Saturday, February 2, 2008

Indiana Automotive History 101 (continued)

After researching my previous post, I was reminded of a wall poster I had seen during my last visit to the Auburn Cord Deusenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. This poster contained all of the cars that have been manufactured in Indiana. As I recalled, the list was absolutely INCREDIBLE! Thought I'd google "Cars Manufactured in Indiana"...here is what I found!


Indiana-built automobiles sorted by name. This list is from the book Cruise IN: A guide to Indiana's automotive past and present. A list of Indiana-built automobiles sorted by city is also included in the book. For more information on the book be sure to visit the Web Site.
Name
Manufacturer
City
Date

Albany
Albany Automobile Co.
Albany
1907-08

Allied
Allied Cab Mfg. Co.
Elkhart
1932-34

American
American Motors Co.
Indianapolis
1906-14

American
American Automobile Mfg. Co.
New Albany
1911-12

American Junior
American Motor Vehicle Co.
Lafayette
1916-20

American Simplex
Simplex Motor Car Co.
Mishawaka
1906-10

American Underslung
American Motors Co.
Indianapolis
1906-14

Amplex
Simplex Motor Car Co.
Mishawaka
1910-13

Anderson
Anderson Carriage Mfg. Co.
Anderson
1907-10

Anderson Steam
Anderson Steam Carriage Co.
Anderson
1901-02

Ansted
Lexington Motor Car Co.
Connersville
1921,1926

Apperson
Apperson Bros. Automobile Co.
Kokomo
1902-26

Auburn
Auburn Automobile Co.
Auburn
1900-36

Auburn
Auburn Automobile Co.
Connersville
1929-36

Auburn Motor Chassis
Auburn Motor Chassis Co.
Auburn
1912-15

Auto Red Bug
American Motor Vehicle Co.
Lafayette
1916-20

Avanti
Studebaker Corp.
South Bend
1962-63

Avanti II
Avanti Motor Corp.
South Bend
1965-85

Bendix
Bendix Co.
Logansport
1908-09

Black
C.H. Black Mfg. Co.
Indianapolis
1896-1900

Black Crow
Crow Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1909-11

Blackhawk
Stutz Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1929-30

Bour-Davis
Shadburne Bros. Co.
Frankfort
1918

Brook Spacke
Machine & Tool Co.
Indianapolis
1920-21

Bryan Steamer
Bryan Boiler Co.
Peru
1918-23

Butler High Wheel
Butler Co.
Butler
1908

Casady
W.S. Casady Mfg. Co.
South Bend
1905

Champion
Champion Auto Equipment Co.
Wabash
1916

Chevrolet Truck
General Motors Truck & Bus Grp.
Fort Wayne
1986-present

Clark
Clark Motor Car Co.
Shelbyville
1910-12

Cole
Cole Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1909-25

Cole Solid Tire
Cole Carriage Co.
Indianapolis
1908-09

Comet
Comet Cyclecar Co.
Indianapolis
1914

Comet Racer
Marion Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1904

Continental
Indian Motor & Mfg. Co.
Franklin
1910-13

Cord
Cord Corp.
Auburn
1929-32

Cord
Cord Corp.
Connersville
1936-37

Crosley
Crosley Motors Inc.
Marion
1946-52

Crosley
Crosley Motors Inc.
Richmond
1939-42

Crow
Crow Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1911

Crow-Elkhart
Crow Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1911-23

Cyclop
L. Porter Smith & Bros.
Indianapolis
1910

Davis
George W. Davis Motor Car Co.
Richmond
1908-29

De Soto
Zimmerman Mfg. Co.
Auburn
1913-14

De Tamble
De Tamble Motor Co.
Anderson
1908-13

Dearborn
J & M Motor Car Co.
Lawrenceburg
1911

Decatur
Decatur Motor Car Co.
Decatur
1908-11

DeWitt
DeWitt Motor Vehicle Co.
North Manchester
1909-10

Dixie
Dixie Mfg. Co.
Vincennes
1916

Duesenberg
