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The Washington Motor Co.
Eaton, Ohio & Middletown, Ohio

The Washington Motor Company was chartered in Easton, Ohio. They built an American Automobile called the Washington from 1921 to 1924. Albert Christman was president, Edward C. Wysong vice-president and Otto M. Shipley was Treasurer.

The first test cars were produced in December of 1920.

The Washington was a massive assembled Touring Car introduced on February 22, 1921, George Washington's birthday. This company claimed the Washington was so good it would be held in the same high esteem in the automobile field as George Washington did in national affairs.

1921 Washington Touring Car
1921 Washington Touring Car

The first Washington automobiles was equipped with a Continental 7-R six cylinder engine that had a 114 inch wheelbase. During 1922 the Washington was equipped with Continental Red Seal 8-R six cylinder engine. Four different body styles were made - A 5 passenger Phaeton costing $1785.00, a 5 passenger Sport Model costing $1885.00, a 5 passenger Sedan costing $2385.00 and a 5 passenger California Top Model costing $1985.00. The California Top made the Washington into a simi-open or a closed car.

The Sport Model features included a nickel radiator, bumper and lamps. Plus either wire wheels or aluminum disc wheels. The exterior color was either blue or gray paint with hand buffered leather seats to match. Touring cars were painted dark blue, light green, gray or maroon with black radiator, fenders and chassis.

1922 Washington Touring Car
1922 Washington Touring Car

By early 1922 The Washington Motor Co. was in financial troubles due to the size of the plant and lack of skilled labor in Eaton, Ohio. By the beginning of 1923 the company was in deep financial troubles and it was decided to move to Middletown, Ohio where it could get additional capital, more desirable labor conditions and build a larger factory. By 1924 all equipment had been moved to Middleton and production of 10 cars per day was expected.

1921 Washington Steam Car
1924 Washington Steam Car

The factory at Eaton was used for the development of a Washington Steam Car. The steam engine was designed by Arnold Larsen. It had a four cylinder single action engine with a 20 gallon boiler and by September, 1924 the company had placed a steam car on the market. By the end of 1924 The Washington Motor Co. had exhausted funds on the new building and in the development of the steam car. Since no additional capital was available The Washington Motor Co. filed for bankruptcy. Only about 300 Washington automobiles were built.

Washington Factory
Washington Factory - Eaton Ohio

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