Lost Car Companies of Detroit

Author Alan Naldrett explores these and more tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today"--Publisher website.

Lost Car Companies of Detroit

"Among more than two hundred auto companies that tried their luck in the Motor City, just three remain: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. But many of those lost to history have colorful stories worth telling. For instance, J.J. Cole forgot to put brakes in his new auto, so on the first test run, he had to drive it in circles until it ran out of gas. Brothers John and Horace Dodge often trashed saloons during wild evenings but used their great personal wealth to pay for the damage the next day (if they could remember where they had been). David D. Buick went from being the founder of his own leading auto company to working the information desk at the Detroit Board of Trade. Author Alan Naldrett explores these and more tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today"--Publisher website.

Lost Car Companies of Detroit

many of the Indiana and Ohio companies lasted for years, by the time the gasoline auto had begun to assert its dominance in 1910, the road to the parts manufacturers and auto companies continually led to Detroit.

Lost Car Companies of Detroit

Among more than two hundred auto companies that tried their luck in the Motor City, just three remain: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. But many of those lost to history have colorful stories worth telling. For instance, J.J. Cole forgot to put brakes in his new auto, so on the first test run, he had to drive it in circles until it ran out of gas. Brothers John and Horace Dodge often trashed saloons during wild evenings but used their great personal wealth to pay for the damage the next day (if they could remember where they had been). David D. Buick went from being the founder of his own leading auto company to working the information desk at the Detroit Board of Trade. Author Alan Naldrett explores these and more tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today.

How Detroit Became the Automotive Capital

This book traces the history of the automobile industry through profiles of over 125 automobile manufacturers from Detroit and surrounding suburbs.

How Detroit Became the Automotive Capital


The End of Detroit

As Micheline Maynard makes brilliantly clear in THE END OF DETROIT, however, the traditional American car industry was, in fact, headed for disaster.

The End of Detroit

An in-depth, hard-hitting account of the mistakes, miscalculations and myopia that have doomed America’s automobile industry. In the 1990s, Detroit’s Big Three automobile companies were riding high. The introduction of the minivan and the SUV had revitalized the industry, and it was widely believed that Detroit had miraculously overcome the threat of foreign imports and regained its ascendant position. As Micheline Maynard makes brilliantly clear in THE END OF DETROIT, however, the traditional American car industry was, in fact, headed for disaster. Maynard argues that by focusing on high-profit trucks and SUVs, the Big Three missed a golden opportunity to win back the American car-buyer. Foreign companies like Toyota and Honda solidified their dominance in family and economy cars, gained market share in high-margin luxury cars, and, in an ironic twist, soon stormed in with their own sophisticatedly engineered and marketed SUVs, pickups and minivans. Detroit, suffering from a “good enough” syndrome and wedded to ineffective marketing gimmicks like rebates and zero-percent financing, failed to give consumers what they really wanted—reliability, the latest technology and good design at a reasonable cost. Drawing on a wide range of interviews with industry leaders, including Toyota’s Fujio Cho, Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn, Chrysler’s Dieter Zetsche, BMW’s Helmut Panke, and GM’s Robert Lutz, as well as car designers, engineers, test drivers and owners, Maynard presents a stark picture of the culture of arrogance and insularity that led American car manufacturers astray. Maynard predicts that, by the end of the decade, one of the American car makers will no longer exist in its present form.

Verbatim Record of the Proceedings

Charter Members of the Automobile Chamber of Commerce , March 19 , 1913 : Abbott Motor Company , Detroit , Mich . American Locomotive Company , New York , N. Y. American Motors Company , Indianapolis , Ind . Auburn Automobile Company ...

Verbatim Record of the Proceedings


Roy D Chapin The Man Behind the Hudson Motor Car Company

1909 Models Now Being Shipped - 15 to 18 Daily Touring Cart Touratowe Roadster Chalmers - Detroit " 30 " " h's Good Car " A grade penger . 24.0 made by the wake of the Them - Der Forty No Other Car Like This For $ 1,500 .

Roy D  Chapin  The Man Behind the Hudson Motor Car Company

"John Cuthbert Long's Roy D. Chapin is a thorough and detailed biography of a remarkable, but little-known Detroit automobile industry pioneer. Historians should include Roy Dikeman Chapin (February 23, 1880-February 16, 1936) in any listing of significant American auto industry pioneers, along with the Duryea brothers, Ransom E. Olds, Henry Leland, Henry Ford, William C. Durant, and the Dodge brothers. Outside the cloister of automotive historians, Roy Chapin is an unknown. This is in part because no company or car bore his name. Unlike many contemporary auto pioneers, Roy Chapin was a modest man who did not promote himself. Even Long's superb biography of Chapin is not well-known because it was privately printed in 1945 with a small press run. In reprinting this volume, Wayne State University Press is making an important contribution to automotive history." -From the introduction by Charles K. Hyde, Department of History, Wayne State University

The Rise And Fall Of Detroit s Car Companies

Ever wonder how many different automobile manufactures there were?

