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Wahl

Detroit, Michigan. USA.
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In 1914, Wahl Motor Company announced in their advertising the goal of producing 5,000 cars in the hopes of getting dealers to secure their territories for 3 years. They were located at 3093 East Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan, and the company only lasted from 1913 to 1914.

whal logo

Wahl logo.

Their 5-passenger Touring car sold for $790, and their 2-passenger Roadster sold for $750.

The Wahl cars are sold completely equipped, including the following equipment:
Mohair Top, Top Envelope and Special Enclosing Curtains, Windshield, Speedometer. Dash Carburetor Adjustment, Prest-O-Lite Tank, Black Enamel and Nickel Gas Head lights. Oil Side and Tall Lamps, Quick Detachable Rims. Horn, Tire Repair Outfit, Tool Kit, Pump and Jack.

July 1913 Motor Age article.
Wahl Car Selling for $790 Has V-Shaped Radiator.
The Wahl Motor Company of Detroit, is offering to the public a new car in two designs—a two-passenger roadster and a five-passenger touring car. The power plant follows the very general practice of placing the motor, clutch and transmission in a unit. The four cylinders are cast in pairs and have a bore of 3.25 inches. A stroke of 5.5 inches gives the motor an honest claim to belonging to the longstroke class, since the stroke-bore ratio is 1.692.

The maker does not quote a horsepower rating because it claims that these ratings have been so often mistated that they have lost their value. Applying the S.A.E. formula, which is being used in a number of states as a basis of taxation, it comes to 16.92 horsepower. Considering the piston displacement of 182.5 cubic inches in the light of recent investigations of long-stroke motors it is safe to assume that this engine will develop about 19 horsepower at 1,000 feet per minute piston travel, and about 24 horsepower at 1,400 revolutions per minute.

The three-bearing crankshaft and other moving motor parts are lubricated by a splash system in which the oil level is kept constant by a pump. The clutch is of the multiple-disk type with plates 9 inches in diameter and covered with raybestos. The driver's left foot operates the lever for disengaging the clutch and the service brake pedal is to the right. The gears for the three speeds forward and the reverse are shifted by a cane-handled lever in the center of the car. Next to this lever is a second one for applying the emergency brakes. This center control with the steering gear placed on the right-hand side, gives very easy access to the driver's seat from either side of the car. The throttle lever is placed above the 17-inch steering wheel and is interconnected with an accelerator placed between the other two pedals. A dash lever for controlling the air valve on the model H Holley carbureter completes the control elements, since, for the sake of simplicity of operation, the Bosch high tension magneto is given a fixed timing.

Thermo-syphon circulation sends the cooling water through a V-shaped radiator. The radiator, and all the other bright metal parts on the car, are nickel-plated. It will be noted from the illustrations that the 108-inch wheelbase allows for a body of sufficient length to give plenty of legroom in both compartments, and further, that all the doors are full size and do not have the corners cut off in order to clear the fenders. A double drop is made in the frame to allow for easy entrance to the body and to keep the center of gravity low "when the car is loaded. The side rails of the frame are also swept in at the front in order to give a small turning radius.

Hyatt bearings are incorporated in a Salisbury semi-floating rear axle. Both the service and emergency brakes act on 12-inch drums. Between the frame and axles are semi-elliptic springs in the front, and elliptic springs in the rear. To the 32-inch wood artillery wheels are fitted 3.5-inch tires on quick-detachable rims.

The standard equipment on this car includes a mohair top, top envelope, Prest-olite tank, gas headlights, oil side and tail lamps, a speedometer, and a windshield of special design. Besides these there are the horn, repair kits and other necessities, for the care and operation of the car.

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1914 Wahl Cars ad.

wahl cars ad 14

1914 Wahl Motor Company ad.

 
 
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