At the turn of the 19th century Dayton Ohio held more patents per capita then any other place in the US. The twentieth century would see Dayton contribute to several fields, from cash registers to automobile self starters. Few would dispute Dayton's biggest contribution to mankind was a pair of quiet brothers named Wright and their mastery of controlled powered flight. A town that produced so many great things should no doubt have produced great automobile. It did: the Speedwell.
The Speedwell was an appropriately named machine. The designers set out to produce a sporting, powerful machine—and they succeeded. Like the Wright Flyer the Speed-well was elegantly engineered for its intended purpose. During 1910 Speedwell cars and Wright aircraft were produced in the same factory building. The heart of the ma-chine was a finely designed Speedwell four-cylinder motor. The big four produced 50hp and easily propelled the car to thrilling speeds. The transmission was a smooth and p