Saturday, June 11, 2011

1911 Ann Arbor Convertible

Arthur H. French is the owner of the 1911 Ann Arbor Convertible, a rare vehicle built by the Huron River Manufacturing Co. Seven vehicles were assembled over a two-year period. This is the only known survivor. It is called a convertible because it converts from a car to a truck and back — the original "SUV Crossover," if you will. The two rear seats can be removed and — voila! — you have a three-quarter ton pickup. The center seat also can be reversed so that the two rear seats face each other. The Ann Arbor is powered by a four-cylinder Davis engine with 25 horsepower and double chain drive. The transmission is a Muncie Gear Works planetary No. 35 jackshaft with positraction. Top speed is about 27 mph. "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

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