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Du Pont Motors photographic reproductions

Accession 1979.285

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo, 2015.

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Du Pont Motors photographic reproductions (Accession 1979.285), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807


Descriptive Summary

Title: Du Pont Motors photographic reproductions
Dates: 1919-1930
Accession Number: 1979.285
Creator: Du Pont Motors, Incorporated.; Du Pont, E. Paul, (Eleuthére Paul), 1887-1950
Extent: 38 items
Physical Description: 38 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Location: GL Box 3.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: DuPont Motors, Inc. was a manufacturing company of luxury automobiles, founded by E. Paul du Pont (1887-1950) in 1919 in Wilmington, Delaware. This collection consists of thirty-eight photographs primarily showing the exteriors of DuPont Motor’s Models A, B, D, and G.

Administrative Information

Existence and Location of Copies

Select images can be viewed online in Hagley's Digital Archives .

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals returned to owner.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Historical Note

DuPont Motors, Inc. was a manufacturing company of luxury automobiles, founded by E. Paul du Pont (1887-1950) in 1919 in Wilmington, Delaware. The company originally produced marine engines during World War I.

Arthur Maris served as DuPont Motors first Vice-President and General Manager. Maris had been the President of the Biddle Motor Car Company, which was a luxury automobile manufacturer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wright-Martin Airplane’s John Pierson served as DuPont Motor’s chief engineer. The Merrimac Automobile Builders were hired to do the bodywork for DuPont Motors from 1927-1931.

The company produced eight models, each with several body styles, plus a few special models. Each of the vehicles were made in limited production resulting in only 537 vehicles manufactured in the twelve years of the company’s operation.

The first DuPont model was the Model A which debuted in 1919 at the Commodore Hotel International Salon Show in New York City. The Model A had a four-cylinder engine with a wheelbase of 124 inches and was offered as a two passenger roadster, a four-passenger touring, and a four-passenger sedan. Touring vehicles are open, sedan vehicles are closed. The selling price was between $4,000 and $5,600.

Model B appeared in 1920 with only slight modifications. In 1923, Model C was introduced, it was powered by a six-cylinder Continental engine and came in four styles.

In 1925, the Model D had a six-cylinder Wisconsin engine, and two years later two additional styles were available, a seven passenger touring and a four passenger convertible. The Model E was an experimental model made with a supercharger and the chassis was exhibited at the 1928 Chicago Auto Show. The Model F was introduced in the same year, which had a unique seat adjustment feature. Models E and F were not successful.

Between 1928 and 1931, the company produced the Model G, which had an eight-cylinder engine and came in many different body styles including convertible sedan, sport phaeton, limousine, club sedan, seven-passenger touring, sport roadster, convertible coupe, and a five-passenger Victoria. The 1930 Model G was owned by several celebrities such as Jack Dempsey, Eugene O'Neill, Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks.

After only manufacturing three Model H cars, in 1931 the company suspended production due to effects of the Great Depression and went out of business in 1932.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of thirty-eight photographs primarily showing the exteriors of DuPont Motor’s Models A, B, D, and G. Mrs. E. Paul du Pont appears in two photographs with the Model A, and there is one image where E. Paul du Pont and Arthur Maris appear together riding in the vehicle. There are several views of the 1921 Du Pont Roadster Model B, the 1924-1926 Model D’s touring, roadster, sedan and specifications; and the 1929 Model G exterior, as well as specification information and diagrams of the wiring system and a lubrication chart.

There is one image of an exterior view of the manufacturing plant in Moore, Pennsylvania which operated from 1922 until the plant was moved back to Wilmington, Delaware in 1925. Additional images include a 1924 Du Pont limousine, a close up of a Du Pont engine, a stripped down chassis, an article written by D.C. Wilson that appeared in “The Antique Automobile” and an image titled "Came out under her own steam," which shows E. Paul du Pont on a 1919 Du Pont Model A chassis with a crowd of people posing for the photograph.


Access Points

Antique and classic cars
Automobile factories
Du Pont, Jean Kane Foulke, 1891-1985