15 Facts About Autocar Company


Autocar Company is an American specialist manufacturer of severe-duty, Class 7 and Class 8 vocational trucks, with its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama.

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In 1953, Autocar was taken over by the White Motor Company, which made Autocar their top-of-the-line brand.

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In 2001, Autocar was acquired by GVW Group, LLC, which revived Autocar as an independent company.

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Autocar Company is the oldest surviving motor vehicle brand in the Western Hemisphere.

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Autocar Company founder Louis Semple Clarke was a successful mechanical engineer.

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Autocar Company experimented with a series of vehicles from 1897, with a tricycle, "Autocar Company No 1", now in the collection of the Smithsonian.

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In 1899 Autocar Company built the first motor truck ever produced for sale in North America.

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The first production Autocar Company automobile was a 1900 single cylinder chain drive runabout.

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In 1901 Autocar Company built the first car in North America to use shaft drive.

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In 1929, Autocar Company sold 3300 units, though the number fell to 1000 in 1932 and continued to decline during the Great Depression.

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Autocar Company ranked 85th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts.

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Boom after the war ended quickly, however; and in 1953, Autocar sold out to the White Motor Company, which made Autocar their top-of-the-line brand among their "Big Four" brand portfolio.

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The Autocar Company ACX is second nationally in several segments, including concrete pump trucks and refuse trucks.

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The Autocar Company ACTT is a leading model of terminal tractor.

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Autocar Company has offered the Xpert with dual-steering system for garbage truck service.

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