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Westcott Cars in Springfield Ohio

Burton J Westcott was born in 1868 in Richmond, Indiana. His father, John W. Westcott, was the president and founder of the Hoosier Drill Company, a business that produced farm equipment. In 1896 John Westcott formed the Westcott Carriage Company.

In 1903, after a merger between the Westcott Drilling Company and other Drill Companies, Burton moved to Springfield, Ohio where he worked as treasurer of the merged companies, named American Seeding Company.

In 1909, the Westcott Carriage Company was reorganized and named the Westcott Motor Car Company.

The Westcott Carriage Company continued in Richmond, Indiana well into the 1920's. John Westcott had disliked motor cars due to the competition they had created for the carriage business. The Westcott Motor Car Company was moved to Springfield, Ohio in 1916 with Burton as President, a position he would hold until 1924. The company focused on building hand-built luxury touring cars and flourished after the end of World War I. Many of the vehicles featured a headline dimmer switch, walnut instrument board, rear gas tank, quality leather, and a newly designed cam shaft.

The Westcott automobiles were powered by both four-cylinder and six-cylinder Continential Engines. The early Westcott's boasted a top speed of 35 mph, not bad for the early 1900's. Many were entered into various races.

The Westcott was advertised as "The Car with the Longer Life". The Westcott rode on at least two wheel bases, 125" and 118". In 1923, the company released a model named The Closure, which was a touring car with hard panels that could be removed from the sides of the car during the summer months. The Westcott automobile was produced between 1912 and 1925.

In 1923 Burton's wife passed away, and in 1925 he sold the Motor Car Company. In 1926, after serious illness, Burton passed away.

Burton Westcott is remembered today through his Springfield house at East High Steet and Greenmount Ave, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Today "The Westcot House" is managed by the The Westcott House Foundation.

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