The Rise And Fall Of Detroit s Car Companies

Ever wonder how many different automobile manufactures there were? Or were there any strange/weird ideas for early cars that were not very well thought out? In this history of automobiles book, you will discover: - Olds motor works becomes the first car company - The short reign of steam cars - Electric cars short circuit - The rise of detroit's milwaukee junction - Detroit area motorcar companies - Small companies hit the majors for a quick cup of coffee - Independent auto companies consolidate And so much more! Let's dive in and start reading to find out more interesting stories of the automotive makers history!

Fun at Work Hudson Style

Harry worked for one of these companies , the Hudson Motor Car Company , on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit . Hudson was an independent car company , in many ways . They weren't part of the " big three , " but that hardly made them a small ...

Fun at Work  Hudson Style


Index of Patents Issued from the United States Patent Office

Motor vehicle . 2,190,227 ; Feb. 13 . Best , Frank C. , assignor to Packard Motor Car Company , Detroit , Mich . Transmission control mechanism . 2,193,218 ; Mar. 12 . Best , Frank C. , assignor to Packard Motor Car Company , Detroit ...

Index of Patents Issued from the United States Patent Office


Motor

W. D. Kelly , factory manager of the Oakland Motor Car Co. moved to Chicago , where he has become sales manager of the J. K. Stewart Mfg . Company . W. C. Knight is now connected with the Stewart - Warner Detroit branch .

Motor


Car Company Of Detroit

This book tells some tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today.

Car Company Of Detroit

This book tells some tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today. For instance, J.J. Cole forgot to put brakes in his new auto, so on the first test run, he had to drive it in circles until it ran out of gas. Brothers John and Horace Dodge often trashed saloons during wild evenings but used their great personal wealth to pay for the damage the next day (if they could remember where they had been). David D. Buick went from being the founder of his own leading auto company to working the information desk at the Detroit Board of Trade.

Tariff Hearings Before the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives Sixtieth Congress 1908 1909

Acme Motor Car Company , Reading Pa .; Allen - Kingston Motor Car Company , Kingston , N. Y .; American ... Mich .; Belden Motor Car Company , Pittsburg , Pa .; Cadillac Motor Car Company , Detroit , Mich .; Cameron Car Company ...

Tariff Hearings Before the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives  Sixtieth Congress  1908 1909


Driven

With unprecedented access to BMW executives, Kiley goes behind the walls of BMW's famed "Four Cylinders" headquarters in Munich at a time when the company is in its most aggressive, and some say riskiest, expansion in its history and when ...

Driven

An exclusive look at one of the world's most successful and controversial companies, and the mysterious family behind it. BMW is arguably the most admired carmaker in the world. It's financial performance is the envy of its competitors, and BMW products inspire near-fanatical loyalty. While many carmakers struggle with falling sales, profits and market share, demand for BMWs continues to grow, frequently outpacing production. Now, David Kiley-Detroit Bureau Chief at USA Today and author of Getting the Bugs Out, which covered Volkswagen's demise and rebirth, goes inside the fabled German automaker to see how it does what it does so well. With unprecedented access to BMW executives, Kiley goes behind the walls of BMW's famed "Four Cylinders" headquarters in Munich at a time when the company is in its most aggressive, and some say riskiest, expansion in its history and when some of the company's new products, like the 7 Series sedan and Z4 roadster, are for the first time drawing as many barbs from critics as bouquets. Kiley covers intimate details of the boardroom drama surrounding the company's nearly disastrous acquisition and subsequent sale of the British Rover Group and its expansion into selling MINI and Rolls Royce cars. Besides being a world-class carmaker, BMW is also considered one of the smartest consumer marketing companies and Kiley explores the extraordinary value and management of the BMW brand mystique. He also takes a revealing look at the mysterious and ultra-private Quandt family of Bad Homburg Germany, which owns a controlling stake in BMW: Johanna and Susanne Quandt, two of the wealthiest women in Europe and Stefan Quandt, one of the wealthiest bachelors on the continent. David Kiley (Ann Arbor, MI) is the Detroit Bureau Chief at USA Today who has covered the auto industry for 17 years. He has been featured on Nightline, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the Today show. He is also the author of Getting the Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall, and Comeback of Volkswagen in America (0-471-26304-4), also available from Wiley.

