Keeton

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The Keeton raced by Bob Burman in the 1913 Indianapolis 500

Keeton Motor Company was a pioneer brass era automobile maker based in Detroit, Michigan.

Keeton's 1913 "48" was a six-cylinder five-passenger tourer with left-hand steering, 12½ in (31.75 cm)-diameter[1] electric headlights, starter, and horn.[2] There were four forward speeds, an 80 mph (128 km/h) speedometer, and the choice of wires spoked wood wheels.[2] It had the radiator just in front of the cowl, behind the engine, the "proper and protected position", according to its ads.[2] The folding top was mohair and the windshield folded.[2] Like most cars of the era, it came standard with a tool kit, which in this case included an electric trouble light, tire iron, pump, jack, and tire patch. It sold at US$2750, at a time when American's lowest-price model was $4250,[3] the Lozier Light Six Metropolitan started at $3,250,[4] the Enger 40[5] and Ford Model F were $2000, the FAL $1750,[5] the Cole 30 and Colt Runabout $1500,[6] the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout went for $650,[7] Western's Gale Model A was $500,[8] a Black could be as low as $375,[9] and the Success hit the amazingly low $250.[7]

Keeton also offered the five-seat Riverside Tourer and Meadowbrook Roadster at $2750, the Tuxedo Coupé at $3000, with a chassis price (suitable for custom coachwork, typical of the likes of Rolls-Royce or Duesenberg at the time) of $2250.[7]

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  1. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.131.
  2. ^ a b c d Clymer, p.131.
  3. ^ Clymer, p.91.
  4. ^ Clymer, p.111.
  5. ^ a b Clymer, p.104.
  6. ^ Clymer, pp.63 & 104.
  7. ^ a b c Clymer, p.32.
  8. ^ Clymer, p.51.
  9. ^ Clymer, p.61.

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