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The Hatfield Motor Vehicle Co.
Miamisburg, Ohio

The Hatfield was an ingenious horseless Buggyabout first build in Cortland, NY as an experiment by Charles B. Hatfield, Sr. and Charles B. Hatfield, Jr.

The Hatfield Buggyabout was an American Automobile that started out as a simple high grade light horse drawn buggy in 1906. The Hatfield Motor Vehicle Co. was incorporated that same year in Cortland, NY.

By the spring of 1907, the company had moved to Miamisburg, Ohio to begin production where they found The Kauffman Buggy Company producing a high grade buggy that they needed to convert into the two passenger Hatfield automobile. (shown below) The Kauffman Buggy Company provided bodies and chassis for Hatfield.

1906 Hatfield Buggyabout
1906 Hatfield Buggyabout
Charles B. Hatfield, Sr and Jr Seated

The Hatfield automobile was first known as the Buggyabout or the Unique. After 1906 it was called the Hatfield. The Hatfield's took an ordinary high grade buggy and turned it into an automobile by removing the thill coupling from the front axle and attaching the motor and other mechanisms, including the sprocket and chain steering gear by which the fifth-wheel front axle is moved by a steering wheel.

The Hatfield was then equipped with a two cylinder four cycle air cooled engine rated at 8-10 horsepower, driving through a friction transmission. Ten speeds forward were possible and three backwards all controlled by a single lever. There was no differential gearing, the rear wheels being each driven through a chain and ratchet drive. The Hatfield was capable of speeds from three to twenty five miles per hour.

The Hatfield Motor Vehicle Company failed in 1908 due to lack of sales and an over saturated high wheeler automobile market. W.R. Craven was named receiver of The Hatfield Motor Vehicle Company, of Miamisburg, Ohio. In 1909 The Hatfield Motor Vehicle Company and Kauffman Buggy Company merged to form The Advance Motor Car Corp. and this new company produced an American Automobile called the Advance.

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