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The Ajax Motor Vehicle Co.
New York, NY

The Ajax was an American Electric Car that was made in New York City by the Ajax Motor Vehicle Co. Alfred L. Simpson was president and his brother Walter Simpson was Secretary. The Ajax Motor Vehicle Company operated its factory at 220 West 36th Street.

The Ajax was a typical light electric runabout with an open two seater body.

1903 Ajax Electric Runabout
1903 Ajax Electric Runabout

Features included a high efficiency ball bearing 1 1/2 horsepower motor, the runing gear of this vehicle is of seamless tubing, with drop-forged connections, the differential was enclosed in dustproof case, twenty eight inch wire wheels with steel rims, spokes and hubs were used, chain drive, two powerful brakes were provided one operating on the motor and the other on the rear axle, which are double acting.

A push button on lever grip operated the reverse, giving instant reverse at three speeds. A Weston volt-ammeter is provided, also a Yale lock switch for security. There were two side electric lamps and an acetylene or electric removable headlight. Other equipment included a dashboard watch in leather case, a complete tire repair kit, a rug for front of wagon, rain aprons, complete set of tools, and carbide for acetylene lamp when chosen.

1903 Ajax Electric Runabout
1903 Ajax Electric Runabout

The Ajax Electric Runabout was "An Honest Automobile AT An Honest Price". The Ajax shown above was priced at $850.00 in 1903. Ajax Electric advertising claims made included "Long mileage simple control durability" and "The popular and reliable automobile for business and pleasure. Absolutely safe. A child can run it."

Controlling Mechanism  Of The Ajax Electric Motor Carriage
Controlling Mechanism Of The Ajax Electric Motor Carriage

The battery consisted of 12 cells of high ampere-hour capacity and there was ample room beneath the seat for the battery and the controller was of new design and is simple in operation, as well as reliable.

1903 Exhibit Of The Ajax Motor Vehicle Company
1903 Exhibit Of The Ajax Motor Vehicle Company

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