Veteran/Antique/Brass and Edwardian Era
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   1884 - 1900
  1901 - 1904
   1905 - 1908
   1909 - 1912
   1913 - 1916

1901 Crestmobile Motor Carriage1901 Haynes-Apperson Model A
1901 Locomobile Steam Car1901 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout
1901 Oldsmobile Surrey1901 Packard Model C
1901 Toledo Model A
1902 Cadillac Runabout
1902 Covert Runabout1902 Ford 999
1902 Ford Model A1902 Neustadt Surrey
1902 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout1902 Packard Model F
1902 Rambler Model C1902 Studebaker Runabout
1902 Thomas Model 171902 Toledo Model A
1902 Winton Bullet No. 1
1903 Cadillac Model A
1903 Ford Model A Two1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash
1903 Oldsmobile Pirate Race Car1903 Packard Model F
1903 Packard Model K-S Gray Wolf1903 Pierce Arrow 15HP
1903 Pierce Arrow Motorette1903 Pierce Arrow Stanhope
1903 Pope-Hartford Model A1903 Rambler Model D
1903 Thomas Rear Entrance1903 Toledo 12 Horsepower
1903 Waverley Model 20a1903 Winton Bullet No. 2
1903 Winton Roadster
1904 Auburn Model A
1904 Buick Model B1904 Cadillac Model B
1904 Cadillac Model F1904 Ford Model A/C
1904 Ford Model B Four1904 National Model C
1904 Oldsmobile Light Tonneau1904 Oldsmobile Model 6C
1904 Oldsmobile Model N1904 Oldsmobile Model R
1904 Packard Model L1904 Pierce Arrow 15 HP Motorcar
1904 Pierce Arrow Stanhope1904 Pope-Hartford Model B
1904 Pope-Toledo Type IV1904 Pope-Toledo Type V
1904 Rambler Model H1904 Rambler Model L
1904 Royal Model O1904 Searchmont Touring
1904 Studebaker Model C

Named after the eye-catching and widespread use of brass fittings utilized during this time for such accoutrements as radiators, brass head lamps, bulb horns, windshield frames, lights, the automotive Brass Era and the Edwardian car era were from 1910 until the 1930’s, (though the Brass Era does extend from the original commercial vehicles in the 1890s up until WWI). ‘Horseless carriage’ was another term for the 'Brass Era automobile'.

Cars and trucks built between 1890 and 1918 fell in the gap known as the Brass Car Era. This marked the start of automotive history when steam engines displayed fancy brass fittings and brass lanterns were an addition to the new ‘horseless carriage’. At the time, brass cars were generally built with carriage wood and forged steel and were fitted with steam engines or electric motors. The sale of the first commercial vehicles in the 1890’s heralded the Brass Car Era and lasted until the early 1900’s when mass production and gasoline engines started the Antique Car Era.

In the U.K. the Brass/Edwardian era is divided into two periods, pre-1905 the vehicles were dubbed veteran cars, while from 1905 through 1918 the vehicles were dubbed Edwardian cars. In the U.K. the Edwardian period was from 1901 through 1910 during the reign of King Edward VII. An example of a Brass Era car for the mass market was the early Ford Model T produced from 1908 through 1927. The Model T was the most widely produced and available vehicle of the era and utilized a planetary transmission and had a pedal-based control system. Other popular Brass Era cars were the 1910 Mercer Raceabout, which was regarded as one of the original sports cars, and the 1910 Bugatti Type 13, which was a notable racing and touring model with very advanced engineering and design.

1905 was a pretty significant year in the automobile industry as it marked the point when the majority of sales shifted from just the aficionado or enthusiast to the average user. During the fifteen years that encompass the Brass or Edwardian years, a variety of developmental designs and alternate power systems that could be utilized. It wasn’t until Panhard et Levassor's Système Panhard was licensed and adopted, though the modern touring car had been invented earlier, that the standardized automobiles were created. This front-engined system featured rear-wheel drive internal combustion vehicles with a sliding gear transmission.

At this time in automobile history, traditional coach-style vehicles were neglected and replaced with tonneaus and other less-expensive touring bodies. A huge number of small manufacturers were all competing during this era to gain the world’s attention. In 1903 Robert Bosch introduced electric ignition, the Arrol-Johnston Company of Scotland introduced four-wheel brakes in 1909. Other key developments included independent suspension, transmissions and throttle controls and much more. A variety of cruising speeds were available, though vehicles generally still had modest speed settings instead of infinitely variable system familiar in cars of later eras. The high-wheel motor buggy was in use from 1907 through 1912 and it resembled the horse buggy of pre-1900.

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