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The Lancamobile was an early American Automobile built by James H. Lancaster of New York in 1899. It was also called The Lancaster Carriage after the maker. The Lancamobile steering and speed mechanism was by tiller or stick. This early body style was called a "vis-a-vis". Which was a four passenger automobile with two passengers facing the driver.

Shown below is the passenger seat under the date 1900. The internal combustion engine was a small single cylinder of unknown horsepower or make that could run on gasoline or kerosene. By only one lever the ingenious and efficient speed gearing was capable of four varing rates of forward speed and reverse.

Jame H. Lancaster Co. - Lancamobiles
Jame H. Lancaster Co. - Lancamobiles

Advertising like the 1900 magazine ad above claimed that the Lancamobile was an "ideal auto-vehicle, triumphant gasoline operated carriage per excellence, automobilism effectually realized, locomotion without risk, pleasure without danger, Ango-American strength and ingenuity with parisian daintiness, odorless, noiseless, steamless, Luxurious mobility, safety speed, simplicity, pleasure, business and trucking.

Jame H. Lancaster Co. - Lancamobiles
Jame H. Lancaster Co. - Lancamobiles

In addition to this motor carriage James H. Lancaster Co. of New York, NY produced special motor carriages, delivery and mail wagons and gasoline launches of every style and size. Lancaster also produced gas generators, searchlights, lamps, hoisting and mining machinery.

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