Hearings

92 ( Source : Automobile Manufacturers Association magazine ) MEMBERS OF THE AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION ... Building Transportation Building DETROIT WASHINGTON PASSENGER CAR MANUFACTURERS Trade Name Member or Manufacturer ...

Hearings


Investigation of Concentration of Economic Power

92 [ Source : Automobile Manufacturers Association magazine ) MEMBERS OF THE AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION ... Building Transportation Building DETROIT WASHINGTON PASSENGER CAR MANUFACTURERS Trade Name Member or Manufacturer ...

Investigation of Concentration of Economic Power

Continuation of investigation of economic concentration in industry and commerce; pt.5A: Contains FTC report on industry monopolistic practices; pt.15A Contains report on marketing practices in the retail distribution of motor fuel and motor lubricant products; pt.17A: Contains replies of oil companies to the committee questionnaire on financial data and related topics.

Automobile Facts and Figures

Motor Truck Manufacturers Including Light Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers Trade Name Member or Manufacturer Address Autocar The Autocar Company . . . . . Ardmore , Pa . ... Detroit 2 , Mich . Corbitt . ... Diamond T Motor Car Company .

Automobile Facts and Figures


National Car and Locomotive Builder

MICHIGAN CAR COMPANY , MANUFACTURERS OF DETROIT , MICHIGAN , GEO . O. BEGG , Pur . Agent . JAMES MCMILLAN , President . HUGH MCMILLAN , V. Pres , and Gen. Manager , MANUFACTURERS OF W. K. ANDERSON , Treasurer .

National Car and Locomotive Builder


The Electric Car in America 1890 1922

“By far the greater number of members are central station companies, but practically all of the manufacturers of electric ... those 16 american producers of electrics were: r-C-H Corporation (Detroit); Standard electric Car Company ...

The Electric Car in America  1890 1922

“Extraordinary…will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library collections…a must read”—Midwest Book Review The electric vehicle seemed poised in 1900 to be a leader in automotive production. Clean, odorless, noiseless and mechanically simple, electrics rarely broke down and were easy to operate. An electric car could be started instantly from the driver’s seat; no other machine could claim that advantage. But then it all went wrong. As this history details, the hope and confidence of 1900 collapsed and just two decades later electric cars were effectively dead. They had remained expensive even as gasoline cars saw dramatic price reductions, and the storage battery was an endless source of problems. An increasingly frantic public relations campaign of lies and deceptive advertising could not turn the tide.

Driving Detroit

The industrial landscape of Detroit by 1920 assumed a distinct pattern of two concentric crescents, ... On its eastern side ran the Michigan Central Railroad, where Packard Motor Car Company, Dodge Brothers Automobiles, ...

Driving Detroit

For most of the twentieth century, Detroit was a symbol of American industrial might, a place of entrepreneurial and technical ingenuity where the latest consumer inventions were made available to everyone through the genius of mass production. Today, Detroit is better known for its dwindling population, moribund automobile industry, and alarmingly high murder rate. In Driving Detroit, author George Galster, a fifth-generation Detroiter and internationally known urbanist, sets out to understand how the city has come to represent both the best and worst of what cities can be, all within the span of a half century. Galster invites the reader to travel with him along the streets and into the soul of this place to grasp fully what drives the Motor City. With a scholar's rigor and a local's perspective, Galster uncovers why metropolitan Detroit's cultural, commercial, and built landscape has been so radically transformed. He shows how geography, local government structure, and social forces created a housing development system that produced sprawl at the fringe and abandonment at the core. Galster argues that this system, in tandem with the region's automotive economic base, has chronically frustrated the population's quest for basic physical, social, and psychological resources. These frustrations, in turn, generated numerous adaptations—distrust, scapegoating, identity politics, segregation, unionization, and jurisdictional fragmentation—that collectively leave Detroit in an uncompetitive and unsustainable position. Partly a self-portrait, in which Detroiters paint their own stories through songs, poems, and oral histories, Driving Detroit offers an intimate, insightful, and perhaps controversial explanation for the stunning contrasts—poverty and plenty, decay and splendor, despair and resilience—that characterize the once mighty city.

Commissioner of Patents Annual Report

Vincent Gilson Engineering Co. ( See Thacher , George H. , Jr. , assignor . ) Vincent , Jesse G. , assignor to Packard Motor Car Company , Detroit , Mich . Detachable aircraft - propeller hub . No. 1,406,251 ; Feb. 14 .

Commissioner of Patents Annual Report