John William Lambert


John William Lambert

John William Lambert (Ohio City, Ohio) was an American automotive pioneer, inventor, and automobile manufacturer. He built the first gasoline powered automobile in the United States in 1890 or 1891. [cite web
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Lambert built a three-wheeled, gasoline-powered automobile with a single cylinder, four-stroke engine. This, the Buckeye Gasoline Buggy, was a one-seat tricycle with large rear wheels, belt drive, and a high surrey top. [Clymer, Floyd. "Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925" (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.6.] Some historiansFact|date=March 2008 cite this as the first automobile in the United States; most agree it was built by the Duryea Brothers. After several more prototypes, Lambert began to manufacture automobiles under the Union name. This was a tiller-steered four wheeler. In 1905, Lambert formed the Lambert Automobile Company and began producing automobiles in his Anderson, Indiana factory.

Notes

ee also

* Duryea Motor Wagon Company
* [http://www.andersonlibrary.net/indianaroom/history/autohistory.shtml Anderson Autombile History]

References

*David Burgess Wise, "The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles" ISBN 0-7858-1106-0


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