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The Carter Motor Car Corporation
Office - Washington, DC
Factory - Hyattsville, Maryland

Brothers, A. Gary Carter, president of the corporation and Frank L. Carter, its treasurer formed The Carter Motor Car Corporation in 1907 to produce the Carter Twin Engine automobile (1907-1908) and the Washington automobile (1909-1911).

The Washington was an American Automobile that had up to five body styles.

1909 Washington Roadster
1909 Washington Roadster Advertisement

The first Washington automobile shown above was built at a factory in Hyattsville, Maryland near Washington, DC. It's office and sales room was in Washington, DC. Advertising claims included "Compare this car with all others from the highest to the lowest price".

Advertised as a $1,250.00 Roadster above, the Washington was equipped with a four cylinder water cooled engine that developed 30 horsepower. The transmission used was a selective type with three speeds forward and shaft drive. Artillery type wheels and wire wheels were 34 x 3 1/2 inches. Wheelbase was 106 inches and a standard tread of 56 inches.

1910 Washington Touring Car
1910 Washington Touring Car Advertisement

Often early American Automobiles entered road races to test their cars and it was great advertising if winners. In the above 1910 advertisement the Washington automobile claimed two victories. The first was a run to Richmond, VA and in that race three Washington automobiles obtained perfect scores. The second was the 1910 Munsey Historic Tour, a grueling 12 day run of 1,500 miles and two Washington cars finished with perfect road scores.

1911 Washington Touring Car
1911 Washington

Following the fall of 1910 the business was enlarged from a selling viewpoint, but never attained large proportions. The Carter Motor Car Corporation never was affiliated with any of the automobile organizations of national scope. The line was exhibited at an independent show in 1911. However, in 1912 The Carter Motor Car Corporation was hopelessly insolvent and had to face bankruptcy proceedings. Wilton J. Lambert and A. Gary Carter were appointed receivers of the Carter Motor Car Corporation.

1912 Washington Touring Car Letter Head
1912 Washington Touring Car Letter Head

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