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Porter Motor Co.

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In 1900, Porter Motor Co. established its office in Boston with its factory in Allston. Major D. Porter had beem making making motors since 1886, designed a two cylinder single acting steam engine which could either use kerosene or gasoline as fuel. The boiler was tubular, divided into three compartments and had been tested to 1000 pounds pressure. The two passenger runabout's body was made of alumnium which was unusual for that time with water tight compartments to carry fuel and water supply. It could travel 50 miles between fill ups. The Porter had a safety device so that when the hand was removed from the lever on the tiller, the engine would shut off. It was in production for two years with a price tag of $750-1000.

In 1900, Porter Motor Co. established its office in Boston with its factory in Allston. Major D. Porter had beem making making motors since 1886, designed a two cylinder single acting steam engine which could either use kerosene or gasoline as fuel. The boiler was tubular, divided into three compartments and had been tested to 1000 pounds pressure. The two passenger runabout's body was made of alumnium which was unusual for that time with water tight compartments to carry fuel and water supply. It could travel 50 miles between fill ups. The Porter had a safety device so that when the hand was removed from the lever on the tiller, the engine would shut off. It was in production for two years with a price tag of $750-1000.

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