Charles Caffrey Carriage Co. - Charles S. Caffrey - Camden, New Jersey 1870s-1919 + Philadelphia, PA 1890s


    Built bodies for the Biddle automobile (Philadelphia, PA 1915-1922) in 1917 and the earlier Morris & Salom Electrobat built in Philadelphia from 1894-1897.

Charles T. Caffrey Camden, NJ auto bodies earlier a manufacturer of bicycles in 1898 as Charles S. Caffrey Company, Camden NJ

Earlier the Charles Caffrey Carriage Co. In 1876 employees of the Caffrey Carriage Works organized the Caffrey Cornet band to play at the Centennial.

A steam car built by Charles S. Caffrey Company of Camden, NJ was in operation in 1895.  Used by Dr. F.L. Sweaney of Philadelphia, it had four small steam motors, one driving each wheel, that could be driven individually or in combination.  One, two, three, or four wheel drive could be selected by moving a lever. The car weighed 1350 pounds, had a foot brake that also cut off steam, and steam power steering.

Had a branch office in Philadelphia, PA at 1712 Chestnut St. in 1899

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Charles T. Caffrey Camden, NJ auto bodies earlier a manufacturer of bicycles in 1898 as Charles S. Caffrey Company, Camden NJ - earlier the Caffrey Carriage Works. In 1876 employees of the Caffrey Carriage Works organized the Caffrey Cornet band top play at the Centennial. - a steam car built by Charles S. Caffrey Company of Camden, NJ was in operation in 1895.  Used by Dr. F.L. Sweaney of Philadelphia, it had four small steam motors, one driving each wheel, that could be driven individually or in combination.  One, two, three, or four wheel drive could be selected by moving a lever. The car weighed 1350 pounds, had a foot brake that also cut off steam, and steam power steering. Known to have built bodies on Packard chassis.

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C. H. Vorhes, Designer/Draftsmen. - Carriage Monthly April 1904.

C. H. Vorhes, (born 1852, Detroit, Michigan) superintendent and draftsman with the La Porte (Indiana) Carriage Co., was born near Detroit, Michigan, in 1852. He became an apprentice December 7, 1871, and remained nine years. Instead of going West, as was then the custom among young men, he went to New York, and was engaged by Brewster & Co., and later on by Charles S. Caffrey Co., Camden, New Jersey.

He also was employed by Holcomb Bros. and Henry Killam & Co., New Haven, Connecticut.  From 1883 to 1886 he held the position of draftsman and superintendent in the establishment of L. Glesenkamp, Sons & Co., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He also worked for the Kalamazoo Buggy Co.  and for C. R. & J. C. Wilson, Detroit, Michigan. In September, 1896, he was engaged with the La Porte Carriage Co. as superintendent and draftsman, and is still there.

 

   

For more information please read:

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Car

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Era

Beverly Rae Kimes - Packard: A History of the Motorcar and Company

Beverly Rae Kimes & Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

Richard Burns Carson - The Olympian Cars

Raymond A. Katzell - The Splendid Stutz

Marc Ralston - Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - There Is No Mistaking a Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - Auburn, Reo, Franklin and Pierce-Arrow Versus Cadillac, Chrysler, Lincoln and Packard

Brooks T. Brierley - Magic Motors 1930

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

James M. Flammang & Ron Kowalke - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1976-1999

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Michael Lamm and Dave Holls - A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design

Thomas E. Bonsall - The Lincoln Motorcar: Sixty Years of Excellence

Fred Roe - Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection

Arthur W. Soutter - The American Rolls-Royce

John Webb De Campi - Rolls-Royce in America

Hugo Pfau - The Custom Body Era

Hugo Pfau - The Coachbult Packard

Griffith Borgeson - Cord: His Empire His Motor Cars

Don Butler - Auburn Cord Duesenberg

George H. Dammann - 90 Years of Ford

George H. Dammann & James K. Wagner - The Cars of Lincoln-Mercury

Thomas A. MacPherson - The Dodge Story

F. Donald Butler - Plymouth-Desoto Story

Fred Crismon - International Trucks

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Chrysler

Walter M.P. McCall - 80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle

Maurice D. Hendry - Cadillac, Standard of the World: The complete seventy-year history

George H. Dammann & James A. Wren - Packard

Dennis Casteele - The Cars of Oldsmobile

Terry B. Dunham & Lawrence R. Gustin - Buick: A Complete History

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Buick

George H. Dammann - 75 Years of Chevrolet

John Gunnell - Seventy-Five Years of Pontiac-Oakland

 


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