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The Wheeler Automobile Mfg. Co.
Marlboro, MA

The American Automobile Wheeler, was the idea of E. O. Wheeler, a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His father O. D. Wheeler, owned a machine shop in Marlboro, MA and between the father and son built a few Wheeler automobiles.

The first Wheeler Runabout was made in 1900. It had a one cylinder air cooled engine and sold for $900.00

The Wheeler Automobile Mfg. Co. quickly sold their first automobile and production of a second car was started in 1901. It also sold quickly and in late 1901 designs were made for the 1902 Wheeler Runabout. Plans were to mass produce the 1902 models.

1902 Wheeler Runabout
$1,200.00 1902 Wheeler Runabout

The 1902 Wheeler featured a one cylinder water cooled DeDion-Bouton engine rated at 4 1/2 to 5 horsepower. Engine specifications included a double flywheel encased in crankcase, automatic intake valve, cam operated exhausted valve, 3 1/2 inch bore x 4 inch stroke and a belt drive water pump. The engine was started by a hand crank.

1902 Wheeler Runabout
1902 Wheeler Runabout

The transmission used in the 1902 Wheeler was a Planetary type with two speeds forward and two speed reverse. The transmission and differential were in the same housing over the rear axle. It was made by Torhensen Gear Inc. New York, NY. The drive shaft connects on the crank shaft then thru to transmission over the rear axle thru universal joints.

1902 Wheeler Runabout
1902 Wheeler Runabout

Additional features of this little known American Automobile included 65 inch wheelbase, 48 inch tread, 28 inch x 3 inch wheels and tires, 2 brakes and weighted 850 pounds. The paint was a wine color, cream strips and black fenders. Had lots of brass trim and nickle plated parts.

Wheeler Automobile Factory
Wheeler Automobile Factory

All known Wheeler automobiles were Runabouts and very few were made due to lack of financial support. Bankers in Boston failed to approve financing plans submitted by The Wheeler Automobile Mfg. Co. The last Wheeler was made in 1902 at the Marlboro, MA factory shown above.

1902 Wheeler
Restored 1902 Wheeler Runabout With Wicker Basket

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