The Black Manufacturing Co. of Chicago produced highwheelers under the name of Chicago Motor Buggy from about 1906 until 1909.

Thought by some to be a transitional vehicle from the horse-drawn buggy, the highwheeler actually originated in the Chicago area in response to the need for a motor vehicle with road clearance suitable for deeply rutted out-of-town roads. Most highwheelers appeared on the scene about 1906.

Specifications: Type 12 or 112 runabout; engine two-cylinder, horizontally opposed, air-cooled; bore 4-1/8 in., stroke 3-3/4 in., displacement 100.2 cu. in., 12 hp.

Price new, about $400.

Accession no. 1975G03

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