The first period of automotive manufacturing was one of the most progressive eras in the history of the automobile. The Brass Era takes its name from the prevalent use of brass used to fashion a number of the components used on the automobile, such as the radiator and lights. During this time, several thousand marques began producing automobiles throughout the world with various body styles and experimental methods of propulsion. In the United States alone, there were reportedly over 1,000 different marques—many lasting only a few short years, with a select few continuing production through the First World War. Some of the earliest designs shared traits of bicycles, while others were more similar to carriages. As the vehicle rapidly advanced, the motor car we recognize today came to take shape and systems were introduced, tested, and perfected that would lay the groundwork of today’s modern vehicle.
RM Auctions’ Hershey collector car auction is held during the world-renowned AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, bringing together enthusiasts from far and wide to celebrate some of the most significant veteran, Brass Era, and CCCA Classic automobiles. This year, three collections offer some of the Brass Era’s most significant automobiles to the public.
Click ahead to explore the best of this exciting era offered at the upcoming RM Auctions Hershey sale.