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The Earl Motor Company


#1

Earl Car & Truck Division - "Honest cars and trucks, for humble, hardworking people"

The Earl Motor Company is a large auto manufacturer, with a proud history of excellence, and a fine lineup of cars, trucks, and 4X4s for every budget available. No matter your taste, we can over you with one of our four brands: Earl Cars & Trucks, Silverhare, Hirondelle, and Steed.

Lee Harvey Earl (Americanized from Erlenmeyer) was born in 1875 in the town of Rejection, Nevada, son to German Jewish immigrants. His father wanted him to follow in his footsteps as a rancher, but Lee showed mechanical aptitude from a young age - by repairing and even improving upon machinery belonging to local farmers, blacksmiths, and the nearby silver mine. He was able to go to high school, and was at the age of 16 was accepted into the inaugural class of Stanford University, despite failing the entry exam in English. There he studied Mining Engineering alongside future president Herbert Hoover. Upon graduation in 1895 he was hired by the Gummer Mining Corporation to help supervise the construction of a salt mine in upper Michigan. After a few years of mining he became interested in the new fad of the automobile, and worked for several Detroit area manufacturers, learning from the faults of failed companies. After the failed venture of the Rapids Auto Company, in 1909 he created what would become the Earl Motor Company. His first cars were advanced but relatively affordable, offering the cheapest six cylinder cars in the country, with some of the earliest all steel bodies and underslung chassis. The Earl name would come to represent honest value vehicles, well engineered but free of much styling. Earl has advanced with the ages and adapted to a changing America, but its values have never changed.

The 1956 Lineup
In the style-focused 1950s, Earl kept up with trends, started adding two toning while maintaining a taught size, coming in at affordable prices.

  • The Earl E15 Workman - $1,499 - Shown in Banana Split
    The E15 is the backbone of hard work everywhere. With a standard Black Smoke Six engine with 110 gross horsepower, 3 speed manual transmission, and heavy duty suspension, it can do any jobs you ask of it. It offers options to increase capability, such as an overdrive transmission, as well as niceties such as power steering and a radio.

  • The Earl Glenwood - $2,199 - Shown in Wash White over Blue Berry
    The Glenwood is the premier mode of transport for families everywhere, with three rows of comfortable seating, versatile rear tailgate & glass hatch, and stylish chrome accents. Optional features such as a two speed automatic transmission, radio, V8 engine, and even air conditioning can make this car a machine to last through the ages.

The 1960 Lineup
Entering the 1960s, a changing country cried out for alternatives to big, chrome-laden cars. Earl Motor Company invested into four completely different ideas for “compact” car lines, two of which were sold under the Earl brand. Even the company’s large cars were revitalized with lightweight unitized construction.

  • The Earl Eagle Custom Wagon - $2,299 - Shown in Cherry Bomb
    The Eagle is the family car of tomorrow - easy to drive, easy to park, with room for up to six in a pinch (delete option front bench required). The huge rear cargo area of a wagon only improves this capability. A standard 100 gross hp Black Smoke Six engine and 3 speed manual provide efficiency and utility, but optional 115hp engine, 2 speed automatic, and power steering can make driving a breeze.

  • The Earl Banshee - $3,499 - Shown in Young Turq
    The Banshee is the American made car that provides the fine sporting driver’s experience of a European road car. But more than that, it maintains the comfort, value, and drivability of Earl’s finest vehicles, but most of all our company’s unmatched reliability. Truly, the best of both worlds.

#3

Silvehare Premium Automobiles - "More than a pretty face"

In 1899, Silverhare was one of the first car companies to form in the United States. A business venture between machinist Duke Silver and banker/investor Hiram Harrington, it was initially Silver-Harrington, then Silver-Hare, then Silverhare. The company focused on precision manufactured, advanced technology, middle priced cars - one of the first companies with independent front suspension, overhead valve straight eight engines, and even experimenting with partial unitized body construction. It experienced moderate success until the beginning of the Great Depression. Earl Motor Company, noting a massive gap between the top Earl models and the cheaper Hirondelle vehicles, and still solvent due to the popularity of cheap and fleet models, acquired the company for a song in 1932. Silverhare was slowly scaled back, and by the 1950s (and onward) most of its mainstream models were either refined Earl designs or decontented Hirondelle models. However, the spirit of innovation lives on within Silverhare, and many of the company’s more unique cars come out of the brand, as well as serving as a test market for new technologies such as the automatic transmission and disc brakes.

The 1960 Lineup
Silverhare entered the 1960s with two of the company’s new compact car ideas, as well as redesigned full size cars with unitized construction. Styling was as distinctive as ever, as the trademark Silverhare split grille and eagle emblem became ingrained in all the brand’s designs.

  • The Silverhare Cavallaro - $3,299 - Shown in Wash White over Hulla Blue
    The Cavallaro is the luxury car without the luxury pricetag. The largest car you need, with the largest engine you need, and the most conveniences you want - but nothing more. Be the gentleman of the open road with so many smartly chosen standard features that the only thing you really need to pick is the color. Standard with a 230 gross horsepower V8 engine and three speed automatic transmission.

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Hirondelle Fine Cars - "Other cars are for getting somewhere, a Hirondelle is for when you’ve arrived."

In 1899 Lee had married a French woman he me at an international auto show, and together they had three children. His first born and eldest son, Everett Earl, was born in 1900. Everett was focused more on art and style over his father, and upon graduation from the University of Michigan in 1922 tried to exert his ideas into his father’s company. Instead, Lee realized that while his affordable cars could stay as they were, that he was letting the growing luxury car market of the roaring twenties go unserved. He set his son on the task, and in 1924 the first Hirondelle luxury cars entered the market, some of the first cars designed by artists in addition to engineers, but with highly advanced V16 engines. The name was suggested by his mother, because she felt that a luxury car should have the beauty and grace of a swallow. Hirondelle, while a net drain on the company through the great depression, remained as a symbol of the aspiration of the American dream for many. After WWII, while smaller and with V8s instead of V16, Hirondelle continued its role as the premier American luxury car, ambitious in its styling and uncompromised in its design.

The 1956 Lineup
Hirondelle was a powerhouse in the 1950s, while not necessarily innovative in its technology, it had world-renown quality, powerful V8 engines, and distinctive styling.

  • The Hirondelle Shambala - $5,999 - Shown in Salmon Fresh over Wash White
    The Shambala is the most exciting Hirondelle yet, a new paradigm in luxury on a personal scale - no need for a chauffer, when the driving experience is so easy and pleasant. A dazzling convertible named after the mythic oriental paradise of Shangri-La, inside the Shambala is indeed a magical place to be. Featuring standard power steering, power brakes, power windows, power leather seats, Dyno-flite automatic transmission, center seat armrests, and a 357 cubic inch, 300 gross horsepower, dual-carburetor V8 engine with twin exhausts.

#5

The latter two were actual Chrysler colors in real life, but all three are just right for the extroverted, ground-pounding Chimera.

Edit: “Gang Green” is somehow more appropriate for the Chimera. But in any case, no matter what color it comes in, this beast would look terrific blasting through the hilly streets of San Francisco.


#6

I was going for fake Chrysler Hi Impact Colors, I forgot Sub Lime was real. I believe Statutory Grape was a MAD magazine parody at the time. :rofl:


#7

Cool cars, looks like a Mercury parody.