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Palmer-Singer Manufacturing Company
Long Island City, New York

Henry U. Palmer of Brooklyn, New York and Charles A. Singer of Westchester County, New York and member of the Singer sewing machine family formed the Palmer-Singer Manufacturing Company in 1908. Initially the automobiles were referred to as the P & S. However by 1909 the Palmer-Singer name was used.

The Palmer-Singer Mfg. Company factory was located in Long Island City, New York on Webster Avenue between Second and Third Avenues.

1908 Palmer-Singer Skimabout
1908 Palmer-Singer Skimabout

A 106 inch wheelbase two passenger roadster called the Skimabout was the Palmer-Singer Mfg. Company's first automobile. The Skimabout was equipped with a four cylinder engine. The Palmer-Singer Manufacturing Company salesrooms were located at at 1620 22 24 Broadway in 1908.

1908 Palmer-Singer Model 6-60 Touring Car
1908 Palmer-Singer Model 6-60 Touring Car

The Skimabout was followed by a 126 inch wheelbase four passenger Touring car equipped with a six cylinder engine. Both automobiles were shaft driven and had four speed transmissions and very popular with the public.

1909 Palmer-Singer Model LXL
1909 Palmer-Singer Model LXL

1909 Palmer-Singer Models included the XXXI Skimabout, with rumble seat, XXXII Surrey of Toy Tonneau, LXI with rumble seat, LXII Toy Tonneau, XL Touring car, XXXIIB Town car, XXXIIC 30 horsepower Limousine and XL.A 40 horsepower Limousine. See a 1909 Palmer-Singer Brochure.

1910 Palmer-Singer Model 6-60
1910 Palmer-Singer Model 6-60

By 1910 the Palmer-Singer Manufacturing Company slogan was "The Best In Motor Cars." 1910 Palmer-Singer included 8 models - Model 4-30 four cylinder 30 horsepower Roadster, Toy Tonneau, Town Car and a Town Car Landaulet. Model 6-40 six cylinder 40 horsepower Toy Tonneau and Gunboat Roadster. Model 4-50 four cylinder 50 horsepower seven passenger Touring car. Model 6-40 six cylinder 60 horsepower 5 to 7 passenger Touring car. These cars were sold much faster than the Palmer & Singer Manufacturing Company could turn them out and customers contracted for them in advance.

1911 Palmer-Singer Touring Car Advertisement
1911 Palmer-Singer Touring Car Advertisement

In 1911 Henry U. Palmer died at the age of 48. The 1911 Palmer-Singer line included 17 different models - Model 6-40 six cylinder 40 horsepower Town Car, Landaulet and a Limousine. Model 4-50 four cylinder 50 horsepower Runabout, Milord Touring, Touring car, Gunboat Roadster, Landaulet and a Limousine. Model 6-60 six cylinder Touring car 7 passenger, Touring car 5 passenger, Runabout, Gunboat Roadster, Landaulet and a Limousine.

1912 Palmer-Singer Model 6-60 Touring Car
1912 Palmer-Singer Model 6-60 Touring Car

After having a great performance in a 24 hour race at Brighton Beach in 1911 the Palmer-Singer Manufacturing Company named one of their 1912 models the Brighton. Others included the model 46 six cylinder 40 horsepower Runabout, Toy Tonneau, 5 passenger Touring car and a 7 passenger Touring car. The Model 6-60 had a larger 6 cylinder 60 horsepower engine they were equipped in a Runabout, 5 passenger Touring car, 7 passenger Touring car, Landaulet and a Limousine.

1913 Palmer-Singer Brighton 6
1913 Palmer-Singer Brighton 6

By 1913 Palmer-Singer Manufacturing Company dropped out of the Landaulet and a Limousine market. 1913 production included the Brighton Six on a 127 inch chassis and equipped with a 38 horsepower six cylinder engine. Two Brighton models - 5 passenger Touring Car and a 2 passenger Runabout. Also produced in 1913 was the six cylinder 60 horsepower Model LXIV in a Runabout and 2 Touring Car.

1913 Palmer-Singer Brighton Six Model L
1914 Palmer-Singer Brighton Six Model L

The newest model for 1914 was the Palmer Singer Brighton Six model "L". It was equipped with a 45 horsepower six cylinder on 127 inch chassis and sold for $2495.00. Other models included the Model K and Magic Six later in 1914. The death of Henry U. Palmer did have some effect on the Palmer-Singer Manufacturing Company. 1913 and 1914 had much fewer models offered than previous years and the company when into receivership in 1914. Likely reason was World War I that began on 28 July 1914 and the material shortage caused by the war.

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