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B. & P. Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1902-1903

The B. & P. Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin made an American Automobile called the "Ideal" or "Ideal Gasoline Carriage". The Ideal was produced in 1902 and 1903 only.

The Ideal was a light two passenger automobile with a frame made completely of angle iron. This angle iron frame held the engine in place and to which the springs were attached. The springs were long and flexible made for a very easy riding automobile.

The specifications are as follows: The Ideal Gasoline Carriage used a five horsepower, single cylinder, horizontal engine and a three speed transmission. The overall length was 8 feet 10 inches, width was 4 feet 8 inches with a height of 5 feet. Wheelbase was 68 inches on wheels that were 28 inches in diameter. Weight was 1,200 pounds, seat measured 3 feet. The gas tank held enough gasoline to travel from 100 to 150 miles. Maximum speed was 20 to 25 miles per hour. Steering was by tiller.

1903 Ideal - B. and P. Gasoline Carriage
1903 Ideal - B. and P. Gasoline Carriage

In the only known image of this American Automobile it shows how the runabout body can be tilted back to service the engine and chissis.

The B. & P. Co. also made several different designs of gasoline engines for other American Automobile manufacturers. The company also made steam engines for heavy trucks, but did not make steam cars. They made a very good gas powered and steam engines and stopped producing automobiles by 1904 to produce only engines.

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