Yesteryears Automobiles: 1915


The Year That Was 1915

Michael Schlee


With the American Auto Industry in a crisis like it has never faced before, I thought we could take a look back at the past 100 years of American Vehicles to see the highlights (and lowlights) of an industry on the edge of collapse.

Model T

Model T

This is a new feature that will become a regular segment for this blog.



Key Developments 1915:
• Cadillac’s new V8 makes a healthy 70HP.
• A roof and windshield can now be had on Oldsmobile’s at no extra cost.
• Over 500 000 Ford vehicles are produced this year.
• World War I has limited the access to building supplies.


Top 5 New Models:
• Dodge Touring Car– 35HP inline 4 cylinder
• Gray Dort
• Milburn Light Electric – Electric car that could be plugged in. Featured 2HP electric motor.
• Monroe M-2 Roadster
• Yellow Cab Taxi Cab – Dedicated ‘Taxi Cab’ maker is born.


Top 5 ‘Hottest’ Models:
• Buick C-37 – featured a 37HP inline 4 cylinder, owned by richer folks at the time.
• Cadillac Model 51 – featured the new 70HP V8 engine.
• Chevrolet Royal Mail – a more affordable ‘sporty’ ride of its time
• Ford Model T – slight revisions kept this car popular in 1915.
• Oldsmobile 42 – featured a 3.2L 30HP inline 4 cylinder.


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