How to Identify Your Saxon



Getting an exact date and model for your Saxon is a challenge. There are certain identifying characteristics of roadsters and touring cars, and some of these are shown below. There is no certainty, for example, from your registration date that your car was built, or even sold, in that year. Production numbers are not entirely clear and serial numbers, on many cars, have been lost over the years. That said, here's what to look for:


Serial Numbers:

  • On the Roadster they are stamped into the wooden frame (though through the years these numbers tend to get erased) and they appear on a metal plate below the front seat. Each engine is numbered.
  • On the Six, the serial number appears on a plate on the dash, and may also appear on a bar between the front fenders. Engines also have number plates.


If you can gain access to a contemporary parts manual, much can be learned about your car from its wiring and electrical parts, as well as details from individual parts.


The following Identification chart was recently crafted by Saxon historian and technical expert Elliott Fletcher.

 

Saxon Model Identification Guide


The small 4-cy Saxon had four models during its five year production span (1914-1918).  The 6-cy Saxon also had four models during its five year production (1915-1919).  An entirely new large 4-cy Saxon was built in 1920. 

  

 SALIENT VISUAL FEATURES

 

MODEL A (Note: Type designations are Elliott Fletcher’s)

                                   A  -- LH Drive
     A1 -- RH Drive
     A2 -- Delivery Car
     A3 -- RH drive with magneto


Type I                          Gas tank fill under one piece hood.

      First 2200 A & 10 A1 cars.


Type II                         Gas tank fill thru cowl.

                                    Cars 2200-5000 A & 10-65 A1 cars


Type III                        Gas tank fill still thru cowl & running boards replace step plates.

                                    Cars 5000-5776 A & 65-200 A1.


Type IV                        Gas tank fill thru dash.

                                    After 5776 A & 200 A1 cars


Type V                         Body has curved door tops. (This is the new model B body)  After 7517 A & 483 A1 cars


 

MODEL B (1st)


B    L. H. drive             New body has curved door tops with wood trim & the windshield is hinged at the bottom 


B1  R. H. drive             Same body design as B


B2                                Delivery Car   Body is same as the model A2 Delivery


 

MODEL 14


14  L. H. drive             New body has curved door tops without wood trim  & the windshield is hinged about 1/3 up the                                               windshield


15  R. H. drive             Same body design as above


 

MODEL B (2nd)


B5R  L. H. drive          New body has taller body, doors and larger trunk


B6R  R. H. drive         Same body design as above


B7R `R. H. drive        With magneto. Same body design as above


 

MODEL S                

                                   Small six cylinder touring.  Carburetor on right side of motor. Double Y intake manifold. 

                                   Quarter elliptic springs. Vertical windshield. Running boards long Aluminum plates over splash
     aprons, with boards under


MODEL S2              Conventional intake manifold. Running boards wood with battle ship grey linoleum.


MODEL S3/S4       Carburetor on left side of motor.  Slanted windshield. Cantilevered Half elliptic rear springs.


MODEL Y18           Appears to be the same as the S3/S4

 

Model 125D/G      Large four cylinder, with a boxy body.

 

 epf/ 4/23/11




Elliott Fletcher, with help from Walter Prichard, compiled these production statistics.


Saxon Passenger Car Serial Numbers by Models

From “The Horseless Age” (May 1, 1918 pg. 57)  & Motor Age (1912-1920 appendix pg. 286)*


   Model Year      Model              Serial No.              Number built

4 cy.        1914                A               100 – 9740                     9641

                  1914               A1                 101-321                       221

                  1914               A2                 101- 519                      419

                  1914               A3                 101-300                       200

       1915               B               10102-15002                 4901

                   1915               B1                 351-1300                    950

       1915               B2                  342-736                     395

                   1916              14                  101-9574                    9474

                   1916             15                  101-127                         27

       1917            B5R             9601-X18399                  8799

                   1917            B6R                 X1-X128                      128

                   1917             B7R             X790-X1222                   433  

                                                                                                                       TOTAL 35588

6 cy          1915              S                   101-4843                    4743

                   1916            S2T              5101-19199                 14099

                   1916            S2R                 101-2100                   2000

                   1917         S3T, S4T       19201-X40602              21402

                   1917            S4R              2101-X5192                  3092

       1917            S4S             30700-X42973             12274

                   1918          Y-18 T             1201-7649                  6449

                   1918          Y-18 R              101-1030                   1194

                   1919           Y-18T              7650-8400                   751

       1919           Y-18R              1031-1060                    30  

                                                                                                            TOTAL 66034

4 cy          1920            125D             90001-90750                750

                   1921            125D             90751-90860                110

                   1922            125G             90861-91000                140  

                                                                                                                          TOTAL 1000 


  • The Motor Age data does not include the Saxon export models prior to 1917. Both sources have typos which required interpolation. The same problem exists with data from Branham, & National used car market reports.

