Pungs Finch Model 50 Touring

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Pungs Finch


Model 50 Touring





The Pungs Finch was an American automobile manufactured in Detroit, Michigan from 1904 to 1908. They were powerful touring cars built by a factory which made gas engines.

Detroit gasoline engine manufacturer Edward B. Finch and his father-in-law, carriage builder William A. Pungs. The partnership had built its first automobile in 1902 and moved, like many companies of the era, quickly and audaciously. They adopted a propeller shaft and bevel gear drive the following year and by 1906 were ready to build their masterpiece.

The 1904 cars had 14hp two cylinder engines but in 1905 they were replaced by the much larger Model 35 Runabout of 5808 cc and the Model 50 of 6435 cc. An even larger model came in 1906 with the Finch Limited powered by an 8652 cc single overhead camshaft, four cylinder engine.

Each of the Finch Limited’s four cylinders displaced as many cubic inches as two smart car engines. The complete engine carried inclined overhead valves in hemispherical combustion chambers, operated by a single gear-driven overhead camshaft. In other words, Pungs-Finch was building an overhead-valve, SOHC “hemi” in 1906! The factory guaranteed that the fire-breathing Limited would churn out more than 50 horsepower and accelerate upwards of 55 mph. No wonder, then, that Henry Ford described this as being “the finest car he had ever seen.”

Prices for the 1908 models ranged from $2500 to $5000.

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