Honey, I shrunk the car! Well, no, I didn’t, but it certainly applies here. This is a Browniekar, which might be the most diminutive Brass Era automobile I’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s small enough to trip over if you’ve had enough champagne at one of these shows, but just big enough to grab your attention. I’m not sure what this is, or why anyone thought it was a car for daily use, but it’s here and it’s showing up nicely.
These were built in Newark, NY in 1908 to 1911, by the Child’s Motor Car Company. This was indeed designed for “young people” (kids) and had 3.5 hp, a 66 inch wheelbase, one cylinder, and a retail price of $150. I took one look at it and just thought to myself, “How many of these are even left running?” I still don’t know the answer to that but I’ll find out somehow. Enjoy the photos of this unlikely, tiny little gem.
-Albert S. Davis