Despite the fact that there are fewer than 600 automobiles in New York City and no gas stations, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces the first Auto Parts Department, selling parts and tools for the "horseless carriage" including a Motorist Touring Kit, which allows drivers to fix a flat or blown gasket.
As the automobile gains in popularity and begins to come into more widespread use, Hammacher Schlemmer purchases their own automobile which they used to begin the first home-delivery parcel service for customers-a novel idea in its day.
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American President to ride in an automobile when he rides in a Columbia Electric Victoria through Hartford, Connecticut.
Weighing up to 750 lbs., the "Star" Screw-cutting Engine Lathe was operated via foot pedals. Chief among its many virtues was its outstanding construction, described as "Heavy, rigid, accurate, correct in design and finish, combining throughout the best material, with the highest class of workmanship."
To help motorists reduce their repair bills, Hammacher Schlemmer offers the tourist autokit, "the highest type of repairing outfit procurable". The kit contains 38 tools for both permanent and emergency use, "conveniently packed in a strong, leather-edged canvas roll."
Hammacher Schlemmer publishes catalog No. 115, a 300-page edition featuring tools for machinists and metal workers. The opening page serves notice of the company's tradition for quality and innovation: "Since 1848 we have been selling tools to the trade. We have always aimed to sell strictly high-grade goods, and to keep in advance of all improvements introduced which bore evidence of real practical value."