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  • Since 1917, Holmes was second only to Franklin for air cooled engines.
  • The Holmes 6-cylinder engine was the first production engine to use three valves per cylinder (2 exhaust, 1 intake).  

 

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Arthur Holmes, a former vice-president and chief engineer for the Franklin Automobile Company, organized the Holmes Automobile Company in 1917 in Canton, Ohio.  Second in air-cooled sales only to Franklin, Holmes Automobiles cost slightly more than Franklin air-cooled cars of the period.

Approximately 500 cars per year were produced in a full range of open and closed models.  The Holmes 6-cylinder engine was the first production engine to use three valves per cylinder (2 exhaust, 1 intake).  Holmes planned to produce a lower-cost 4-cylinder car, but financial difficulties halted production in 1922 and the firm went out of business in May 1923.

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