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    Standard Silhouette HOLSMAN - RUNABOUT HIGHWHEELER - 1902

These so-called ‘runabouts’ or ‘buggies’ frequently feature in old western movies, albeit of the horse-drawn variety. These light carriages with their high wheels were very well suited to the prairies of North America. Harry K. Holsman of Chicago started fitting these carriages with small, twin-cylinder boxer engines (with horizontally opposed cylinders), and became one of the largest manufacturers of this type of car, known as a ‘highwheeler’.

The car was controlled by pulling the large lever backwards; this tightened the transmission belts and set the car in motion. When the lever was pushed forward, the belts slackened and the brake pads were forced against the rear-wheel pulley. In order to reverse, the lever had to be pushed further forward, thereby pressing a drive wheel against the road wheels.

The launch of the cheaper and more reliable Model T Ford spelled the end of the highwheelers, which were being built by several manufacturers, such as Black, Peets, Dart and Holsman, at the beginning of the 20th century. Holsman folded in 1910.