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  • This was the first year of production for Cameron.
  • This car is believed to be earliest Cameron in existence. 
  • New innovations included an engine under the hood rather than under the seat, a steering wheel rather than a tiller, left-hand drive, and the gear shift on the steering column.

Story

Story

Like many people in the exciting early days of the industry, James E. Brown of the Brown Textile Machine Company in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, decided to go into the automobile manufacturing business in 1901.  Everett S. Cameron was employed to design the new machine.  Experiments were conducted, improvements were made, and in 1903 Cameron automobile production began.

Approximately 50 Cameron cars were assembled in 1903.  Some of their features were ahead of their time.  The engine was located under the hood instead of under the seat.  Cameron used a steering wheel at a time when most autos still used tillers.  The gear shift was mounted on the steering column. Although right-hand drive was the accepted practice, the little Camerons were operated from the left side.

This Cameron is believed to be the earliest known to exist.  Production of Cameron automobiles ceased in 1921.

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