Backus Water Motor Company
Automotive manufacturer Newark , New Jersey USA from 1903 to 1904
Backus Water Motor Company was an American manufacturer of engines and automobiles .The brand name was Backus .
Rodman and Oscar J. Backus founded the company in the early 1870s. The seat was in Newark , New Jersey . They made engines from the 1880s. In February 1903, a vehicle was first at an exhibition in New York City presented. 1904 ended the car production. It is not known when the company was dissolved.
The only surviving model was a runabout . A single-cylinder engine with 10 hp power drove the vehicle. It was steered with a steering lever. The vehicle could be started from the seat. The original price was 1100 US dollars . For comparison, the Ford Model A with a two-cylinder engine cost only 850 dollars. One source says that the price was far too high and therefore failed to succeed.