[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, February 5, 1922.]
The Chicago Automobile show is second only in size and importance to the New York show. It is divided into sections, the National show conducted in the Armory, and the Salon presented for private enterprise at the Drake hotel. The exhibit at the Drake is comprised of only the highest-priced cars and custom body work, on the same idea as the Salon held each year in New York.
The Stevens- Duryea car generally dominated the Salon, several of the foremost body builders in the country having elected Stevens-Duryea chassis in which to exhibit their custom coach work. The local builders, the South Springfield Body Corporation showed three body types, one a conventional limousine which is a standard mode and one of the Stevens-Duryea best sellers. This is a large, roomy car seating three people in the front seat and with two folding chairs facing forward. A smaller, smarter car was the new brougham which is narrower and low and had a particularly aristocratic air. The third car is the Smith Springfield exhibit was a four-passenger sport model.
At the National show, due to the limitations of space, the Stevens-Duryea showed only one car, a standard limousine.
Springfield people should find much of interest in the report of the Springfield South car at the shows, made from the fact that large sales were made, as it is a mark of distinction to have their chassis chosen as a fitting complement to the custom coach work of body builders doing only the finest work.
It may also interest and surprise local people to know that the pay-roll of this one plant during 1921 was $805,767.87; the total pay-roll to date exclusive of large sums expended for construction, is $1,823,056.04. The Willimansett plant is running full force and full time and has been for many months. There are 550 people on the pay-roll. Surely such an institutions means much to a locality.
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