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1922 First Jewett

Nameplate: Paige Paige Jewett
Model: "Six-44" "Six-66" 18-22
Cylinders: 6 6 6
Horsepower SAE: 45 70 50
Wheelbase: 119 131 112
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1922 Six-66 Larchmont II, (George Teebay collection)

For the 1922 model year, Paige continued its two series of cars: (1) the light six "Six-44" and (2) the big six "Six-66". The auto industry was beginning to recover from the 1921 economic slump, and Paige made significant price decreases. Paige autos still cost a substantial amount. However, they enjoyed a reputation for quality and modern styling.

1922 Larchmont

1922 Paige Larchmont II (Richard Paige collection)

1922 Six-66

1922 Six-66 , Saturday Evening Post, March 4, 1922

The most distinctive Paige continued to be a new $2,495 version of the previous year's Daytona two/three-passenger speedster. As in 1921 the third passenger rode on a seat that pulled out from the body. This seat, when not in use, had a back that folded down and an armrest that folded in, allowing the seat to be pushed back into the car and locked there out of the way. The seat's right side was actually a metal door that was finished in the same color as the car body, so when it was retracted, the car appeared to have a golf bag compartment there. There was a footrest built into the right side running board that could be raised for use when the seat was out. The top could be completely removed "without a single tool and left at home in fair weather." It had cycle fenders and a rear-mounted spare. The Daytona was famous for its racy silhouette and pleasing lines, not to mention its speed.

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More news from Paige during 1922 was the announcement of a totally new, low-priced, six-cylinder car, named for founder and president Harry M. Jewett. Information was given to Paige dealers during the New York Show in January. Features of the new Jewett included: 112 inch wheelbase; 50 HP six-cylinder motor; drum-type headlights with nickel trim; glass rear window; and door-opening side curtains. The initial model was a touring car for five. A sedan went into production by the end of April:

  • Jewett five-passenger touring car, $1,065
  • Jewett five-passenger sedan, $1,395
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1922 Six-66 (Stefan Barbaric photo)

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Paige Daytona before 1922 San Francisco to Santa Monica Road Race (Martin Swig)

Before too long, a two-passenger roadster and a four-passenger coupe were also being offered. There is disagreement, however, whether these two additions are properly 1922 models or 1923 models:

  • Jewett two-passenger roadster
  • Jewett four-passenger coupe

Jewett models were an instant success. The cars had rather boxlike styling, but with the six-cylinder engine and other features, they were a good buy for the money. Hudson had started the low-priced trend with its Essex, but the Essex was a four-cylinder car that cost about the same as the Jewett. When Studebaker entered the low-priced field, it, like Paige, named the car after its president, calling it the Erskine.

By the end of 1922 the company shipped 20,420 Jewett autos, compared to only 9,323 Paige models. A period of growth and prosperity had begun.

1922 6-44 Lenox Roadster 1922 Six-44 1922 Six-66 1922 4-pass Coupe
1922 Six-44 Roadster (AACA Library photo) 1922 Six-44, Saturday Evening Post, April 8, 1922 1922 Six-66, Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 23, 1922 1922 Six-66 Coupe (AACA Library photo)

Elsewhere in 1922:

  • Henry Ford buys the bankrupt Lincoln Motor Company for the bargain price of $8 million. Henry and Edsel Ford, father and son, switch from driving Marmon autos to driving Lincolns.
  • George Frost invents the car radio.
  • Instrument panels feature gasoline gauges.
  • Hudson introduces the low-priced Essex, an affordable, closed car for year-round driving.
  • Some car models feature back-up lights.
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