Duesenberg Motors Corp.
Indianapolis
1920-37

Duplex
Bendix Co.
Logansport
1908-09

Durant
Durant Motors, Inc.
Muncie
1922-28

El-Fay
Elkhart Motor Co.
Elkhart
1931-35

Elcar
Elkhart Motor Co.
Elkhart
1916-31

Electrobile
National Vehicle Co.
Indianapolis
1901-06

Elgin
Elgin Motors Inc.
Indianapolis
1923-24

Empire
Empire Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1909-19

Empire
Empire Motor Car Co.
Connersville
1912-15

Erie
Erie Cycle & Motor Carriage Co.
Anderson
1899-1902

Erskine
Studebaker Corp.
South Bend
1927-30

Evansville
Evansville Automobile Co.
Evansville
1907-09

Excellent Six
Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co.
Anderson
1908-11

Ford
Ford Motor Co.
Indianapolis
1914-32

Gary Six
Gary Automobile Mfg. Co.
Gary
1914

Graham-Paige
Graham-Paige
Evansville
1929-30

Great Western
Great Western Automobile Co.
Peru
1909-14

H.C.S.
H.C.S. Motor Co.
Indianapolis
1920-25

H.C.S. Cab
H.C.S. Cab Mfg. Co.
Indianapolis
1924-27

Handy Wagon
Auburn Motor Chassis Co.
Auburn
1912-15

Harper
Harper Buggy Co.
Columbia City
1907-08

Haynes
Haynes Automobile Co.
Kokomo
1904-25

Haynes-Apperson
Haynes-Apperson Automobile Co.
Kokomo
1898-1904

Henderson
Henderson Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1912-14

Hercules
Hercules Motor Car Co.
New Albany
1914-15

Herff-Brooks
Herff-Brooks Corp.
Indianapolis
1915-16

Honda Passport
Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc.
Lafayette
1994-present

Hoosier Scout
Warren Electric & Machine Co.
Indianapolis
1914

Howard
Lexington-Howard Co.
Connersville
1913-14

Huffman
Huffman Bros. Motor Co.
Elkhart
1920-25

Hummer
AM General
Mishawaka
1984-present

Huntingburg
Huntingburg Wagon Works
Huntingburg
1902-03

Ideal
Ideal Motor Co.
Indianapolis
1911-12

Ideal-Commercial
Ideal Auto Co.
Fort Wayne
1910-14

Imp
W. H. McIntyre Co.
Auburn
1913-14

Indiana
Indiana Motor & Vehicle Co.
Indianapolis
1901

Interstate
Interstate Motor Co.
Muncie
1908-19

Isuzu Trooper
Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc.
Lafayette
1989-present

Jack Rabbit
Apperson Bros. Automobile Co.
Kokomo
1911-13

James
J & M Motor Car Co.
Lawrenceburg
1909-11

Jonz
American Automobile Mfg. Co.
New Albany
1910-12

Kenworthy
Kenworthy Motors Corp.
Mishawaka
1920-21

Kiblinger
W. H. Kiblinger Co.
Auburn
1907-08

Komet
Elkhart Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1911

Lafayette
Lafayette Motors Co.
Indianapolis
1921-22

Lambert
Buckeye Mfg. Co.
Anderson
1906-17

Laurel
Laurel Motors Corp.
Anderson
1917-20

Laurel
Laurel Motor Car Co.
Richmond
1916-17

Lawter
Safety Shredder Co.
New Castle
1909

Leader
Leader Mfg. Co.
Knightstown
1907-12

Leader
Leader Mfg. Co.
McCordsville
1905-07

Lexington
Lexington Motor Co.
Connersville
1910-27

Lindsay
T.J. Lindsay Automobile Parts Co.
Indianapolis
1902-03

Lorraine
Lorraine Car Co.
Richmond
1920-21

Lyons-Knight
Lyons-Atlas Co.
Indianapolis
1913-15

Madison
Madison Motors Corp.
Anderson
1915-19

Mais
Mais Motor Truck Co.
Indianapolis
1911-14

Marathon
Herff-Brooks Corp.
Indianapolis
1915-16

Marion
Marion Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1904-14

Marmon
Nordyke & Marmon Co.
Indianapolis
1902-33

Martel
Elkhart Motor Co.
Elkhart
1925-27

Martindale & Millikan
Indian Motor & Mfg. Co.
Franklin
1914

Maxwell
Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Co.
New Castle
1906-16