Saxon Model Identification Guide


The small 4-cy Saxon had four models during its five year production span (1914-1918).  The 6-cy Saxon also had four models during its five year production (1915-1919).  An entirely new large 4-cy Saxon was built in 1920. 

  

 SALIENT VISUAL FEATURES

 

MODEL A (Note: Type designations are Elliott Fletcher’s)
A -- LH Drive
A1-- RH Drive
A2-- Delivery Car
A3--RH drive with magneto

Type I        Gas tank fill under one piece hood.

First 2200 A & 10 A1 cars.

Type II      Gas tank fill thru cowl.

                              Cars 2200-5000 A & 10-65 A1 cars

Type III     Gas tank fill still thru cowl &

running boards replace step plates.

                              Cars 5000-5776 A & 65-200 A1.

Type IV     Gas tank fill thru dash.

                              After 5776 A & 200 A1 cars

Type V                  Body has curved door tops. (This is the new model B body)

                              After 7517 A & 483 A1 cars

 

MODEL B (1st)

B    L. H. drive       New body has curved door tops with wood trim

 & the windshield is hinged at the bottom

B1  R. H. drive      Same body design as B

B2                          Delivery Car   Body is same as the model A2 Delivery

 

MODEL 14

14  L. H. drive       New body has curved door tops without wood trim

 & the windshield is hinged about 1/3 up the windshield.

15  R. H. drive      Same body design as above

 

MODEL B (2nd)

B5R  L. H. drive    New body has taller body, doors and largerr trunk

B6R  R. H. drive   Same body design as above.

B7R `R. H. drive With magneto. Same body design as above

 

MODEL S               Small six cylinder touring.  Carburetor on right side of motor. Double Y intake manifold. Quarter elliptic springs. Vertical windshield. Running boards long Aluminum plates over splash aprons, with boards under..

MODEL S2            Conventional intake manifold. Running boards wood with battle ship grey linoleum.

MODEL S3/S4      Carburetor on left side of motor.  Slanted windshield. Cantilevered Half elliptic rear springs.

MODEL Y18          Appears to be the same as the S3/S4

 

Model 125D/G     Large four cylinder, with a boxy body.

 

 

epf/ 4/23/11




Elliott Fletcher, with help from Walter Prichard, compiled these production statistics.

SAXON PASSENGER CAR SERIAL NUMBERS BY MODELS


From “The Horseless Age” (May 1, 1918 pg. 57)

& Motor Age (1912-1920 appendix pg. 286)*

Model Year               Model            Serial No.                  Number built

4 cy.   1914              A                     100 – 9740              9641

            1914              A1                   101-321                      221
            1914              A2                   101- 519                     419

            1914              A3                   101-300                      200

1915              B                      10102-15002          4901

            1915              B1                   351-1300                   950

1915              B2                   342-736                      395

            1916              14                   101-9574                  9474

            1916              15                   101-127                       27

1917              B5R                 9601-X18399          8799

            1917              B6R                 X1-X128                    128

            1917              B7R                 X790-X1222             433  TOTAL 35588

6 cy    1915              S                      101-4843                  4743

            1916              S2T                 5101-19199             14099

            1916              S2R                 101-2100                 2000

            1917              S3T, S4T        19201-X40602       21402

            1917              S4R                 2101-X5192             3092

1917              S4S                 30700-X42973        12274

            1918              Y-18 T             1201-7649               6449

            1918              Y-18 R            101-1030                  1194

            1919              Y-18T             7650-8400                 751

1919              Y-18R             1031-1060                  30  TOTAL 66034

4 cy    1920              125D              90001-90750           750

            1921              125D              90751-90860           110

            1922              125G              90861-91000            140  TOTAL 1000 
·   The Motor Age data does not include the Saxon export models prior to 1917. Both sources have typos which required interpolation. The same problem exists with data from Branham, & National used car market reports.

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