The Pullman was an American automobile manufactured in York, Pennsylvania by the York Motor Car Co. from 1905 to 1917. Total production is estimated at anywhere from 12,000 to 23,000 cars. The Pullman automobile was named by industrialist A.P. Broomell to reflect the quality and luxury of rail cars and coaches made by the Pullman Company, but the two organizations were not related.
Pullman automobiles were sold as luxury vehicles, using advertising slogans such as "Not Only The Best at the Price But the Best at Any Price." While not as expensive as the high-end motor coaches the cars were purported to match in quality, they were considerably more expensive than the contemporary Ford Model T. The Model T introduced in 1909 was $1850, but the price dropped to around $500 by 1914. A Pullman advertisement from 1910 lists four touring car and roadster models for $1650 to $3200.
One unusual Pullman, built around 1903, featured six wheels. However, unlike other six-wheelers, even up to the March_2-4-0 in Formula 1 in the 1980s, these axles were evenly spaced, so that while the endmost two axles were in their conventional fore and aft locations, the middle two wheels were directly under the passenger seats. When the car reached a particularly high spot in the road, it had a tendency to see-saw. It was not a success, and crashed into a telegraph pole within the year it was built. The vehicle was torn apart and items such as the engine were rebuilt in more conventional four-wheel configuration.
New York Times, November 8, 1908, New Cars Which Are Already the Market for Next Year.; Keen Interest in 1909 Types that Arrived in this City During the Past Week. Motorists Study Low Priced Cars Showing Thorough Knowledge of Automobile Detail.