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Holyoke Automobile Co. Holyoke, MA

Charles R. Greuter was a Swiss born mechanical engineer at the Columbia Stoker Works in Holyoke, Massachusetts when he built his first of two experimental gasoline American Automobiles in 1898.

In April of 1900 Greuter formed the Holyoke Automobile Co. with local investments of over $200,000.00.

His first production automobile was a cross country Surrey type with room for four passengers. Charles R. Greuter believed in building his automobiles big and strong. A Stanhope builted in 1901 was called the "Baby Elephant".

1901 Holyoke
1901 Holyoke

The Holyoke was equipped with a two cylinder 7 horsepower engine with over head valves and a three speed transmission. The all metal body Holyoke features included overhead vales in the engine, chain drive, solid tires, wood wheels and tiller steering. It also featured helical emergency springs on the wheel axles which supplemented full elliptic leaf springs.

1903 Holyoke
1903 Holyoke Rear Entrance Tonneau Touring Car

The 1903 Holyoke was a rear entrance tonneau touring car that had a unique steering arrangement which consists of a vertical shaft and handlebar steering. The vertical shaft then transfer its motion forward to a worm gear and gearbox by a chain and sprocket arrangement. This gearbox then transfers its motion to one spindles and then the other by way of a tie rod.

1903 Holyoke
1903 Holyoke Rear Entrance Tonneau Touring Car

In August of 1903 Charles R. Greuter and his Holyoke Automobile Co. consolidated with the Matheson Motor Car Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Holyoke then became the Matheson.

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