Firestone Columbus (Columbus Buggy Company)
The Firestone-Columbus replaced the Columbus Highwheeler in 1909 and complemented the Columbus Electric by (Columbus Buggy Company). It was designed more modern and built lower than the highwheeler of the predecessor brand Columbus. They had four-cylinder engines , some models from 1913 and six-cylinder engines . The manufacturer emphasized that improvements were introduced on an ongoing basis and therefore decided not to make any annual model changes.
Firestone then founded the Columbus Electric Vehicle Company in August 1913 along with Treasurer OH Perry . They planned the production of passenger cars and commercial vehicles . There were rumors that he wanted to take over the old company. The plans failed. Firestone died on February 22, 1914.
Instead, in May 1914, a group of Buffalo businessmen headed by Charles A. Finnegan of the ER Thomas Motor Car Company took over the company. The new company name was New Columbus Buggy Company . Lattimer soon lost his post. Likewise, many employees had to leave the company. There were only a few vehicles crafted by hand. There were also carriages, automobiles with electric motor and those with gasoline engine. In May 1915, the plant was sold and the company dissolved.
1909 appeared the model 5001 as first execution. Its four-cylinder engine made 35 hp. The wheelbase was 279 cm. The construction was a baby tonneau . This resulted in about 500 vehicles.
1910 supplemented with the Series 7 a smaller model series the range. The four-cylinder engine was specified with 24/25 hp. The wheelbase measured 254 cm in almost all versions. Mentioned are Model 7-A as Runabout, Model 70-A without known body shape, Model 72-A as coupe and Model 75-A also as Runabout. The Model 73-A as a lightweight touring car had 262 cm wheelbase. The Series 6 can be considered as a successor to the previous year's model. The engine power was increased to 36 hp and the wheelbase was extended to 297 cm. Known are Model 6-B as Family CarThis touring car is named Model 62-A as sedan and Model 65-Aas Landaulet .
In 1911 there were three different series. The Series 6 as Model 6-C had a 42 hp engine and a wheelbase of 305 cm. Superstructures were five-seat touring cars and seven-seater sedans. The Series 74 was the smallest vehicle. The engine power was specified with 26/30 hp. The wheelbase was 274 cm. All superstructures could accommodate four people. Are called Model A as Fore-Door -Tourenwagen, Model B as touring cars, Model C as Surrey and Model D as a torpedo . As a mid-size vehicle, the Series 86 became Model Cnewly launched. The engine made 32 hp. The wheelbase of 287 cm allowed a structure as a Fore-Door touring car.
In the following year accounted for the additional designation Series . The offer consisted of four different sized and strong models, each with only one structure. In the Model 60-D with 305 cm wheelbase and construction as a Fore-Door touring car made the engine 33 hp. The Model 68-D had 1 hp less, 5 cm more wheelbase and 3 seats more. The Model 78-D had a 26 hp engine, a 274 cm wheelbase, and a three-seat bodywork called the Vis-à-vis torpedo . It could not have been vis-à-vis in the European sense. The Model 86-D had 27 hp, 295 cm wheelbase and was as a Fore-DoorTouring car body.
In 1913, the Model 60-E was the mid-size vehicle. The engine made 45 hp. The wheelbase of 310 cm allowed superstructures as a five- and seven -seater touring car and a seven-seater sedan. The Model 86-E had a 35 hp engine, just 295 cm wheelbase, and was available both as a three-seat roadster and as a five-seat touring car. A novelty was the Model 90-E dar. He had a six-cylinder engine that made 60 hp. With 330 cm wheelbase it was the longest model. The superstructures corresponded to the Model 60-E .
The offer for the years 1914 and 1915 included six models, each of which had only one body. A striking feature of the model designations is the omission of the hyphen. Model 60 E as a five-seat touring car, Model 69 D as a three-seater roadster and Model 82 E as a two-seater raceabout had identical 32 hp engine power and 310 cm wheelbase. The Model 86 E was slightly weaker with 27 hp, with a shorter wheelbase of 295 cm and a five-seater touring car available. The two six-cylinder models had a uniform 41 hp and 330 cm wheelbase. The Model 90 E had seven seats, the Model 98 E only five. Both were touring cars.