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Smith Runabout | 1900 Smith Runabout LA Artifact
Smith Runabout
Smith Runabout | 1900 Smith Runabout LA Artifact

1900 Smith


Early LA Survivor

The experimental Smith was built from scratch by brothers Alonzo F. and Reuben Stanley Smith in Los Angeles, California. It was fitted with a two-cylinder, air-cooled engine of the Smiths’ own design and a rudimentary belt and pulley drive system. The elaborate stanchions upon which the headlights were mounted served as attachment points for a horse harness in the event the car became mired in mud or experienced engine failure. The Smith is the oldest surviving gasoline-powered vehicle built in Los Angeles.

Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum