1912 American Underslung Scout 22

1912 American Underslung Scout 22 1912 American Underslung Scout 22 1912 American Underslung Scout 22
Roadster
Chassis #: X266
Engine #: X278
From 1906 to 1914, the American Car Company of Indianapolis produced sporting cars intended 'for the discriminating few.' Harry Stutz designed the Underslung Roadster with this unorthodox chassis layout, with axles above the frame mounted with massive wheels to provide the necessary ground clearance. Despite the tall wheels, chassis was one of the lowest in the industry. Unfortunately the cars were expensive to build and, after producing an amazing 45,000 cars over eight years, American was out of the business by 1914.

The American Motor Car Company did not call its car the 'Underslung' until 1912. Harry C. Stutz designed the car, but Fred I. Tone place the frame below the axles to put it as low to the ground as possible causing it to need 40 inch wheels, which meant it had very few rollovers.

From 1906 to 1914, the American Car Company of Indianapolis produced sporting cars intended 'for the discriminating few.' Harry Stutz designed the Underslung Roadster with this unorthodox chassis layout, with axles above the frame mounted with massive wheels to provide the necessary ground clearance. Despite the tall wheels, chassis was one of the lowest in the industry. Unfortunately the cars were expensive to build and, after producing an amazing 45,000 cars over eight years, American was out of the business by 1914.

The product of the American Motors Company of Indianapolis (1906-1914) is most familiarly known today by the designation 'underslung', the resulting effect produced by the frame being hung below the axles. 'A car for the discriminating few' that would not 'Turn Turtle' like the average car, few were made and only a relative handful remain.

Related Reading : American Underslung History

The American Motor Car Company was founded in 1906 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana. It produced its first car in 1906 and the first Underslung in 1907. However, the name Underslung was not derived until 1912.The underslung design was an attempt to make the car as low as possible. Harry C. Stutz, an engineer who would later produce cars under his own name, is credited with creating the....
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1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)
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1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)
1909Ford (17,771)Buick (14,606)Maxwell (9,460)
1908Ford (10,202)Buick (8,820)Studebaker (8,132)
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