Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hanson Motor Company: Hanson Six

I once thought the Tucker was among the rarest of automobiles...and it is. Nearly all of the 51 built are still in existence. However, of the approximately 800 Hanson's built, there are only two known to have survived...and one is on display at the Atlanta History Center.

Hanson Six, Hanson Motor Company, Atlanta History Center
Hanson Six, Hanson Motor Company, Atlanta History Center
Built in Atlanta in 1920, the Hanson Six at the Atlanta History Center was designed by George Washington Hanson, who moved to Atlanta in 1907. His automobile manufacturing company eventually went under, in 1924, not too long after Ford Motor Company opened a factory here, in 1915, featuring mass production.

Back to the Tucker for a moment. If you've seen the movie "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," you know how gorgeous that car is. I saw one in the late 1980s at a car dealership in Albany, Georgia. Today, the only Tucker in Georgia that I've been able to locate is not on display, but that's not to say it never will be. Fortunately, in the meantime, we have the Georgia-made Hanson Six!

So, bottom line, you don't have to wait for an annual Car Show to see some really phenomenal automobiles in Atlanta. Atlantans love their cars and many of our car clubs have warm weather car shows. Keep an eye out!

2 comments:

Aloha Wanderwell said...

I wonder where the Hanson Six is that Walter Wanderwell first used in 1919 for his around the world trip?

Anonymous said...

Wanderwell’s Hanson
The Weekly Banner, September 26, 1919
Mr. Wanderwell is high in praise of the Hanson Six automobile, stating that it is one of the best sixes on the market, its every part having the most modern and up-to-date standard features. This car is very popular in this section, where it is distributed by the Denny Motor co. of Athens. Mr. Denny is both a director and a stockholder in the Hanson company, of Atlanta, which manufactures the car.