The Tourist was the best-known West Coast make of the era. These cars used 2 and 4 cylinder water-cooled engines, and were mainly five-seater touring models. The smaller engines had a sliding gear friction transmission wîth the 4 cylinder engine and was priced at $1,700.
The Auto Vehicle Company which built the Tourist was founded by William H. Burnham of Orange County, Carrol S. Hartman of Pasadena, and Willis D. Longyear of Ocean Park. They first designed a single-cylinder car in 1902 and twelve cars were built that year.
By 1905 the Auto Vehicle Company had moved into a larger building and trucks were also being manufactured by the company. The company was soon bought out by the California Automobile Company who produced the Tourist cars until 1910 after which they decided to design electric cars. The Tourist model was discontinued.
Collection of Gil KlecanSource - SDAM