McFarlan
McFarlan Motor Car Co.
Connersville
1910-28

McGill
McGee Mfg. Co.
Indianapolis
1917-28

McIntyre
W. H. McIntyre Co.
Auburn
1909-15

McIntyre Special
W. H. McIntyre Co.
Auburn
1911-15

Metz
Metz Cyclecar Co.
Indianapolis
1914

Mier
Mier Carriage & Buggy Co.
Ligonier
1908-09

Mills Electric
Mills Electric Co.
Lafayette
1917

Model
Model Gas Engine Works
Auburn
1903-06

Model
Model Automobile Co.
Peru
1906-09

Mohawk
Mohawk Cycle & Automobile Co.
Indianapolis
1903-05

Monroe
William Small Co.
Indianapolis
1918-23

Morriss-London
Century Motors Co.
Elkhart
1919-25

Muntz Jet
Muntz Car Co.
Evansville
1950-51

National
National Motor Vehicle Co.
Indianapolis
1904-24

National Electric
National Automobile & Electric Co.
Indianapolis
1900-04

New Parry
Parry Auto Co.
Indianapolis
1911-12

New York Six
Automotive Corp. of America
Richmond
1927-28

Niagara Four
Crow Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1915-16

Nyberg
Nyberg Automobile Works
Anderson
1911-13

Ohio Falls
Ohio Falls Motor Car Co.
New Albany
1913-14

Overland
Standard Wheel Works
Indianapolis
1905-06

Overland
Overland Auto Co.
Indianapolis
1906-09

Overland
Standard Wheel Works
Terre Haute
1903-05

Packard
Studebaker-Packard Corp.
South Bend
1954-58

Packard Darrin
Packard Motor Car Co.
Connersville
1940-41

Pak-Age-Car
Auburn Automobile Co.
Connersville
1938-41

Pak-Age-Car
Stutz Motor Co.
Indianapolis
1930-38

Parry
Parry Auto Co.
Indianapolis
1910

Pathfinder
Motor Car Mfg. Co.
Indianapolis
1912-17

Pilgrim
Ohio Falls Motor Car Co.
New Albany
1913-14

Pilot
Pilot Motor Car Co.
Richmond
1909-24

Plymouth
Chrysler Corp.
Evansville
1935-56

Pope-Waverley
Pope Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1904-08

Postal
Postal Auto. & Engineering Co.
Bedford
1906-08

Pratt
Pratt Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1911-15

Pratt-Elkhart
Elkhart Carriage/Harness Mfg. Co.
Elkhart
1909-11

Premier
Premier Motor Mfg. Co.
Indianapolis
1903-26

Premier Taxicab
Premier Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1923-26

Prosperity
Allied Cab Mfg. Co.
Elkhart
1933

R.A.C.
Ricketts Automobile Co.
South Bend
1910-11

Red Ball-Taxi
Red Ball Transit Co.
Frankfort
1924

Reeves
Reeves Pulley Co.
Columbus
1896-98, 1905

ReVere
ReVere Motor Car Corp.
Logansport
1918-26

Richmond
Wayne Works
Richmond
1904-17

Ricketts
Ricketts Automobile Co.
South Bend
1909-11

Rider-Lewis
Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co.
Anderson
1908-11

