All posts in Auto Indy

Looking at Indy’s auto related past

  • 1912 Stutz Bearcat
    Stutz – The Car That Made Good In A Day
    January 14, 2013, 3 Comments

    During his 30 years in the automobile industry, Harry Clayton Stutz had a hand in many automobiles that crossed the American landscape.  The one bearing his own name, the Stutz, is the most well known among his contributions. In 1911, [&he ...

  • Ford Indianapolis Assembly Branch
    Ford Indianapolis assembly branch centennial is coming
    December 31, 2012, 20 Comments

    To meet America’s insatiable demand and to reduce shipping costs for finished Model T’s, the Ford Motor Company built its Indianapolis Assembly Branch in 1914.  Located near the southwest corner of East Washington and Oriental Streets ...

  • Ford Motor Co.
    Indy’s Top 10 Auto Producers?
    December 17, 2012, 6 Comments

    A couple of articles ago we explored: “How many cars were made in Indianapolis?” Prompting another question:  “Who were Indy’s top 10 auto producers?” As mentioned previously, compiling this type of research is an imprecise a ...

  • 1906 National Model E Touring
    Recycling the National Motor Vehicle Company site
    December 3, 2012, 6 Comments

    The saga of the National Motor Vehicle Company spans nearly a quarter century from 1900 to 1924.  Over 100 years later, there have been some attempts to revive the National plant site at 1101-47 E. 22nd Street.  Let’s take a […]

  • 1912 American Scout
    Made in Indianapolis
    November 19, 2012, 10 Comments

    Perhaps the most frequent question about the city’s auto history is: “How many cars were made in Indianapolis?”  Before answering that question, a word of caution about automotive lists:   Compiling lists about the automot ...

  • 1909 Marion Flyer
    Disappearing Auto Landmarks Part 2
    November 5, 2012, 8 Comments

    As I mentioned earlier in a Disappearing Auto Landmarks article, every few years we lose one of the remnants of our transportation era.  Sometime in early 2011, The Marion-Federal-Empire-Elgin building at 323 W. 15th Street was demolished ...

  • Black Business Wagon
    Who’s on first? Charles H. Black?
    October 22, 2012, 8 Comments

    Working as an Indianapolis carriage builder, Charles H. Black helped to herald the entry of the self-propelled motor wagon into Indiana.  It has even been speculated that he may have built Indiana’s first automobile in 1891.  Unfortunat ...

  • Cole Aero-Eight ad
    Happy Birthday to the Cole Motor Car Company
    October 8, 2012, 12 Comments

    October 9, 2012, marks the 104th anniversary of the introduction of the first Cole Solid Tire Automobile.  The Cole Motor Car Company is one example of an automobile manufacturer that evolved fromIndiana’s carriage industry.  By the end ...

  • 1917 Premier Town Car
    Disappearing Indy Auto Landmarks
    September 24, 2012, 14 Comments

    As little as 15 years ago, Indianapolis had over 40 existing buildings that housed the movers and shakers of its automotive industry.  Sadly, every few years we lose one or two of these reminders of our transportation era. Sometime in [&he ...