December 9, 1903 – American Automobile and Power Company

In the early days of the automobile car companies were popping up left and right. By the beginning of the twentieth century there were hundreds of automakers pumping out various models all over the world during what is often referred to as the Brass Era. One of them, Sanford, Maine based American Automobile and Power Company, incorporated on this day in 1903. With $500,000 in capital the company pushed three high priced models of their American Populaire in 1904 and 1905, a roadster for $850, a tonneau for $950 and $1000 Cape Cod tourer at a time when Ford was selling the Model S for $700 and many other makes were selling between $250 and $500. Treasurer Henry Long stated, “We could sell one thousand cars in three months if we could make them.” By April 1905 the Maine Alpaca Company moved their operation into the defunct automaker’s factory.

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