This is unlike anything I have seen.
It looks like a Welch.
I agree it is a Welch.
Are there any surviving today?
I agree, definitely a Welch. It's a 5-6 year old car in the photo, judging by the 1913 New Hampshire license plate. I believe there are three left. And Royce, I'll bet you have seen one of the survivors- it's in OKC.
Probably the most well known surviving Welch is the one that belonged to the late author Ralph Stein.
It's featured in his book "The Treasury of the Automobile" and there is a photo of it on the dust jacket.
Very impressive motor - overhead cam and, if I recall correctly, hemispherical combustion chambers.
I believe there are four of them-Nethercutt Collection, LA County Museum Collection, Henry Ford Museum, and the above pictured car that was owned by Stein for many years.
I saw the one on the cover of the Ralph Stein book about 18 years ago in CO.
Sheesh, this is one of those stories...it was the mid 1970's, and I was interested in buying a 1910 Hupmobile in a collection in north Louisiana, and I ended up buying most of the collection, 10 cars or so.....I'd read Ralph Stein's books, of course, and in one of them, "Runabouts and Roadsters", he discussed such a Hupp. I called him, having done some of the pre-internet net-working to get his number...we discussed that car and a 1906 Autocar that was available to me. I'll never forget, he said "Why don't you consider buying my Welch?"...well, of course I knew the car from the book, what's the asking price...if I remember correctly, it was 30K, a lot of money back then, but I was in a position that I could have done it...but said no. What a car, what an opportunity, oh well, still thankful for what I have now!
The Stein Welch now lives in Oklahoma as part of the Bolton Collection.
The Welch has overhead valves in a hemispheric combustion chamber. Also an overhead cam. Very impressive engine!
They also had mousetrap ignition or make and break with no spark plugs but opened and closed a gap by monkey motion to cause a spark.
Are you sure you're not thinking about the Matheson Frank?
First guess when I saw the photos was Welch, guess what book I was reading and drooling over the cars in it back in the 70's? (Even the Model T made it into that book)