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Archive for June 22nd, 2019

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 22, 1913

1913 Buick touring car

Last Sunday morning Phillip Smyly, sales manager of the Buick Automobile Company in Seattle, started out in the general direction of Green River Valley. The trip lasted two and a one-half days and resulted in Smyly’s landing orders for four Buicks. He covered close to 400 miles on his jaunt, which took him through Kent, Auburn, Black Diamond, and other towns in that vicinity.

In Black Diamond he met a prospective buyer who said his order depended on whether the car could take a capacity load over Brooks Hill, a long, steep grade near the town that is notorious for its immunity from attacks by motor vehicles.

Smyly acquiesced, and to make the bargain good he added a sixth passenger. The manner in which the powerful little Buick ascended the grade made the Black Diamond man gasp. He remarked that “no car had done it before,” and then drew forth his checkbook. The notations he made on the paper made him the owner of a new touring car and Salesman Smyly smiled sweetly.

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