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The Jaxon was an American Steam Car built by The Jackson Automobile Co. in Jackson, Michigan in 1903. 1903 was the only year for this Steam Car and the Jaxon gasoline automobile simultaneously built that same year. Price $975.00.

After one year of production the Jaxon Steam Car lacked sales and production was stopped. However, Jaxon gas automobile continued as the Jackson.

Jaxon features included a 72 inch wheelbase and a standard track, side lever steering, double acting brakes, the axles were made of steel tubing, 30 inch x 3 inch artillery wheels, Dunlap tires, 35 gallons of water for the boiler and 10 gallons of gasoline.

1903 Jaxon Steam Car
1903 Jaxon Steam Car

In the Jaxon Steam Car advertisement above claims made included - "Steam Is Reliable and Easily Understood" and "Our Steam Cars are strong, simple and ride like a Pullman". The Jaxon body had a solid panel seat and a collapsible front seat shown below. It was considered by The Jackson Automobile Co. as a Surry Type for four passengers.

1903 Jaxon Four Passenger Steam Car
1903 Jaxon Four Passenger Steam Car

The Jaxon Steam engine possessed some novel features for 1903 and was designed by B. J. Carter, one of the founders. The fire tube boiler was 19 inches in diameter and had 525 copper tubes 14 1/2 inch long. The burner was provide with a pilot light and generator which started the fire very quickly.

1903 Jaxon Steam Car
1903 Jackson Automobile Co. Jackson, MI

1903 Jaxon Steam Engine
1903 Jaxon Steam Engine

The 6 horsepower steam engine illustrated above was entirely enclosed and had three cylinders of the single acting type, doing away with all stuffing boxes, packed joints and many small parts usually found in the common steam engine.

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