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1907 Dragon Raceabout

1907 Dragon Raceabout Raceabout
Only produced between 1906 and 1908, it is believed only 250 cars were manufactured. The Dragon Automobile Company hired Leo Melanowski, who had apprenticed with the Otto Gas Engine Company in Vienna, to design its automobile. Leo also worked for Panhard-Levassor and Clement-Bayard in France and Waltham in the United States and was manufacturing foreman for Winton. Dragon also enlisted the services of famed racing driver Joe Tracy as an engineering consultant and test driver.

This Raceabout has been in the ownership of its current family since the 1950s. It is one of two surviving examples of the marque and is the only one remaining constructed with all its original components.

Leo Melanowski was hired by the Dragon Automobile Company to serve as their engineering and designer. Melanowski had an extensive resume working at many other reputable marques, and was an excellent individual to aid in the production of a new automobile. The result of this union was a four-cylinder motorcar that was fitted with a sliding gear transmission and featured shaft drive. Pricing was in the neighborhood of $2,000. A short time later, Melanowski left to help design the Aerocar from Detroit.

The Dragon Automobile Company was formed in the summer of 1960 and would remain in production for a short time, lasting until 1908. There were teething problems, build issues, and an inability to provide the needed support required by demanding customers. After around 250 vehicles were manufactured, the company ceased production. The Dragon plant and its assets were offered at public auction in early April of 1908. All assets were purchased by Gorson Auto Exchange of Philadelphia.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2011

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