The Biddle Motor Car Company manufactured luxury automobiles in Philadelphia from 195 to 1922. Advertisements stated proudly that Biddles were assembled from the best parts produced by others, including top-of-the-range Duesenberg motors. Biddle motorcars were styled in the European tradition and were very distinctive with v-shaped radiators resembling those of early Mercedes. Some models, like this Type H Town Car, even featured British-built Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels.
The Philadelphia, PA based Biddle Company was in the automotive business from 1915 through 1922. The name 'Biddle' came from a prominent Philadelphia based family. The company's president was Mc. I. Maris and the designer was Charles Fry. The cars they produced were well built and of high-quality. Power was from a Buda engine, the rear axle from Salisbury, worm and gear steering from Warner, Rudge-Whitworth provided the wire wheels, and the electrics were sourced from Westinghouse. Engine options included a 226.4 cubic-inch or a 350.5 cubic-inch unit.
In the front of the Biddle cars were a vee-style radiator reminiscent of the Mercedes 28-95 models. The coachwork for most of the bodies was performed by Fleetwood of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2012