Description

Description

  • This is the only Frontmobile known to exist.
  • It is one of earliest front-wheel-drive automobiles.
  • It features a tilt steering wheel and the shifting lever is in the center of the steering wheel.

 

Story

Story

In 1917, the Bateman Manufacturing Company, which made farm, orchard and garden equipment in Grenloch, New Jersey, established the Camden Motors Corporation to manufacture Frontmobile automobiles.  This small factory produced only two automobiles: a roadster presented at the 1917 National Auto Show in New York, and this 1918 4-passenger touring sedan.  Frontmobile passenger car production stopped when the company decided a truck or commercial model would find a more ready market in the rural areas of New Jersey.  This idea never materialized, because the Bateman company was having financial difficulties over the Frontmobile venture.

The Frontmobile was a very innovative automobile.  As the name implies, the Frontmobile utilized front wheel drive.  The steering wheel tilts to allow easy access for the driver.  The shifting lever came through the steering column with the control in the center of the steering wheel hub.  This is the only Frontmobile known to exist.

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