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Pittsburgh Six
The Fort Pitt Motor Mfg. Co.
New Kensington, PA

The Pittsburgh Six was an American Automobile designed by German emigrate and automobile engineer B G. von Rottweiler who settled in New Kensington, PA in 1905.

Rottweiler dream was to build a great race car. In New Kensington he persuaded machine shop owners J. A. Sturtevant and William E. Ward to help him build a powerful six cylinder engine.

The results was a six cylinder engine that had a bore of 7 inches and a stroke of 9 inches. The engine was 6 feet long and was rated at 200 horsepower. The high speed racer was never built. Instead the 60 horsepower Pittsburgh Six was built with the financial help from H. M. Schmitt. Occasional automobile trade journals references to the contrary, the car was never marketed as a Fort Pitt.

In 1907 The Fort Pitt Motor Mfg. Co. was organized by president B G. von Rottweiler. Sturtevant was vice president, Ward was secretary and Arthur J. Paige was general manager. Model B and C Touring Cars and a Model D Runabout Roadster (shown below) was produced. The company was expected to build 200 cars during the first year. Priced at over 3,000.00 the Pittsburgh Six was incredibly expensive to build.

1909 Pittsburgh
1909 Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Six was equipped with a water cooled six cylinder engine that developed 60 horsepower. The bore was 4 3/4 inches and stroke was 5 1/4 inches. A Warner three speed transmisssion, Hele-Shaw clutch and A. O. Smith rear axle was used. The engine was made in New Kensington, PA. The frame and aluminum bodies were made in Detroit.

On December 1, 1909 the Fort Pitt Motor Manufacturing Co. was reorganized into the General Engineering Company of Pittsburgh. Then on April 1, 1910 this company was reorganized into the Pittsburgh Motor Car Company and moved to Braddock, PA. Pittsburgh Six production ceased in 1911.

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