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The Story of Alexander Winton; Automotive Pioneer and Industrialist


by Keith Marvin

The Winton - with its stablemates Autocar, Baker Electric, Columbia, Duryea, Haynes-Apperson, the Stanley Steam Car, and a handful of other automobiles marketed prior to the turn of this century - has never been thoroughly chronicled. This excellent book is the long-awaited story of Alexander Winton and the motor vehicles he built, some 24,190 from 1898 to February 1924. Written by Tom Saal, former editor of The Bulb Horn, and Winton authority B.J. Golias, this account is, in the writer's mind, one of the outstanding "auto biographies" of a given make. It also covers the facts and exploits surrounding Winton's 27 years of manufacturing activity which still survive as part of General Motor's Engine Department.

Famous But Forgotten has everything going for it including accuracy, unusually complete coverage, and an insight to Winton's preautomobile bicycles, racing and hill climbing events, endurance tours, advertising, and more. Suffice it to say with this book, Winton will be far from forgotten - if it really ever was! Besides the usual introduction, dedication, and prologue, the book includes 18 chapters plus nine appendices which document articles of incorporation, patents, Winton Motor Building Permits, year-by-year production figures, the first 51 buyers (in 1898 and mid-1899), race results, and its machine shop machinery inventory. The Winton was one of the nation's top-quality cars with production peaking at 2,100 in 1916. In addition, a small number of other vehicles such as the Police patrol were constructed and are shown in the illustrations.

And although production was limited, the Winton was always regarded throughout its existence as a car of top quality.

Famous But Forgotten is without doubt, I feel, one of this country's finest automotive books. "Gone," perhaps, "But Remembered."