Automobile [Liberty-Brush Runabout]

Maker and role
Brush Runabout Company, Manufacturer
Alanson Brush, Maker
Production date
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1912 Liberty-Brush runabout automobile. One-cylinder, 6 HP, vertical engine, 25 mpg at 25 mph, two seat, 2-speed, chain-drive transmission, wooden chassis and axle, 4 wheel coil suspension, standard pneumatic tyres. Top speed: 56 kph (35 mph). Yellow coloured with black interior, red undercarriage and yellow/red wheels, Black mud guards and brass lights, frames. Wooden steering wheel and material cover roof.
The Liberty-Brush (named after designer, Alanson P. Brush) is an example of a the cheap, lightweight buggy-type cars produced in the USA during the first decade of the 20th century
Brief History
This type of car represents the transition from the very first motorised cars, also known as ‘horseless carriages’, to mass produced vehicles. The Liberty-Brush was imported from the United States of America during the 1970s.

Named after its designer, Alanson P. Brush, who designed it as a cheap, lightweight car. Constructed from wood, the vehicle quickly became outdated by their metal-bodied contemporaries. The limited production run of these vehicles was between 1907 and 1913. The Liberty-Brush is a simplified version of the Brush Runabout, and cost US$350. The motor runs anti-clockwise and must be cranked in the opposite direction to all other cars.

Type: Open top tourer
Model: Liberty-Brush Runabout
Manufacturer: Brush Runabout Company
Country manufactured: United States
Date: 1912
Engine type: Petrol, 1-cylinder
Horse power: 6 HP
Gearbox: 2 forward speeds, 1 reverse
BRUSH Maker's Plate
Credit Line
Brush Runabout Company et al. 1912. Automobile [Liberty-Brush Runabout], 1978.748. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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