Rider-Lewis
Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co.
Muncie
1908

Rockne
Studebaker Corp.
South Bend
1932-33

Rodefeld
Rodefeld Co.
Richmond
1909-17

Roosevelt
Marmon Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1929-30

Royal
Royal Motor Co.
Elkhart
1913

Royal Martel
Elkhart Motor Co.
Elkhart
1925-27

Scout
International Harvester Co.
Fort Wayne
1961-80

Seidel
Seidel Buggy Co.
Richmond
1908-09

Senator
Victor Automobile Co.
Ridgeville
1907-10

Sheridan
Sheridan Motor Car Co.
Muncie
1920-21

Shoemaker
Shoemaker Automobile Co.
Elkhart
1907-08

Simplicity
Evansville Automobile Co.
Evansville
1907-11

Single-Center
Single-Center Buggy Co.
Evansville
1906-08

South Bend
South Bend Motor Car Works
South Bend
1913-16

Spacke
Spacke Machine & Tool Co.
Indianapolis
1919

Standard Six
Standard Auto. Co. of America
Wabash
1910-11

Star
Durant Motors, Inc.
Muncie
1923

Star
Model Automobile Co.
Peru
1908

Sterling
Elkhart Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1909-11

Studebaker
Studebaker Corp.
South Bend
1904-63

Studebaker Electric
Studebaker Bros. Mfg. Co.
South Bend
1902-12

Stutz
Stutz Motor Car Co.
Indianapolis
1912-35

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc.
Lafayette
1989-present

Sun
Sun Motor Car Co.
Elkhart
1916-17

Super Allied
Allied Cab Mfg. Co.
Elkhart
1935

Tincher
Tincher Motor Car Co.
South Bend
1907-09

Traveler
Traveler Automobile Co.
Evansville
1910-11

Tricolet
Pokorney/Richards Auto. & Gas.
Indianapolis
1904-06

Union
Union Automobile Co.
Auburn
1916

Union
Buckeye Mfg. Co.
Anderson
1905

Union
Union Automobile Co.
Union City
1902-04

Union City Six
Union City Carriage Mfg. Co.
Union City
1916

United
United Engineering Co.
Greensburg
1919-20

Van Auken Electric
Connersville Buggy Co.
Connersville
1913

W.A.C.
Woodburn Auto Co.
Woodburn
1905-12

Waverley
Waverley Co.
Indianapolis
1909-16

Waverley Electric
Indiana Bicycle Co.
Indianapolis
1898-1903

Westcott
Westcott Motor Car Co.
Richmond
1909-16

Woodburn
Woodburn Auto Co.
Woodburn
1905-12

A word about listsCompiling lists about the automotive genesis is an imprecise art. There is no single source of information for the American automobiles progression. Some reference works are fairly complete regarding makes, manufacturers, cities and dates. These same works may miss some instances for which a manufacturer's model is built in a plant other than that company's main places of business. The work is further compounded by list compilers who chose to include instances where only one car was made by an individual whether or not they planned to proceed to manufacture it in quantity. In Indiana's case, for every one vehicle achieving production about two announcements of intent to manufacture or build a prototype were proclaimed.Early lists about the actual number of automobiles made in the United States started at 1,500 and then progressed to about 2,500. Recent lists approach around 3,000. Early Indiana lists started at 160 makes made in more than 30 cities and have progressed to over 520 vehicles manufactured or assembled in more than 80 cities.Only those vehicles which proceeded to production are included in this book's lists. Production, as we have chosen to define it, is the manufacture of 12 or more vehicles of the same design. This is the accepted definition for recognizing the start of commercial automobile production by a number of manufacturers in the United States in 1896. In some instances it is still hard to determine the twelve or greater number. On borderline cases where no actual numbers are given we erred on the high side. Based on the above explanation, this list shows 198 autos produced in 42 cities.
BibliographyHuffman, Wallace Spencer, Indiana Built Motor Vehicles Centennial Edition, Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, C 1994.Kimes, Beverly Rae, Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805 - 1942, Iola, WI, Krause Publications, C 1996