The Chadwick Engineering Works was incorporated in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, US


Thursday 7th March 1907

The Chadwick Engineering Works was incorporated in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, US. By 1906 Lee Chadwick had manufactured a total of 40 cars, Not a huge number when compared to mass production numbers, but Chadwick cars were hand built, had innovative mechanical design, and featured luxurious hand-stitched leather seats. Like many other early automobile pioneers, Chadwick believed the way to demonstrate the quality of his car was to race it. His challenge was how to turn his six-cylinder chain drive luxury car into a racecar. Although not the first to use supercharging in a car, Chadwick came up with an idea for an air compressor used to force more oxygen to support combustion than would be available in a regular engine. This would allow more fuel to be burned and more work to be done per cycle, increasing the power output of the engine. Lee Chadwick got out of the automobile business in 1912, but his company continued to build cars until 1916.


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