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1914 Pullman Chassis; First York Auto Show at The Coliseum


Paul Vaughn submitted this illustration of the chassis for the 1914 Pullman Model 6-48 Automobile. Over 23,300 Pullman Automobiles were produced in York, Pennsylvania, between 1903 and 1917.

The Model 6-48 had a wheelbase of 134-inches and was powered by a 48-horsepower Continental engine coupled with a Vulcan Electric Shifting transmission. Two body styles were available in 1914 on this chassis: a Roadster and a 5-Passenger Touring Car. The touring car is shown in the following illustration, also submitted by Paul Vaughn.


York’s first auto show coincided with the 1914 Pullmans. The Pullman ads, at the time of the York Auto Show, boasted their cars were “The Centre of Attraction at the Auto Show.” Quoting from an article in the April 9, 1914 issue of The Gazette:

York’s first automobile show opened last evening at The Coliseum and despite the fact that the weather was altogether inclement, the attendance was encouraging. Nearly fifty automobiles of every size, make, and description are now on display and today will see the addition of half a dozen more cars which will be brought from neighboring towns. As the exhibit is right now, it is a credit to the energy and progressiveness of the automobile men of the city. Manager Blumenstein is experienced in this line of work and there is nothing lacking.

Besides the large and varied line of cars, both gasoline and electric, there is a big display of motorcycles, accessories and many different kinds of tires. The Coliseum orchestra furnishes music. The show will continue for the remainder of the week, both in the afternoon and evening.

Raise your hand, if you know where The Coliseum was located in York. The Coliseum was built in 1911; it still stands today under the more recent name: The Valencia Ballroom. The name change coincided with new ownership in 1928.

The Valencia Ballroom on North George Street, York, PA (2014 Photo, S. H. Smith)
The Valencia Ballroom on North George Street, York, PA (2014 Photo, S. H. Smith)

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