Sunday, May 6, 2012

KING - An early Pioneer

Charles Brady King (1868 - 1957) of USA was an inventor and Engineer.  In 1894 he formed the Charles B King Company to manufacture Stationary Engines, Marine Engines and Pneumatic hammers and was holding numerous patents.

In 1893 , he made a plan to develop a "horseless" carriage which will be self-propelled by a Gasoline engine.


The first car was made in 1895 with a 2-cylinder King engine. The second car was made in 1896 and was driven around.



After experimenting successfully with cars, King continued to concentrate on Engines and pneumatic hammers. In 1900 , King sold the Marine Engine business to Old Motor Works and joined the company as Chief Engineer. After the disastrous fire at Old Motor Works , he left the company and joined Northern Manufacturing Co (Later to be renamed as Northern Motor Company) in 1902.

At Norther Motor Company , King developed many engines and introduced new features on Northern cars. One of the well know being the "Silent Northern" car.


When Northern Motor Company was taken over by E-M-F in 1908 , King left Norther Motor Company and pursued higher studies. On completion of his studies , in 1910, King incorporated his company - King Motor Car Company.

King Motor Car company produced a few cars , the famous being the King 8 with a 8-cylinder engine, advertised as "the car of no regrets". A 1912 King 36 roadster -


The King Logo -





After 1916 , sales kept falling and finally King Motor Company was closed down in 1924