International Harvester (IHC) has a history that dates back to 1899 when they built an experimental motor buggy in Chicago, IL. The company would take nearly a decade before they introduced their first motor vehicle to the public. The company finally did offer a product to the masses, the year was 1907 and the vehicle was basically a buggy with a motor. After establishing a business and building over 100 vehicles, the operation was moved to Akron, Ohio.
The International was powered by an opposed two-cylinder, four-stroke engine that around 15 horsepower. The wheels were large, wooden artillery style wheels commonly seen on 'highwheelers.'
This particular car was sold to a customer in Belgium. In the early 1980s, it was discovered in Brussels, Belgium and brought back to the United States where it was given a complete restoration. The work was done by volunteers, retired I.H.C. employees, member of the 'IHC Alumni Club' and the 'Harvester Engineering Retirees Organization.'
This is an example of the IH Autowagon as it was revised in 1910 to include a conventional appearing hood in the front. The filler cap sticking up through the hood is the fuel filler, as the air-cooled engine is mounted under the body and no radiator is needed.
In 1912, revised Models AA and MA (air cooled) and AW and MW (water cooled) appeared with the W models having a real radiator in the front of the hood. Wheel size was decreased to 38-inches from the previous 40 and 44-inch wheels while the wheelbase increased to 90-inch and a longer cargo box was fitted.