• It has a wooden frame and wooden axles.
  • There are coil springs on all four wheels.
  • The softer ride allowed the use of trouble-free solid rubber tires.
  • It was produced until the founder went to work for Chevrolet in 1912.



The Brush Runabout Company of Detroit, Michigan, was established in 1907 by Alanson P. Brush.  Brush was no stranger to the automobile industry as he had contributed to the design of the first Cadillac and Oakland automobiles.

Advertised as “Everyman’s Car,” the Brush Runabout was very basic and changed little throughout its total production.  All models had wooden frames and axles, chain drive and left hand control.  Coil springs, referred to as “spiral” springs by the company, were utilized on all four wheels.  This produced a softer ride and made it possible to use solid rubber tires which, at the time, were more trouble-free than pneumatic tries (though pneumatic tires were optional at a cost of $50).  Humorists said of the Brush, “Wooden frame, wooden axles and wouldn’t run.”

Brush automobiles were produced until 1912 when A.P. Brush became an engineer for the newly formed Chevrolet Motor Company.



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