We are learning that Vintage Car Shows are a treasure for photographers. The exacting details the proud owners take to showcase their babies is inspiring. With this beauty it seemed like almost all parts were chrome plated including the Holley Header.
Holley Performance Products is an automotive performance company based out of Bowling Green Kentucky. Holley, when based in Michigan, was one of the major producers of carburetors, being supplied as standard equipment on many Detroit-built automobiles.
Holley began in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1896 when brothers George (1878-1963) and Earl Holley started a company to produce a small one-cylinder three-wheeled vehicle they dubbed the “Runabout”, with a top speed of 20 mph. At the eve of the era of motor cars, the brothers decided to start the Holley Motor Company, and produced one four-wheeled model: “The Holley bothers built their first marketable automobile in 1902. They called it the Holley Motorette and it sold for $550. More than 600 were produced.”
“Their first original carb, called the iron pot, appeared on the curved-dash Oldsmobile in 1904.” In April 1905 Holley Brothers Company was established with an address at 661-75 Beaubien St., Detroit, Michigan. The brothers then concentrated on the manufacturing of carburetors and ignition systems. As a result of the Motorette Henry Ford commissioned the brothers to produce a carburetor for his Model T. “The carburetor they built for Ford was an immediate success and the brothers founded Holley Carburetor Co., which became one of Ford’s biggest suppliers.” www.kerstenbeck.com