I designed this site to share the knowledge and love I have developed for Indiana-built automobiles. I’ve collected auto memorabilia for over 30 years. I hope to help you also better understand the heritage of Indiana autos.
The Web site provides facts about the pioneers, companies, and communities who made automotive history. It is the offspring of our books Cruise IN: A guide to Indiana’s automotive past and present, and Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana.
Indiana once vied for Michigan’s title as the automotive titan of the United States. It was at a time when the names of automobiles like Duesenberg, Stutz and Cord brought worldwide acclaim to the Hoosier state. Indiana’s contributions to automotive history have been numerous. Tilt steering, cruise control and hydraulic brakes are just three examples of the innovations introduced by Indiana automotive pioneers. Yet the innovators themselves have become nearly forgotten–overlooked as we take their inventions increasing for granted as part of the standard equipment on today’s models.
Today, Indiana’s rich automotive history and current accomplishments are scattered throughout the state in museums, historical markers, and remnants of manufacturing plants, and events that beckon auto devotees. My desire is to share with you some of this rich automotive culture.
So, pour a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy your journey through Indiana’s automotive heritage. If you have any interests or questions on Indiana auto-related subjects, please post them in the Ask Dennis section, and I’ll be glad to reply.
Thank you for your interest.
Dennis E. Horvath