Claude Ellery - Automobile Article

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Claude Ellery - Automobile Article - EWS and BY FRANK FRANCIS Twenty years a dealer...
EWS and BY FRANK FRANCIS Twenty years a dealer In automobiles In Ogdcn! That Is the record of L. L. Halris, manager of the Ogden Motor company. He has seen 87 dealers come go In that period until today his the oldest company under one management In this city. E. E. Ellery, his sales manager, beinc; In a reminiscent mood, told o! Mr. Hains 1 experience with cars in that time. The "car of twenty years ago, it made 30 miles an hour, was at great speed: and, if the tires up for 3000 miles, they were unusual. Mr. Ellery recalls that in 1923 Halns took part in a transcontinental run and drove the test car from Ely to Salt Lake. He covered the distance of 25G miles In 9 and 10 minutes which at the time was a record. The continent was crossed In 4 days 14 hours and minutes. Last June an Ogden business made the trip from Ely to Ogden 3 hours and 40 minutes. Such Is great improvement which has been made in cars (also roads) even In the last thirteen years. Mr. Ellery says that In his no piece of merchandise sold to American people has so much o" value for every dollar expended a: is found In ths modern automobile. That has been made possible b mass production and direct purchase and fabrication of raw materials. Today there are automobiles traveling long distances at an average of GO miles an hour, and the tires are good for 30,000 miles or more. Mr. Ellcry notes the great improvements which have been made since 192D. The beginning of the depression brought'about keen competition and drove the big factories to do their utmost to excel. Since then 50 per cent more mileage has been obtained on the gasoline consumed; and, whereas in 1929 motorists were advised to change oil every 500 miles, the distance now traveled without new is placed at 2000* miles. In 1929 no car could be taken of stock and driven at high speed without doing damage to the mechanism. Mr. Ellery frequently has speeded a new car at 80 miles an hour. longer are notices pasted on the car warning against driving a brand new car at more than 25 miles hour. The change has been brought about by all the parts being polished and fitted to stand the higher speeds, with the proper alloys and tempering of the metal parts to meet expansion and contraction. The all-steel body has been cm- ployed to withstand wear and shock. Mr. Ellery, a day last week, saw one of his cars struck at the corner of Twenty-fifth street and Grant avenue. The car turned over five times. The driver was not Injured, and the car was not damaged except In a minor way. He sees the great advantage of the streamlined car. With the same power required to drive one of the old style cars 65 miles an hour, streamlined will.make 110 to 125 miles an hour. ' Since 1923 a lower center of gravity has been obtained, and shock absorbers have been employed extensively. Every essential for comfort and convenience Is to be found in the latest cars. The lighting effect has been Improved, heating system perfected, and smoothness of travel won until stenographic notes can be taken transcribed while the car glides along. Air conditioning is being worked out. At present, ventilation has reached a high stage. Eighty-five per cent of the cars brought Into Ogden of late have had radios installed. Heaters are being placed at about $7.50 a car. A big change has come to the automobile business since the code went into effect. Prior to the code there was sharp practice In selling. Now a child can enter any reputable establishment and get the same treatment as would be given to a grownup seeking a bargain. Back In 1929 all kinds of sharp trading was practiced in the trade- In value o; used cars. Under the code that means of shading and , (Continued on Pate Two) a n

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 13 Jan 1935, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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