One of the most intriguing and fascinating periods in the history of the American automobile industry are the years just prior to World War I. At that time individuality in the fledgling auto industry was extremely high, as there was literally hundreds of nameplates, a plethora of engine manufacturers, and dozens of available body styles, shapes, and configurations.
A potential buyer in the 1905-1915 era could choose from chain drive, shaft drive, gear drive, and friction drive. Power came from internal combustion engines as well as steam and electric motors. Coachwork from the different car makers had front doors, rear doors, a single center door, a single door at the back of the body, and some coachwork without any doors at all. The expression of ingenuity and diversity of design was clearly obvious if you compared one car to another during that period.