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1902-1910 The Auto Vehicle Company, Los Angeles, California.

The best known West Coast make of the pre-World War ! era, the Tourist began life as a 2 seater with detachable tonneau and with a 7hp single cylinder under the seat, and a single chain drive. It looked similar to the contemporary Ford or Cadillac, though unlike these it had tiller steering. it was apparently not a success, and a 12hp 2 cylinder engine was substituted for 1904, when the Tourist had a front-mounted radiator similar to that of a Peugeot, though the engine was still under the seat. 75 of these cars were made in 1904, and 150 in 1905. In 1906 whn production reached 487, a 35hp 4 cylinder engine was available as well as the 20hp twin.
From 1906 to 1910 both 2 and 4 cylinder models were made, the latter growing in size to reach 45/50hp on a 118 inch wheelbase in 1909. However all was not well with the company, which had difficulty in obtaining parts, and in November 1909 they sold out to the newly-formed California Automobile Company. Volney Beardsley, who had been president of the Auto Vehicle Company, became president of the new organisation, which made both California and Tourist cars during 1910. In September of that year both makes were discontinued: California became a dealership and the Tourist factory was taken over by former works manager William J. Burt, who would provide spare parts for owners of tourist cars. In 1914 the California company entered car manufacture again with the Beardsley electric. A total of 2692 Tourist cars were made.