Did you know ... Waukesha and the Automobile      (added July 2011, updated September 2011)

It is well known that the Waukesha Engine Division (WED), formally the Waukesha Motor Company (WMCo), and still "The Motor Works" to old timers, has long been one of the world-leading manufacturers of medium to large industrial, heavy-duty, internal combustion engines. What is not so well known is that the WED was an early pioneer in the use of multi-cylinder internal combustion engine in automobiles.


Some of the early automobiles that were powered by Waukesha Engines were:

Klink Danville, NY circa 1906-7
Silent Sioux/Fawick Flyer Sioux Falls, SD 1908-1912
  Waukesha, WI 1909-1909
Wausau Flyer Wausau, WI 1910-1910
Kendallville Four/Rupp Kendallville, IN 1910-1911
Wright Cumberland, PA 1910-1911
Staver Chicago, IL 1910-1914
Illinois Galesburg, IL 1911-1912
Pratt Elkhardt, IN 1911-1915
Multiplex Berwick, PA 1912-1913
Harris Six Menasha, WI circa 1924
Crosley Cincinnati, Ohio 1939-1942


Staver Auto - 1909


Pratt Auto 1912


There were at least two other automobiles that were powered by Waukesha's. During the years 1906 through 1910, the "Motor Works" famed Harold Levan Horning designed and built two automobiles which of course were powered by Waukesha's. One was a snappy roadster for Ralph Emerson, then, secretary of the Modem Steel and Structure on Lincoln Ave. in Waukesha, where Horning had once worked. The other was a touring automobile for Theodor Axelsen, the owner of a local pattern shop.


Did you notice that I listed Waukesha, WI after the Silent Sioux automobile? You may wonder what's that all about? But that's another story for another time.



June 1999

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