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The Dragon Automobile Co.
Philadelphia, PA

The Dragon Motor Co.
Philadelphia, PA

The Dragon Automobile Co. then The Dragon Motor Co. built American Automobiles in Philadephia, PA from 1906 to 1908. A two passenger Roadster and a five passenger Touring Car sold for about $2,000.00. The designer of the Dragon was a French automobile engineer with experience in motor car construction.

The Dragon was a strong car, a speedy car, a reliable car and a car to count on in every detail of design, construction and performance. The son of Tramcar builder J. G. Brill was the maker of the Dragon. The last models were a very sporty runabout. Touring car were mainly sold as Taxi Cabs.

1907 Dragon Automobile Co. Magazine Ad
1907 Dragon Automobile Co. Magazine Ad

The Dragon used a four cylinder water cooled engine that delivered 24-26 horsepower to the rear wheels by shaft drive. Engine features include - cylinders that were 4 inch x 4 1/2 inch, three piece crankshaft, engine valves on opposite sides of cylinders, self regulating centrifugal oil pump and jump spark ignition. Transmission was a sliding gear type. The Dragon had double acting hub brakes - external contracting and internal expanding.

1907 Dragon Touring Car Magazine Ad
1907 Dragon Touring Car Magazine Ad

The Dragon Automobile Co. had a large factory at 30th, 31th and Chestnut St. in Philadephia. With dealers in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburg, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal. A name change to The Dragon Motor Co. occurred in 1908 and later production stopped due to an economic down turn at that time. Note the price change to $1850.00 in the early 1908 ad below.

1908 Dragon Magazine Ad
1908 Dragon Magazine Ad

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