Early Automobile Production

Here we can see an example of automobile station assembly from about 1900 in the Autocar Company of Ardmore, PA. Each car chassis is supported by wooden saw horses, and a crew assembles an entire car before moving on to another. Note that the building is made of wood.

Below is an example of station assembly in the Chalmers Motors plant in Detroit about 1910. The cars are more complex, and the factory is bigger and made of concrete and steel, but the assembly methods are the same as those used ten years earlier.

Images: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. 1) P. and 2) P.O.17344

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