A 1907 Chadwick touring car, manufactured in Pottstown, PA.
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Color photograph of the automobile

Credit: Courtesy of the Seal Cove Auto Museum

In the early 1900s, automobile manufacturers sprang up across the state of Pennsylvania, many of them north of Philadelphia, in towns with a long history in the production of carriages, farm equipment, and machinery. In Pottstown, the Chadwick Engineering Works produced high end luxury cars between 1907 and 1915. A 1910 Chadwick was the first commercially manufactured automobile with a top speed of more than 100 mph.

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