Washington automobile.

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