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The Jackson Automobile Co.
Jackson, Michigan

One of the first American Automobile manufacturer's in Jackson, Michigan was The Jackson Automobile Company formed by Charles Lewis, Byron J. Carter and George A. Matthews.

Charles Lewis was the first president and after a couple of years left The Jackson Automobile Co. to form The Lewis Spring and Axle Co. and build the Hollier B. J. Carter was the first Vice-President and left The Jackson Automobile Co. in 1906 to produce the Cartercar in Pontiac, MI.

George Adelman Matthews was the first Treasurer of The Jackson Automobile Co. and by 1906 owned all the stock in this company. The Jackson Automobile Co. remained in the Matthews family until it folded in 1923. The first car produced by this company had a steam engine and was called the Jaxon Steam Car. 1903 was the only year for this Steam Car and the Jaxon gasoline automobile simultaneously built that same year. In 1904 the name was changed to Jackson.

1905 Jackson Model C Touring Car
1905 Jackson Model C Touring Car

The 1903 Steam Car was a Model A and the gasoline car was the Model B. In 1904 the Jackson introduced the Model C shown in the 1905 Jackson advertisement above. The five passenger Model C was equipped with a two cylinders engine rated at 18 horsepower. It had a 96 inch wheelbase and was capable of speed up to 40 MPH and was priced at $1,250.00.  In 1905, production of The Jackson Automobile Co. was increased. These American Automobiles were shipped to all parts of the United States and to many foreign countries.

1906 Jackson Model G Seven Passenger Touring Car
1906 Jackson Model G Seven Passenger Touring Car

In 1906 The Jackson Automobile Co. produced three different automobiles. The popular four passenger Model C Touring Car and offered two new models. One was the larger Model G seven passenger Touring Car equipped with a four cylinders engines and a three speed sliding gear transmission with reverse. The Model G was priced at $2,500.00. The other 1906 Jackson was a five passenger Model D with a larger two cylinder engine than the Model C. This Jackson was priced at $1,500.00.

1908 Jackson Touring Cars
1908 Jackson
1909 Jackson Roadsters
1909 Jackson
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1908 Jackson's included a Model C with a two cylinder 24 horsepower engine priced at $1,250.00, a $1,500.00 Model D with a 24 horsepower two cylinder engine, a $850.00 Model F with a small two cylinder 18 horsepower engine and a 111 inch wheelbase Model E with a four cylinder 35 horsepower engine priced at $2,000.00. In 1906 the line up was changed, added was a $1,600.00 Model H Roadster equipped with a four cylinder engine and a Model K Touring Car with a two cylinder engine priced at $950.00. Droped in 1906 was the Model D.

1911 Jackson Touring Car
1911 Jackson
1911 Jackson Roadsters
1911 Jackson
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Ten different Jackson models were produced in 1911 included a $1,100.00 Model 25 roadster, $1,250.00 Model 35 Roadster, a $1,250.00 Model 35 Touring Car, $1,250.00 Model 35 Convertible Torpedo Touring Car, $1,650.00 Model 38 Torpedo Touring Car, $1,700.00 Model 41 Tourabout, $1,700.00 Model 41 Touring Car, $1,700.00 Model 41 Convertible Torpedo, $2,200.00 Model 51 Tourabout and a $2,200.00 Model 51 Touring Car. The wheelbase of these car range from 105 inches to 120 inches and 32 and 34 inch wheels and tires.

1920s Jackson American Automobile
1914 Jackson Olympic
1920s Jackson American Automobile
1914 Jackson Majestic
1920s Jackson American Automobile
1914 Jackson Imperial

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The Jackson Olympic, Jackson Majestic and Jackson Imperial shown above were three models built in 1914 by The Jackson Automobile Co. Features of the five passenger Olympic Forty automobile included a four cylinder 27.2 horsepower engine, three speed transmission, 115 inch wheelbase, 34 x4 inch wheels and tires priced at $1385.00. Features of the five passenger Jackson Majestic automobile included a four cylinder 32.4 horsepower engine, three speed transmission, 124 inch wheelbase, 36 inch wheels and tires priced at $1,885.00. The largest and most expensive of the three 1914 Jackson cars was the Jackson Imperial 40. Features included a six cylinder 40.9 horsepower engine, three speed transmission, 137 inch wheelbase, 36 inch x 4 1/4 inch wheels and tires priced at $2500.00.

1915 Jackson American Automobile
1915 Jackson
1917 Jackson Automobile
1917 Jackson
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Jackson Automobile Company advertising over the years included claims made like "No Hill To Steep - No Sand To Deep" as shown in the above 1915 and 1917 Jackson magazine advertisement. 1917 Jackson models included a five passenger Touring Car, two passenger Roadster, four passenger Cruiser, five passenge Sedan and seven passenger Springfield Sedan.

1920s Jackson American Automobile
1920s Jackson Automobile

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