The Motor Boys are: Bob Baker, son of a rich banker; Ned Slade, son of a large department store owner; Jerry Hopkins, son of a well-to-do widow.
Cupples & Leon advertisement for The Motor Boys Series:
In 'The Motor Boys Series' Mr. Clarence Young has, at a single bound, placed himself in the front rank of writers for boys and young men. This line of stories is clean, bright, up-to-date and full of adventure.
Cupples & Leon advertisement for The Second Motor Boys Series:
This, the Second Series of the now world famed Motor Boys virtually starts a new series, but retains all the favorite characters introduced in the previous books. The Motor Boys series is the biggest and best selling series for boys ever published.
Volumes 17 - 22 were advertised as "The Motor Boys - Second Series." Four of these books (volumes 17-21) were originally published with the words "Ned, Bob and Jerry" instead of the traditional "The Motor Boys". They were later reissued with the standard titles and subtitles.
Howard Garis began his long association with the Stratemeyer Syndicate with his work on this series. His wife, Lillian Garis, assisted in some of the stories in the Motor Girls series.
This series was published by Cupples & Leon and was issued in at least three major binding styles:
A: Dark green with red, white, black printing of the Boys driving down a road in an open touring car.
B: Gray with orange-red and black printing depicting a variety of scenes. This variety had a number of different spine symbols depicting the type of adventure (air, sea, land).
C: Brown with black printing depicting the boys (each in a separate circle) and illustrations of a biplane, auto and boat. It is reminiscent of a cross between the Rover Boys covers and the Tom Swift covers.
All types had glossy frontispieces, types A & B also had several glossy illustrations interspersed in the body of the text.
With the money won at the great motor cycle race the three boys purchase their touring car and commence their travels. When in the West they hear of the opening up of new gold diggings and resolve to visit the locality in their car.
From our own country the scene is shifted to Mexico, where the Motor Boys journey in quest of a city said to have been buried centuries ago by an earthquake.
This is the latest volume in this highly succesful series and takes the boys through a variety of adventures. How they found Lost Lake, unravelled the mystery surrounding the lonely hermit who dwelt there, and saved their precious gold mine from falling into the hands of a band of sharpers.
Note: Subtitle also listed as The Stirring Cruise Of The Dartaway
How the lads foiled the bad men who wanted to wreck a steamer by means of a false light is dramatically related.
Telling of many adventures in the mysterious Everglades of Florida
The derelict was of great value, and the hunt for it proved full of perils.
The boys fall in with an inventor and invest in a flying machine. After a number of stirring adventures in the clouds they enter a big race.
Here is a story of airship adventures quite out of the ordinary.
From the mountains the scene is shifted to the broad Atlantic. Once again the dauntless Motor Boys are to the front, in a series of happenings as interesting as they are exciting.
After the bank is robbed by thieves using an aeroplane, the Motor Boys take to the air to capture them and retrieve the stolen loot.
Enthusiastic over their success in locating the stolen bank treasure, the Motor Boys hearing of a fortune in radium supposed to be located in the Grand Canyon, start out to seek it, using first an auto, then a motor boat and then in an airship. A truly remarkable story, full of new interest and adventure.
Reissue: The Motor Boys At Boxwood Hall or, Ned, Bob And Jerry As Freshman
Reissue: The Motor Boys On A Ranch or, Ned, Bob And Jerry Among The Cowboys
Reissue: The Motor Boys In The Army or, Ned, Bob And Jerry As Volunteers
Reissue: The Motor Boys On The Firing Line or, Ned, Bob And Jerry Fighting For Uncle Sam
Reissue: The Motor Boys Bound For Home or, Ned, Bob And Jerry On The Wrecked Troopship
Note: Subtitle also listed as The Treasure Box Of Blue Rock