Chalmers Automobile

Chalmers-Detroit was an automobile company formed in 1908 when Hugh Chalmers bought out the Thomas-Detroit company. It was renamed to Chalmers in 1911.

During the 1910s the company thrived but the post-WWI recession of the 1920s caused the company to merge with the Maxwell Automobile Company. In 1923, Chalmers ended all vehicle production. The brand is owned by Chrysler.

Chalmers were considered to be an expensive car for that era. The 30 Touring and the 30 Roadster both sold for $1,500 while the Black was sold for as little as $375. The Brush Runabout cost $485; the Gale Model A cost $500; the Oldsmobile Runabout cost $650; the Cole 30 was $1,500; the Oakland 40 cost $1,600; the Chalmers 30 Coupe was $2,400; Enger 40 cost $2,000; the Touring 40 and Roaster 40 were both $2,750; and the 40 Torpedo cost $3,000.

Chalmers competed in races and won the 1910 Glidden tour. They also originated the Chalmers Award in professional baseball.

Chalmers-Detroit posted advertisements in newspapers for their vehicles. They were featured in The New York Times, April 30, 1909; October 10, 1909 in the Indianapolis Star; a Limousine ad in the Syracuse Post-standard on January 31, 1911; and in the New York Sun on February 18, 1916.

Image Caption: Chalmers Touring 1922. Credit: Lars-Goran Lindgren Sweden/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0, 1.0)