Oakman Motor Vehicle Company (Hertel)
Oakman Motor Vehicle Company was an American manufacturer of automobiles from the late part of the 19th century .
Max Hertel was an engineer. He intended to participate in 1895 with a self-developed vehicle at the Chicago Times-Herald Contest . At the start damage occurred, which prevented the participation. He then founded the company in Greenfield , Massachusetts . Production of automobiles began in 1899. The brand name was Hertel . The sales figures remained low. Financial problems occurred. On November 8, 1900,so the company was closed.
The vehicle from 1895 was the smallest with a gasoline engine and a self-produced two-cylinder engine with 2 HP power drove the rear axle. The two front wheels were led into bicycle type forks . The bodywork of the open runabout accommodated two people. The empty weight was about 475 lbs.