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The Only Motor Car Co.
Port Jefferson, NY 1909-1915

Francis M. Richard came to Port Jefferson, NY in 1909 to produce an American Automobile simply called the "Only". The "Only" had a one cylinder engine and it is reported that Richard's automobile was name for the promotional phrase "Only One Cylinder". F. M. Richard, a Frenchman and engineer was awarded a gold medal in Paris in 1900 for the first two cycle engine ever built and in 1904 for his patented carburetor.

As mentioned above the "Only" was equipped with a large single cylinder engine with a displacement of 206 cubic inches that developed 12 horsepower. It was built with a ball bearing mounted crankshaft and flywheel at each end. The 12 horsepower engine that could reach speeds of 60 MPH.

1910 Only Motor Car Co. Port Jefferson, NY
1910 Only Motor Car Co. Port Jefferson, NY

The "Only" was built as a two passenger race type roadster and four passenger versions were made in 1911. After 1912 a five passenger touring car was built with a four cylinder engine. Advertised at $700.00 very few of Richard's "Only" automobiles were built. Richard later built a four cylinder Metropol, which proved too costly to produce in a small factory.

1910 Only Motor Car
1910 "Only" Race Car

In 1910 Francis Maurice Richard organized a hill climb on East Broadway in Port Jefferson, NY. The hill climb was attended by several big name automobile manufacturers including Henry Ford who finished 16th. The heavy and slow one cylinder "Only" had no chance against competitors with four and six cylinder engines but did finish the race.

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1912 Race Car

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