1917 Pathfinder

Another of the lessor-known autos in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Indiana Automobiles: Precision over Production exhibit is the 1917 Pathfinder.

1917 Pathfinder

The Motor Car Manufacturing Company introduced the Pathfinder in 1912 as a boattail speedster to succeed their New Parry. The Pathfinder was noted for several advanced body innovations, such as the disappearing top and a spare wheel cover. The car became widely regarded for its looks. Initially, Pathfinders had four cylinder engines, followed by sixes with V radiators. The Pathfinder slogan was “Known for Reliability.”

The company was reorganized as The Pathfinder Company in 1916. The year also saw the introduction of a model with a Weidley 12 cylinder engine called Pathfinder the Great, King of Twelves. In 1916, a Pathfinder 12 was driven cross-country by Walter Weidley (son of the engine designer George B. Weidley) with an average fuel consumption of 10.2 mpg for 4,921 miles.

A shortage of materials during World War I severely handicapped the company. In December 1917, the company was liquidated in receivership.

Thanks to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for showing this Pathfinder. For more information on Indiana cars & companies, follow this link.

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