The Dixie Flyer Automobile

The Dixie Flyer Automobile

The Dixie Flyer Automobile was made by the Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company in the United States from around 1916 to 1923. They were built in Louisville, Kentucky and sold primarily through out the south. Many of the ads were also found in the Washington D.C. Times, as one of their biggest distributors was the Potomac Sales Co., located there.

The Dixie Flyer Gets In The Old Newspaper – (El Paso Herald 1919) Old Hickory – Me remember – Old Hickory? Thus commented an ex-farm boy when told that the Dixie Flyer, a new comer among modern cars, is manufactured by the Kentucky Wagon Mfg. Co.. makers of “Old Hickory.” Four shining new models of the Flyer are on the Stoll A Strube Motor Co.’s floors, having arrived Friday. “Yes, she looks good.” said H. R. Stoll Friday, “and the Dixie is even better than she looks.” Stoll and Strube have been kept busy since arrival of the cars showing El Pasoans how the inside of a Flyer feels in action.

Lots Of Miles In A Dixie Flyer – (Washington Herald 1920) Gasoline economy is being urged upon motorists by the oil conservationists who

Dixie Flyer Automobile

First Advertisement Found – 1916

have been urging designers of internal combustion engines to build them to use low grade fuel. The builders of the Dixie Flyer have been among the first to answer this call in the effort to make the gasoline supply last a long time. In addition to giving a large mileage per gallon of fuel, this automobile is equipped with a gasoline “stove” to vaporize and use efficiently low grade fuels.

However, Max Wiehle, of the Potomac Sales Co., distributors of the Dixie Flyer, determined to satisfy himself that the machine would deliver good mileage on present day gasoline, and arranged for a test. He took his car, which already had been driven 4,000 miles, attached a one-gallon tank to the windshield and connected it direct with the carburetor, not even letting the fuel pass through the “stove” which heats low grade fuels, and started the engine.

1917 dixie flyer

Dixie Flyer 1917 Oklahoma City Times

The test run started at Twenty sixth street and Pennsylvania avenue northwest, and was run along the Avenue to Twenty-ninth street, thence to R street, west to Wisconsin avenue, to Tenallytown, thence across to Connecticut avenue, turning north to Chevy Chase circle, then back to the ford in Rock Creek at Pierce Mill, turning along the Beach drive and continuing to the District line, thence to Sixteenth street to the White House Ellipse, which was encircled a number of times; thence west on Pennsylvania avenue to Twenty-fourth street, when the engine stopped. The speedometer showed that a distance of 22 4-10 miles had been covered.

1919 dixie flyer

Dixie Flyer 1919 – click for larger

Pleasing Lines Not Only Virtue Of Dixie Flyer (Washington Herald 1920) It was a wise man who said that “beauty was only skin deep’ and the same adage applies to automobiles. Women motorists who choose the Dixie Flyer, universally recognized as “The Sturdy Car,” are happy in the conviction that they own a car which not only impresses one as being distinctive in appearance, but also one which is of proven durability.

Looking beneath the fine exterior of a of the Dixie Flyer one will find that every standard unit has been  aptly chosen and, through engineering experience and skill, coordinated into a perfectly functioning whole. There are qualities which I indeed determine the real utility value of any car, and, in the Dixie,  give the assurance of dependability under conditions unusual and unforeseen.


1920 Flyer Advertisement – click for larger

There is nothing so radical in the lines of the Dixie Flyer as to pall; none the less the car is one of  striking individuality in its distinctive oriental blue-green finish. There is a clean-cut, well-defined simplicity about its body emphasized by level edges, gracefully sloping angular hood and square 15-gallon gasoline tank. An added comfort it has, too, which women motorists appreciate. Deeper cushioned seats with double padding and durable finish, gypsy curtains, wide opening doors, ample foot room and larger plate glass in rear curtain – these are some of the advantages that make for increased body comfort and convenience.

One of the signal delights of the now Dixie Flyer is its unusual ease of riding. This is not a chance occurrence. Spring suspension in this model has been accorded greater importance than means of hanging body on chassis. The Dixie Flyer possesses a greater proportion of spring steel than any car of equal weight, and is so correlated with the weight of the car itself that strength and easy riding are combined attributes.

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