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The Alden Sampson Mfg. Co.
Pittsfield, MA

The Sampson was an American Automobile built by Alden Sampson owner of The Alden Sampson Mfg. Co. of Pittsfield, MA for only one year. The Alden Sampson Mfg. Co. was a division of The United States Motor Co. located in Detroit, MI.

The United States Motor Co. also owned the companies that built the Stoddard-Dayton, Columbia, Maxwell and the Brush.

1912 Sampson 35 Touring Car
1912 Sampson 35 Touring Car

The Alden Sampson Mfg. Co. specialized and concentrated upon one model. It was a four door five passenger Touring Car with a 114 inch wheelbase. 32 inch x 3 1/2 inch front wheels and 34 inch x 3 1/2 inch wheels and tires. The 1912 Sampson had a silent motor, strong transmission and a full floating rear axle. There was plenty of room to stretch your legs in the Sampson Thirty five generous leg room in the front and in the tonneau.

1912 Sampson Four DoorPHOTO
1912 Sampson Four Door

The 1912 Sampson quality is evident in the little things - such as the quality of upholstery, roll upholstery, padded with a fine grade of hair, seventeen coats of paint on the body, sturdy gas and oil lamps, locks on the doors and a solid mahogany dash. Body colors were Sampson blue and French gray running gear. Price of the 1912 Sampson Thirty-five was $1,250.00 to $1,325.00

1912 Sampson 35 horsepower Engine
1912 Sampson 35 horsepower Engine

The 1912 Sampson 35 shown above was a five passenger Touring Car that was equipped with a water cooled four cylinder engine that developed 30-35 horsepower. The Sampson four cylinder was powerful, strong, simple, accessible and silent. It embodies both the value of the runabout and a large touring car. The Sampson had four vertical water jacketed cylinders cast in bloc. The water jackets on these cylinders are cast in one piece. Also the intake and exhaust manifold.

1912 Sampson Chassis
1912 Sampson Chassis

There are two essential features about the 1912 Sampson transmission. One is its strength and the other is quietness. Particular attention in the Sampson Thirty-five was given to the size of the gears and the quality of metal. The change speed gears are all case hardened and have ample width of face. All gear noises are practically eliminated. The type of transmission is, of course, the selective sliding gear, three forward speeds and reverse. All shifts are made by one lever. From four to fifty-five miles an hour may be attained on third speed. Final drive was by shaft and full floating rear axle.

1912 Sampson Showing Right Hand Drive
1912 Sampson Showing Right Hand Drive

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